Since Nissan built its first pick-up in 1935, over 14 million customers in 180 countries around the globe have come to depend on Nissan LCV s to transport their families, colleagues and cargo, sometimes in the toughest of circumstances.
Today, Nissan LCV ‘s have become the lifeblood of many South African communities and a trusted work partner to local businesses and tradespeople.
‘You can with a Nissan’ has become as much part of the South African vocabulary as ‘howzit’, ‘braai’ and ‘lekker’.
The brand originated in Japan as far back as 1933, and it is this cultural impact that has embedded the brand as a reliable vehicle, which offers clients quality in conjunction with innovative technology and attention to detail.
Nissan offers South African consumers an impressive range of light commercial vehicles (LCVs).
One such LCV is what was known back in the 1970s as the Datsun 1200 pickup.
Now named the Nissan NP200, this LCV is nothing short of a legend. According to Graeme Birch, GM: Marketing Communications at Nissan South Africa, the Nissan NP200 addresses the needs of business users and private motorists.
It was awarded top position in the Kinsey report 2014 for lowest parts and maintenance costs in the pick-up segment.
So, if you are looking for a practical vehicle with the niceties that a passenger vehicle offers, this is it.
In fact, Nissan’s national sales figures in 2014 show that it has the number one market share of the half-ton pick-up market, a tribute to its versatility and exceptional value.
A proudly South African product is the Nissan NP300 Hardbody.
This local product is manufactured in the Rosslyn plant just north of Pretoria and is sold globally – a feat that is a testament to the strength and might of the Nissan badge and its motto: ‘Proud Heritage.
Proven Capability’. It comes with more than 25 years of proven capability, low running costs and the support of over 100 dealers nationwide.
The NP300 Hardbody also offers exceptional value for money and peace of mind and is equiped with optional industry-specific accessory packs to suit the needs of a variety of businesses.
The Nissan LCV that is up to any challenge a South African consumer sets for it, is the Nissan Navara. A tough, capable bakkie, it has the looks and all the comfort and safety features you would expect from a top-of-the-range SUV.
“Our clients are especially impressed with the fact that this LCV has a large quick-release handle on the tailgate and features Nissan’s unique utili-track cargo system that has five channels – three in the bed and two on the sides – that will accept a variety of accessories, including racks, dividers and trays that enable any shape or size of load to be transported securely,” highlights Birch.
A bonus is that it is available in a Nissan 2.5 dCi King cab and double cab in both 4×4 and 4×2 models, and the powerful Nissan 3.0 V9X dCi 4×4.
Nissan Patrol Pickup
Loved by farmers and fleet owners who have found it to be a durable and reliable no-nonsense load-carrier and tow vehicle with excellent off-road capability, is the Nissan Patrol Pickup.
It is tough, powerful, and heavy-duty. It offers the same bold and attractive cab styling of the Patrol SUV, and is available with a 3-litre diesel engine.
It is a rugged pickup that’s a cut above the rest.
Nissan NV200 Panel Van
Offering a vehicle that is compact, economical and stylish, and developed around function and driver, is the Nissan NV200 panel van. It means business, and has the capacity to reinvent your business.
The Nissan NV200 was voted 2010 Van of the Year in the UK and International Van of the Year 2010 in Europe.
Its appearance belies the extraordinary space of the cargo area, the largest in its category, and it can accommodate two standard pallets with ease.
It is available with 1,5 dCi and 1,6-litre petrol engines.
Nissan NV200 Combi
As much as South Africans love their bakkies, they are mad about their combis too.
The Nissan NV200 Combi is compact and easy to manoeuvre out of tight spots. Stylish and comfortable, its interior is spacious and can seat up to seven people.
Its low cost of ownership and impressively economical engines make it suitable for business and pleasure. Like the panel van, it too is available with 1,5 dCi and 1,6-litre petrol engines.
Need more space? Look no further than the Nissan NV350 with its exceptionally generous cargo area. It has a wide body and its high roof can carry cargo up to 3,25m long, with an interior width of 1,73m and a height of 1,64m.
Another great feature is that the NV350 offers class leading fuel efficiency with its 2,5- litre petrol and 2.5 dCi engines.
Each vehicle exhibits Nissan’s legendary toughness and reliability, and upholds the brand philosophy to supply safe, innovative and reliable vehicles for commercial customers.
This commitment makes Nissan commercial vehicles a great business partner and a sound investment for companies large and small.