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Spark New Zealand : The New Opel Vivaro: Practical, Elegant Office on Wheels

09/25/2014 | 08:17am US/Eastern

ENP Newswire - 25 September 2014

Release date- 24092014 - Russelsheim/Hannover. The new Opel Vivaro is more practical, more efficient and more appealing than ever before.

The second generation combines the functionality of a light commercial vehicle and the benefits of an office on wheels with the comfort and design appeal of a passenger car, thus also acting as a mobile business or private calling card. The Vivaro Combi will celebrate its world premiere at the IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover. Furthermore, the panel van version will be on show to its native crowd for the first time.

The Vivaro is already a popular and enduring player in the European light commercial vehicle market, with almost 600,000 units built since its market launch in 2001. With around 50,000 vehicles sold per year, the Vivaro currently accounts for around ten percent of sales in its segment (Van D), making it the top performer in Opel's LCV portfolio. Now the new, second generation Vivaro, available at an attractive entry-level price of EUR23,590 excluding VAT (EUR28,072 including VAT, RRP in Germany), for the panel van, is set to continue building on this success.

It has everything it takes to succeed: its diverse variants are now longer, enabling increased load capacity, and its cabin features state-of-the-art IntelliLink infotainment technology with user-friendly navigation, as well as equipment details which quickly and easily transform it into a mobile office. The new Vivaro is also extremely economical: under its hood are all-new turbo diesel engines which offer reduced fuel consumption as low as 5.7 liters per 100 kilometers, with CO2 emissions down to 149 g/km - best-in-class values that also impact favorably on owners' wallets as well as the environment. Furthermore, Vivaro clients will benefit from two-year servicing intervals and attractive servicing programs such as Opel FlexCare with extended guarantee. This helps keep the running costs low and projectable.

These characteristics are already having an impact: Since being introduced, the new Opel Vivaro has won various awards. The readers of Spanish publication The Economist and the international panel at the innovation competition Plus X Award both voted it 'Best Commercial Vehicle'.

Two diesels, four power levels: Newest turbo technology for the Vivaro

The new Vivaro is an all-round, economical, heavy-duty workhorse also thanks to its modern powertrain technology. It comes with two all-new turbo diesel engines with four power levels ensure that the Vivaro can accelerate comfortably even when fully loaded. The engine portfolio contains the 1.6 CDTI with 66 kW/90 hp and 85 kW/115 hp as well as an advanced 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI with sequential turbocharging and a twin-cooler system with 88 kW/120 hp and 103 kW/140 hp. Powered by two turbochargers working together, this engine combines excellent performance with high fuel economy. Combined cycle fuel consumption with the new turbo diesel units is reduced by over one liter, and with the BiTurbo even to 5.7 liters per 100 km which is equivalent to a C02 emission of 149 grams per kilometer. This gives the new edition of Opel's successful all-rounder top values in its vehicle class.

Despite being extremely economic, the new Vivaro also provides plenty of power. From just 1,500 rpm, the 88 kW/120 hp BiTurbo generates impressive maximum torque of 320 Nm, while the 103 kW/140 hp variant delivers 340 Nm.

With sophisticated chassis control systems and numerous safety functions, the new Vivaro puts its power and performance solidly on the road. In addition to ABS, including Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), the driver is supported by Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Hill Start Assistant (HSA), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control (TC) and Roll Over Mitigation.

Modern assistance systems make driving the new Vivaro even safer and more relaxed. It is available with a combined cruise control as standard. A speed limiter preset to 130 km/h is also offered, as well as a Park Pilot which helps the driver reverse into a parking space. The driver also has access to an optimum rear overview with the addition of a rear-view camera, while another practical and safety-related feature is the large convex mirror in the passenger sun visor. It can be tilted to a position which enables the driver to see into the 'blind spot' area, while also offering better all-round visibility.

Modern mobile workspace: New Vivaro with lots of space and practical details

Flexible, multi-purpose and well-equipped - the new Opel Vivaro can be configured to meet just about every LCV need. It continues its predecessor's successful concept of diverse variants and is available as a panel van, Combi, crew van or platform cab, in various configurations including two body lengths (L1: 4,998 / L2: 5,398 mm) and two roof heights (H1: 1,971 / H2: 2,465 mm). The new Vivaro is even better equipped to carry loads than its predecessor, as both body lengths are 216 millimeters longer than before. This adds 100 mm to the cargo bay in both vehicle lengths for 2,500 mm (L1) and 2,900 mm (L2), giving sufficient space to carry three Euro palettes stacked next to one another. Total load volume for the panel van is also increased, ranging from 5.2 to 8.6 m3. Easy access to the cargo bay is provided by the rear doors. To transport especially long items, the right-hand door can be fixed open at a 90-degree angle while the other door is closed independently.

Hatches in the front passenger seat and cabin bulkhead also provide an extended load-through option. Alternatively, in the Combi variant with a sliding side door, eight passengers can comfortably travel in three rows of seats.

The cockpit in the new Vivaro is designed to provide a modern, mobile workspace. Customers can choose comfort seats with lumbar support that are adjustable for both length and height. All key functions in the cockpit are now positioned in line of sight and within optimal reach, ensuring exemplary ergonomics. These include practical details such as the center front seat, which can be quickly and easily transformed into a small desk to hold a laptop. Work or other everyday items can be stowed in spaces above the infotainment system on the center console, or in a drawer under the front passenger seat with 42 liters of storage volume.

The Vivaro now offers optimum onboard connectivity via Opel's IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, audio streaming and advanced navigation functions with maps that can be simply updated by USB download. Equipment features such as automatic climate control and a Keyless Open & Start system increase cabin comfort and ease of use.

Simply unmistakable: New Vivaro is robust and elegant

Practical and comfortable inside, robust and elegant outside: the all-new Vivaro brings Opel's award-winning design philosophy 'sculptural artistry meets German precision' to the light commercial vehicle segment for the first time. So for enhanced design appeal alone, it promises to attract new customer groups. The exterior is even more elegant and contemporary, with a large, prominent grille, distinctive headlamps and a flowing 'blade' side motif from Opel's multi-award-winning design language. The Daytime Running Lights come in a signature Opel 'wing' graphic and are available with crisp LED technology, giving the Vivaro an unmistakable look. With its clean and practical rear design, the Vivaro clearly communicates the robustness that customers demand from a van during everyday use.

Vivaro customers can choose between eleven body colors - five without any additional cost. Right from market launch, further specific colors will be available for special-use vehicles, ensuring the new Vivaro comes in an outfit that's perfect for every business and commercial need.

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