Everything you need to know about Nissan Vanette Van!

Do you know the Japanese car, Nissan vanette van?

The main characteristics of Vanette van are its low price and spacious trunk!!

"Vanette " is a combination of "VAN " and "ETTE ". ETTE stands for "small" or "cute". It was released in 1978 and has been loved by many car enthusiasts since then.

The first to fourth generations are also called "Mujirushi Vanette". From the 5th generation, it has been integrated into "NV200 Vanette". In addition to Japan, it is imported to Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and South Africa and sold worldwide as a cheap Japanese used car.

NV200 Vanette is marketed as a business van and has the forefront of safety equipment.

The best point of Vanette van is the low cost!

When thinking about importing a commercial car, the first thing that comes to mind is Hiace van, King of Toyota, and Caravan van of Nissan? The 3rd and 4th great points of Mazda Bongo van and Nissan Vanette van are their price range more than anything else. And whether it's cheaper or worse, it has high quality and the spacious trunk! Depending on the grade, it is, of course, possible to load high-length and long luggage as it is, and even a maximum loading capacity of 600 kg can be carried! It's the perfect car if you need to carry a lot of luggage for work.

There is also an option of 4WD, so you can drive on snowy roads and frozen roads. Prevents business loss due to road conditions.

Nissan Vanette Van
Nissan Vanette Van

What are the great points of vanette van

Let's look deeper into the charms of vanette. We summarized what characteristics it has.

  • FF (front engine, front-wheel drive)
  • Low road clearance
  • Large trunk
  • Low-fuel consumption
  • Commitment to functionality and storage
  • There is also an electric car
  • Used as taxis around the world
  • Customizable is available
  • Can be used as a camper
  • Easy to handle car body

It has full of such attractive features even roughly listing up. Let's take a closer look at each.

Nissan Vanette Van
Nissan Vanette Van

Analysis of Features

FF (front engine, front-wheel drive)

Vanette van is FF, which is rare as a business van. Therefore, it has a spacious trunk.

Low road clearance

The road clearance of the trunk is low, making it easy to load luggage. It is easy to carry heavy luggage.

Large trunk

Although the trunk length is less than 2m, which is not so long, the secret of its popularity is the large trunk, which can carry186 cardboard boxes of A4 copy paper.

Low-fuel consumption

Vanette is also focusing on low fuel consumption. Actual fuel consumption is about 10 to 13 km / L.

Commitment to functionality and storage

Commitment to the interior. There are about 12 storage areas! It has excellent functionality.

There is also an electric car

Vanette van has an electric car. You can set the power plug as the power supply function, so you don't have to prepare a generator!

Used as taxis around the world

It is used as the Black Cab in London and the Yellow Cab in New York.

Customizable is available

Vanette van is popular with car enthusiasts who like to customize all over the world. They enjoy lowering road clearance and changing the front bumper.

Can be used as a camper

Because of its high space utility, it is used as a camper all over the world. If you use the large trunk, you can stay overnight in the car.

Easy to handle car body

Vanette van is a car that is easy to handle because it is capable of turning in a small space and does not have any trouble talking in the car.

Loading capacity and engine type

Maximum loading capacity: 750kg

Maximum loading capacity: 1000kg

Maximum loading capacity: 1000kg

Engine Model code Car Model code

Grade and functionality

Japanese used car, Vanette Van, has 4 grades such as DX, VX, GX, and premium GX. Let's check the difference between the specifications of each grade and the functionality.

Nissan Vanette DX

[Specifications (specs)]

  • Capacity: 2 people, 2/5 people
  • Engine: HR16DE DOHC Water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder 1.597L
  • Transmission: 4-speed AT, 5-speed MT
  • Drive system: 2WD, 4WD

DX is equipped with the minimum equipment as a commercial vehicle. However, it is not equipped with power windows, remote control door mirrors, and privacy glass, etc. that are very convenient.

Model code: SK82MN, SK82VN, SKF2MN, SKF2VN, SKP2MN, DBF-VM20, CBF-VNM20

Nissan Vanette Van DX
Nissan Vanette Van DX

Nissan Vanette VX

[Specifications (specs)]

  • Capacity: 2/5
  • Engine: HR16DE DOHC Water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder 1.597L
  • Transmission: 4-speed AT, 5-speed MT
  • Drive system: 2WD

VX is not much different from DX, but there are differences in the details, such as being equipped with a power window and able to fold the second seat.

Model code: SK82MN, SK82VN, SKF2VN, DBF-VM20

Nissan Vanette Van VX
Nissan Vanette Van VX

Nissan Vanette Premium GX

[Specifications (specs)]

  • Capacity: 2/5
  • Engine: HR16DE DOHC Water-cooled in-line 4-cylinder 1.597L
  • Transmission: 4-speed AT
  • Drive system: 2WD

Premium GX which is the highest grade in Vanette van. With the intelligent key as standard equipment, it is possible to operate the door lock and start the engine while keeping the key in the pocket or bag.

Model code: Model code: DBF-VM20

Vanette van's history of continuous evolution

Vanette van has a long history since the first-generation of Japanese van released in 1978. Let's look back at history.

