General Motors and Nissan have signed an agreement for the Japanese carmaker to build a small cargo vehicle that the American company will market in the United States and Canada. The small cargo vehicle will be dubbed as Chevrolet City Express and will be based on the Nissan NV200.
GM will procure the Chevrolet City Express from Nissan and distribute it through its Chevrolet dealer network starting fall of 2014. Ed Peper, US vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial Sales, remarked that the Chevrolet City Express will strengthen GM’s position with fleets and commercial customers, who have been asking the carmaker for an entry in the commercial small van segment.
Joe Castelli, Nissan vice president for commercial vehicles and fleet, remarked that working with partners to expand markets for its innovative products improves Nissan’s growth and manufacturing efficiency as it leverages the carmaker’s capacity to meet growing demand in the sector. Nissan currently sells the NV200 in several markets around the world, including the US and Canada.
The Nissan NV200 is a roomy-yet-compact commercial vehicle that has received the International Van of the Year Award. Cost of ownership for the Nissan NV200 is among the lowest in the class thanks to low running costs and high efficiency of engines and drivetrains as well as a safety structure that minimizes crash damage.
Nissan NV200 has been, from the very start, designed as both a passenger and a commercial vehicle. Thus, it brings new levels of comfort, practicality, and space to the global small van market.
NV200 will come available in three different versions: a functional seven-seat Combi version for passengers and loads, a plusher seven-seat passenger car version, and a van with a large load space – the largest in its class.
Andy Palmer, Senior VP-Global Product Planning at Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., said that the Nissan LCV is in expansion phase even with its challenging financial circumstances. According to him, they are aiming to expand the business through smart new products and new services that are able to meet their customers’ needs.
Palmer added that the Nissan NV200 is their proposal for a worldwide small van. The vehicle offers smart convenience as well as outstanding utility, plus low cost of ownership. These are all packaged in an outstandingly functional design. He said that this global small van is the carmaker’s solution for those who need a functional and adaptable light van.
Palmer also said that they will be launching the Nissan NV200 in Europe in the fall, and in Japan before summer, followed by China and other countries.