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Nissan guns for Ford with small cargo van

Lindsay Chappell

Nissan Motor Co., tipping its hat to Ford Motor Co. for opening the U.S. market to small cargo vans, plans to pit its own small van against Ford’s Transit Connect.

Today at the Chicago Auto Show, Nissan officials unveiled the production version of the NV200, which goes on sale on April 1.

“We see what the Transit Connect is doing in the marketplace and why people are buying it,” says Tom Smith, Nissan’s director of truck marketing.

Toyota takes on Detroit with all-new Tundra truck

You don’t get to be number one by sitting on the sidelines. Yet, since rolling out the original T100 more than two decades ago, Toyota has largely been left on the bench in the U.S. full-sizemarket. It remains the only major segment where the world’s largest automaker has repeatedly failed to become a significant, if not dominant player.