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The Nissan Urvan is a light commercial van designed for use as a fleet vehicle or cargo van and manufactured by Nissan since 1973. Between 1976 and 1997, a rebadged version of the Caravan sold as the Nissan Homy, which was introduced as an independent model in 1965. Outside Japan, the Caravan was sold as either Nissan Caravan, Nissan King Van, or Nissan Homy.

Nissan Urvan
2013 Nissan NV350 (E26) 2.5 panel van (2016-01-04) 01.jpg
A grey Nissan NV350 van in Singapore.
ManufacturerNissan (Nissan Shatai)
Production1965–1997 (Nissan Homy)
1973–present (Nissan Caravan)
Body and chassis
ClassLight commercial vehicle
LayoutFR layout
PredecessorNissan Caball (cargo/passenger van)

All generations use a cabover approach due to Japanese Government dimension regulations that annually tax larger vehicles, and the cabover approach maximizes interior space while remaining within defined exterior dimensions.

Prior to 1973, the Caravan's twin, the Homy had been offered as a standalone generation from 1965 until 1976. The Homy was built and sold by the Prince Motor Company before the merger of Nissan in 1965 and the Homy was the first vehicle to be acquired by Nissan. After the merger in August 1966, because Nissan didn't have a large passenger platform, the Prince Homy was "badge engineered" as the Caravan, and the brand name was changed from Prince to Nissan. The merger was complete by 1970. It shared a chassis with the Prince Homer, a medium-duty cabover pickup truck.

The second generation Homy of 1976, was marketed as a twin to the 1973-era Nissan Caravan, sold at the Nissan Prince Store dealerships, while the Caravan was exclusive to Nissan Bluebird Store locations. The first generation series B640 which was changed to Nissan series T20 was built from 1965 to 1976, the second generation E20 was built from 1976 to 1980, and the third generation E23 was built from 1980 to 1986. The final generation E24 was built from 1986 to 1999, and replaced by the Nissan Elgrand.

Mechanically, the Nissan Caravan and the Nissan Homy were identical. Its traditional competitor from Toyota is the HiAce.

Nissan's largest passenger van is the Nissan Civilian, introduced in 1959, and their smaller platform was the Nissan Vanette.


B640 (1965–1973)Edit

First generation (B640)
First generation Nissan Prince Homy (Thailand), sold as Nissan Homer
Body and chassis
Body style4-door van
5-door van
5-door minivan (Homy)
Engine1.6 L OHV I4
Wheelbase2,130 mm (83.9 in)
Length4,325 mm (170.3 in)
Width1,690 mm (66.5 in)
Height1,900 mm (74.8 in)
Curb weight1,190 kg (2,623.5 lb)

The Prince Homy (B640) was the passenger van version of the Prince Homer light duty truck, and had a seating capacity of up to 15 people. In 1966 as the Prince-Nissan merger began, it was initially called the Nissan Homy Prince, sharing load carrying duties with the Prince Skyway, and Prince Gloria station wagons;[1] the Prince name became a dealership network within the Nissan organization in 1970. The Nissan Homy received the T20 model code, and in 1972, the vehicle was reclassified as a commercial vehicle, in order to comply with the 1970 Japanese road traffic law.

Nissan had integrated a previously built product called the Nissan Caball[2] as a cabover truck and cargo van, but replaced it with the Homy, so from 1973 the Homy was also available rebadged as the Nissan Caravan. It was introduced to similar introductions internationally, called the Alfa Romeo Romeo, Chevrolet Greenbrier, Fiat 238, Ford Econoline, Peugeot D3 and D4, Renault Estafette, Toyota HiAce and the Volkswagen Type 2.

E20, E21, E22 (1973–1980)Edit

First generation (E20)
Also calledDatsun Urvan
Nissan Homy
Body and chassis
Body style3-door van
4-door van
4-door minivan (Homy)
Wheelbase2,350 mm (93 in)
Length4,690 mm (185 in)[3]
Width1,690 mm (67 in)
Height1,905 mm (75.0 in)
Curb weight1,425 kg (3,142 lb)
Nissan Caravan (E20)
Nissan Homy (E20)

The E20 series Caravan and Urvan van and minibus were manufactured from February 1973 with seating configurations for three, five, seven, and up to 10 passengers. It was exclusive in Japan to Nissan Bluebird Store, while its twin the Nissan Homy was exclusive to Nissan Prince Store locations. It was especially popular in Europe, and was again very popular with fire departments and as ambulances in certain countries. It had a somewhat difficult handling, as it was heavy to steer, and was not available 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 cm (2.6 ft) long, so it was somewhat clumsy to shift, but it came with five gears, unusual in Europe at that time.

It was delivered with a 1.5- and 2.0-liter petrol engines, as well as a 2.2-liter diesel unit. It was produced until replaced by the E23 Caravan in August 1980. In export markets the first and second generations were called Datsun Urvan, until the Nissan brand replaced it worldwide in 1983 and 1984. In 1978, Nissan added the smaller Vanette as the Caravan grew in dimensions and market positioning.

