CHICAGO – Nissan performance and utility took center stage for the company at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.
First there was the debut of the new 2013 JUKE NISMO and then the 2014 370Z NISMO. These models are part of an expansion of the NISMO brand worldwide. As part of the NISMO lineup, they are designed to be the most forward-looking expression of Nissan, offering cutting-edge performance, technology and aerodynamics.
Then Nissan showed an even higher-performance version of the 2014 Nissan GT-R, the limited-production GT-R Track Edition. Just 150 of these cars will be offered for sale at GT-R certified U.S. Nissan dealerships beginning in May. It is designed to take Nissan’s legendary 545-horsepower street supercar even closer to a pure motorsports competition machine. It features a firmer suspension, special brake cooling guides, front spoiler with carbon fiber air ducts and a lightweight quilted cloth mat where the rear seats usually reside.
In addition to the array of performance vehicles revealed at the show, the all-new 2013 Nissan NV200 cargo van was on stage for the company.
This van, according to Nissan’s Vice President of Commercial Vehicles Joe Castelli, will position Nissan for growth in the compact van segment.
“For business owners who have been making do with larger, more costly vans and pickups than they really need, or re-purposing passenger vehicles, we’re providing relief with this all-new ‘right-sized’ Nissan NV200. Here in North America we’re projecting the compact van segment to nearly double in size in the next few years. The Nissan NV200 will be a major part of that growth,” said Castelli.
The 2013 Chicago Show runs through Feb. 18 Chicago’s McCormick Place.
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