Folded in Britain - The Nissan Juke Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary

The life-like Nissan Juke. Can you spot the difference?

Paper is normally associated with first anniversarys, however to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Nissan Juke, British artist Owen Gildersleeve has created a life-size origami model of the popular SUV. Using 2,000 pieces of paper the project took over 200 hours to complete.

In a nod to Nissan’s Japanese heritage and inspired by the very first steps of car design – putting ideas onto paper – the car was hand built to the exact dimensions of the current Juke.

The talented artist said: “This was a great project to work on – hard work but very rewarding. As a celebration piece it draws on so many influences, such as the origami focus inspired by Nissan’s Japanese roots. Using so many individual pieces of paper to create the overall structure also represents the thousands of people who helped bring the Nissan Juke into reality and the thousands who continue to do so right here in the UK.”

The Nissan Juke’s bold styling has been a key factor in its success. Nissan created a brand new ‘compact crossover’ sector with the launch of the car in 2010, offering motorists something completely different, in terms of design, to any other vehicle on the road.

Darryl Scriven, Design Manager at Nissan’s Design Centre for Europe, said: “The first step of any car design involves putting pencil to paper. From that simple start, it’s a complex journey to production involving hundreds of skilled people, thousands of man-hours and millions in investment. So we think it’s very apt that on its fifth birthday, we celebrate the Nissan Juke with a tribute that harks back to that simple, but bold, first step, all carried out with Nissan’s signature innovation and excitement of course.”

With more than 700,000 Juke’s sold in the past 5 years, this Sunderland-built SUV is Nissan’s second best-selling model in Europe. Nissan has also confirmed recently that the next-generation Juke will also be produced at Sunderland.

If you fancy being creative and having a go, ‘World Origami Days’ are celebrated across the world between 24th October and 11th November.

By Tracey McBain