2013 Nissan NV200 compact cargo van unveiled at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 10, 2012

Making its North American debut at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show was the Nissan NV200 compact cargo van. Nissan will start selling the smaller utility van in early 2013 after the full-size NV cargo van that arrives at dealerships this spring. Nissan had been trying to find a right-size van to present to the market. Nissan planned for this van, the NV200, to have a low entry point and a low cost of ownership.

Presently, the NV200 is available in 40 countries around the globe. The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission had chosen a passenger version to be the Taxi of Tomorrow.

The van is powered with a DOHC, 2.0-liter engine that comes with Nissan's continuously variable transmission. The NV200 has 123 cubic feet of cargo space and it has a relatively small footprint that measures 186.2 inches long and 68.1 inches wide. For the U.S. market, its body was lengthened by almost eight inches and it has a payload rating of 1,500 pounds.

Its cargo can accommodate a standard 40-inch-by-48-inch pallet and is offered with floor-mounted cargo hooks and a 12-volt power point. The cockpit gets a six-way adjustable driver's seat with a manual lumbar adjuster and its center console has an area that could be used for laptops, file folders, CDs and beverages.

More storage spaces are found on this instrument panel while the passenger seat could fold down to function as a desktop. Power windows are fitted as standard equipment together with a 12-volt power outlet on the instrument panel. Also offered as standard is a CD player with auxiliary music input and two door-mounted speakers. Two trims -- S and SV -- will be available.

The SV model gets heated outside mirrors, power locks, keyless entry, as well as a few other items. Consumers could choose from any of the optional equipment such as: navigation, Bluetooth wireless communications, satellite radio, rearview monitor and prewiring for the Nissan Fleet Tracker.

New Nissan NV200 was designed both as a passenger and commercial vehicle and with the intention of bringing you new levels of comfort, practicality, and space to the global small van market.

You will be able to choose from three different Nissan NV200 versions: a van that features a load space that’s the largest in its class, a functional seven-seat Combi version for passengers and loads, and a more plush 7-passenger car version that will be debuting at the Geneva Motor Show 2009.

Andy Palmer, Senior Vice President for Global Product Planning at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., said that the Nissan LCV business currently is in an expansion phase even with the recent challenging financial circumstances. According to him, they are aiming to expand their business through new products and new services that are smart and that meet customers’ needs both in Europe and in other parts of the world.

Palmer added that the Nissan NV200 is their proposal or plan for a global small van. The car offers excellent utility and smart convenience along with low ownership cost, all packaged in a truly functional design. He said that with the Nissan NV200, the company aims to meet customers’ needs for a functional and adaptable light van.

According to Palmer, the company will be launching the NV200 in Japan before summer 2009, in Europe in autumn, followed by the launching in China and in other markets.

The Nissan NV200 makes use of innovative packaging ideas in order to create the most practical and the largest cargo space in its class. Even if it is a little under 4.4 meters in terms of overall length, the NV200’s van version has a loading bay that is more than 2 meters long.

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