Zhengzhou Nissan, the LCV division of Dongfeng Nissan, plans to launch CVT versions of the NV200 in 2013, hoping to boost its share of the MPV market. Launched in June 2010, the Chinese-made NV200 is currently available in six 1.6L trim levels, all equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Sharing platform with Dongfeng Nissan Tiida and Sylphy, the NV200, as either a 5- or 7-seater, appeals primarily to small businesses in China as a fuel-efficient goods mover, thus having to compete with a multitude of low-cost mini vans. In the first half of 2012, it delivered only about 9,000 units, while Zhengzhou Nissan targeted to sell at least 55,000 for the whole year. Adding the CVT will extend the price range (currently 79,800 – 127,800 Yuan) upward, and help to promote the NV200 as a family car or even a taxi as in other parts of the world.
As for the NV200 EV, which gets the same e-drive system as the Leaf, presently there is no plan to introduce it to China.