While getting our first in-person look at the 2012 Nissan NV3500 passenger van today, Nissan's Vice President of Commercial and Fleet Vehicles, Joe Castelli, informed Autoblog that there's plenty more news to come from the automaker's nascent commercial vehicle line in the very near future.

Obviously, the major news surrounding Nissan's commercial business was the recent announcement that its NV200 van has been selected to be the next-generation New York City taxi – big shoes to fill now that the Ford Crown Victoria has finally ceased production. To build on the momentum of the NV200 taxi here in the States, Castelli tells us that Nissan plans to offer a retail version to fill out its commercial vehicle line. Consider it Nissan's answer to the Ford Transit Connect.

The NV200 is already sold in other markets (the European version is pictured above) and Castelli says that while some modifications will need to be made before it enters the U.S. market, it's something Nissan is willing to take on. After all, the NV is already being repurposed for taxi duty, so transforming it into a work-ready small van should be a piece of cake. Let's just hope it has a quicker start out of the gate than Nissan's full-size NV line, which has struggled to find early sales traction here in North America.


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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another odd looking Nissan product (no surprise there). But I could see these being used by some limo companies for short runs to/from the airports in lieu of some of the Lincolns and Suburbans they now use to cart 1-2 people. Put a couple bucket seats in the center row.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great call...hope it comes here with a diesel as offered overseas
      sharkcamino
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could make a great inexpensive no frills family hauler with the 7 seat configuration.
      Paul Burr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan adds another hideous looking vehicle to it's lineup.
      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool. This could possibly replace my parents' aging Dodge Caravan, which they use to haul around stuff to and from UCLA, in a smaller (maybe more fuel efficient?) and more maneuverable package.
        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4 String
        The Transit is already out. If they were going to replace it and want something smaller, why haven't they brought home one?
      sharkcamino
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could make a great inexpensive no frills family hauler.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      It seems as though they are having a contest to see who can make the ugliest van. You're doing a good job, Nissan.
      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Look alots better than both Ford Transit and NV van.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Shiftright
        • 3 Years Ago
        Why do you say the Ford sucks? One of my clients let me borrow one of their fleet Transit Connects for a weekend to move some stuff and I found it perfect for light commercial work. Of course, it would be much better with a diesel.
      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      This van has been a consistent award winner in Europe, where vans are more important than trucks, essentially sweeping every major award when it was introduced. In comparison to the Transit Connect, the NV200 has significantly more cargo space, a better suspension, more hauling capacity, better fuel economy, more features, etc., but has approximately the same length and a tighter turning radius. The proportions serve a functional purpose. http://www.fleet.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=548:nissan-nv200-international-van-of-the-year-2010&catid=25:news-fleet-van-a-utility&Itemid=19 http://europeanmotornews.com/2009/12/08/nissan-nv200-is-what-van-van-of-the-year/ http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2010/04/13/472954.html The biggest issue is that it was introduced a couple of years ago and we probably aren't going to get it here for another year or so.
        Lowland
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lne937s
        I have yet to see my first Nissan van anywhere in Europe. It might have won some rewards but it certainly hasn't translated into sales.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Must Nissan automatically equal ugly nowadays?
      Oceanblue78
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow thats awful.
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