The Citroen Nemo known as “the smallest biggest van” is Citroens new addition to its light commercial vehicle range. At the recent 2008 Van Fleet World Honours the judges were so impressed that they awarded the Nemo a highly commended “Van Fleet World Security Honour” along with the “Best New Van” award 2008.
The Nemo mirrors the footprint of Citroens C3 car which makes it smaller than the newly launched Berlingo First, but bigger than the C2 enterprise. It comes with a choice of 2 trims and 2 engines, 1.4i petrol and a low emission 1.4HDi diesel engine.
This small van with no shortage of space benefits from its compact external dimensions and large internal load volume. At just 3.86m long it has a tight turning-circle of just 9.95m which makes it ideal for getting through tight spaces and parking where other vans cant. It also has a large internal load volume of 2.5cu.m and a high payload of 610kg, which makes its payload capacity equal to or better than many of its larger high-cube rivals.
The Nemo offers a high level of comfort comparable with most modern cars and has a wealth of features that come as standard or optional extras such as: ABS brakes, driver’s airbag, a choice of additional airbags, cruise control, reversing sensors, CD/stereo system, a height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, with split central locking, air conditioning, and heated and electric door mirrors.
All Nemo vans come with a ladder frame bulkhead as standard behind the driver’s seat. A number of competitively priced bulkhead options are available including a full steel bulkhead which can be supplied with or without a window, or a half-height steel bulkhead can be specified with an upper mesh grille. The Nemo LX vans come with a nearside sliding door as standard and can also be specified with twin sliding side load doors.
Nemo comes with a choice of petrol or diesel power units which have been proven to deliver optimum levels of performance and economy. The 1.4i petrol engine, which is primarily offered for conversion to dual-fuel (petrol/LPG) operation, develops 54kW (72hp) at 5,200rpm. Its maximum torque is 118Nm at 2,600rpm. The average combined fuel consumption of the Nemo 1.4i is 6.9l/100km (41.0mpg).
The 1.4HDi diesel used in the Nemo develops 50kW (70hp) at 4,000rpm. This engine has a maximum peak torque rating of 160Nm at 1,750rpm. The economical HDi engine offers Nemo operators the benefits of an exceptional combined fuel consumption 4.5l/100km (62.8mpg). Nemo vans powered by the 1.4HDi engine can also run on B30 (30%) blend biodiesel without modification.
To further optimise running costs both engines used in the Nemo are designed to have long service intervals with a standard servicing frequency of 20,000 miles or two years.