[Launch of the first- generation Vanette van (C120 type)! ] (1978-1988)

The first-generation Vanette van was developed based on the popular car "Sunny / Cherry", so the model name was "Sunny Vannet / Cherry Vannet". It was also produced in Taiwan under the model name "BOBBY".

Early models were on sale from November 1978 to June 1979. Then, in July 1979, a mid-term model with minor changes was released, and in June 1980, a later-type with minor changes was released.

[Launch of the second generation (C22 type)](1985-1994)

"Vanette Coach" and "Vanette Van" were remodeled in September 1985, and the second generation Vanette van was released. The first model of the "Vanette truck" and its derivative model, "Vanette Largo", have been continuously produced.

In September 1988, a large-scale minor change was made, and it became the second generation of "Vanette Truck". Since 1990, not only some models have undergone minor changes, but they became independent. In June 1991, "Vanette Coach" became "Vanette Serena", and in May 1993, "Vanette Largo" became "Largo" as an independent model.

[Becoming the third generation (SS20 type) ](1994-1999)

The third generation Vanette van has a mutual supply contract with Mazda and is no longer a Nissan-made model. It became a Mazda Bongo OEM model. In other words, Mazda was producing Nissan Vanette. In June 1999, the product was discontinued to hand over the successor fourth generation.

[Launch of 4th generation (SK type)] (1999-2017)

In June 1999, the fully redesigned Vanette van was released. The 4th generation is an OEM model of Mazda like the 3rd generation. The changes were the interior meter panel and chassis frame. The instrument panel became more stylish than before, and the chassis frame was extended to meet collision regulations. Along with that, the tip of the nose became longer.

In addition, the engine became an electronically controlled type, dual airbags and ABS can now be selected. The safety function achieved major progress.

To meet the noise regulations in August 2002, driver seat airbags became standard equipment for Gasoline vehicles. It was certified as a 25% reduction level under the 2000 emission regulations.

Ultimately, sales were ended in 2017 in the form of being integrated with NX200, the successor to the van released in 2009.

[Launch of the 5th-generation NX200 Vanette] (2009-)

Nissan's own production model for the first time in 15 years since 1994. It was also launched in the European and Chinese markets.

In 2010, a 1,800cc DOHC engine was installed to improve maximum output and maximum torque. However, the engine differs depending on the destination. In Japan, the gasoline engine is combined with a 4-speed AT and a 5-speed MT.

The Indian version has a diesel engine and 5-speed MT only, and the Chinese version has a gasoline engine and 5-speed MT. The Indonesian version has a gasoline engine.

The North American version is a combination of a gasoline engine and XTRONIC CVT, and the European version is a combination of a Renault car diesel engine and a 5-speed MT.

Widely used as a commercial vehicle such as a taxi or a camper for personal use, it is popular all over the world. If you are thinking of importing a used commercial car from Japan, why not buy Nissan Vanette van at a low price?

What is the difference between Bongo van and Vanette van?

Mazda's Bongo and Nissan Vanette are often compared. What are the differences?

The answers are almost the same!!!

These two are in the same series. In fact, Bongo van is SK82V, but Vanette van is SK82VN (N is Nissan's N) even though they have same model code.
In other words, they are almost the same. The prices are almost the same, so why not choose your favorite manufacturer?
When searching for an imported car, why not try searching with SK82V, etc. instead of searching with Bongo Van or Vanette Van?

Bongo Van (click to see stocklist)
Type Minivan
width x full height 2,385 × 1,630 × 1,850mm others
Engine 1,789 ~ 2,184cc
Capacity 2 people, 3 people, 5 people, 6 people
Vanette Van (click to see stocklist)
Type Minivan
Width x Full Height 4,400 × 1,695 × 1,855mm others
Engine 1,597cc
Capacity 2 people, 5 people, 6 people, 7 people


Here are things to check when you buy Vanette.

Q. Would it be possible to load a lot of luggage?

Yes! It can be fully loaded!

As we have mentioned several times in this article, Vannet's maximum loading capacity is 600kg for 2WD and 500kg for 4WD. It is made with consideration for space efficiency, so you can use the trunk effectively.

The size of a trunk is accordingly. The height is 1.32m, the width is 1.5m, and the length is 1.9m. The suspension structure is designed simply, and there is a little overhang of the wheelhouse. Therefore, the floor surface can be used widely.

The floor surface is 0.52m above the ground. Loading is easy because it is low. It is easy to load heavy luggage. At the same time, the burden of getting on and off is reduced.

For a five-seater, if you fold the second seat compactly, you can put a 1-room size (1.82m x 0.91m x 0.24m) plate on the floor.

Q. What is fuel consumption?

The market price is 10 km/L in a city area, and 13 ~ 15km/L at high speed!

Fuel efficiency is concerned when importing Vanette van from Japan. How long will one liter of gasoline last?

According to people who use Vanette, the market price is 10km/L in urban areas and 13-15 km/L at high speeds. However, it depends on how much luggage is loaded and the accelerator operation, so it is not always possible to say that it is this fuel efficiency.

Obviously, the lighter the luggage, the better the fuel consumption, and the heavier it gets worse. It would be quite reasonable if it always carries more than 100kg of luggage and runs 10km/L.