Commercial buyers may soon have fewer options.
Nissan has not sold a minivan in the United States since the fourth-generation Quest was discontinued back in 2017 but the Japanese automaker does build several commercial vans. These include the full-size 2020 Nissan NV Passenger and 2020 Nissan NV Cargo as well as the smaller 2020 Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo. The full-size vans ride on the same F-Alpha platform as the Titan pickup truck while the NV200 uses a global platform that also underpins vehicles from Renault and Mitsubishi.
None of these vans have been heavily updated nearly a decade after their introduction to the US market and we may finally know why. According to Automotive News, Nissan may be readying to exit the commercial van space altogether.
"We don't want to go more in the business of vans in the US," a source close to the decision said. "We will exit."
Nissan declined to confirm this news. "Nissan is considering a number of opportunities to streamline the product portfolio and drive efficiencies within our manufacturing operations," said Nissan product spokesperson Brian Brockman. "We will provide updates as available."
Nissan has recently reoriented its alliance with Mitsubishi and Renault to allow each brand to focus on its strengths. Perhaps vans were not seen as a strength for the Nissan brand and were thus cut. The company even posted a teaser video showing an entirely refreshed production lineup with no vans included.
If Nissan does exit the van market, Mercedes-Benz will be the only non-domestic player against the likes of Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler. The Nissan NV vans, while old, offered a more comfortable alternative to the Detroit vans with immense towing capacity from an optional V8 engine. In 2019, Nissan only accounted for eight percent of van sales compared with the industry leader Ford, which maintained a nearly 50 percent share.