The NV200 New York taxi vehicle’s prototype was presented at the 2011 Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow Design Expo. It was then displayed at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Nissan’s Yokohama corporate offices, and the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
It has a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, a low-annoyance horn, sliding doors with grab handles and entry steps, a transparent roof panel (with shade), independently controlled rear air conditioning with a grape phenol-coated air filter, and seat fabric that is breathable, antimicrobial, environmentally friendly, and simple to clean and mimics the feel of leather. It also has overhead reading lights for the passengers.
The 2014 model year car went on sale after the production model was unveiled at the 2013 Matsuya Ginza ‘New York Week’ event. The Nissan factory in Cuernavaca, Mexico, produced the Nissan NV200 New York City cab for use in North America.
At the tail end of October 2013, the car joined the New York City taxi fleet. Ranjit Singh, owner of medallion number 7F20, purchased the first Nissan NV200 New York City taxi on October 18, 2013, and on October 23, 2013, JFK International Airport provided the first one-passenger fare service to a location at 13th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan.
Given that the NV200 is not a hybrid car, New York Supreme Court Justice Peter Moulton declared the agreement between NYC and Nissan to be “null, void, and unenforceable.” Furthermore, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission was found to have overstepped its bounds when it demanded that the city’s taxi fleets be replaced with Nissan NV200s, according to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Schlomo Hagler. On June 10, 2014, a New York appeals court reversed that decision, concluding that the commission’s mandate was legitimate. Justice David B. Saxe.
Nissan was in the process of releasing the first 200 NV200 New York City taxis to dealers all across New York City as of December 16, 2013. The business is also sending a few hundred more brand-new cabs to dealers in Texas, Utah, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
At the 2012 New York International Auto Show, the NV200 Mobility Taxi, a variant of the New York City taxi model NV200 with a rear ramp for wheelchair access and an integrated restraint system for securing wheelchairs, was presented. The NV200 Mobility Taxi was converted by BraunAbility, a company based in Indiana.
The NV200 vehicle will be made by Nissan in Barcelona.
Switzerland’s GENEVA. (Mar. 3, 2009) – Nissan revealed the brand-new NV200 at the Geneva Motor Show, and the firm also revealed that this model will be made for Europe in Barcelona, Spain, starting in the latter part of this year.
The NV200 is a globally distributed car that will be produced at several Nissan factories throughout the world. It will debut in China and a number of other regions across the world after the second half of 2009 in Europe and Japan.
The Pathfinder, the Navara pick-up, and the Primastar, which are now assembled in Barcelona, will be produced alongside the NV200 for the European market (also built as Traffic for the Renault brand). To accommodate the extra vehicle, Nissan Spanish Industrial Operations (NSIO) will modify its two production lines.
Andy Palmer, Senior Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Head of Nissan’s Global LCV Business Unit, expressed his satisfaction that the Nissan plant in Barcelona was able to adapt to the shifting market climate and accommodate the manufacture of this significant vehicle for Europe. Palmer said, “We hope that this spirit will be kept to ensure that the Barcelona Plant will take the necessary further steps to become competitive and gain new products for its sustainability. This first step has been made possible by the dedication and passionate efforts of the Barcelona Plant management, but also by the cooperative approach of both the Spanish and Catalan authorities and the Unions.
The NSIO management stated that the Barcelona factory must fulfill a number of requirements, including the ability to maintain capacity utilisation while keeping flexibility, in order to be competitive and acquire new goods.
Nissan’s NV and NV200 models will no longer be sold to make room for a new approach.
The Nissan NV Cargo, NV Passenger, and NV200 commercial vans will no longer be produced starting in the summer of 2021, according to Nissan. The American and Canadian markets will be impacted. The company’s new Business Advantage plan includes this action. While Nissan will stop producing its small and large commercial vans in a few months, it will continue to provide discounts and other advantages to businesses on the remainder of its updated fleet.
Businesses will be eligible for the new benefits of special financing, incentives, priority servicing, consolidated invoicing, and more when they buy two or more new Nissan vehicles. This plan is available for any brand-new Nissan, including the Sentra, Rogue, Frontier, and Titan.
Sales of the Nissan NV and NV200 fell short of the required market share. The Ford Transit, Ram ProMaster, and Chevy Express vans now rule the full-size commercial van market. To make service, maintenance, and invoicing easier, many business customers choose to buy all of their vehicles from a same manufacturer. The business case for the NV vans kept declining because the Nissan Titan is likewise having trouble with sales.
Nissan will solely make electric vans, the NV200.
Nissan will only provide an electric powertrain option for its NV200 Transporter in the future. The production of the diesel version will stop, according to the manufacturer, in the summer of this year, after which the vehicle will only be produced as the e-NV200 electric variant.
Due to a rise in demand for the electric van in 2017, the Japanese upped production of the e-NV200, which has been made exclusively in Barcelona since 2014, by 50% to 6,000 units.
After Nissan released the 40 kWh battery version and the so-called Combi variation last year, converting the transporter into a passenger van with seven seats, demand skyrocketed. Ken Ramirez, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at Nissan Europe, continues, “The rising demand for the e-NV200 reflects this trend.” He also made reference to the growing number of cities seeking at zero emission choices for last mile delivery.
Nissan recently began to increase battery manufacturing for the 40 kWh battery at its Spanish facility as well, in order to keep up with rising demand. Nissan did not specify whether the larger 62 kWh battery from the most recent Leaf will eventually be made available for the electric van as well.
