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Nissan has kicked off production of its all-new 2012 NV commercial truck. Scheduled to go on sale this spring, the NV will be available in three variants; NV1500, NV2500 HD and NV3500 HD. Two different configurations will also be offered: a standard roof or high roof that offers more interior work and/or cargo space.

Power comes from a choice of familiar six or eight-cylinder engines. The 4.0-liter V6 produces 261 horsepower and 281 pound-feet of torque while the 5.6-liter V8 delivers 317 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. Both engines drive the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission.

Body-on-frame construction should help the NV go a long way in the rugged work truck category. Inside, a few trick features will help further set it apart from competitors like the Ford Transit Connect. The passenger seat folds flat to offer up its backside as a workspace. The large, lockable center console offers plenty of storage and 120V outlets are installed front and rear.

The 2012 Nissan NV starts at an MSRP of $24,950. Once the NV configurator comes online, we (and tradesmen in need of a new ride) should be able to elevate that sticker price significantly.

[Source: Nissan]
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All-New Nissan NV Commercial Van Production Begins at Expanded Mississippi Assembly Facility

Job One Ceremonies Mark Official Launch of $118 Million Canton Plant Expansion and Nissan's Entry into U.S. Commercial Vehicle Market

CANTON, Miss., Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today officially launched production of its all-new 2012 Nissan NV commercial van with Job One ceremonies at its expanded Canton, MS assembly facility. In attendance at the ceremony were Nissan Americas Chairman Carlos Tavares, Nissan Manufacturing and Purchasing Senior Vice President Bill Krueger, Nissan Manufacturing Canton Vice President Dan Bednarzyk, Nissan Commercial Vehicles Vice President Joe Castelli, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Gray Swoope.

The Canton facility, originally opened in 2003, underwent a two-year, $118 million expansion to accommodate production of the new Nissan NV, including:

A 14,499 square foot Body Assembly Shop expansion
Modification of 79,200 square feet of existing Body Assembly Shop
Modifications to 59,000 square feet of existing Paint Shop plus the addition of 49,000 square feet
And a new assembly line in the existing Trim and Chassis Shop

The Canton facility also produces the Nissan Altima sedan, Titan pickup and Armada SUV. Employment at the plant is 3,300.

"Today's Job One ceremony not only commemorates a new era for the Canton plant and launch of the innovative Nissan NV commercial van, it also represents growth for Nissan in North America and affirmation of our dedication to building the highest quality products for customers in every major product segment," said Tavares. "Nissan has been a leading innovator in commercial vehicles around the world for more than 75 years. It's with great pride that Nissan now enters the commercial vehicle market in the United States and Canada with the dynamic lineup of innovative, high quality Nissan NV vans built right here in Mississippi."

Nissan also announced the donation of a new 2012 Nissan NV to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Jackson, MS for their use in building new homes in the Canton - Jackson region. Over the past five years, Nissan has provided over $5 million in grant money and in-kind donations to Habitat for Humanity, and over 5,000 Nissan team members have volunteered in more than 25 home builds across the United States.

"Since we think the Nissan NV is ideally suited for use by contractors such as home builders, we've decided to let Habitat for Humanity put it to the test in the real world," said Tavares.

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 pickup truck-style full-length hood, providing generous access to the engine for service and maintenance and added driver compartment roominess and comfort, 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 large lockable center console (also segment-exclusive) 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. Available 120V power outlets are located in the center console and rear of the cargo compartment.

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 available inner panels to prevent cargo from denting the vehicle's outer skin. 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. 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.

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price* (MSRP) for the 2012 Nissan NV starts at $24,590. Full information on the complete NV lineup is available at nissancommercialvehicles.com.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It may be because I'm from Europe but I can't see why a van of this size needs a V8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They have a plant in MS.
      They are selling what - 20k Titan(ic) pickups a year? Or about 2 weeks of Ford pickup production?

      Obviously they are desperate to put something in there to spread the costs without investing much in tooling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is 2011, this is a new (true non-"sport")) utility truck/van, this is
      not available with a diesel? This is silly and unwise?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. Just blindly following in the narrow minded footsteps of US manufacturers when they could have taken advantage of the opportunity to do something different and sensible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look for large incentives on these Gas Hogs! Nissan missed the boat.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess Nissan figured out a way to unload all those unsold Titan production quotas....build an equally uninspiring full size van......snore........
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why no diesel?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Swap out the cargo area for some bench seats, replace the panels with windows. This thing could be a pretty good people hauler
        • 4 Years Ago
        dead hooker hauler?

        no i agree. i don't get the lack of econoline alternatives.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Swap the Nissan badge for a Ford one, and noone could tell the difference. Pathetic, shameless, design rip-off, Nissan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      6 and 8 Zylinders. No diesel. The crisis is gone and nothing has changed in America/american minds...

      Sad, sad story...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just wait another year when gas hits $4.50 a gallon, and we'll see what happens.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is ridiculous.

      The nose is too freakin' big. Anyone who needs and drives a van everyday knows this.

      File this under: STUPID. There is a reason nobody took a fullsize truck and made it into a van.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dude, the nose is big because they probably want to make it easier to service the engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait I just read..how on earth does this compete with a Transit Connect?
        • 4 Years Ago

        As I commented when I first saw Nissan's plans for this, I have big doubts with the success of this vehicle. It is clearly NOT direct competition with the Transit (it is neither compact nor fuel efficient). It is an E-Series competitor and you just can't beat Ford & GM in the full-size van market here in the US. Besides, from what I've heard from Titan owners, it seems like they'd do better to focus on improving their current truck line rather than introducing another option in a market that doesn't need one. Or they could introduce a REAL Transit competitor, but that'd just make too much sense..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very ugly and it should have had a diesel option right from the start. Maybe by the time fuel is $5/gallon in the US next year they will offer it with a diesel.
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