2012 Nissan NV350 coming to the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 13, 2011

For the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan will be introducing electric vehicles as well as the NV350 that is ideal for caravanning activities and the Asian market. The NV350’s list of available options and its pricing haven’t been revealed yet but we know that it will arrive in the market in the summer of 2012 in Japan. The NV350 will be available as both a passenger and light commercial vehicle variant.

This passenger version features split fold-forward rear seats that permit a better use for the available floor space. Among the practical features are a floor-operated parking brake, a dash-mounted gear shifter, and push-button start.

Here are few features of the Nissan NV350: Improved fuel economy; Contemporary exterior styling expresses solid presence; Functional interior styled to emphasize spacious feel; Keyless pushbutton ignition, a world’s first in a commercial vehicle; Nissan Intelligent Key, dash-mounted shift lever and foot-operated parking brake also exceed expectations in the LCV category; Cargo area up to 3 meters in length, 50:50 split fold-forward rear seats, and embedded mounting nuts in interior side panels provide flexible cargo handling and adaptability to user needs; Japanese market launch scheduled for summer of 2012.

Developed throughout for both passenger and commercial use, the Nissan NV200 offers more spaciousness, comfort and general usability than expected for a small van, whether in European or other international markets.

There will be three versions of the Nissan NV200: a van with class-leading storage space and two seven-seater models. The first seven-seater version is the practical Combi which is oriented for passengers and cargo, while the other one is the more deluxe passenger car model that will be introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

Andy Palmer, Senior Vice President of Global Product Planning for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. stated that they are expanding the Nissan LCV business despite the economic climate, adding that they plan to introduce innovative products and services in order to meet European and worldwide customer needs.

Palmer also expressed that the Nissan NV200 is their interpretation of what a global small van should be as it provides a combination of supreme practicality, smart convenience, tremendous functionality and great affordability. Nissan designed this van specifically to satisfy the expectations of light van customers who prioritise practicality and versatility. Palmer stated that the NV200 will start selling at the end of spring in Japan, in autumn 2009 in Europe, and later in other markets including China.

Maximised cargo space

The cargo space of the Nissan NV200 leads all in its class, thanks to its intelligent and practical layout. Despite being just below 4.4m long overall, the NV200 van’s load bay length exceeds 2m (2040mm).

NV200 cargo area accommodates two standard Euro pallets. This is afforded due to its front-wheel drive and the compactness of the rear suspension system. The van’s 1.84m height is par for its class, but its 520mm ground clearance is the lowest in its segment, which facilitates loading convenience. It also raises cargo volume to 4.1m3, with a top payload of 771kg.

Spacious cabin

While the voluminous cargo area is one of the Nissan NV200 Combi’s best features, the substantial total interior space means there is also liberal passenger space.

Other brands utilise removable seats, but these are almost always heavy and require a different storage place. By contrast, the Combi’s seats aren’t removable but the middle row backrest splits 60/40 for adaptability. For even greater space, the whole middle row can be collapsed against the front seats, while each rear seat can be folded to its respective side.

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