There's no limit to what a versatile commercial van can be used for, from shuttling travelers to and from the airport to delivering all manner of goods and services. In many cities that includes food trucks, which have rapidly been growing in popularity especially in Los Angeles.

To demonstrate that versatility, Nissan is bringing a pair of food trucks to the LA Auto Show where hacks like us – at least, the lactose-tolerant among us – will be treated to grilled cheese and ice cream sandwiches. The foodstuffs are being provided by The Grilled Cheese Truck and the Coohlaus truck, two of LA's most popular mobile eateries, which have each found their way into a new Nissan NV2500 High Roof van.
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11.14.2011 , LOS ANGELES
Nissan Serves Up a "Taste of Innovation" with Food Truck Concepts Built with Nissan NV Commercial Vans
– Two Popular Food Trucks, The Grilled Cheese Truck and Coolhaus Truck, Debut New Nissan NV-based Versions During Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days –

Innovation, as practiced by Nissan's creative design, engineering and product development teams can take many forms – from the recently introduced "most room for the dollar" Nissan Versa Sedan to the all-new category defining Nissan NV van, Nissan's first entry into the commercial vehicle segment in North America. Innovation, as they will remind you, takes a willingness to take risks, to think outside the category, and to mix together combinations of features and functions that might not have been thought of before.

The same can be said of the epicurean innovators behind two of Los Angeles' most popular food trucks, The Grilled Cheese Truck and Coolhaus truck. Both companies are teaming with Nissan to combine their innovative takes on two food classics – grilled cheese sandwiches and ice cream sandwiches – with a pair of custom-outfitted Nissan NV vans. The two NV2500 High Roof food truck concepts make their debuts this week not on the streets of L.A., but inside the Convention Center's West Hall where they will be providing gourmet sandwiches (cheese and ice cream respectively) to media attending the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Grilled Cheese Truck, which has been featured on ABC's Good Morning, America, the Food Network and in The New York Times, offers a menu ranging from "Plain and Simple Melts" and "Cheesy Mac and Rib" to "Bayou Melts" and "Dessert Melts." The Coolhaus Truck, which has also been covered in the national media and has been ranked as one of L.A. Top Food Trucks by Zagat Survey, offers handmade, uniquely flavored gourmet ice cream sandwiches with edible wrappers. The selection includes innovative flavors such as Strawberry Jalapeno, Wasabi, Mango Sticky Rice and Olive Oil with Rosemary.

The Nissan NV food truck concepts feature custom fold-out serving windows, work counters and full exterior graphics.

"Since its introduction last spring, the Nissan NV van is proving itself in a wide range of commercial uses, from construction to delivery services, in both Standard Roof and High Roof body styles," said Joe Castelli, vice president, Commercial Vehicles and Fleet, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). "The Nissan NV High Roof model is especially adaptable for food truck and catering use thanks to its 76.9-inch tall interior, which provides the flexibility for the mobile chefs to comfortably move around inside while creating their gastronomical delights."

The Nissan NV is offered in three well-equipped models: NV1500, NV2500 HD, NV3500 HD and with a choice of two powerful yet fuel-efficient engines – a 4.0-liter V6 and 5.6-liter V8. Both are mated to a standard 5-speed automatic transmission.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, design, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010 and has been recognized as a 2010 and 2011 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information about Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.Infiniti.com.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010.

With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands.

A pioneer in zero emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year award.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to Sustainable Mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


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      ffantone
      • 3 Years Ago
      The reason the van has a truck like front end is tow-fold. First, the bumper height is set at the relative height of passenger vehicles, so it helps minimize accident damage for frontal collisions, and of even more importance, the engine isn't located inside the van ala Chevy and Ford. If you need to do any major service where you need to get into the engine you have the fun prospect if your own the Ford E Series or Chevy Econoline of having to remove the engine cover between the front seats and working on the engine from the cabin of the van. Now how backwards and illogical is that? My take is the NV van is not the prettiest design, but for what you get, it blows away the compettive options from Ford and Chevy. Sprinter is nicer but starts out at almost $10K more.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ffantone
        "Now how backwards and illogical is that? " Not backwards or illogical at all. The cab-over design had reigned for so long because of its space efficiency. If you ever have to parallel park your van or park it in a garage, you will appreciate this design. Virtually the entire length of a traditional van is usable cabin and cargo space. A full 1/4 of this vehicle's length is unusable engine compartment space. And as far as ease of service, after 50 years of cab-over design domination, believe me, van mechanics have no trouble at all servicing a cab-over vehicle - they have it down to a science. I mean really, if the 2 box design held the advantage, don't you think Ford and Chevy would have taken advantage of their pickup platforms to build something like this decades ago? What you see here is no advantage, it's simply the cheapest and easiest way for Nissan to field a player in this segment.
        Scr
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ffantone
        If this thing was designed to make major servicing easier, that usually means it will needs lots of service! In this day and age, you really don't need to be doing much to it that you would need that kind of ready access to the engine compartment. Well, reading the reliability ratings of the Titan, maybe they were right to make it easy to fix. I think it has much more to do with not redesigning an entire platform by apeing as much as possible from the low-volume Titan, on which this is based. Wait for the Ford T-Series...game over.
      Scr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Besides being proportionally ugly, that long hood is a deal breaker. There is a reason why step vans and even sprinters would be better...more space per wheel base. This is a very inefficeint design for a panel truck as almost a third of the wheelbase is taken up by the hood/engine compartment. Sprinters and traditional step-vans are cab-over, so they offer vastly more amounts of space. Even the E-series or whatver Chevy is calling their van now are more efficient with space. Small wheelbase also means tighter turn radius, helpful in urban areas. I'd also be worried about visibility with this thing, the cab seems set so far back.
      RobbieP
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a schnozzz ... note to Nissan "You've gotten away with the Cube and the Juke for now, but Americans don't embrace ugly very well!
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      Brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      I generally like the NV vans but come-on, that yellow one is just plain cheesy.
      4RR4Y
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quite sad to see the NV get so much flack... I had the opportunity to examine one the other day, and it's far better than its current sales figures suggest. Even with the standard roof, the room for both front occupants is immense and rather comfortable (I'm 6'3"), with ample head- and legroom. Though the NV does not offer a diesel powertrain as in the Sprinter, it is an excellent alternative to the Mercedes, offering comparable versatility at a fraction of the price. That being said, the NV looks far better in person than it does in pictures.
        Brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4RR4Y
        ...... With that said though, I do think it looks better without the high-rise roof. I like the standard height NV best.
        Brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @4RR4Y
        I can't agree with you more, I think that the NV is a really nice van. It seems that everyone who has driven one is very impressed with how they drive and how comfortable they are to ride in. Sadly, it seems that many people write it off simply because it is a Nissan and looks a little different from it's competitors (which by the way are not winning any styling contests- they look down-right hideous). I actually love the looks of the NV and I am not even someone who needs a commercial van. I think that Nissan did a great job on it and I commend them for branching out into new markets. Sadly, it seems that many consumers who actually need a commercial van will not even give the Nissan the courtesy of a test drive. They are probably scared that they will end up liking it.
      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Painting it like that doesn't make it look any better.
      Dane Grant
      • 3 Years Ago
      You can paint a barn purple and it is still a barn.... Ford will outsell this thing 5:1 when the new Transit Van arrives next year...
      PheelACCD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yeah... not the same appeal as the original food trucks they're based on... They're wacky and look hand-built, with an ingenious DIY appeal. Not translated on the NV.
      postpast
      • 3 Years Ago
      Saw one the other day, thought about how it looks, then thought, maybee i should lay off auto publications for a little bit.
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