High demand prompts Nissan planner to hike NV200 output

Article by Anita Panait, on July 2, 2013

Nissan's senior product planner for the new compact NV200 commercial van wants the carmaker's Cuernavaca site in Mexico to step up production to keep with the high demand for the vehicle. Peter Bedrosian, NV200's senior product planner, remarked that dealers are selling the van as fast as the Mexican factory could produce them.

Bedrosian noted that they plan to increase the monthly output to 600 units from the current 400 vans, adding that the figure will keep going up to 1,000, and then 2,000.

Nissan started selling the compact NV200 commercial van in late March 2013. The NV200 van is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a continuously variable transmission, and features sliding doors on both sides of the body. It boasts of an EPA-rated fuel economy of 24 mpg city/25 highway/24 combined.

Nissan dealers sold 341 NV200 vans in May, with a starting price of $20,835, including shipping. The NV200 is Nissan's challenger to the Ford Transit Connect, which virtually commands the compact van segment in the United States.

In the fall of 2014, Nissan will begin sharing the NV200 with Chevrolet dealers. Ram dealers on the other hand, are set to get a version of the Fiat Doblo cargo van in 2014.

Bedrosian says that some Nissan dealers were unhappy to hear that Chevrolet will also receive a version of the Nissan van, noting that "they don't want to share it." He said Nissan dealers like the NV200 and they want more of it.

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