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Nissan wants you to know it's prepped for a global launch of its NV200 van (though no North American plans at present). It's a versatile little van that can be configured to deliver masses of fish to the market or carry up to seven passengers, and it makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 3.
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Ensuring that, yes, this is a van and not yet another crossover, it has real sliding doors. Nissan says it'll be available in three versions: a van with the largest load space in its class (approx. 145 cubic feet) and two seven-seat variants. The latter can be had as the functional Combi version for loads and passengers or the more plush passenger car version, which will be shown at Geneva Motor Show next month.
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The van will come equipped with either a 1.6-liter, 16-valve Nissan four or a 1.5-liter, 8-valve Renault diesel four. It will initially use only a 5-speed manual transmission that sprouts from the dash for increased interior room.
Explaining the launch of the NV200 in this horrific market, Andy Palmer, Senior Vice President for Global Product Planning, said the company aims "to expand our business with smart new products and services that meet the needs of our customers, both in Europe and around the world."
With the way-funky (and way-Japanese) Nissan Cube amazingly coming to the U.S., could the NV200 be far behind? It's all sounding like the early 80s, when frugal Chevettes and funky ToyoVans roamed the roadways en masse.