Nissan NV350 Impendulo 2.5 Petrol Minibus Taxi
Nissan have launched a new minibus taxi,a 16-seat model, built to comply with South Africa’s taxi industry.
The new NV350 Impendulo Taxi, gives a strong local flavour to the taxi.
Says Tessa Cooke, NV350 Product Manager at Nissan South Africa: “Impendulo is the isiZulu word for ‘the answer’, a term which can be applied to the NV350 Taxi in more than one way. With it, we aim to recapture the love and affection of both taxi operators and commuters.
“The fact that our new taxi has been designed around the people who are going to operate and use it, coupled with the overwhelmingly positive response our naming competition, points towards a very successful reintroduction of the Nissan badge to the South African taxi industry.”
The Nissan enters a market in which over 4.5 million people travel in over 220 000 taxis on a daily basis.
The new Nissan NV350 Impendulo is powered by an existing 2.5-litre petrol engine, which produces 108 kW at 5 600 rpm and 213 Nm at 4 400 rpm, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
Fuel economy is improved with the assistance of low voltage control of the alternator, whereby battery charge is monitored and the alternator’s voltage adjusted to curb over-charging the battery, thereby reducing load on the engine and lowering fuel consumption. Improved timing chain operation thanks to low-friction materials also aids in reducing consumption, as does the engine’s low idle speed of just 600 rpm.
Safety equipment includes driver and front passenger airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, seat belts for all 16 seats, a driver’s seatbelt warning buzzer, an emergency exit escape hatch in the roof and an immobiliser.
The Impendulo 2.5 petrol retails at R306 900 through Nissan’s entire existing dealer and comes standard with a 3-year/ 100 000 km warranty as well as a three-year unlimited kilometres anti-corrosion warranty. Service intervals are 15 000 km.