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.
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.
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.