NV200 compact van will come as both a commercial vehicle and a 7-person people carrier. The "Vanette" will be powered by a 1.6 liter gasoline engine and promises practicality and a low cost of ownership. It goes on sale in Japan in mid-May.

A little van? Yes, a compact van, with sliding doors and everything!

Nissan has announced the upcoming release of the NV200 compact van in Japan - a model it later hopes to take globally from then on out.

The NV200 premiered at the Geneva auto show last month and, as a product release, comes in two configurations, one as a commercial van and the other as a windowed people carrier. The Van GX will be the former and the Wagon 16S, the latter.

The NV200 Vanette, which derives its initials from the terribly cryptic phrase "new vehicle", will be a 7-person people carrier with plenty of cabin space. It'll be powered by a 1.6 liter, HR16DE gasoline engine with an unspecified horsepower rating. It promises a low cost of ownership and a good, all round value for money proposition.

It's economical, it's practical, it's inexpensive. In tough times like these, it just may be a winner.

The NV200 goes on sale in Japan in the middle of May.


Gallery: Nissan Reveals All-New Global NV200 Vanette in Seoul