Chevy Announces City Express Van

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Chevrolet's new small van is actually a Nissan NV200 underneath, but wearing a bow-tie badge.

Small utility vans used to be restricted to overseas markets, but North American commercial buyers have been increasingly embracing their smaller, more economical form over the full-size vans that have dominated the market for years. That's what Transit Connect was taken for Ford utility van, as did Nissan with the NV200. Now Chevy is getting in on the action with the new City Express. Distinct from the full-size Express van, the City Express is actually little more than a Nissan NV200 with new bodywork from the windshield forward.

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Otherwise, the City Express (which arrives in Chevy dealers starting next fall) is pretty much identical to the Nissan. That includes the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (with its 131 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque), continuously-variable transmission and its 122.7 cubic feet of cargo space. We wouldn't expect this to be the last addition to the American market for small vans, either. Ram is likely to bring over a rebadged version of the Fiat Doblo to join the Promaster, Mercedes could bring the new Citan to supplement the Sprinter, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Volkswagen get in on the action too.

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