Nissan Homy

The second generation was essentially a cosmetic update with no major mechanical changes. The model code changed to E20.

E23 (1980–1986)Edit

Second generation (E23)
Nissan Caravan (E23) LWB
Also called
  • Datsun Caravan/Urvan (until 1983)
  • Nissan Homy
  • Nissan Urvan
  • Yue Loong Homer (Taiwan)[4]
ProductionAugust 1980 – 1986
Body and chassis
Body style3-door van
4-door van
4-door minivan (Homy)
RelatedNissan Atlas
Nissan Cabstar
Wheelbase2,350 mm (92.5 in)
Length4,350 mm (171.3 in)
Width1,690 mm (66.5 in)
Height1,950 mm (76.8 in)
Curb weight1,930 kg (4,254.9 lb)
1985 Nissan Urvan (E23) SWB (Australia)
Nissan Homy (E23) LWB

The second generation Nissan Urvan/Caravan, the E23 series, was introduced in August 1980.[5] As before, the Homy, sold through Prince dealerships, was its twin model, set apart by a different grille. The Cabstar and Homer shared much of the bodywork, with the main differences being the frontal treatment and a small side window mounted in the front doors of the Caravan/Homy. Engines were all carryover four-cylinders, ranging from the J16 and H20 pushrod items, via the overhead cam Z20S, and an upgraded SD22 diesel. The van versions were now designed to allow access to the loading area from the passenger compartment. Radial tires were optional. The diesel also benefitted from a new five-speed manual gearbox, while the new luxury GL version offered an optional "Nissanmatic" automatic transmission as well as power steering, comfortable rotating rear seats and air conditioning. In July 1981, a luxurious SGL "Silk Road" version was added.

At the 1981 Tokyo Motor Show, two concept Caravans designed to provide limousine-like accommodation for businessmen were shown, the Royal and Elgrand Royal Line. The Elgrand name was to be adopted for a series of luxurious minivans, beginning in 1997. In May 1982, the Caravan underwent a minor facelift, losing the ventilation window in the front doors, receiving a new dashboard and a new five-bearing SD23 diesel engine replacing the previous SD22.[5] Radial tires became standard for all but the cheapest versions. For more power, coach versions also became available with the turbocharged LD20T diesel. The luxurious "Silk Road" version, with seven captain seats, was only available with the LD20T. This engine passed the 1982 emissions standards for diesel cars. To meet the 1981 emissions standards for petrol cars, coach versions replaced the H20 engine with the new carbureted Z18S and 105 PS (77 kW) Z20S.

In April 1983 there was another light facelift, with SGL and GL versions receiving a new look with four square headlights.[5] An LWB DX ten-seater version was also added. In January 1985, six and nine-passenger van versions were added. Diesel versions received improved pre-heating systems and safety equipment was improved. Manual petrol versions were now all five-speed units. An eight-seater "SGL Silk Road Limited" also joined the lineup in May. In September 1986, the E23 was replaced by the third generation E24.[5]

Nissan Homy

The Homy and its Caravan twin received their first full model change since the Homy was introduced in 1965. The engine was the 2.0-liter inline-four LD20T turbo diesel. The TD23 inline-four was also available.

E24 (1986–2001)Edit

Third generation (E24)
Also calledNissan Homy
Nissan Urvan
Nissan Urvan Escapade
Nissan Urvan Shuttle
Nissan Caravan Homy
Isuzu Fargo
2001–2015 (Philippines)[citation needed]
AssemblyKenya: Thika
Philippines: Makati
Body and chassis
Body style3-door van
4-door van
4-door minivan (Homy)
RelatedFAW Jiefang CA 6440 (1994-2000)[6]
Engine2.3 L TD23 diesel I4
2.5  TD25 diesel I4
2.7 L TD27 diesel I4
2.7 L TD27T1 turbodiesel I4
3.2 L QD32 diesel I4
2.4 L KA24DE petrol I4
3.0 L VG30E petrol V6
Petrol 4.5 L V8 commercial use only
Wheelbase2,375–2,645 mm (93.5–104.1 in)
Length4,420–5,100 mm (174.0–200.8 in)
Width1,690 mm (66.5 in)
Height1,950–2,395 mm (76.8–94.3 in)
Curb weight1,930 kg (4,254.9 lb)

The E24 version was built from 1986 until 2001 and underwent two major facelifts. In some Scandinavian markets, the E24 series was marketed as the "King Van", to tie it in with the popular "King Cab" version of Nissan's D21 pickup truck. The large QD32 four-cylinder diesel was added in 1996 and produced 100 PS (74 kW) from 3,153 cc.