The discontinuation of the diesel-powered NV200 van by the Japanese, however, does not yet signal a full shift away from diesel engines in the commercial vehicle industry. Nissan plans to introduce the NV250, a van built on the Kangoo platform, in the middle of this year. Approximately 450 million euros are also being invested by the alliance in Renault’s Maubeuge facility in northeastern France. Nissan partner Renault offers an electric version of the Kangoo under the name Kangoo ZE, but the company announced last year that it would stop producing all diesel models in Europe going forward, at least for the passenger car market (we reported).
Nissan updates its commercial vehicle division in the United States and discontinues the NV and NV200 in 2021.
Nissan’s new “Nissan Business Advantage” project, which will put a focus on giving clients a one-stop shop of solutions and bringing support to its core product selection, is reworking the company’s commercial vehicle business approach.
With the support of special sales incentives, business finance options, better on-demand delivery options to increase OTD, and more, the new Nissan Business Advantage is created to be a one-stop shop solution for fleets of varying sizes and industries. The commercial initiative, which was motivated by growth the automaker observed in the commercial space, will assist the manufacturer’s entire vehicle lineup as well.
According to Michael Colleran, senior vice president of Nissan U.S. Marketing & Sales, “Success in North America is key to the Nissan NEXT transformation plan, and we are concentrating on our core business and products.” By offering a wide selection of vehicles for their businesses to use to get the work done, Nissan Business Advantage enables us to satisfy the specific demands of any business owner.
The business will stop producing its NV Cargo, Passenger, and NV200 vans in the summer of 2021 in order to concentrate on its core products and focus on Nissan Business Advantage to give buyers of commercial vehicles additional options. Vans will continue to be sold in the United States through recognized Business Certified Dealers (for NV Cargo and Passenger) till the end of 2021, whichever comes first.
According to Jennifer Moser, Nissan North America’s director of fleet sales and residual value, “We’re also aligning with our product line.” For instance, “from a strategic sense, we have aggressively invested in our sedans and small sedans at a time when many of our competitors are stepping away from the market.”
Nissan’s business benefits include:
- All Nissan automobiles are eligible. Full vehicle lineup.
- Commercial financing: Programs for special commercial loans begin when two or more automobiles are sold.
- Business-to-business deals, upfit allowances, and the chance to accrue rewards for purchases are examples of unusual sales incentives.
- Delivery on demand: Commercial purchases may be made from dealer stock or customized. All Nissan dealers offer individualized delivery.
- For Nissan corporate clients, priority service includes roadside assistance, in-dealer servicing, and pre-paid maintenance to keep commercial cars on the road and functional.
- centralized billing: monthly business billing that is consolidated and streamlined
automobiles maintained at Nissan dealerships (which will be available in March 2021).
According to Moser, “We’ve seen commercial growth year after year, and 2019 was bigger than 2018. We want to make sure that we’re organized to seize the opportunity and service the businesses who are obviously developing in the vehicle acquisition sector.
Moser also emphasized Nissan’s continuous commitment to safety technologies through its suite of Nissan Safety Shield 360 solutions and its electric vehicle lineup, both of which continue to be of great interest to fleets.
Commercial EV sales are on the rise, according to Moser. “Business clients are increasingly telling us they have corporate goals of decreasing their carbon footprint and attaining better fuel efficiency,” he added.
Nissan is now promoting ten new products in the United States over the course of 20 months, six of which will hit dealerships by the end of 2021 and will all be accessible to Business Advantage customers.
Nissan has left the American van market.
Nissan will eliminate at least one-fifth of the 69 nameplates it sells globally in order to save $2.8 billion in costs, and some of those victims are expected to come from its commercial vehicle sector. Nissan is apparently giving up on vans in America after a little more than ten years in the market, having only attained a small portion of the market share it sought.
According to a Nissan insider who spoke to Automotive News, “We don’t want to go farther in the business of vans in the U.S.” “We’re going out.”
Nissan sells both cargo and passenger van versions of their van models, the full-size NV, which is based on the Titan, and the unibody, tiny NV200. They were Nissan’s attempt to take a piece of the Detroit-dominated U.S. commercial van industry, which currently numbers around 500,000 cars, and were introduced in 2009 and 2011 respectively. The NV200 and NV failed to gain traction in the van market despite being over two decades younger than some of its competitors; by 2019, they had only managed to scrounge together an eight percent market share.
Less than 39,000 Nissan vans were sold last year overall, which is roughly 6,000 fewer than Ford sold of its then 27-year-old E-series alone. Contrarily, the Nissan NV, in its finest year to date, only accounted for 20,022 sales, or just about a fourth of what the Chevrolet Express achieved. These are partly explained by the fact that it was based on the Titan pickup truck. Despite being tough and more equipped for contractor modifications than some of its rivals, the NV was never a favorite among fleet customers nationwide. The NV’s manufacture would apparently come to a stop, however a completion date was not given.
On the smallest end of the range is the Mexican-built, Nissan Cube-related NV200, which former New York City Governor Michael Bloomberg initially lauded as the “taxi of tomorrow.” The NV200, however, swiftly lost favor with cab drivers who criticized it for its subpar ride quality, difficult entry and exit for senior citizens, and, over time, expensive maintenance expenses. Since then, Nissan has stopped using the NV200 as their official yellow cab, and all taxi models appear to have been abandoned, according to Nissan’s website. Commercial NV200s are still sold, but they don’t sell as well as the Ford Transit Connect, which sold more than two times as many as NV200s in 2019.