The new Vauxhall Vivaro combines the features and functions of a light commercial vehicle (LCV) with the comfort and design flair of a passenger car. Coming to market this summer, the second generation of Vauxhall’s best-seller brings Vauxhall’s award-winning ‘sculptural artistry meets technical precision’ design philosophy to the LCV segment for the first time.
Complementing its new, eye-catching looks are many state-of-the-art technologies and practical innovations, both under the bonnet – diesel engines ensure strong pulling power with advanced BiTurbo propulsion – and in the cabin, making the Vivaro an extremely attractive competitor in this key vehicle class.
Approximately 500,000 vehicles are sold annually in West and Central Europe in this segment, with the Vivaro accounting for nearly ten per cent of this total.
“The second-generation Vauxhall Vivaro distinguishes itself with its superb practicality and quality. After 13 successful years on the market, we wanted to make the new Vivaro’s packaging even more attractive while raising the standard of its core capabilities,” says Mark Adams, Vauxhall Design Vice President. “The new Vivaro showcases sculptural artistry and technical precision with sweeping sculptural design accents, bold proportions and premium accents. This gives it a sharpened and more refined character, making it the ideal mobile business card.”
Robust yet elegant design features
The New Vivaro’s exterior is now even more elegant and modern. With a large, prominent grille, distinctive headlamps and the flowing ‘blade’ feature from Vauxhall’s multi-award-winning design language, it includes the characteristic forms of the brand’s passenger car models.
The headlamps are executed in high-gloss black mouldings, with embedded chrome accents that enhance their jewel-like effect. The daytime running lights come with signature Vauxhall wing graphic design and modern, crisp LED technology, giving the Vivaro an unmistakable look. In all its elegance, with its wide face and clean, practical rear, the Vivaro clearly communicates the robustness that customers demand from the van during its everyday use.
Its side design brings sculptural artistry to the van segment, with the signature Vauxhall ‘blade’ feature flowing from under the side mirrors back to the rear wheel-arches, in the same style found on the Insignia family and Astra GTC models.
A choice of trims and colours
Customers can choose between two body design trim levels, depending on whether they intend to use the Vivaro as a robust van or a comfortable large-capacity combi.
The Vivaro variant (first trim level) is strong and practical, with the front bumper, grille, side-mirror housings and vertical rear mouldings presented in a durable, black textured plastic material. For the Sportive trim level, all body elements including the front bumper, side mouldings, vertical rear bumper corners and side mirrors are painted in the vehicle’s body colour, and the grille has chrome accents.
The new Vivaro colour palette comprises eleven standard colours, with five solid and six two-coat metallic finishes. Right from market launch, further colours will be available for special-use vehicles. So customers can order their new Vivaro in the perfect outfit for their specific business and commercial needs.
Versatile configuration options
The new edition continues our successful concept of diverse variants and is available in various configurations, with two overall lengths and two roof heights as a panel van, combi or double cab. In fact, the new Vivaro is now even more suitable for transport needs than its predecessor, because in both lengths – 4,998 and 5,398mm – it is 216mm longer, for cargo and occupants.
Powerful yet economical engines
The new Vivaro is also an all-round, heavy-duty workhorse thanks to its modern powertrain technology. It comes with two all-new turbo diesel engines: a 1.6 CDTi, as well as an advanced 1.6 BiTurbo CDTi with sequential turbocharging and a twin-cooler system.
Powered by two turbochargers working together, this engine combines excellent performance with high fuel economy. Combined-cycle fuel consumption of 47mpg (preliminary data) with the new turbo diesel units is considerably improved. This gives the new edition of Vauxhall’s successful all-rounder top value in its vehicle class.
Made in Luton
All of the new Vivaro’s standard roof variants are built at Vauxhall’s Luton plant in England, where different versions of Vauxhall/Opel’s LCV best-seller – developed together with Renault – have been rolling off the assembly line since 2001.
To date, over 900,000 units have been produced there. In 2009, a vehicle conversion centre for specialist variants, such as platform cabs, was also opened at the plant, which will further expand its manufacturing activities with the new-generation Vivaro. This will enable ex-works delivery of the new Vivaro in many conversions, enlarging the field of Vivaro capabilities for very specific professional uses. Of course, all vehicle modifications meet stringent Vauxhall quality standards.
More information about the new Vauxhall Vivaro’s state-of-the-art technologies and flexible interior configurations will follow shortly.
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