In Kenya, the Nissan E24 is still manufactured by the Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers in Thika as of 2016.[7]

Nissan Homy

The Homy received its second full model change in September 1986 and was given the 2.0-liter Z20 engine, as well as the LD20T turbodiesel. The model code was now E24. In October 1987, four-wheel drive was added to the 2.7-liter TD27 engine. In March 1988, the premium grade "GT Limousine" was offered with the VG30E alongside the 2.7-liter turbodiesel. Yearly grade changes continued for the rest of the generation, adding items like cruise control, digital speedometers, larger wheels, upgraded interior and upholstery. August 1995 saw the Homy rebadged and sold as the Isuzu Fargo, using the TD27ETi diesel engine. The Homy was replaced by the Nissan Elgrand in 1997 when the Nissan Prince Store Japanese dealerships were renamed Nissan Red Stage and vehicle overlap was streamlined.

FAW Jiefang CA 6440

FAW Jiefang made a clone of the E24 known as the CA 6440.[8] Production started in 1994, having a Chrysler-based CA488 engine with a 5-speed manual transmission.[9] According to the "Regulations on Beijing Road Traffic Management", "Regulations on the Implementation of the Law of the People's Republic of China on the Prevention" and "Control of Air Pollution by the People's Republic of China", the vehicle is not allowed to enter Beijing after May 10, 2001 if the vehicle is still in service as part of an effort to combat air pollution.[10]

E25 (2001–2012)Edit

Fourth generation (E25)
Nissan Caravan (pre-facelift)
Also calledNissan Urvan
Nissan Urvan Estate
Isuzu Como
2004–2013 (Philippines)[11]
AssemblyKanagawa, Japan
Zhongji Company, Luanda, Angola
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (TCMA)
Body and chassis
Body style3-door van
4-door van
Engine3.0 L ZD30DD/ZD30DDTi I4 Diesel, 3.0 L VR30DDTT V6 Gasoline
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,715 mm (106.9 in)
LengthPre-facelift: 4,990 mm (196.5 in)
Facelift: 4,995 mm (196.7 in)
Width1,690 mm (66.5 in)
1,990 mm (78.3 in)
Height1,990 mm (78.3 in)
2,285 mm (90.0 in)
SuccessorNissan NV (Mexico)
Nissan NV350 Caravan (Japan)

Nissan produced the E25 series from April 2001 to 2012. It was also sold as the Isuzu Como on the Japanese market, replacing the last generation Isuzu Fargo which was a rebadged version of the E24 Caravan. The New Zealand Urvan received a one-star rating on the ANCAP crash test.[12]

For Mexico, it was the only North American country for full-size Nissan Caravan vans, 2010 was the last year for this generation, as the US-built Nissan NV replaces it.[13]

NV350 (2012–present)Edit

Nissan NV350 Caravan (E26)
Also calledNissan NV350 Urvan
Nissan Impendulo
Isuzu Como
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter Van
AssemblyJapan: Kanda, Fukuoka, Kyushu (Nissan Shatai)
Body and chassis
Body style3-door van
4-door van
Engine2.5 L YD25DDTi I4 Diesel, 3.0 L VR30DDTT V6 Gasoline
Transmission5-speed Automatic
5-speed Manual
WheelbaseSWB: 2,555 mm (100.6 in)
LWB: 2,940 mm (115.7 in)
LengthSWB: 4,695 mm (184.8 in)
LWB: 5,080 mm (200.0 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
HeightLow roof: 1,990 mm (78.3 in)
High roof: 2,285 mm (90.0 in)

At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, a replacement of the Nissan Caravan, called the NV350 Caravan was premiered. It went on sale this 15 June 2012 with diesel engine and super long body variants will went on sale beginning 13 July 2012, and the wide version model arrived in winter 2012. The new NV350 Caravan comes with the all new YD25DDTi engine with clean diesel technology. Most petrol engines take advantage of its fuel saving technology for class leading fuel economy, for example the QR20DE. Those engines achieved either a 10 or 5 percent improvement in fuel economy over Japan's 2015 fuel economy standard. Meanwhile, the VR30DDTT V6 Engine produces 302 Hp (160 Kw) for Premium Models. The NV350 Caravan continues to be sold as the Isuzu Como on the Japanese market as well.[14]

In the Philippines, the NV350 Caravan (E26) was introduced on 11 June 2015 and known as the NV350 Urvan.[15] The new NV350 Urvan imported from Japan instead of being assembled locally. The NV350 in the Philippines has only five models:The super low-grade 3-seater Hi-roof Cargo, The Base-line 18-seater VX, The Mid-line 15-seater Shuttle, The High-end line 12-seater Escapade and The Top-of-the-line 10-seater Super Elite.

On 11 September 2013, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd reached a basic agreement regarding original equipment manufacturer supply of finished commercial vans for export, where Nissan would supply NV350 Urvan to Mitsubishi Fuso Van.[16] Two versions are offered, the van and microbus.[17][18]


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