The new Nissan NV200 van – launched in South Africa in June – will be sold in North America as both a Nissan and a Chevrolet.
Thanks to a deal with General Motors, the vehicle will be rebadged (and restyled slightly) as a Chevrolet City Express from next year. The move comes in response to calls from GM’s US and Canadian fleet customers for a fuel-efficient and compact but roomy entrant in the increasingly significant commercial small van segment.
According to Automotive News, until now Ford has monopolised the category with its Transit Connect. The publication reported a GM spokesman as saying that he expected to attract customers such as bakery or flower delivery companies, which might now use SUVs or crossovers. It also said that a spinoff of the Fiat Ducato van was on track to be sold in the US as the Ram ProMaster by Fiat’s partner Chrysler, and that previous East-West collaborations included a minivan sold as the Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest.