Nashville, Tennessee – Nissan will stop producing commercial vans at its Canton, Mississippi, plant starting next summer. And, after it sells off the remaining stock of vehicles produced between now and then, it will exit that market.
Nissan launched its NV line in 2011 as a 2012 model, in part, to better utilize assets at the Mississippi facility. A flex plant that builds the Nissan Altima sedan, Murano crossover, and Titan pickup, Canton had also been home to the Quest minivan. The automaker never hit early sales expectations for the Titan lineup, so the NV vans offered an inexpensive way to use untapped capacity.
A lightly modified version of the Titan pickup platform, the NV boasted the high roofs and open spaces that were being popularized at the time by Daimler’s Sprinter lineup. Since then, Ford has replaced the E-Series vans with higher-roofed Transit models; Ram has converted to the high-roof design with its Promaster vans; and Daimler has continued to expand Sprinter availability.
Ford controls about 50% of the U.S. commercial van market, and General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) split much of the rest. With Sprinter and Navistar also in that business, Nissan wasn't left with much potential market share.
Though it will still have a pickup offering for construction sites and hauling, the end of the NV line will keep Nissan from competing for vocational customers such as plumbers, locksmiths, electricians, and others who need to carry lots of specialized equipment inside lockable, closed vehicles.
The automaker says it’s focusing its future commercial vehicle offerings on other types of businesses.
“We are concentrating on our core business and products," said Michael Colleran, senior vice president, Nissan U.S. Marketing & Sales. “With Nissan Business Advantage, we can meet the unique needs of any business owner by providing a full array of vehicles for their companies to get the job done."
Nissan’s upcoming business program will focus on offering pickups, crossovers, and sedans to fleet customers, and it will include specialized financing and incentives to support that business.
“From three Nissan Frontier pickups for a pest-control business to several Nissan Rogues for pharmaceutical representatives to make doctor calls, Nissan provides customized vehicle solutions for nearly anyone," Colleran said.
Seattle, Washington – Online retail giant Amazon has shown off the electric delivery vans that Ford-backed Rivian is producing, part of a 10,000-vehicle initial order that will help launch the electric vehicle (EV) startup.
In support of Amazon’s climate pledge commitment to be net zero carbon by 2040, 10,000 Amazon custom electric delivery vehicles will be on the road delivering to customers worldwide as early as 2022 and all 100,000 by 2030. This is one of three different models that Amazon has invested in and completely customized with Rivian to enhance the driver experience and optimize safety.
”When we set out to create our first customized electric delivery vehicle with Rivian, we knew that it needed to far surpass any other delivery vehicle. We wanted drivers to love using it and customers to feel excited when they saw it driving through their neighborhood and pulling up to their home,” said Ross Rachey, director of Amazon's Global Fleet and Products. “We combined Rivian’s technology with our delivery logistics knowledge, and the result is what you see here-the future of last mile delivery.”
“The vehicle we’ve developed with Amazon is not just electric. We prioritized safety and functionality to create a vehicle that’s optimized for package delivery,” said Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe. “We thought through how drivers get in and out of the van, what the work space feels like and what the work flow is for delivering packages.”
Amazon’s custom electric vehicle is packed with industry leading safety, navigation, and design features, including:
- State-of-the-art sensor detection, a suite of highway and traffic assist technology, and a large windshield to enhance driver visibility
- Exterior cameras around the vehicle linked to a digital display inside the cabin, giving the driver a 360-degree view outside the vehicle
- Alexa integration for hands-free access to route information and the latest weather updates
- A strengthened door on the driver’s side for additional protection
- A dance floor inside the driver’s cabin for easy movement inside the van
- Bright tail lights surrounding the rear of the vehicle to easily detect braking
- Three levels of shelving with a bulkhead door, which can easily be opened and closed for additional driver protection while on the road
”We are working to advance and implement the technology that will support these vans—ranging from the physical charging infrastructure to enhancements and optimization of our delivery stations,” Rachey said.
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Global manufacturer of CNC machine tools Okuma America Corp. announces the world debut of an interactive, virtual showroom experience.
Visitors can experience Okuma’s showroom at their convenience with a self-guided tour. A helpful navigational guide allows visitors to explore various areas of the showroom which include machines, technologies, service programs, podcasts, partner highlights, machine specials, and an overview of Okuma’s distribution network. More specifically, visitors can view in-depth machine videos, interact with 360° machine renderings, and chat with Okuma experts during the tour.
“COVID-19 has changed the way the world interacts for the foreseeable future. Okuma has embraced these changes by creating a safe, virtual showroom for our customers. I’m proud of the work and the efforts of my team in creating a first-class, virtual experience for visitors to come and view at their convenience,” says Okuma America Corp. President and COO Jim King.
Virtual showroom highlights
• 17 Machines: lathes, multitasking machines, machining centers, grinder, and double column
• Technology: Artificial Intelligence (AI), automation, Connect Plan, Collision Avoidance System (CAS), Okuma’s App Store
• Service: spindle and electrical exchange, machine warranty, preventive maintenance, training
• Podcasts: Shop Matters episodes
• Distributors and Partners: learn more about Okuma distributors and partners and how they can help solve manufacturing challenges
• Virtual Show Specials: 100 machines available for immediate delivery
Experience Okuma’s interactive, virtual showroom at www.okuma.com/showroom.