Nissan will introduce a new line of commercial vehicles, including an electric model, built on a chassis shared by the Renault-Nissan partnership. It implies that a new model, which will probably be based on the brand-new Renault Kangoo ZE, would replace the electric E-NV200, which is now manufactured in Barcelona.
Nissan’s factory in Canton, Mississippi produces the NV, which is based on the Titan’s platform, while the NV200 is produced in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Sales will continue through the end of the year or until the supply runs out once production stops in the summer of 2021.
Dealers won’t be thrilled with this choice. According to Automotive News Canada, a portion of Nissan’s 1,074 U.S. dealers made changes to their shops, including heavy-duty hoists, for the van market. These improvements were made. According to the journal, Ford had 48.6% of the large-van market in the U.S. last year, while Nissan had a 4.9-percent share.
The Titan will continue to be marketed in the United States in King Cab and Crew Cab configurations, as well as 4×2 or 4×4. It is presently only offered as the Crew Cab 4×4 in Canada.
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).
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.
The e-NV200 from Voltia was created in close collaboration with Nissan, therefore the manufacturer’s regular guarantee on the chassis is still in effect (Bevan will back the bodywork with its own five-year coverage). The 40 kWh battery is sufficient for a 200 km range (124 miles).
A production goal of 10 automobiles per week, or a few hundred annually, was set by Bevan Group.
“With the new arrangement, Voltia will not only be able to sell automobiles at prices that are substantially lower than they were previously able to be, but also get access to Bevan Group’s marketing expertise and in-depth understanding of the British and Irish markets.
Potential clients can now test drive a fleet of display cars, and in January technicians from the Bevan Group received training at the Voltia headquarters in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
Before the end of January, one of its facilities in the Black Country town of Wednesbury is scheduled to start producing cars. The company’s initial goal is to produce 10 cars each week.
However, Bevan Group ultimately intends to hire an EV-dedicated team, creating up to 20 new jobs, and decrease costs even further by producing all necessary parts “in-house.” Bevan Group will convert Nissan chassis using imported panels and components provided by Voltia.”
Anthony Bevan, managing director of the Bevan Group, said:
“The Nissan e-NV200 with Voltia conversion is an exceptional product that combines the environmental friendliness of a completely electric, zero-emission drivetrain with the market-leading productivity of an 8m3 carrying capacity. This is a tremendously exciting potential for our business.
“Additionally, the fact that the driver may stand up in the rear of the van has clear health and safety advantages, and with a range of approximately 125 miles, it comfortably exceeds the needs of the majority, if not all, “last mile” delivery specialists.
We’ll also be providing a variety of racking solutions to fit the demands of professionals that work in urban areas, such as plumbers, electricians, and carpenters, because these features make the van a very compelling proposition for them.
We’ll have more news very soon, so keep watching this space. “Important though it is, the launch of our new partnership with Voltia represents just the first phase of a major strategy under which we intend to establish Bevan Group as the UK’s leading provider of conversion and bodybuilding services for electric vehicles.”
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.