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Nissan, Gibson Build a Mobile Guitar Workshop

Nissan Gibson NV200 image

In a relatively short amount of time, Nissan has made a name for itself in the commercial vehicle segment with the introduction of two new vans. One is the full-size NV2500. The second van is the NV200, which has already been named the “taxi of the tomorrow” due to its upcoming role as the official taxi cab in the Big Apple.

Fittingly, Nissan decided to show off fresh applications of its NV200 at this week’s New York Auto Show. The Gibson NV200 Mobile Repair & Restoration Van was the result of a partnership with legendary guitar manufacturer Gibson. The van is intend to be used by an authorized Gibson rep to make guitar repairs or restorations on the road.

“The NV200 Compact Cargo van’s small footprint makes it ideal for maneuvering in tight places, which is perfect for both urban music venues and crowded outdoor concerts where space is at a premium,” said Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. “The large cargo bay with standard integrated mounting points and available cargo hooks help make the vehicle configurable and customizable to suit the needs of a working guitar technician.”

Nissan Gibson NV200 image

Inside and out, the van is designed look like a classic Gibson guitar. It features loads of wood veneer and shades of brown and black. The interior boasts a guitar rack that holds four instruments, a sliding 56-inch long repair table, toolbox, genuine Gibson stools and a sound system by Gibson Pro Audio. All of these enhancements are intended to show-off just how versatile the NV200 can be.

“The Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo van is perfect for small businesses, entrepreneurs and dreamers,” said Joe Castelli, vice president, Commercial Vehicles and Fleet, Nissan North America. “By partnering with Gibson on the NV200 Mobile Repair & Restoration Van, we’re showing the ultimate expression of what can be done with this vehicle for those with a viable business concept, a little creativity and with a starting price of $19,990**, an appreciation of great value. As this is a van meant for trades, vocations and working people, we couldn’t be more excited than to see it put to good use in the hands of some of the most skilled craftsmen in the world.”

Nissan feels that the The Gibson NV200 Mobile Repair & Restoration Van is the ideal response support vehicle for professional and part-time musicians in need of timely repairs because the van is also efficient. It delivers a class-leading combined fuel economy of 24 mpg, thanks to its 131-horsepower 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine matched with an efficient Xtronic CVT® transmission. With its roomy and flexible interior and fuel-sipping powertrain, it’s ready for the open road and can easily log as many miles as a touring band can handle.

Castelli added, “Gibson and Nissan are both Tennessee-based companies that build products worthy of consumer passion yet suitable for everyday use. We’ve sought a way to combine forces for many years now, and the introduction of the 2013 NV200 Compact Cargo van gives us the perfect opportunity to do so. Working with Gibson has been a dream come true for many of us here at Nissan, and we look forward to the next steps collaborating with them.”

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