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2013-07-09 10:34

NISSAN NV200 COMBI: Want a bus AND a panel van? This addition to Nissan's NV200 range could be the answer for both - with a sliding door each side. Image: Quickpic

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2012 Nissan NV200 London taxi

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The new Nissan NV200 Combi is now available in South Africa, closely following the release of the NV200 van and adding to the brands now comprehensive new LCV rang.

Nissan SA says the Combi (bit of a cheek, that name, hey - Editor) is smart, light on its feet, cleverly designed and well-packaged" for either goods or, of course, passengers; its seven seats, the automaker says, "means there’s space for the whole family and the dog, or clients and employees. The bus version can also haul bulky items - bike, fridge, baby elephant - without lengthy seat-removal.

MITIGATE THOSE BUMPS

It's already been chosen for use as a yellow cab in New York, though its unlikely there to carry a small elephant;  the NV200 is aiming to replace some 13 000 existing Yellow Cabs which move more than 600 000 people around that city every day.

Nissan SA's Freddie Louw, said: "The NV200 panel van has had a warm reception in SA and we're delighted to add the Combi. We expect it to find favour with a wide variety of owners – it's a real all-rounder."

Helping its versatility is a sliding door on each side and an energy absorption design for the front bumper will help to mitigate those minor city bumps; a low-cost parts basket and "excellent" fuel efficiency, Nissan says, "means best-in-class cost of ownership", the petrol and diesel variants reflecting average combined cycle fuel economy figures of 7.3 and 5.1 litres/100km.

Nissan also claims class-leading interior proportions, especially when leg room, knee room, luggage capacity and ease of access are involved.

SMART STORAGE SOLUTIONS

The shift lever sprouts from the facia, instrumentation is simple and uncluttered: large speedometer flanked by a smart seven cm info display covering fuel range, fuel level, average consumption, instantaneous consumption, gearshift indicator, economy meter, trip distance and air temperature. The information can be changed via the multi-function steering wheel, which also incorporates controls for the audio system and Bluetooth.

Seats are finished in durable two-tone grey/blue cloth and there are lots of smart storage solutions throughout the cabin, among them a conventional cubby, a storage tray atop the facia, smaller trays in the centre console and around the steering-wheel, large door pockets and four cupholders.

With the rearmost seats folded sideways 2.3 cubic metres of cargo volume is available. Folding the middle row forwards turns that into 3.1 cubic metres and remember you can load from rear or either side.

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Two engines are available: 81kW/153Nm 1.6-litre petrol and 66kW/200Nm 1.5 diesel, each hooked to a five-speed manual gearbox and driving the front wheels. Nissan gives their respective fuel consumptions as 7.3 and 5.1 litres/100km.

Crash avoidance/mitigation equipment includes anti-lock brakes, front passenger/driver air bags and IsoFix child-seat anchors and nice-to-have include remote-control central locking and immobiliser, aircon, radio/CD with aux and USB inputs, Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free cellphone, powered external mirrors and windows, front fog lights and (yay!) a full-size spare wheel.

PRICES (inc VAT)
NV200 1.6i Visia Combi - R235 800
NV200 1.5 dCi Visia Combi - R266 100

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