By far the biggest threat to the City Express' success is the continued dominance of Fords just updated Transit Connect. The TC is clearly the incumbant, having pretty much defined the segment in North America when it launched mid-2009.
City Express: 2.0L DOHC I4
Transit Connect: 2.5L DOHC I4 or 1.6L EcoBoost I4
City Express: 131 @ 5200 rpm/139 @ 4800 rpm
Transit Connect: 169 @ 6000 rpm/171 @ 4500 rpm or 178 @ 5700 rpm/184 @ 2500 rpm
Fuel Economy (MPG):
City Express: 24 city/25 highway/24 combined
Transit Connect: 21 city/29 highway/24 combined (2.5L) or 22 city/30 highway/25 combined (1.6L T)
City Express: 1500 lbs/4751 lbs
Transit Connect: 1710 lbs/5280 lbs
City Express: 122.7 cubic feet
Transit Connect: 126.4 cubic feet
The City Express is really going to have a tough slog of conquering the volume race especially when it is seemingly outclassed in nearly every important metric. However the City Express does carry one silver bullet and that is its better fuel mileage in town, likely the result of Nissans CVT. Chevrolet has still not priced the City Express, but if they can undercut the Transit by a significant number coupled with its superior fuel economy and Chevrolet's brand it could steal more than a few sales.
Whats your take?