Nissan's NV2500 Concept Makes Global Debut at Toronto Auto Show

    - Nissan Introduces FORUM Concept to Canada While Toronto Argonauts
    Players Help 2009 Cube Jump Onto Auto Scene -

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Nissan's NV2500 Concept made its first global
appearance today at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, a preview
of what Nissan's 2010 arrival in the North American Commercial Vehicle market
could look like. Designed to be a "rolling idea lab", the NV2500 Concept
offers a fresh design and fresh thinking, including a 3-Zone interior and
flexible utility and storage solutions.
    "The NV2500 Concept demonstrates a new perspective on the Commercial
Vehicle segment and we're excited to unveil it to the world at the Canadian
International Auto Show," said Jeff Parent, Vice President of Sales and
Marketing with Nissan Canada, Inc (NCI). "Our goal is to enhance CV utility
through creative design solutions and provide a platform for a wide variety of
specific professional applications."
    The NV2500 Concept is designed for construction use, just one of the many
professional applications possible, and bears the Habitat for Humanity (HFH)
logo illustrating NCI's partnership with the organization in Canada. Over the
past two years, NCI is proud to have provided funding to Habitat for Humanity
Canada to support homebuilding activities and will continue its partnership in
2009 with a house sponsorship and employee build days.
    Nissan's FORUM concept was also revealed to Canadians today, representing
the next revolution in family transportation by answering the challenge of
making family passenger vehicles more appealing to both drivers and
passengers. With advanced communications systems such as rear seat monitoring
cameras and audio controls, to its unique interior featuring a multi-position
swivelling 2nd row seat, FORUM truly is a family "gathering place" on wheels.
    The new 2009 Nissan cube made quite an entrance at the show, packed with
five football players from the Toronto Argonauts cube drove centre stage to
greet spectators. Brand new to the North American market, the
highly-anticipated cube is a unique blend of fashion and function, designed
for people who imagine a life less ordinary. Cube has a small footprint but
makes a big impression, and can easily fit a small football team!
    "We would like to thank our partners, the Toronto Argonauts, for driving
cube into Toronto and demonstrating this unique vehicle's interior roominess!"
said Mark Grimm, President of NCI. "Cube's expressive design is novel, witty
and fun - truly a vehicle for those who like to stand out in a crowd!"
    The all-new 2009 Nissan 370Z was revealed to Toronto by the designer who
drew its original design concept, Canada's own Randy Rodriguez, who made the
trip from Nissan Design America in San Diego. The dynamic new styling of the
370Z offers a more aggressive appearance and at the same time a lighter,
structure offers enhanced performance.
    Every part of the Z has been rethought or redesigned, resulting in a new
engine with more horsepower and improved fuel economy, a new 7-speed automatic
transmission with paddle shifters and the world's first synchronized downshift
rev matching system for the manual transmission. The new 370Z hits the sports
car sweet spot with an unmatched balance of performance, style and value, and
will be available to Canadians at dealerships this spring.

    About Nissan Canada Inc.

    Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing and
distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc.
With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI
directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 150 independent Nissan
dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. Nissan is dedicated to
improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key
priorities are reducing CO(2) emissions, cutting other emissions and
increasing recycling. More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete
line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and

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Tel: (647) 259-3268, Cell: (416) 402-5748, Email:;
Didier Marsaud, Corporate Manager, Corporate Communications, Nissan Canada
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