Nissan Civilian

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Nissan Civilian
ManufacturerNissan Shatai
Also calledDongfeng Green Lotus
Isuzu Journey
Production1959 – present
Body and chassis
Body styleSingle-decker bus (SWB & LWB)
RelatedIsuzu Journey
Nissan C80
TransmissionNissan (manual)
Getrag (automatic)
Wheelbase3,310 mm (130.3 in) (SWB)
3,690 mm (145.3 in) (LWB)
Length6,270 mm (246.9 in) (SWB)
6,990 mm (275.2 in) (LWB)
Width2,065 mm (81.3 in) (TD42 engine)
2,255 mm (88.8 in) (TB45E engine)
Height2,650 mm (104.3 in) (LWB)[1]
PredecessorNissan Echo

The Nissan Civilian (kana:日産・シビリアン, Shibirian) is a single-decker minibus built by the Japanese automaker Nissan since 1959. It is primarily available as a public bus and an intercity bus. In Japan, it was exclusive to Nissan Store locations, and replaced the Nissan Echo.

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 Nissan Civilian is marketed by Dongfeng as the Dongfeng Green Lotus but uses the Nissan logos.


Nissan Civilian (Japan)

General information[edit]

Nissan Civilian is currently 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, Toyota Coaster, and Isuzu Journey, and, in some countries Civilian/ W41 minibuses are found only in small quantities, compared to the Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa, Toyota Coaster, and the Isuzu Journey. It was replaced by the earlier Nissan Echo.


  • 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 D
  • ZD30DDTi: 3.0l Diesel Turbo direct injection
  • Mitsubishi Fuso 4M50: 4.9l Diesel Turbo

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]



  • 21 passengers


  • 30 passengers

Interior, Equipment & Options[edit]

Equipment levels[edit]


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


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


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


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


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

Famous users[edit]

Ryan Holmes' Bussauna

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].

Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes' bussauna, is a custom converted Nissan Civilian minibus. Its interior features a conventional sauna for up to 8 people, and is equipped with amenities such as a sliding side door, exterior awning, fridge and sink. Holmes has also installed an accompanying home base spa zone including showers and changerooms beside the bus parking spot at Hootsuite’s headquarters.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Nissan Civilian parts catalog". EPC Data. Retrieved 19 October 2013.

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