Reliable, 500 times around the world
“I HOPE they have water on Mars,” joked Sarel Jacobs, the national fleet manager of the pathology specialists Ampath.
Jacobs had just completed a report for the busy holiday season in which Ampath’s fleet of more than 200 Nissan NP200s travelled over two million kilometres between hospitals, airports and laboratories. “Since changing our fleet to mainly Nissan NP200s, we have travelled 25 million kilometres. That is over 500 times around the circumference of the Earth and half the distance to Mars.”
Jacobs has looked after the Ampath and associated practice’s fleet for over 25 years and he has investigated virtually every delivery vehicle on the market. In the end, he standardised his fleet to the Nissan NP200 as a courier vehicle. “The NP200 costs us the least to operate, service and repair ... and returns very acceptable resale values.”
Testing by Malcolm Kinsey of the Kinsey Report found that the NP200 offers the most affordable service and repair parts and is one of the best buys in the bakkie segment, thanks to its 800 kg payload, cabin space, rubberised load bin and six-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty.
The Nissan NP200.