LTLFTcomposite wrote:Here's a question I'd love the answer to... how many Nissan executives, middle management, or individuals involved in the design and development of the LEAF drive the car on a regular basis? i.e. do they eat their own dog food?
Not nearly enough in my experience!
Though I was encouraged to see on my last visit to Franklin that at least a few hundred employees drive LEAFs (the employee parking lot was awesome!), including much of the product planning team. Still, it's a very valid question and one that should be posed- I've had a few employees tell me they wish more of their colleagues drove the car so they would better understand...all sorts of things.
During our visit to Japan to attend the LEAF owners event in Dec. 2012, we had an opportunity to meet
Hideaki Watanabe (Corporate Vice President, Zero Emission Business Unit) and Kadota-san (CVE) for dinner and the event on Dec. 8. He drives a LEAF so you can be sure if there are any issues, Kadota-san will hear about it. At the owners event, Watanabe-san, Kdota-san and Abe-san (Chief Product
Specialist, Mark Perry had comparable position at NNA I think) were subjected to a long Q&A session by Japanese LEAF owners. Unfortunately the session was in Japanese so much was lost in translation. There was at least one other Nissan Japan employee who I know that drives a LEAF. There were also a handful of LEAFs in the parking lot at the Zama battery plant. But I don't know how common it is for Nissan Japan employees to drive a LEAF.