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Nissan Debuts NV200 Cargo Van at Chicago Auto Show

Feb 7, 2013

Alisa Priddle

Nissan NV200

Nissan expands its commercial van family with the smaller NV200 cargo van that will go head-to-head with the Ford Transit Connect that also is new for this year.

Nissan unveiled the 2013 NV200 today at the Chicago Auto Show. It will compete with the new Ford Transit the Ram ProMaster full-size commercial van which also is introduced today here.

Nissan's commercial vehicles division is now in its third year of business in the U.S. with a lineup that has consisted of the full-size NV 1500, 2500 and 3500 cargo vans and the NV 3500 passenger van that can carry up to 12 people.

The Japanese automaker has more than 300 dealers certified to sell and service commercial vehicles who will add the NV200 to their lineup.

The passenger version of the NV200 was also chosen as the next-generation "Taxi of tomorrow" for New York City.

The cargo van, which comes in two trim levels, has tall rear doors, a low load floor and 1,500-pound payload capacity. The front-wheel-drive van has a 131-horsepower 2-liter four-cylinder engine and is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

It is assembled at Nissan's plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Also on display in Chicago is the 2013 Juke Nismo which is a performance version of the small crossover set to go on sale in March as well as the 2014 370Z Nismo coming this summer.

"Nismo brings a new level of performance to the Nissan brand, reinforced by its heritage as the racing heartbeat of the company," said Simon Sproule, head of global marketing communications.

And showgoers can see the limited production GT-R Track Edition. The 150 cars allocated for the U.S. market will go on sale in May.


Distributed by MCT Information Services

Source: (c) 2013 the Detroit Free Press

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