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Rosberg Scares DC (Nurburgring Mercedes SLS AMG).


Dec 11 2012

.VOLKSWAGEN AT THE 2012 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW


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Dec 8 2012

.2012 Volkswagen Press Conference L.A. Auto Show


Dec 7 2012

.2012 Nissan – LA Auto Show Press Conference


Dec 7 2012

.New Car reveals from Day 2 of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show .


Dec 7 2012

.World Premiere of the new Porsche Cayman at the L.A. Auto Show 2012


Dec 7 2012

LA AUTO SHOW – Toyota launch all new RAV 4


Dec 5 2012

Nissan NV200 Van Tested

 

 

 

Nissan have just upgraded their NV200 model giving it an extra power boost and adding some very nice standard kit. We tested it recently and here’s what we thought of the former Irish Van of the Year winner.

If you are not familiar with the NV200 van or you have no interest in vans then the NV200 may still appear on your radar in the coming months. This is because a specially modified version of the NV is set to replace a large proportion of New York’s Yellow cabs. We recently saw this NV200 ‘Cab’ at the Paris Motor Show and it looks like London’s black cab is now also in Nissan’s sights.

The NV200 is a compact van that competes mainly with the Ford Transit Connect and VW Caddy here in Ireland. The new comer features sliding doors on both sides and our test model was also ply lined for cargo area protection. This feature is an option of course but many features found as standard on this van are a surprise especially given its competitive price.

From the drivers seat you’ll find a steering wheel littered with buttons providing the driver with cruise control, stereo controls and Bluetooth. Once you select reverse gear a colour reversing camera appears beside the main instrument panel giving you a clear view of what’s likely to cause a problem.

An upgraded 1.5dci unit delivering 110bhp and mated to a 6 speed gear box to deliver improved fuel economy is now also standard. On the road the NV behaves in a very car like and comfortable fashion. We didn’t get to test the van fully loaded on this occasion however having spoken to a number of owner drivers that have earlier less powerful model feedback was excellent.

The competition from Ford and VW is very strong in this market however the NV is an impressive package that deserves to do well. If you are in the market for a van of this size take a look at the NV200. Driver comfort and refinement coupled to a great value package means this is a van that’s very hard to overlook.