After being a Nissan and an Ashok Leyland, the NV200 wears a bowtie in America

14/05/2013 - 23:24 | ,   | Shrawan Raja

No, this is not Shoeb trying to get naughty again with the Nissan Evalia (see his version of the Renault Evalia from 2012). This is a real car.

2015 Chevrolet City Express
The front fascia of the Chevrolet City Express is tweaked using a different grille and bumper. The paintwork and the alloy wheels are new.

GM and Nissan announced today that an agreement has been inked for Nissan to manufacture a "small cargo vehicle" that will be sold through GM's retail network in the U.S and in Canada.

2015 Chevrolet City Express dashboard
The dashboard is a direct carryover except for the golden bowtie on the steering wheel which has come off the Nissan Micra.

The "small cargo vehicle" is none other than the Evalia, which is making regular rounds on the American newspapers as it prepares to replace the Ford Crown Victoria cab in New York, a permanent feature in Big Apple's landscape. It has to be noted that Nissan has just started sales of the NV200 in the U.S, with cosmetic changes made specially for that region.

Nissan has a similar agreement with Ashok Leyland in India. The latter will begin selling its version of the vehicle, under the name 'Stile' to the commercial segments from mid-July.

Ashok Leyland Stile front three-quarters
Here's what stylists at Ashok Leyland did to the NV200's front-end. We'll get to see the final version when it launches on July 16.

The 'Chevrolet City Express' will launch in the fall of 2014. GM says its fleet customers have asked for a vehicle in the small van segment and the signing of this agreement is expected to strengthen GM's position in the commercial market by answering that call.

2015 Chevrolet City Express
Nissan aims to do a Ford Transit with the NV200, they certainly have started off very well.

It takes a company 4 years to launch a product from scratch. A cross-badged product takes considerably less time to bring to the market as the license agreement and the cosmetic changes are the only time-consuming processes.

GM has not revealed the prices of the Chevrolet City Express.

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