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Not to be confused with Dodge Caravan.
Nissan Caravan
Early E25 Nissan Caravan
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 1973-present
Assembly Kanagawa, Japan
Layout FR layout

The Nissan Caravan is a van designed by Nissan for use as a fleet vehicle or cargo van. Outside Japan the car was sold as either Nissan Urvan or Homy. Several configurations of this van are available, including the GX (flat roof) and DX (taller roof) models, and several models with multiple engine configurations including the KA24DE, the KA20DE I4, a 2.7 liter TD27 I4 diesel, and a 3 liter diesel, the ZD30DD I4, as well as the ZD30DDTi I4. The E25 chassis is also used in connection with the Isuzu Como with same engines offered by Nissan.

From 1986 until 1987, a KD-ARE24 chassis was used. The 1988 to 1997 models used the E24 chassis, models from 1998 onward use the TA-QGE25 chassis and VWE25 chassis. Currently, the Caravan outsells the Toyota Hiace since 2004. One main reason is due it having more power and cargo room.


E20 (1973 - 1980)

First generation (E20)
Nissan E20 Caravan
Also called Datsun Urvan
Production 1973-1980
Body style(s) 3-door van
4-door van
Engine(s) 1.6L I4
1.8L I4
2.0L I4

E20 / E21 / E22

E20 Nissan Caravan

The Urvan was a transporter vehicle manufactured by Datsun with 3, 5, 7 and up to 10 seats (minibus). It was especially popular in Europe, and was again very popular in Fire Departments and as ambulances in certain countries. It had a somewhat difficult handling, as it was heavy to steer, and did not come with power steering. Also, the gear shifter was located at the floor and went all the way up to the height of the hand, and had a slight curve. The gear shifter was nearly 80 centimetres long, so it was somewhat clumsy to shift, but it came with 5 gears, unusual in Europe at that time. It was delivered with a 1.6 litre (1596 cc) engine, a 1.8 litre (1798 cc) engine and a 2.0 litre (1998 cc) engine. It was produced from 1978 to 1983, when the Datsun brand ceased. The Urvan was rebadged as a Nissan in 1984.



The Urvan was used in a Norwegian Olsenbanden movie from 1982. It belonged to "KBG", meaning "Kristoffersen Body Guards", a pun on KGB.

E23 (1980 - 1986)

Second generation (E23)
1980 E23 Nissan Caravan
Also called Datsun Urvan (1980-83)
Datsun Caravan (1980-83)
Nissan Urvan
Production 1980-1986
Body style(s) 3-door van
4-door van

E24 (1986 - 2001)

Third generation (E24)
E24 Nissan Caravan
Also called Nissan Urvan
Production 1986-2001
Body style(s) 3-door van
4-door van


Fourth generation (E25)
Early E25 Nissan Caravan
Also called Nissan Urvan
Production 2001-present
Assembly Zhongji Company, Luanda, Angola[1]
Body style(s) 3-door van
4-door van
Engine(s) 3.0L Diesel I4
2.0L I4
2.5L I4
2.4L I4
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,715 mm (106.9 in)
Length Pre-Facelift: 4,990 mm (196.5 in)
Facelift: 4,995 mm (196.7 in)
Width 1,690 mm (66.5 in) & 1,990 mm (78.3 in)
Height 1,990 mm (78.3 in) & 2,285 mm (90.0 in)

Produced from April 2001 to present. For Mexico (the only North American country for full-size Nissan vans), 2010 will be the last year for this generation, as the American-built Nissan NV replaces it[2]. It is unknown if the Mexican version will continue the Urvan name or use the NV name in the United States and Canada.

Top Speed for the turbodiesel 160 km(nissan) to as much as 190 km


  1. ^ German Wikipedia article about the Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co., Ltd.
  2. ^ 2011 Nissan NV1500 / NV2500 HD / NV3500 HD – Car News -- Car & Driver Retrieved March 10, 2010

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