The most striking feature is a storage pod which slides out of the rear of the van's load area when it is stationary. As the pod is deployed the now-empty load bay is transformed into a mobile office; the front passenger seat is moved rearwards on a curved rail to face a computer table which drops down from the side of the van.

The NV200 answers the specific needs of an underwater photographer (don't ask) with 'wet' and 'dry' compartments in the pod — which can be accessed from both sides — for diving and camera equipment. The basic concept can, of course, be tailored to suit the needs of many professions.

Perhaps of more interest to UK operators, however, is the van itself. It is about the size of the old Nissan Vanette, but wider and front-engined, and will form the basis of the Kubistar replacement due to go on sale in 2009/2010. Nissan will not be selling a re-badged version of the next generation Renault Kangoo when it appears.