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“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.

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The Nis­san NP200.

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