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Nissan is getting to work launching its NV commercial vehicle in the North American market, and prices have just been announced. The body-on-frame NV will be built in Canton, Mississippi and will start at $24,590 for a V6-powered NV with standard roof. A high-roof SV-trim NV 3500 with a 317-hp, 5.6-liter V8 rings up at $32,190.

Nissan's work van offering joins the ranks of a burgeoning segment populated by vehicles like the Ford Transit Connect, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and even the Dodge Grand Caravan Cargo Van. The only one of those vehicles that approaches the NV's space is the Sprinter, and Nissan's muscular V6 and V8 powertrains are brawnier than everyone else. It's almost enough to make you want to go to work. Almost. Press release posted after the jump.

[Source: Nissan]

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12.14.2010 , FRANKLIN, Tenn.

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced that the 2012 Nissan NV, the company's first entry into the commercial vehicle market in the United States will start at $24,590. The NV is the culmination of 75 years of Nissan commercial vehicle experience in the global marketplace.

The 2012 NV, which has been designed and conceived as a solution to the needs of today's commercial van customers, will be produced at Nissan's Canton, MS. assembly facility. It is scheduled to go on sale through a select network of Nissan Commercial Vehicle dealers nationwide beginning in spring 2011.

The NV lineup offers durable body-on-frame construction and choice of standard roof or industry-exclusive high roof configurations. Models include the NV1500 with standard 4.0-liter V6 engine, the NV2500 HD with a choice of 4.0-liter V6 or 5.6-liter V8 and the NV3500 HD with standard 5.6-liter V8. All 2012 NV models are equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The NV is available in two grades, S and SV, each delivering smart functionality through a combination of the comfort and roominess of a pickup with the utility of a cargo van.

Key Nissan NV highlights include:
Full access rear doors (maximum opening angle of 243 degrees)
Reinforced integrated cargo area mounting points for durability and ease of cargo management system installation
Vertical side walls in cargo area maximize usable space
Water repellant cloth seating surfaces
Durability patch built into the front seat bolsters to hold up to commercial use
Multifunctional lockable center console offering space to hang files and store a laptop
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2012 Nissan NV Standard Roof models include:

NV 1500 Standard Roof S V6 $24,590 USD
NV 1500 Standard Roof SV V6 $26,190 USD
NV 2500 Standard Roof S V6 $25,590 USD
NV 2500 Standard Roof SV V6 $27,190 USD
NV 2500 Standard Roof S V8 $26,490 USD
NV 2500 Standard Roof SV V8 $28,090 USD
NV 3500 Standard Roof S V8 $28,190 USD
NV 3500 Standard Roof SV V8 $29,790 USD
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2012 Nissan NV High Roof models include:

NV 2500 High Roof S V6 $27,990 USD
NV 2500 High Roof SV V6 $29,590 USD
NV 2500 High Roof S V8 $28,890 USD
NV 2500 High Roof SV V8 $30,490 USD
NV 3500 High Roof S V8 $30,590 USD
NV 3500 High Roof SV V8 $32,190 USD
About the 2012 Nissan NV
Scheduled to launch in spring 2011, the Nissan NV is available in three models, NV1500, NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD, and in two roof configurations – Standard Roof and High Roof. The NV is the first commercial van to offer rugged body-on-frame construction combined with a High Roof, offering most users the ability to walk, stand and work in the cargo area.

The NV's rugged, masculine design combines a full-length hood with access to the engine for service and maintenance, along with signature Nissan styling cues such as large headlights and vertical grille. The broad bodysides project a serious commercial vehicle appearance and provide ample room for company logos and advertising messages. The tall, wide doors offer easy access to the cargo area.

Inside the cab is a roomy comfortable interior with wide, supportive seating and an expansive instrument panel. The passenger seat includes a segment-exclusive fold-down feature, providing a convenient worktable. An available lockable center console offers innovative storage compartments and space to hold binders, hanging file folders and a laptop computer. Other convenient storage spaces include a wide overhead console (available with High Roof models), underseat storage drawers (NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD models) and large door pockets.

The NV also provides exceptional utility, thanks to a long, wide cargo floor, square-top wheelwell housings and nearly vertical sidewalls. Along with maximizing cargo space, the sidewalls accommodate aftermarket storage systems without excessive modification. The cargo area also features a full-length inner panel to prevent cargo from denting the vehicle's outer skin (SV models). There are also multiple integrated reinforced mounting points for durable installation of cargo customization equipment.

Powering the rear-wheel drive Nissan NV is a choice of two powerful yet fuel-efficient engines – a 4.0-liter V6 rated at 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque, and a 5.6-liter V8 rated at 317 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. Both are mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sprinter sales are far far overrated. They're outsold by the oudated gas guzzlers from GM and Ford 15:1 and have actually lost ground.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe this will encourage Ford to bring over the big Transit van from Europe, or perhaps finally spend some development money on the Econoline.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rumors I've heard say that the big Transit is already on its way. But they're late to the game, the Econoline is a bit long in the tooth at this point...
      • 4 Years Ago
      From a work vehicle stand point these blow the competition away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IMO this is going to be an epic fail. The fleets that buy the cheapest thing available won't be picking up these, and anyone looking for low operating costs will pass as well. Same goes for the 'buy American' guys.

      No diesel option = instant fail, IMO
      • 4 Years Ago
      That front end looks quite a bit like an F150/Expedition. I wonder when Ford is going to redo their full sizers. I think it is a shame they do not sell the conversions anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Big + ugly + space inefficient + no diesel option = will sell well in America.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One factor to consider is reliability. Lets face it, the Titan is repeatedly rated as the most unreliable of the trucks in it's segment. Is this a risk some shoppers are willing to take? Plus the after market industry has catered mostly to Econolines and GMs, that might not help those who wish to add certain toys for their profession.

      Not sure why Autoblog thru in Transit Connect there into the mix of competitors, thats a different size class altogether.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks particularly awkward with that long truck nose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder, can you put a dirtbike in there?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably several. I used to carry my KLR650 in a Ford Aerostar, so a smaller bike in a much larger van, no problem...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now thats a nissan fit for stripers!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, with the addition of the appropriate equipment, road crews could definitely use it for painting road striping.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I'm squinting at these pictures trying to figure out what you were getting at.

        "Nissan built for stripers"? What?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seriously looks like a Dodge RAMified commercial van. It appears to be a class size up from the Transit. It's definitely competition for the Sprinter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      give me a sprinter anyday
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