Nissan’s upcoming commercial lineup will debut as a 2012 model as a result of production shifts at the automaker’s Mississippi plant. NV commercial van production will now start in January of next year.
The large size of the commercial vans led to $118 million in changes to Nissan’s Mississippi plant. Interestingly, most of the plant modifications were made in the paint plant, because each van needs about 10 gallons of paint.
Currently, 16 percent of Nissan’s global sales are commercial vehicles, though that percentage could creep upward with a successful release of the NV lineup in the U.S. Does the Nissan NV have what it takes to stick it to Ford’s Transit Connect and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans? We’ll discover the answer next year.
Source: Associated Press via The Detroit News