Nissan to launch commercial truck in 2010

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Nissan Commercial Vehicles showed its NV2500 concept urban delivery truck in Chicago at the Work Truck Show. The truck is one of the largest concept vehicles Nissan has ever developed and rides on a modified Titan pickup truck frame. Nissan expects the NV2500 to enter the North American market sometime next year.

Nissan says the new truck will be built at the company’s Canton, Mississippi manufacturing facility and will feature a Cummins diesel engine and ZF transmission. The new truck will be part of a multi-segment product range of vehicles up to Class 5 in terms of gross vehicle weight ratings. Nissan will invest $118 million in the Canton plant to facilitate production there.

Although company officials admit they are newcomers to the North American commercial truck market, they are quick to point out that Nissan commercial trucks are already in 73 percent of the world’s markets and enjoy large market share in Mexico, South America, Europe, Japan and other countries and have been mainstays in those markets for more than 50 years in some cases.

Features showcased on the concept vehicle at the Work Truck Show included tall, 60/40 split barn door vertical rear cargo doors with built-in storage compartments, sustainable wood slats for tying down cargo, a mid-vehicle work station with oversized computer monitor, rotatable passenger chair, desk and easy-clean keyboard, flip-up style external work shelf and built-in storage compartments with custom-fit power tool slots.