Nissan Vanette arrives at last

The NV200 or new Vanette, Nissan’s global new compact van, which was presented with the International Van of the Year 2010 award by a jury of specialist European commercial vehicle journalists, is now going on sale here.

Nissan has created a compact light commercial vehicle that sets new standards in terms of internal space in relation to the external dimensions.

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 4.4 metres long, 1.86 metres tall and 1.69 metres wide, and comes with a cavernous cargo space. Intelligent packaging delivers a cargo load bay more than two metres in length, sufficient to carry two standard Euro pallets at the same time.

The cargo floor is the lowest in its category, at only 524mm. As a result, the NV200’s load cube offers a cargo volume of 4.2 cubic metres, about 25 per cent greater than the competitors’ average, offering an additional one cubic metre.

The new NV200/ Vanette goes on sale here with recommended retail price of €15,925 including VAT, and will include power windows and power locking in the specification. It will compete with the likes of the Ford Transit Connect and the Volkswagen Caddy.

It was launched here too late to qualify for the 2010 Continental Irish Van of the Year award, but will be in the running for next year, which will be announced next November.


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