The new ultimate?
Among the many exotic automotive offerings revealed to the assembled media at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show was Nissan’s new compact cargo van. Exotic, no. Lustworthy? Well, yeah.
It was at Chicago in 2008 that Ford introduced the Transit Connect, which Scootin’ Old Skool regularly and often reminds its dear readers is, IMO, the Ultimate Scooter Hauler™.
Where I live, lots of tradespeople, small business owners and other folks with stuff to haul find the TC quite useful, at least based on how many you’ll see running around. In Europe, small vans like this are more numerous than pickup trucks in the U.S.
Notice how low the cargo bay floor is. Vans of this type have front-wheel drive, which means lotsa room for scooters and other gear. The NV200 even has a CVT, just like a modern scooter. The uplevel SV trim includes built-in cargo hooks in the floor.
The NV200 will go on sale in early 2013, about the same time Chrysler plans to introduce a similar Ram-branded van. Mercedes-Benz may even jump in. The Transit Connect will need to watch its back.