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Driving a Nissan to preview a Chevrolet
When Nissan won the ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ contract from New York City with its new compact passenger van, it was obvious a retail version would follow. Although the 13,000 vehicles NYC requires is no small amount, Nissan would like to sell more; a lot more. So the manufacturer created the NV200, a version of this van available to retail customers.
What’s more, this compact front-wheel drive van will also be rebadged as a Chevrolet and sold all throughout North America as the City Express. This is a winning proposition for both Manufactures as Chevrolet lacks a compact commercial vehicle to compete against the Ford Transit Connect, while Nissan can utilize Chevrolet’s far larger dealer network to sell more units.
So the question is, will this van be any good? We had the chance to take one for a quick spin recently in San Diego and here are our impressions.