The Leyland roundel is back – and not just on a commercial vehicle! Thanks to a deal brokered between GM and Nissan, the US company will launch a badge-engineered NV200 as the 2015 Chevrolet City Express. An extension of this deal for the Indian market means that the Japanese van will also be the basis of a new vehicle for the Indian market called the Ashok Leyland Stile.
Ashok Leyland developed the vehicle together with the Nissan in a joint venture which will result in the van being built at the Japanese car company’s Oragadam plant near Chennai, India. Offered as a seven- or eight-seater people carrier, the Stile features facelifted styling over the Nissan NV200 it’s based upon.
The van is powered by the Renault-Nissan’s 1.5-litre dCi engine developing 75bhp and 136lb ft. The Stile will also be offered in CNG (LPG) trim. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who was present at the recent launch event, said: ‘This collaboration has accelerated Ashok Leyland sales and increased Nissan’s economies of scale while providing customers with unique products specifically tailored to Indian preferences.’
The Stile joins the Ashok-Leyland Dost, which has been making serious inroads into the Indian pick-up market. We live in hope that these new Leylands make it back to the UK.