Nissan Civilian

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Nissan Civilian
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Overview
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Dongfeng Green Lotus
Production 1959 – present
Body and chassis
Class Minibus
Body style Bus (SWB & LWB)
Powertrain
Engine Nissan
Mitsubishi
Transmission Nissan (manual)
Getrag (automatic)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 3,310 mm (130.3 in) (SWB)
3,690 mm (145.3 in) (LWB)
Length 6,270 mm (246.9 in) (SWB)
6,990 mm (275.2 in) (LWB)
Width 2,065 mm (81.3 in) (TD42 engine)
2,255 mm (88.8 in) (TB45E engine)
Height 2,650 mm (104.3 in) (LWB)[1]
Chronology
Predecessor Echo

The Nissan Civilian (kana:日産・シビリアン) is a minibus built by Nissan since 1959. It is primarily available as city bus and tourist bus.

In Japan, Asia-Pacific, Mid-East, Africa, South America, its principal competitors are Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa, Isuzu Journey, Mazda Parkway and Toyota Coaster. In China the Civilian is marketed by Dongfeng as the Dongfeng Green Lotus but uses the Nissan logos.

Design[edit]

A Nissan Civilian in Laos.
1988 Civilian

General information[edit]

Nissan Civilian is current sold under the Civilian and W41 or W 41 names. It is sold in Japan as Civilian, and several countries in Central & South America. The normal seating capacity is 26 passengers. Its main competitors are the Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa and the Toyota Coaster, Isuzu Journey, and, in some countries Civilian/ W41 minibuses are found only in small quantities, compared to the Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa and the Toyota Coaster, Isuzu Journey.

Engines[edit]

  • TB45E: 4.5L Gasoline
  • TD42: 4.2L Diesel
  • TD42T: 4.2L Diesel Turbo
  • RD28T: 2.8L Diesel Turbo
  • ED33: 3.3 Diesel
  • ED33T 3.3 Diesel Turbo
  • ED35: 3.5L Diesel

Chassis Codes[edit]

W40: 1982-1999[edit]

  • UW40: 1982-1988[2]
  • MGW40/MW40: 1982-1990[2]
  • FGW40/FW40/VUSW40: 1984-1988[2]
  • RGW40/RYW40: 1988- [2]
  • BGW40/BW40: 1990- [2]
  • RAW40: 1993- [2]
    • Models vary from Roof Style, A/C Option, and Wheelbase[2]

W41: 1999-[edit]

  • BCW41/BHW41/BJW41/BVW41: 1999-2004[2]
  • ACW41/AHW41/AJW41/AVW41: 2004-2007[2]
  • DCW41/DHW41/DJW41/DVW41: 2004- [2]
    • Models vary from Suspension, Engine, and Wheelbase[2]

Seating[edit]

SWB[edit]

  • 26 passengers

LWB[edit]

  • 30 passengers

Interior, Equipment & Options[edit]

Equipment levels[edit]

GLX[edit]

Includes reclining high-back seats, automatic sliding door, cloth carpet, tinted windows, self-leveling suspension and other options.

DX[edit]

Includes an automatic folding door, non-tinted windows with curtains and non-reclinable, low-back seats, and other options.

SX[edit]

Includes an automatic folding door, reclinable, high-back seats, better audio equipment, rear windshield wipers and other options.

GX[edit]

Includes an automatic reclinable high-back driver's seat, supreme audio equipment, TV, rear windshield wipers, toilet and other amenities.

TX[edit]

Includes an automatic height-adjustable driver's seat, cruise control, BOSE audio equipment, Rear Projection TV, passenger air-bags, toilet, refrigerator, reclinable passenger seats with retractable table, self-levelling suspension.

Special Purpose Vehicles[edit]

  • Bloodmobile
  • School Bus
  • Presidential transportation
  • Grand saloon bus
  • Ambulance
  • Motorhome
  • Library Car
  • Execution Van (Prisoner transporter)
  • Wheelchair Van

Notorious users[edit]

Ousted Panama dictator Manuel Noriega, in his reign, had at least one Nissan Civilian as his personal transport. It was a luxury, fully furnished version with amenities such as TV, restroom and kitchenette. This Civilian is now said to be owned by a Panamanian national who obtained it in very bad condition and restored it[citation needed].

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