• Sales success: Vivaro year-on-year order intake up 9.3 percent
• Portfolio: With 62 different base model versions widest-ever Opel/Vauxhall CV range
• Easytronic: Economical transmission available right across CV range
With 62 different base model versions Opel/Vauxhall’s Commercial Vehicle (CV) portfolio now features the widest-ever range. With high levels of growth, and sales more than doubling since 2001, 2008 is set to be one of the most successful years yet. CVs such as the Vivaro, Movano and Combo as well as Corsavan and Astravan (on sale in selected markets) and a wide range of approved conversions further strengthen Opel/Vauxhall’s profile in the CV market.
Jamal El-Hout, GM Europe Vice President, Product Planning & CV Operations, says ‘We are suffering from the best possible problem: we are selling vans faster than we can produce them. Thanks in no small part to our best-selling Vivaro and Combo variants, our current CV market share in Central and Western Europe is 5.2 percent. And while we are pleased with this figure, we want to do even better! By further leveraging synergies within GM, increasing production to meet demand at our plant in Luton, and continuing to work closely with our partner Renault in the future, we will further optimize our position within the European CV segment.’
The most successful Opel/Vauxhall CV is the versatile Vivaro. Of the more than 130,000 Opel/Vauxhall CVs sold throughout Central and Western Europe from January to September 2007, over 40 percent were Vivaro models (52,581). Year-on-year order intake for the Vivaro is up 9.3 percent, with record orders of 20,500 cars on hand. Vivaro registrations were up by 3.5 percent in the first three-quarters of 2007 to almost 53,000, and sales in September 2007 were 29 percent higher than in the same month last year. The wide choice of vans, Combis and leisure vans, combined with stylish looks, practical functionality and economic efficiency made the Vivaro – and its sister model the Renault Trafic – the second-best selling platform in the 2.8-ton class in Europe in 2006.
Widely available automated Easytronic transmission reduces fuel consumption
The optional Easytronic transmission is a highlight of Opel/Vauxhall’s CV portfolio. This automated manual gearbox combines the operating comfort of a fully automatic transmission with the fuel efficiency of a conventional manual gearbox. The advantage is that the engine consumes up to six percent less fuel than a comparable variant with conventional manual transmission. The clutch function is taken over by electronically controlled actuators, and the driver has the choice between manual or automatic shifting. Easytronic variants boast practically the same driving performance figures as the corresponding models with manual transmission. The Vivaro 2.0 CDTI (84 kW/114 hp) panel van (short wheelbase, normal roof) with Easytronic transmission consumes 8.0 liters per 100 km, for example – 0.4 liters less than with a manual gearbox. The Movano 2.5 CDTI (88 kW/120 hp) panel van (short wheelbase, normal roof) with Easytronic requires just 8.5 liters per 100 km – an improvement of 0.3 liters over the manual transmission. The Opel/Vauxhall Combo and Corsavan also come with optional Easytronic transmission. With the economical 75 hp 1.3 CDTI unit and Easytronic transmission, fuel consumption with the Combo is reduced from 5.3 liters per 100 km to 5.1 liters compared to the manual transmission, while the Corsavan with this powertrain requires just 4.4 liters of diesel per 100 km.
Astravan and Corsavan receive top awards
Available in selected markets, the Opel/Vauxhall Astravan and Corsavan are highly successful passenger car derivatives and important models in the Opel/Vauxhall CV family. Although only on sale since March 2007, the new Corsavan has already been named ‘Car-Derived Van of the Year 2007′ at the prestigious Professional Van and Light Truck awards. Tim Campbell, PV< Magazine’s Managing Director said: ‘This van is without a doubt the best in its sector. It looks good, it drives brilliantly and yet it is still a properly functional commercial vehicle, and not just a converted hatchback.’ The Astravan received similar praise from automotive experts and was presented with the Editors Choice award at the What Van? Van of the Year awards 2006. The Corsavan is available with either a 75 or 90 hp, 1.3-liter CDTI or 80 hp, 1.2-liter TWINPORT engine. The economical 75 hp diesel unit requires just 4.5 liters of fuel per 100 km. The Astravan can be ordered with one 1.4-liter TWINPORT (90 hp) or four diesel units, with displacements of 1.3 to 1.9 liters and outputs of 90 to 150 hp. Besides the United Kingdom, these highly versatile delivery vans are also available in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Portugal and Spain. United Kingdom is Opel/Vauxhall’s largest CV market The largest Opel/Vauxhall CV market is the United Kingdom, where total Vauxhall CV sales between January and September 2007 stood almost 40,000 vehicles. This accounts for 30.6 percent of all Opel/Vauxhall CV sales in Western and Central Europe. The United Kingdom is also home to Vivaro – and its Renault sister model – production, with the 500,000th vehicle leaving the production lines at the Luton plant in June 2007. The increasing sales of this van platform have made the GME plant in Luton the largest CV manufacturer in the United Kingdom, and an increase in production there to meet demand is under consideration. Wide and varied commercial vehicle portfolio The Opel/Vauxhall CV range’s greatest strength is its diversity and flexibility. The Vivaro, for instance, is available with two different wheelbases, two roof heights and in six basic variants (panel van, Combi, Tour, dropside, platform chassis and the double cab). Since July 2007, the optional Easytronic transmission has also been available for the most popular 2.0 CDTI (84 kW/114 hp) Vivaro variant. The Combi variant with long wheelbase can now be ordered with complete passenger compartment trim – an enhancement that airport and hotel shuttle services, not to mention taxi operators, will appreciate. With more than 40 variants – from panel vans and the Combi to buses and chassis cabs – the Movano is practically predestined for additional conversions, storage compartments or special equipment, and offers the perfect base for retrofitting, be it as a fire-fighting vehicle with portable fire pump – the smallest standard fire-fighting vehicle in Germany – or ambulance. The Combo has established itself as a popular craftsmen vehicle, thanks to its spaciousness and outstanding value for money. Based on the third generation Corsa, it has a load volume of up to 3050 liters thanks to an asymmetrically split and foldable rear bench seat. The Combo is also available with a highly economical, natural gas-powered engine. The 1.6-liter unit produces 80 percent less nitrogen oxide than a diesel, and around 20 percent less CO2 than a gasoline model (15 percent less CO2 than diesel). In 2006, the Combo was the top-selling natural gas vehicle in Germany. The Astravan and Corsavan retain the dynamic abilities and comfort of a car, yet offer even greater practical uses. Both feature a flat load floor and powerful yet economical gasoline and diesel engines. Price this car: MSRP: not available yet Invoice: not available yet Source: Opel Press Release [gallery]