NISSAN NV2500 CONCEPT
SERVES AS A "ROLLING IDEA LAB" FOR COMPANY'S ENTRY INTO NORTH
AMERICA CV MARKET
– “On-site Construction
Office” Configuration One of Many Possibilities for New Van –
The Nissan NV2500 Concept is, as its dimensions suggest, a multi-tasker
of large order. One of the largest concept vehicles Nissan has ever
produced, the NV2500 Concept, offers fresh design and fresh thinking
– including a 3-Zone interior and flexible utility and storage
Not only does the NV2500 Concept provide an original take on
Commercial Vehicle (CV) design, it also provides a preview of
Nissan’s entry into the CV market in North America. With Nissan CVs
already sold in 73 percent of the world’s markets, including Japan,
China, Mexico, Europe, South America, Australia and the Middle East
among others, Nissan will enter the CV business in North America in
The line will incorporate three all-new products in three years, as
well as products from the global stable. As a result, in the
mid-term, Nissan will offer a multi-segment CV lineup up to class 5
gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR).
The three new products are being developed by Nissan specifically
for the North American market and will be built at Nissan’s
manufacturing facility in Canton, Miss. Nissan is investing $118
million to expand Canton’s production to manufacture CVs.
“The Nissan NV2500 is a rolling idea lab – bringing a new
perspective to the Commercial Vehicle segment,” said Bruce Campbell,
vice president, Design for Nissan Design America, Inc., which
developed the NV2500 Concept. “We see the NV2500 Concept as an
ongoing exploration of ways to make these vehicles more than just a
box on four wheels. Our goal is to enhance utility through creative
design solutions, providing a platform for a wide variety of
specific professional applications.”
In this configuration, the Nissan NV2500 Concept is designed for
construction use. It bears the logo of Habitat for HumanityÒ only to
illustrate the partnership between Nissan and Habitat. Over the past
three years, Nissan has donated $3 million in cash, vehicles and
house sponsorships, along with thousands of hours of work
volunteered by Nissan employees.
The NV2500 Concept’s “wall-less” mobile office/workspace design
includes a computer workstation, fold-down conference table,
numerous storage compartments, cargo/tool tie-down racks, nearly six
feet of interior height and an awning-style side panel that opens to
create a standing outside workshop table.
“Aside from construction site applications, the NV2500 Concept, with
its unique configuration and array of features, could be used in
infinite ways by infinite users. Whether a mobile Farmers’ Market
booth, a hot-air balloon launch or chase vehicle or to support a
beachside surfing school, the usage possibilities of Commercial
Vehicles are endless,” he said.
A Solid Workhorse Foundation
The NV2500 is conceived
first and foremost as a powerful, multi-purpose utility vehicle.
Built on a modified Nissan Titan full-size pickup all-steel, fully
boxed ladder frame, engine choices would be selected for competitive
power and fuel efficiency. Other under-skin components include an
automatic transmission and solid rear axle. The wheels are a special
20-inch billet aluminum design, while the Michelin tires include a
special tread pattern designed for a good payload capacity and fuel
Dimensionally, the NV2500 Concept has a 147.6-inch (12.3-foot))
wheelbase and measures a full 19.5 feet bumper-to-bumper. It stands
8 feet tall and is 6.6 feet wide. Inside, from the front of the
passenger compartment to rear door, there is room to carry objects
up to 10.5 feet long with the passenger seat moved out of the way.
The NV2500’s exterior design is highlighted by a wide grille,
pronounced wheel arches, stepped roofline, well-defined fenders and
unique window and roof treatments. Along with wraparound-style
windshield/front door windows, the NV2500 Concept features lower
door-glass cutouts and an oversized, fixed-glass roof panel that
stretches from behind the B-pillars to the rear doors – adding a
visual lightness to the design and illumination to the interior.
The NV2500 Concept’s roof panel includes integrated solar panel
technology to power interior equipment, lights and accessories.
Additional exterior features include large, retractable outside
mirrors, motorized flip-down AMP Research side and rear door steps,
LED headlights and taillights, and dual-purpose tow hooks located in
the grille that also serve as steps for easier access to the engine
The most intriguing aspect of the exterior, however, is the
multi-use doors. On the driver’s side, the Titan King Cab-style Wide
Open Door offers unfettered access to the front of the vehicle, with
integrated storage compartments for carrying items such as
tool/safety vests, ear protection and first aid kit. In the rear of
the NV2500 Concept are vertical 60/40 split cargo access “barn”
doors with additional storage compartments and power rear step for
walk-through capability and easy access.
