Chevrolet announced that it will introduce a small cargo van called the City Express, but it won’t be a General Motors design. The new City Express will be based on the Nissan NV200, but rebadged and sold at Chevrolet dealers in the U.S. and Canada.
Chevrolet says its customers have asked for an urban-sized cargo van, and that working with Nissan allows it to meet that demand quickly. Chrysler Group caters to this market segment with the Dodge Caravan-based Ram C/V; Ford will introduce the new 2014 Transit Connect later this year.
“This addition to the Chevrolet portfolio will strengthen our position with fleets and our commercial customers,” GM fleet and commercial sales vice president Ed Peper said in a statement.
The City Express will be built by Nissan at the same plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico, that assembles the NV200. It’s currently unclear whether the Chevrolet will have any mechanical differences from the Nissan version; a Nissan spokesman says the City Express has different aesthetic components from the A-pillar forward (as seen in the illustration above), as well as uniquely branded interior trim. The Nissan NV200 uses a 2.0-liter inline-four engine with 131 hp and a continuously variable transmission.
The 2015 Chevrolet City Express goes on sale in fall 2014. Pricing will be announced closer to that time; the 2013 Nissan NV200 starts at $20,835 after an $845 destination charge.