The Nissan NV200 now exists a real van, but when it was still a concept vehicle, Nissan designed a special version of the vehicle around Alex’s needs as an underwater photographer for the 40th Tokyo motor show in 2007. Alex says “this was always a show car and is not intended for production, although it was a fascinating project to be involved with.” Shiro Nakamura, senior vice president and chief creative officer at Nissan said “Nissan prides itself on designing its cars to fulfill the needs and requirements of its customers. For NV200 we have taken that guiding principle quite literally and created a vehicle for one specific customer!”
The NV200 van (without the bespoke underwater photography equipment)was produced and was launched in 2009. In 2010 it won the Institite Of Transport Management’s prestigious Van Of The Year award, drawing particular acclaim for its high level of space, comfort and low emissions. Thanks to its ultra-frugal 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel engine the thrifty van manages 54mpg while emitting only 137g/km of CO2.
Text and photos courtesy of Nissan. Click the image for a gallery.