Your eyes do not deceive you – that is, in fact, a Nissan NV200 work van with Chevrolet badging. General Motors and Nissan today announced a partnership where the Japanese automaker will build Bowtie-badged vans for Chevy dealers to sell throughout the United States and Canada. The new van, called the City Express, is expected to go on sale in the fall of 2014.

"Our fleet customers have asked us for an entry in the commercial small van segment, so this addition to the Chevrolet portfolio will strengthen our position with fleets and our commercial customers," Ed Peper, US vice president of GM fleet and commercial sales, said in a press release.

No details have been released regarding specific changes for the new City Express, though from the images released today, it's clear that the vehicle's front fascia has been reworked, and some super-sexy new wheel covers have been added. If we're honest, the NV200 wasn't all that pretty to begin with, and this, well, isn't any better. Not that looks are of primary concern in the commercial truck business, of course.

Nissan already sells the NV200 in several global markets; it has even been selected as the New York City Taxi of Tomorrow. Pricing for the new City Express will be revealed closer to the van's launch, and we'll be curious to see how it lines up with the NV200's numbers. Either way, we think this has all the signs of a win-win for both companies – Nissan has the capacity and Chevy has a pretty pronounced need for modern commercial vans.

Have a look below for the official press release from GM.
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GM to Source Small Cargo Vehicle from Nissan for U.S., Canada Markets

DETROIT and NASHVILLE, Tenn. – General Motors Co. and Nissan announced today the companies have signed an agreement for Nissan to produce a small cargo vehicle that GM will sell in the United States and Canada.

GM will procure the vehicle from Nissan and distribute it through the Chevrolet dealer network. GM expects the Chevrolet City Express, based on the Nissan NV200, to be available for sale in the fall of 2014.

"Our fleet customers have asked us for an entry in the commercial small van segment, so this addition to the Chevrolet portfolio will strengthen our position with fleets and our commercial customers," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial Sales.

Joe Castelli, Nissan vice president, commercial vehicles and fleet added, "Working with partners to expand markets for our innovative products enhances Nissan's growth and manufacturing efficiency by leveraging our capacity to meet growing demand in this space."

Nissan currently sells a version of the vehicle as the NV200 in numerous markets globally, including the United States and Canada. The Nissan NV200, a spacious-yet-compact commercial vehicle, is a previous winner of the International Van of the Year Award. Cost of ownership for the vehicle is among the lowest in the class due to low running costs, the high efficiency of the engines and drivetrains and a safety structure that helps to minimize crash damage.

The price of the Chevrolet City Express will be announced later.


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      Egon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow. That...thing...looks like a 21st Century rendering of the Lumina APV.
      Jay-Zeus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did someone blurt out that this needed DIRECT INJECTION DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION ALL-WHEEL DRIVE yet?
        Indubitably
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jay-Zeus
        "DIRECT INJECTION DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION ALL-WHEEL DRIVE" + diesel and for $12k.
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jay-Zeus
        And why are there those rear sliding doors? Make it a two-door hatch or I'll never buy it.
          Dean
          • 1 Year Ago
          @cpmanx
          Did you not watch Mr & Mrs Smith? The sliding doors sure do come in handy...
      EJD1984
      • 1 Year Ago
      You'd think that GM would have something in it's global portfolio to enter this van segment. Unless this Nissan van is being used as a placeholder until a small van can be be developed on the upcoming Chevrolet Colorado truck platform.
        pmpjunkie01
        • 1 Year Ago
        @EJD1984
        Being that their Opel Combo offering is based on the Fiat Doblo they seem to have a gap in their global portfolio. The closest they have is the Opel Vivaro which also is a re-badged Renault/Nissan.
      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Actually nothing new here, automakers have been doing this for years. Remember the Nissan Quest was a Mercury Villager. And the VW Routan is a Chrysler Town and Country. There are numerous other models that they used to do this with in the past.
        Kyle Otto Maduro
        • 4 Months Ago
        @anon

        It's the other way around. The Mercury Villager was a rebadged Nissan Quest.

        thatitaliankid321
        • 1 Year Ago
        @anon
        THe Quest had a lot of body parts stamped in the Ford plant in Walton Hills and the VW had many of the same van parts that Chrysler used to make in Twinsburg
      Ian R. Campbell
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess this was the cheapest/easiest way to enter this segment - rebadge an existing Nissan product that has already gone through the EPA\NHTSA certification process.
        rbnhd1144
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ian R. Campbell
        Oh Yes I agree, I think Chevy will do well with it, I sure wish it didnt have a CVT.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      In this segment,function is more important than form.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      It has the same 'skin stretched back' look of a hound dog sticking his nose under the fence, but the rest of his body won't fit.
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I still see old Chevy/GMC Astro/Safari work vans. I guess they finally realized that it really did need a replacement.
      IBx27
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ed Peper: "Our fleet customers have asked us for an entry in the commercial small van segment..." ...so you gave them a Nissan.
      P.Z. Dawkins
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is so weird.
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congratulations Dan Ackerson, you came up with a plan that NOBODY would have never thought of doing in a million years.
      Mark S
      • 1 Year Ago
      Which engine?
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