With competition coming from the Ford Transit Connect, it's high time Chevrolet got in on the compact hauling action and took the fight to its cross-town rival... and it's doing so with a little help from Nissan. The Chevy City Express, a badge-engineered Nissan NV200, is now arriving at dealers, giving Bowtie fans a counter to Dearborn's compact van.
Chevrolet has announced that its 2015 City Express cargo van will start at $22,950 (*including $995 destination charge). Compared to the $21,150 price (after destination) of the base Nissan NV200 that lives beneath the Bowtie badges and Chevy graphics, and the base City Express LS will command an $1,800 premium over the donor vehicle. Opt for the City Express LT that costs $24,510, and its premium compared to the NV 200 SV is $2,370.
In the words of a Nissan public relations person, meet the "second best-looking van in Chicago." That's right, Nissan's taxi-friendly NV200 has donned a Bowtie here in the Windy City and been branded the 2015 Chevrolet City Express.
If you're thinking, "hey, that looks familiar..." you aren't alone. We've already seen photos of the 2015 Chevrolet City Express van. And before that, we've already learned everything there is to know about the Nissan NV200 upon which its quite obviously based. Now, though, the City Express is holding its official coming out party at the Chicago Auto Show, and we finally have the official details about what'll hopefully make this van attractive to work-minded buyers.
We've spoken at length previously about the fallacy of poor hatchback sales in the US, and with the runaway success of its Chevrolet Cruze sedan, it's somewhat unsurprising to hear that General Motors is rethinking its decision not to sell an overseas five-door variant in North America as it looks to plug a number of holes in its lineup. GM North American President Mark Reuss admitted during a media luncheon this week that not offering the model "... was a pre-bankruptcy planning mistake," says
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.