Nissan NV200 is the International Van of the Year 2010
ROLLE, Switzerland (Nov. 16, 2009) - NV200, the global, all-new small van produced by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., has been named International Van of the Year (IVoY) 2010 by a jury consisting of 23 specialized European journalists representing a readership of more than half a million owners of commercial vehicles.
“The Jury was particularly impressed by the fact that Nissan created a compact light commercial vehicle that sets new standards in terms of internal space in relation to the external dimensions,” said the official statement from the IVoY Jury.
“We are delighted to receive the IVoY 2010 award in recognition of Nissan’s determination to create innovative light commercial vehicles that exceed customer expectations,” said Andy Palmer, senior vice presidentat Nissan. “The NV200 is a global vehicle that associates unmatched levels of functionality with unique and attractive design. We offer our customers a vehicle that is an efficient and reliable business tool,” added Palmer.
The NV200 is a real segment breaker with exterior dimensions comparable to a car derived van and cargo capacity of a higher class. It is 4.4m long, 1.86m, tall and 1.69m wide and comes with a cavernous cargo space. Intelligent packaging delivers a cargo load bay more than 2m in length, sufficient to carry two standard Euro pallets at the same time. The cargo floor is the lowest in its category at 524mm. As a result, NV200’s load cube offers a cargo volume of 4.2m3, about 25% or 1m3 more than that of its competitors.
The NV200 is available in Europe in Van and Combi versions. A passenger vehicle will join the line-up from 2010.
The NV200 is already sold in Japan, where it is the segment leader with a market share of more than 40%. Sales in Europe start this month (start of sales varies by country). In 2010, NV200 will be launched in China. Sales are planned for other markets as well.
NV200 will also be produced globally. It is already produced in Japan and production in Europe will start this month (initial supply for the European market will be sourced from Japan). Production in China is planned for 2010.
Recently Nissan announced that a light commercial vehicle based on the NV200 will be the second electric vehicle to be launched by Nissan. The first is the five-seat hatchback LEAF which will be launched in Japan, the US and Europe in late 2010.
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan employs around 12,400 people in its European design, research and development, manufacturing, logistics, and sales and marketing operations. In calendar year 2008, the company sold 601,647 vehicles across 40 markets in Western and Eastern Europe including Russia. Furthermore, the company produced a total of 539,580 vehicles in its Spanish and British plants. For more information, please go to www.nissaneurope-newsbureau.com
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