Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the all-new AD and Expert. Both models will go on sale in the Japanese market on January 19, 2007.
Nissan targets monthly sales of 3,200 units. The current lineup of 4WD models will be continued until late 2008 when they will be replaced by the new 4WD models. Nissan will also continue the 1.5-liter manual-transmissioned models and the CNG model powered by compressed natural gas.
The new AD and AD Expert have been developed with a wide variety of business needs in mind. The cockpit area has numerous storage places and innovative features, including a folding table that facilitates the use of a laptop PC in the cabin. Loading and unloading of cargo is also made easy by the wide and high back door opening and low floor height.
Further, with class-leading cargo compartment length, height as well as the width between the wheelhousings, the AD and AD Expert have the versatility of carrying cargo of a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Both vans also come with advanced powertrains, including the HR15DE engine that delivers strong low-to medium-range torque, improved quietness and enhanced fuel economy, and the MR18DE engine that provides a powerful driving performance. The suspension system has been specifically tuned to provide a smooth, comfortable ride, whether the vehicle is empty or fully laden.
Safety and environmental performance
All GX and VX grade models come with a driver’s side SRS airbag system as standard safety equipment. Models fitted with the CR12DE engine or the HR15DE engine are certified as Super Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (SU-LEVs) because they emit 75% less exhaust emissions than Japan’s 2005 exhaust emission regulations. MR18DE-engine models are certified as U-LEVs, emitting 50% fewer emissions than the 2005 exhaust emission standards. Models fitted with the CR12DE engine or the MR18DE engine are 10% more fuel efficient than Japan’s 2010 fuel economy standards, and those equipped with the HR15DE engine over achieve the standards by 20%, thereby qualifying for tax incentives under the Green Tax program of Japan.