The passenger side features a combination of a 90-degree opening
vertical door directly behind the front passenger door and an
awning-style clamshell panel that hinges upward and locks in place,
creating a protected, standing workshop table on the outside and an
open “picture window” view from the fold-down interior work desk.
The passenger side door also has integrated workshop tool storage
with fitted compartments for power saws, drills, screwdrivers and
“The entire rear wall of the NV2500 Concept opens up so, for
example, the construction supervisor can see and communicate with
associates without leaving the desk,” said Campbell. “It also serves
as an additional, flat workspace that is protected from the
elements, providing unlimited flexibility for whatever task might
An Innovative 3-Zone Interior
Inside the commanding
NV2500 exterior is a 3-Zone interior that combines simple, organic
solutions with elements of advanced technology.
“The NV2500 Concept challenges the traditional thinking regarding
show vehicles, not only in size but in its approach to technology,”
said Campbell. “Though it features a number of high-tech features
such as a RearView Monitor, navigation system and wireless PC,
wherever possible we also used ‘lower-tech’ solutions such as the
manually adjusting multi-position passenger/workstation seat and the
double-sided workbench that manually converts from an inside table
to an outside work surface.”
The NV2500 Concept’s front Driver/Passenger Zone is anchored by a
wide instrument panel with a customizable navigation/audio/climate
display. The instrument panel also has an accessory power outlet and
a built-in retractable power cord. Overhead is a full ceiling
storage console with visor shelves, center shelves and a cooling fan
that can be powered by the roof-mounted solar cells. Located behind
the driver’s seat is a customizable, lighted storage closet designed
to hold hardhats, flashlights and work boots – complete with a
mudroom-style grated floor for drainage.
Additional storage is provided in the center console’s locking
compartment and the instrument panel’s floating shelf. The wide,
front-passenger seat can swing rearward on a sliding arm, manually
moving and locking into position in front of the workstation console
located behind the driver’s seat or pivoting toward the work table.
The workstation includes an oversized computer monitor and computer
with laser-projected “easy clean” keyboard.
“The passenger seat functions as both a traditional forward-facing
seat and a comfortable, swiveling desk chair,” said Campbell. “All
elements of the interior are designed to be multi-functional and
highly durable, able to stand up to the rigors of heavy use at a job
site or other real world locations.”
As fitting of a true work truck, the centerpiece of the NV2500
Concept is the third zone, the Conference Center/Cargo Bay Zone.
Dressed in its construction office configuration, this zone includes
a fold-down inside/outside workshop table.
With the awning-style side panel in the open position, the table can
also flip 180 degree to become a standing-height work surface.
Lights on the awning illuminate the table.
Mounted in the ceiling above the side panel is a built-in laser
blueprint printer. The wall also includes 110/220W power outlets and
areas for the built-in shop vacuum’s air hoses. The opposite wall is
dominated by sustainable wood slats for tying down or securing
cargo. The engineered sustainable wood flooring includes a custom
version of the Titan’s popular Utili-trackÔ cargo tie-down/sliding
cleat system. The Utili-track channels run from rear door to front
bulkhead on the passenger side of the vehicle. There also are
multi-position integrated tie-down hooks and functional task
lighting throughout the cargo area.
“The key to the NV2500 Concept’s interior is ingenuity as much as
innovation,” Campbell said. “Every element needs to serve
high-utility needs for multi-tasking users.”
About Nissan Commercial Vehicles
Nissan North America,
Inc. is entering the CV business through a significant investment in
North America as part of a global commitment to the CV segment.
Three all-new Nissan CVs are being developed by Nissan specifically
for the North American market and will be built in the Nissan
manufacturing plant in Canton, Miss., as part of a multi-segment
product range of vehicles up to a class 5 gross vehicle weight
Nissan will forge partnerships with Cummins Inc. for the engines and
ZF Friedrichshafen AG for the transmissions. The first Nissan
commercial vehicle is scheduled to be launched in the first half of
Additional information on Nissan’s global commercial vehicle
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