Last week’s photo showed a big new cargo van from Nissan called the NV (which stands for, naturally enough, Nissan Van). For more information and a better photograph, see this week’s road test.
Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name of Kevin Hooks, of Aiken.
He wins a gift from The Augusta Chronicle. Other readers identifying the vehicle were:
AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles wrote: “Nissan won the design competition for a Taxi of Tomorrow – NV200 which will be built for use in New York City.”
Read a story about that taxi contract alongside this week’s road test. By the way, Ogles also correctly guessed last week’s quiz, the Infiniti EX, but was inadvertently left out. We apologize.
CANTON, Ga.: David Anderson wrote: “This is the import market’s continued foray into what has historically been the last bastion of domestic manufacturers’ dominance, the full-size truck/van market. Actually, the definition of a domestic versus import manufacturer is pretty much down to which government entity the corporate profits are reported because the Nissan NV (for Innovation) is built right here in the South in Canton, Miss.
“The NV is available with a normal-height roof making in comparable to the GMC or Ford full-size van offerings or with a raised roof comparable to the Daimler Sprinter. Straight from the factory, this gives the NV quite an advantage as it provides the busy small business owner a one-stop shop to order the vehicle and be done. With the GMC or Ford offerings that same owner would have to go to the dealer, pick the van out and then have it sent to a truck body facility to be outfitted with either a raised roof or cargo box.
“I have heard quite a lot of radio advertisements for this vehicle and the small-business owner appears to be the primary target market with its versatility touted as everything from an on-the-road office to its spacious cargo box that keeps its cargo dry. The one advantage, that depending on the type of small business owner you are, could be a quite large one for the domestic manufacturers is that the maximum towing capacity for the NV is only 2,000 pounds even in the heaviest-duty trim. Properly equipped, the Ford full-size van is rated at up to 7,500 pounds towing weight and the GMC can go as high as 10,000 pounds. Those heavy-duty contractors needing to do some heavy hauling will have take a pass on the NV.”
CUMMING, Ga.: Chris Rhodes wrote: “The NV that may be seen soon in the Big Apple is probably the passenger version, which is equipped with window glass in place of the rectangular indentations seen in the cargo version’s side panels.
“Assembled in Nissan’s Canton, Miss., plant, the NV is large, square and ugly – the perfect combination for a commercial vehicle. Built on the Titan truck frame, the NV can be ordered as a half-ton, three-quarter-ton or 1-ton van with two drivetrain choices. The base 4.-liter V-6 found in the half-ton NV is adequate for lighter loads, but the real workhorse is the optional 5.6-liter V-8, which is standard power in the 1-ton models.
“And with the choice of two rooflines, the possibilities for interior configurations are nearly limitless.”
EVANS: Jerry Evans wrote: “This one is tough – but I am always good for a guess – which is a Nissan NV used for a cab.”
MARTINEZ: Jeff Miller