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Click above for a high-res image gallery of the Nissan NV200

Last month, Nissan unveiled the production compact NV200 minivan (Nissan still refers to the vehicle as a Vanette, seriously) at the Geneva Motor Show, and today, the Japanese automaker has officially announced that sales have begun. The first deliveries in Japan, which is the first market getting access to the van, will happen in mid-May.

Nissan will offer two separate styles of NV200, one for commercial use, called DX, and one to haul people and their belongings called the Wagon 16S. Both machines use the same exterior sheetmetal, featuring an oddly arrayed set of character lines that break up the slab-sided and top-heavy proportions dictated by the van's shape.

Differences between the two models are most apparent inside. The Wagon model offers seating for seven, while the DX can swallow 4.1 cubic meters (145 cubic feet) of stuff. We'd be surprised if the NV200 didn't make it to the U.S. market within the next few years, as Nissan has made it clear that it has global aspirations for this vehicle. Check out our galleries below and see the official press release after the break.

[Source: Nissan]



TOKYO (April 2, 2009)-- Nissan Motor Co.,Ltd.(NML) today announced the start of the pre-launch sales for the all-new NV200 van in Japan. Following its global debut at the 79th International Geneva Motor Show in March, Japan will be the first market to launch this next generation global van starting mid-May.

The compact NV200 Vanette will be offered in two configurations - the Van DX light commercial van and the Wagon 16S people carrier.

The NV200 Vanette* has been designed to meet the demands of a wide-range of customers for a functional and versatile vehicle that delivers great value-for-money.

The compact van combines intelligent layout and packaging to deliver a class-leading 4.1 cubic of loading space. The wagon is a seven-seater people carrier offering a more spacious interior with car-like comfort and features.

Powered by the 1.6L HR16DE petrol engine, the van also offers excellent driving performance without compromising fuel efficiency, for a low total cost of ownership.

*:The name NV200 is derived from New generation for N, Vehicle for V, and 200 for its Van classification.
Inheriting the current Vannete heritage, the name expresses the concept of the car which is a new-generation LCV that is designed for the needs of modern business.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "...featuring an oddly arrayed set of character lines that break up the slab-sided and top-heavy proportions dictated by the van's shape."

      Know what would break up the huge slab sided proportions? How about a color that does not burn my eyes, or remind me of Will Ferrel and Chris Kataan SNL skit? How about grey with a black roof and blacked out roof pillars?
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like the downgraded version of Nissan Elgrand, which is only available in Japan and Hong Kong to me.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Elgrand, Traffic, Primastar are much bigger than the NV 200, some of you people jump to conclusions without thinking, Id buy an Elgrand, Traffic or Primastar Cargo can if they were sold in America, I often wonder why we miss out on such fantastic rigs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Jason, The Transit Connect will fit in a regular garage its not as tall as some pics may make it look, It will be a great little rig.

      The NV200 will be good too, its a small and very basic looking van it should be cheaper than normal minivans.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks nice, but it's such a letdown after the original NV200 concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Lumina APV lives...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Renaul Traffic with NISSAN badges on it..

        Nissan has taken all the stuff Renault has and sells them to americans, which them hates the french, but buys their stuff anyway just by changing the name.

        Nissan quest / Nissan Tiida / Nissan platina = 100% renaults.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do not tell a lie!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ callmessis

        this is lot smaler than the Renault Trafic which is already sold as Nissan Primastar..
        This NV200 screams I am frensh in a Nissan Kimono... the design is 100% Renault special the interior which is a updated Renault Trafic interior
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