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Nissan today announced it will expand its NV commercial van series with a new NV3500 HD Passenger Van. The model will go on sale in spring 2012, will be made in Canton, Mississippi, and will be offered for both personal and fleet use.

“Just as we did prior to shaking up the commercial van category with the highly innovative Nissan NV, we first did our homework in the full-size van segment by studying the real-world needs, wants and desires of both families and fleet operators,” said Joe Castelli, vice president, Commercial Vehicles and Fleet, Nissan North America, Inc.

The 2012 Nissan NV3500 HD Passenger Van will be powered by a 261-horsepower DOHC 24-valve 4.0-liter V6 with 281 lb-ft of torque or a 317-horsepower DOHC 32-valve V8 with 385 lb-ft of torque.

Both engine setups are matched to a five-speed automatic transmission with C-VTC (Nissan’s Continuous Valve Timing Control) technology for improved efficiency.

The Japanese automaker said its new van will offer up to 324 possible seat configurations and accommodate up to 12 people. The 2012 model van will be marketed largely to fleet customers such as airport and hotel shuttle operators.

The V6 model is offered in two trim levels, S and SV, while the V8 only in SL guise.

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