Nissan Motor Co.,Ltd. (NML) announced today the launch of the first of 13 all-new light commercial vehicles (LCV), planned for introduction during the Nissan GT 2012 mid term business plan period, ending in 2012.

Sales of the NP200 compact pick up will start in South Africa on October 1st, 2008, to address the needs of both business users and private motorists looking for a practical work and leisure vehicle. It combines tough workhorse reliability and functionality in a distinctive package. With 800kg payload capacity, the largest in its class, the NP200 stands out as the sensible choice among its competitors. The vehicle also offers the largest and longest load body in its segment as well as the largest interior cabin space.

The NP200 will initially be launched with a 1.6 litre gasoline engine, developing a maximum power of 64kW/ 5,500rpm and a torque of 128Nm/ 3,000rpm. More variants are expected to be launched in 2009.

Nissan NP200 (2008) - picture 1 of 2
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The NP200 is manufactured at Nissan's Rosslyn Plant north of Pretoria and will substitute the Bakkie, which has been available to South African customers for 37 years and has become an icon of functional mobility in the Country.

"The Nissan LCV Business Unit* has committed to achieving double revenues and top class LCV customer satisfaction during the Nissan GT 2012 plan period. To deliver on the two ambitious commitments we have defined a number of plans, including the launch of 13 new attractive and high quality products. The NP200 inaugurates the deployment of our product plan for the period and shows how committed we are to offering products that are built around our customers' needs and exceed their expectations", said Andy Palmer, Corporate Vice President of NML, LCV Business Unit.

The Nissan NP200 comes with a 3 year/ 100 000km warranty and a 6 year anti-rust warranty.

*LCV Business Unit: The LCV Business Unit was established in 2004 to accelarate global busiess operation for LCV. The Nissan GT 2012 mid term business Plan announced in May 2008 by President and CEO Carlos Ghosn reaffirms that LCVs will continue to be one of the key drivers of growth for the fiscal years 2008-2012. It also states that the company aims to double sales revenues for LCVs during this period while pursuing its goal of being a lead player in the field of LCV customer satisfaction.