Nissan has confirmed plans for its next generation of small vans for customers in Europe. Naming and detailed product information will be released closer to the launch date but the Japanese automaker has confirmed the range will include all-electric versions alongside its internal combustion engine options. There will also be new commercial and passenger vehicle variants, with various size combinations.
Nissan’s next-generation models will be built on an Alliance platform alongside the next-generation Renault Kangoo. The allocation of the next-generation of Nissan small vans to Maubeuge plant means that in the future, all of Nissan’s vans for European customers will be manufactured in France.
The next-generation all-electric van will continue the success of the Nissan e-NV200, which was the first all-electric commercial vehicle for the mass market when it launched in 2014. Not only does it offer a zero-emission solution for deliveries into towns and cities, but can save businesses significant amounts of money by avoiding fuel, vehicle duty and city centre congestion zone charges.
Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s COO, said: “This future van announcement is more evidence of the strong momentum building for Nissan in Europe as we continue to advance our Nissan NEXT business transformation plan. Manufacturing our future products together with our Alliance partner brings competitive advantages for both companies and is another example of our win-win strategy.
“While it is too early to give any detailed product information, our customers can be sure they will have a strong Nissan identity and continue our mission of making the all-electric driving experience a viable option for everyone.”