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Nissan NV200 7-Passenger Van For Geneva Debut


Nissan NV200 Van

Nissan NV200 Van

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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.

Nissan NV200

Nissan NV200

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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.

 
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Comments (3)
  1. "got to be kidding....."

    Sprouting from the dash, the same way those idiots at Honda did with the 09 Odyssey & Pilot? Unbelievable. So Nissan is copying Honda, since they figure Honda must know what they are doing. Or not. Maybe that dorky, looks-like-it-was-glued-on-the-dash gear shifter works for the Japanese and American housewives, if that's the demographic. Actually more lame than those Detroit push button transmissions from the 50s-early 60s.

  2. "Nope..."

    The sprouting from the dash transmission in this van comes from the fact that that is how Renault do it in their much more distinctive vans (on which this Nissan is based). And this is the same arrangement that both Mercedes and VW do it in their Vito and T5 vans....as does Fiat and Iveco. From a style and ergonomic perspective....it works beautifully. Especially compared to the massive floor mounted swizzle sticks of old...or worse...the three on the tree column shifter

  3. "the Rival Toyota Lite ace"

    This car will be become the rival of Toyota Town ace or Toyota Lite ace in Japan .

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