Vauxhall wins two 2013 awards


Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles picked up two gongs at the awards 2013 with the Vauxhall Combo winning Best Light Van and the Vauxhall Vivaro ecoFLEX honoured as Diesel ecoVan of the Year.


Launched last year, the Combo achieves the highest payload (up to 1,000kg with driver), large load volume (up to 4.2m3), highest rear axle capacity (1,450kg) and longest wheelbase in its class.


Also new-to-the-range, Vauxhall’s British-built Vivaro ecoFLEX Euro 5 panel van boasts low CO2 emissions of just 174g/km and combined fuel economy of 42.7mpg.


“With Combo what really impresses is the breadth of model choice available,” said Neil McIntee, VansA2Z editor. “Combo rides and handles well with the rear suspension coping admirably, both laden and unladen.


“Super-efficient modern diesels of all sizes are returning lower fuel consumption figures than ever before and one of our favourites is the Vauxhall Vivaro ecoFLEX.”


“We’re delighted to collect these two awards from,” said Steve Bryant, Brand Manager, Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles. “The versatile Combo has impressed since launch and it’s great news that it has won yet another award. Having been first with a van eco-range, we are very pleased the Luton-built Vivaro has been honoured in ecoFLEX guise. The ever-popular Vivaro has been a lynchpin of our commercial vehicle range for over a decade.”


Vauxhall was the first manufacturer to introduce an eco-model of each van in its range when it launched ecoFLEX commercial vehicles back in 2011.


The Luton-based manufacturer built over 58,000 vans in the UK last year, making it Britain’s number one commercial vehicle manufacturer for an incredible eleventh straight year.