New vans from Nissan & Opel


In the last few weeks both Nissan and Opel launched new light commercials, both collaborating with supply partners. Nissan’s new NV250 is its version of the Renault Kangoo, while the latest Opel Movano is a facelift evolution of the current Renault Master.

Not only is the Nissan NV250 is a versatile compact van for business users, it comes with a five-year / 160,000 km warranty as standard and will be on sale across Europe from September.

Last Autumn, Opel/Vauxhall mentioned that it was in the middle of a major LCV offensive. A lot has happened since then. Recently the Groupe PSA owned brand revealed the new-generation Vivaro, with the new Movano following now. Together with the successfully launched Combo Cargo (IVOTY 2019), its line-up will offer the freshest LCV portfolio on the market, further strengthening its position as the dependable German LCV brand.

Nissan’s new NV250 compact van, features enhanced safety and reliability thanks to on-board Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies and customers will benefit from multiple engine and interior configurations and two body lengths and a comprehensive range of conversions. for optimum practicality and functionality.

Additional key features include:

  • 800kg payload and two body lengths, enhancing cargo-carrying capabilities for seamless deliveries
  • Euro6D-Temp compliant for reduced CO2 emissions and optimised fuel efficiency translating into lower overall running costs
  • Numerous on-board Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies, including Hill Start Assist and Extended Grip

Paolo D’Ettore, Light Commercial Vehicles Director for Nissan Europe, said of the announcement: “The new Nissan NV250 is the perfect compact van for small businesses with big aspirations. By enabling customers to choose the version that is just right for them, the NV250 encourages more agile business deliveries and greater leisure freedom.”

The NV250 incorporates a proven and efficient Renault Energy 1.5-litre diesel engine, with three different powertrain options available. This is the second occasion that Nissan is using the Renault Kangoo model for its compact van offering as it was sold as the Kubistar from 2003-2008. The NV250 will also be offered alongside the e-NV200, Nissan’s pioneering and class-leading zero emissions compact van which has sold more than 20,000 units across Europe since launch. It is now upgraded with a 40 kWh battery, offering a range of up to 200 km (WLTP Combined Cycle). As a result the Nissan NV200 will be discontinued.

On sale this Summer, Opel/Vauxhall has revealed the first images of its new Movano large van.

The safety of both the driver and other road users has been an important factor in the development of the new Movano. A rear vision camera system, available for the first time, gives a live feed to a seven-inch touchscreen, providing optimum visibility and helping to detect cyclists and pedestrians. A blind spot monitoring system is also new to the Movano, using ultrasonic sensors to detect objects in the blind spot and alerting the driver with LED indicators in the corresponding mirror. A lane departure warning system, which sounds an audible alarm if the driver strays from their lane, is also available.

Despite the large dimensions of the Movano, the van remains planted to the road in high winds thanks to the Side-Wind Assistant, which comes as standard on all models. In such conditions, the Electronic Stability Programme is automatically activated to improve handling.

Behind the wheel, drivers benefit from excellent connectivity and entertainment features thanks to the Navi 5.0 IntelliLink Pro infotainment system, which is available for the first time on new Movano. The system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, with the interior featuring a wireless charging point for smartphones.

Movano is available in four different lengths and three heights, carrying a maximum payload of up to 2110kg and 17m3 of cargo. This means that, in certain configurations, the van can transport up to five euro pallets, ensuring that there is a Movano for almost every need. Perfect for trade professionals, 150 different versions of the Movano are available ex-works, allowing for numerous conversions for specialist requirements.

The new Movano is clearly identifiable, sharing many design elements with other models in the brand’s range of class-leading vans. Inside the cabin, the multi-adjustable seats are comfortable and supportive, with the optional comfort seats for the driver and passengers offering adjustable lumbar support. The Movano can also be ordered with an air-cushioned driver’s seat, perfect for frequent use over bumpy surfaces. In the cargo area, LED lighting makes the Movano easy to use even in dark conditions, while new handles on the side-walls and pillars further improve convenience.