February 18, 2014

Production of the all-new Nissan NT500 Truck begins in Spain

Nissan started the production of the all-new Nissan NT500 Truck at its Avila plant, Spain.

Nissan is reasserting its intention to become a key player in Europe's light commercial vehicle sector with the launch of an all-new and thoroughly modern medium-duty
truck. The new NT500 tops the brand's broad LCV line up and promises high levels of driver comfort and effective cost of ownership from a versatile and durable chassis cab. It offers a wide variety of wheelbases with gross vehicle weights (GVW) starting at 3.5- and rising to 7.5-tonnes and it's available with two different engines, three transmissions and three model grades.

The NT500's driving position provides unique visibility in the light duty truck segment. A commanding driving position is achieved by placing the cabin above the engine, which combined with wide visibility angles allows the driver to make safe and accurate manoeuvres in small spaces.

The new engine range - two versions of the reliable ZD30 diesel engine with 150 and 177 hp - is compliant with Euro 6 emissions regulations, while three transmissions are available. The robust new chassis is designed to support straightforward and flawless conversions.

"The wide range of available GVW's and wheel bases and the ease of converting the chassis into a bespoke working vehicle will appeal to the body-builders, while the highly efficient modern engines and extended service intervals will be valued by operators. Drivers, meanwhile, will appreciate the outstanding comfort and practicality of the thoroughly modern and functional truck-like cabin," said Hideto Murakami, Corporate Vice-President and Head of the Global Light Commercial Vehicles Business Unit of Nissan Motor Company.

Andy Palmer, Executive Vice-President and Chief Planning Officer, added, "With NT500 joining NT400 Cabstar, NV400, Primastar, NV200 and Navara - not to mention the imminent arrival of the pure electric e-NV200 van - there can be no doubt that Nissan has one of the widest and most versatile ranges of commercial vehicles."

"We are also implementing significant improvements to our LCV dealer standards and developing a number of dedicated Business Centers across Europe to ensure the quality of our trucks and vans is matched by the back up service we provide,"  Palmer added.


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