Vauxhall is marking its soar away 31 per cent van sales surge last year with its biggest and brightest display yet at the March Commercial Vehicle Show, in a determined effort to maintain the growth in interest in its wide van range.
- Rear-seat conversion for Combo
- 2.0 DTi engine for Astravan
- High Roof Vivaro
"We exceeded our own pretty harsh targets last year, and I believe we have a classic range to meet more needs among individual and fleet customers," says vans brand manager Jonathan Leicester.
For the CV Show, the most important showcase of the year, Vauxhall plans a display of 14 models, with other Vauxhall vans illustrating products on associated companies’ stands.
The multi-award winning Vivaro van, built in Luton by Vauxhall sister company IBC Vehicles in a joint operation with Renault, will have its UK High Roof version unveiling.
Vivaro performed 30 per cent above expectations during 2002, and is now fourth in the medium van sector, a great achievement since Vauxhall has not been active in this sector for some time.
The extra-spacious High Roof model has a gross vehicle weight of 2.9 tons and both short (3098 mm) and long (3498 mm) wheelbases will be available from May. At the same time a new economical and smooth 130HP 2.5 litre common rail turbo diesel will also arrive on the market.
The High Roof, with a load area length of 2.80 m (2.40 with short wheelbase), a height of 1.92 m and a 7.1 cu m load capacity, and a payload of more than 1100 kg, is an ideal choice for commercial customers – like courier express package services – who need a large amount of transport space. It is also ideal for those who want a mobile and versatile workshop solution with integrated shelf systems.