Nissan has radically altered its naming policy for its light commercial vehicles van range, ditching its NV plus number names in favour of some previously used favourites.
The introduction of the new Renault Kangoo-based Nissan Townstar has prompted a complete change to the Nissan LCV van portfolio names.
The Nissan NV400 becomes the Nissan Interstar.
Nissan NV300 becomes the Nissan Primastar.
The Nissan NV250 becomes the Nissan Townstar.
The change is a return of the Interstar and Primastar names which were once used to denote the large and medium vans. The new Nissan Townstar will also be available as both an electric and petrol engine van.
All three models are based on vans from the Renault-Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance. That sees all three brands share platforms and technology.
The large-sized Nissan Interstar is based on the Renault Master.
The medium-sized Nissan Primastar is based on the Renault Trafic.
The compact city van Nissan Townstar is based on the Renault Kangoo.
Despite the Nissan Townstar being a replacement for the Nissan NV250, it is also a a replacement for the Nissan eNV200. Nissan dropped the diesel variant of the NV200 in 2020 but kept the electric Nissan eNV200. The diesel van to follow the NV200 was name the NV250 and was based on the previous generation Renault Kangoo.
The new naming strategy sees more sense returned to the range. The eNV200 name is laid to rest, and an electric Townstar van brought in to the Nissan range to replace it.
The Nissan Townstar is built in Renault’s Maubeuge plant – about three hours from Paris close to the Belgium borde. Townstar is assembled alongside the Renault Kangoo and Mercedes-Benz Citan and built under licence by the French for both parties.
Nissan Primastar is built at the Renault Sandouville plant. The plant is near the French city of Le Harve.
The Nissan Interstar large van is built at Renault's Batilly plant near Metz, and close to the border with Luxembourg and Germany.
Nissan is also continuing to differentiate its LCV van range and retains its 5-year warranty for vans. All models in the line-up will get the extended cover.