Starting in fall 2014, Chevrolet will expand its truck lineup with the addition of the new 2015 City Express. Intended to serve as a scaled-down sibling to the automaker's current full-size Express, this light commercial van represents the division's first foray into an emerging segment. If the shape and mechanical specs of the City Express seem familiar, it's because behind the Bow Tie badge this new Chevy is basically a cosmetically tweaked version of Nissan's highly regarded NV200. Under terms of this new cooperative agreement, Chevrolet will procure completed vehicles directly from Nissan and provide service for the City Express through its own dealership network.
An International Van of the Year Award winner, the NV200 has amassed an impressive track record for fuel efficiency and low total ownership costs in many global markets. Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial Sales, says his customers have been asking for this kind of small cargo van and notes that the linkup will serve as a win-win situation.
"It's quite common in many parts of the world to leverage available manufacturing resources to bring transportation solutions to market for our customer's benefit. It's just smart business!" Peper's Nissan counterpart, Joe Castelli, echoes that sentiment, noting that the expansion of the overall market "will boost the growth and manufacturing efficiency" of his firm in a similar manner.
The front-drive Chevy Express will be available in LS and LT trim grades, both fitted with a 131-horsepower/2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine backed by a continuously variable automatic (CVT) transmission. In addition to 122.7 cu ft of easily configurable cargo space, both trims will come with an impressive roster of standard equipment and safety features. A variety of options and packages will include numerous cosmetic and functional upgrades as well as a Technology package that brings navigation, XM Radio, Bluetooth, USB input, steering-wheel audio controls and a rear view camera. Pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet City Express will be announced closer to its on-sale date.
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