Nissan Moving into the Commercial Van Market

The culmination of 75 years of commercial vehicle building experience and months of customer research are all coming together later this year as Nissan rolls out its all-new commercial van.

?The new kid on the block, as it turns out, is also a long-time player in the global commercial vehicle market. As the first non-domestic nameplate to design, manufacture and sell CVs in the United States, we bring a more than seven-decade tradition of durability, quality and reliability to our products,? said Joe Castelli, vice president, Commercial Vehicles and Fleet, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). ?At the same time, we?ve taken a fresh look at every aspect of the CV business ? including styling, powertrain, interiors, cost of operation and ownership, dealership sales and service operations and, most importantly, real world customer needs.?

The first production models in Nissan?s new North American CV lineup are the 2011 Nissan NV1500, NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD. They will be available with a choice of 4.0-liter V6 and 5.6-liter V8 engines and in two body styles, Standard Roof (all models) and High Roof (NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD only) ? with High Roof models offering stand-up walkthrough/work cargo area capability.

?From the seats forward the NV looks, acts and feels like a pickup. You don?t have to take apart the interior to access the engine and you don?t have to worry about tucking your work boots into a cramped footwell,? said Castelli. ?But, make no mistake, behind the seats the NV is pure, practical van.?

The NV?s ample cargo area offers a 120.7-inch cargo floor length and 70.3-inch maximum cargo floor width. NV Standard Roof models offer a maximum 55.4 cargo area height, among the tallest in class. The NV High Roof provides a maximum 76.5-inches of cargo room height ? enough for most users to move about the cargo area while standing up straight.

?Standard Roof NV models are designed to fit in most garages or go through most car washes and fast food drive-through lanes ? along with offering easier reach to access roof racks,? said Castelli. ?But for so many businesses, the added cargo capacity and the ability to stand up and work inside the High Roof NV will be a priceless enhancement to their everyday operations and productivity.?

Inspired by customer needs and usage, the Nissan NV offers an amazing array of smart functionality features, including storage pockets, spaces and compartments designed to provide secure access to the typical commercial customers? everyday use objects. An under seat drawer, for example, fits small tools, stationary or first aid kits, while the deep door pockets fit flashlights, legal-size binders and clipboards. High Roof models offer an available overhead console designed to hold work gloves, legal size binders, safety glasses and system books. The available center console (removable) fits letter size files and laptop computers ? and includes a computer or mobile phone charging point.

The new Nissan NV will be manufactured in Canton, Mississippi and available through a select network of authorized Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers nationwide.

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