Nissan has named Adrian Steel, a maker of commercial vehicle equipment, to be the official upfitter of the 2012 NV, its first entry into the North American commercial vehicle market. Under the partnership deal, Adrian Steel’s products will be used to customize the vehicle according to the customers’ needs. These include interior shelving systems and ladder racks.
Adrian Steel will offer reinforced mounting brackets on the roof that are used to easily install ladder rack systems, without having to pierce holes in the sheet metal.
This practice has been known to result to corrosion and water leaks. The standard "upfitter pre-wiring" allows convenient access into the electrical system. Inside the cargo area, we see numerous integrated reinforced mounting points that could be used to install shelving and racks without the need for sheet metal drilling.
Joe Castelli shared that the Nissan NV was originally designed with the aim of reinventing the commercial van segment. Castelli is the Vice President for the Commercial Vehicles & Fleet of Nissan North America, Inc. Castelli added that Nissan partnered with Adrian Stell in order to help customers like builders, electricians, plumbers, and HVAC contractors, be able to get the most of the NV.
One of these is having them fitted with Adrian Steel upfitters. Since mounting brackets have been reinforced on its roof, it becomes easier to install a ladder rack system without the need to pierce any holes on the van's sheet metal.
In many cases, having a hole pierced can lead to corrosion, or worse, water leakage. In addition, the "upfitter pre-wiring" also enables a more convenient way to access the electrical system. Furthermore, several mounting points have also been reinforced and integrated to the cargo area. Similar to what it does for the roof, it is easier to put in shelves or racks without any need to drill the sheet metal.
Dalton Cheaney, who is Adrian Steel's account manager for Nissan shared that the company is more than honored to be part of the development of the Nissan NV. Cheaney relates that Adrian Steel will help Nissan customers by giving them cargo management solutions that will enable them to optimize their vans.
The 2012 Nissan NV went into production in the early part of the 2011 at the brand's Canton, Miss., facility. As part of the preparation needed to launch the NV, Nissan's Canton plant completed the construction of a $118-million project. The brand also developed a dedicated vehicle dealer network from its existing dealer body.