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The new four-row, 12-passenger Nissan NV Passenger Van pricing is now available, with the NVP 3500 S model starting at $31,690.
The 2012 Nissan NV Passenger Van is available in three model trims (S, SV, and SL) and either a 4.0-liter V6 or 5.6-liter V8 engine. Only the V8-powered model has the top-of-the-line SL trim.
Pricing for the NVP 3500 SV V6 starts at $33,890 while the basic V8 model will begin at $32,590. Those looking to step up from the standard S V8 model can opt for the SV trim for $34,790 while the most expensive SL V8 is priced at $37,390.
The 4.0L V6 engine has 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque, while the V8 sports 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. Both engines use Nissan’s Continuous Valve Timing Control (C-VTC) to help improve fuel efficiency and are also mated to a heavy-duty five-speed automatic transmission.
Assembled in Canton, Miss., the Nissan NV Passenger Van also offers amenities such as storage for a laptop and charger, business cards, hanging files, pens and paper, 12.0-volt outlets and more. Available technology options include a 5-inch touchscreen navigation display, Bluetooth hands-free, and XM Satellite Radio.
The Nissan NV Passenger Van also has a class-leading 324 seating configurations and segment-exclusive supplemental side curtain air bags for all rows.
GALLERY: 2012 Nissan NV Passenger Van
In a bit of surprising news, Japanese automaker Nissan has confirmed that it will be unveiling two vehicles at the upcoming 2012 Chicago Auto Show, one of which is its a refresh to their popular sports car, the 370Z.
The 2013 Nissan 370Z will reportedly be getting some changes, which comes as a surprise since there have been no rumors of such an update. The current model 370Z convertible and coupe last saw changes in the 2009 model year, so it is about time for a refresh.
The other vehicle Nissan will be unveiling is part of the NV commercial vehicle line. There’s a strong possibility that it will be the NV200, which is currently sold in 40 other countries and Nissan had already spoken about plans to bring it to the US market. Earlier this year, Nissan had debuted the e-NV200 Concept at the Detroit Auto Show.
Look for coverage from the Chicago Auto Show on February 8th and see the complete Chicago Auto Show preview here.
[Source: Chicago Tribune]
The city of New York has chosen Nissan as the supplier for the next generation of taxi cabs. This decision will give Nissan an exclusive 10-year contract for the city’s massive fleet totaling 13,200 taxis.
The Nissan design was chosen over the Ford Transit Connect van as well as a design from Turkish builder Karzan. The Nissan fleet will slowly replace the Ford Crown Victorias as well as the hybrid Ford Escapes.
The Nissan van is based on the NV200, a model Nissan sells in both Europe and Asia and only recently brought to market here.
Selecting just one automaker and just one vehicle has its opponents with owners of big taxi fleets saying they don’t want to be stuck using only one model. Advocates for the disabled, meanwhile, oppose any vehicle that isn’t wheelchair accessible. Only Karsan’s entry met that criteria although Ford and Nissan both offered the ability to make some of their vehicles wheelchair accessible.
The decision to go with Nissan is a major loss for Ford’s plan to offer the new Transit Connect as a taxi in New York. Furthermore, none of the three competitors are currently built in the United States. The NV200 is, however, slated to be built in Mexico. Close enough?
In other parts of the world, Nissan commercial vans have been a staple of the brand for years, but up until now, they were noted by their absence in the U.S. and Canada.
Not any more. For 2012, Nissan is introducing the NV, aimed specifically at our market. It follows the format of traditional American large commercial vans like Ford’s E-Series and the Chevy Express/GMC Savanna, featuring body-on-frame construction, rear wheel drive and a choice of relatively large capacity gasoline engines – in this case a 4.0-liter V6 and a 5.6-liter V8, plus a standard five-speed automatic transmission and a traditional hood design for engine access (Nissan vans in most other markets are a forward control design with the engine mounted under the floor).
At launch, the NV will be offered in two grades, S and SV, in 2500 (3/4 ton) and 3500 (1 ton) capacities, with a choice of regular or high roof configurations. Standard equipment includes a fold-flat front passenger seat, designed to double as a work table, Titan pickup derived instrument cluster and locking center console, plus heavy duty mounting points for cargo tie-downs, while SV models also feature a special ‘inner skin’ for the side panels to prevent large or sharp objects from denting the exterior body. Other features aimed at commercial operators include hard wearing seat materials and rear access doors that swing open a total of 243 degrees.
The NV will be built at Nissan’s Canton Mississippi assembly plant alongside the Titan pickup on which it is based and will become available in the spring of 2011. As for pricing, the regular roof S model will start at $24,995, while a full jam high roof, V8 powered 3500 SV will sticker at $32,190.