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2015 Chevrolet City Express debuts in Chicago

Chevrolet's rebadged Nissan NV200 compact van to go on sale this fall

Published: February 7, 2014, 1:00 PM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 4:12 PM

2015 Chevrolet City Express

Last spring, General Motors announced plans to sell a rebadged Nissan NV200 compact van as the Chevrolet City Express in Canada and the U.S.

That plan took a step closer to realization this week with the public launch of the City Express at the Chicago auto show.

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The production model will go on sale this fall as a 2015 model, GM said.

It will be a direct competitor to Ford's European-built Transit Connect van, which has been highly successful in the North-American market, as well as to Chrysler's forthcoming Ram ProMaster City, which is based on the Fiat Doblo van.

Like the NV200s sold here, the Chevrolet-badged City Express will be built at Nissan's assembly plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

A specially outfitted version of the Nissan NV200, which is a previous winner of the International Van of the Year Award, has abeen pproved for use in New York city taxi service.

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Chevrolet touts the 2015 City Express's maneuverability and cargo-hauling flexibility as well as its efficiency and low operating costs. It has a tight turning a tight turning diameter of just 11.2 m (36.7 ft) and 3474 litres (122.7 cubic feet) of cargo space, along with an estimated payload capacity of 680 kg (1,500 lb).

It is powered by a 2.0L inline-four-cylinder engine, matched to a continuously variable transmission, which promises to deliver greater efficiency than typical full-size vans.

The City Express will be available in LS and LT trims, with pricing to be announced closer to the on-sale date.