Biggest Vauxhall Vans Range To Woo Customers At CV Show | Part Four

Light And Airy

The Combo driver is treated to the same degree of consideration as a car driver – and why not? The driver spends a large part of the working day in the cab as it doubles as an office.

So there is a light and airy working area with plenty of head and legroom, and top-class all-round visibility through the deep windscreen. There is lots of storage space. Externally big fold-flat door mirrors are a bonus in tight-corner conditions.

Standard equipment includes electric power-assisted steering, a tiltable steering column and stereo radio/cassette player with options like air conditioning, a CD player and satellite navigation.

Corsavan is the logical choice for those who need to tackle congested city streets while at the same time comfortably eating up the miles on the open road.

The 495 kg payload /1,000 litre cargo capacity van comes with a class-leading 1E insurance rating which means lowest possible premiums. This reflects the excellent security, damage and repairability inherited from the Corsa car and means significantly lower insurance premiums than its major competitors.

Couple that with the economy of the three 1.2i petrol, 1.7 Di and 1.7 DTi engines, Vauxhall’s 20,000 mile/one year service interval and three-year warranty and Corsavan becomes hard to beat as a business proposition.

Performance is lively whichever engine is chosen; the 1.2 16v petrol and 1.7 DTi 16v (both 75HP), both reach 106 mph and 0-62 mph in 13 seconds. The smaller, 65HP direct-injection diesel means a top speed of 101 mph and a 0-62 mph time of 15.5 seconds.

In keeping with Vauxhall’s commitment to provide alternative fuel vehicles across the widest range, a Dualfuel Corsavan using the 1.2 litre petrol engine will be available in the late spring.

Standard Corsavan features include power steering, a driver’s airbag, head restraints and pedal release system. A tachometer, clock and radio/cassette are also standard. A heavy-duty half-height partition is fitted behind the front seats.

The largest van in the Vauxhall range, Movano, is one of the most versatile vans in its class, offering a choice of panel vans in three load lengths, payloads and roof heights. There are also workshop van and minibus conversions with powerful turbo diesel 2.2 or new common rail 2.5 litre engines. Many other van and platform base conversions are available.

Community Transport

The 17-seater minibus option uses the 2.2 litre intercooled 90HP engine that provides sufficient power for all normal duties. The minibus is also available in 12 and 15-seater configurations, along with a 12 seat flexible wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

All are ideal for community transport, and are finding favour with NHS trusts, schools, local authorities and hospitals.

Their appeal begins with the vehicles' wide-opening rear doors and nearside sliding door, with lighted sidestep, that makes for easy entry into the tall, light and spacious interior. All seats are forward facing and are equipped with head restraints, and three-point "all age" inertia-reel seatbelts. The seats in the cab also have height-adjustable head restraints.

Passenger comfort is aided by a load-height adjustable pneumatic suspension system available as an option. Prices depend on model, optional equipment etc and are available from Vauxhall van dealers.

The overall value of Movano is its ability to provide tailor made solutions for a wide variety of applications based on its chassis cab and crew cab variants.

The double crew cab model at the NEC shows the ease with which up to seven people can be carried to the workplace in comfort.

Movano is a supremely all-round functional van. With up to 13.9 cu m of loadspace and equally impressive payloads, its cargo carrying ability is among the best in class. Yet for such a big van, it is easy to drive, surprisingly manoeuvrable, responsive, reliable and reassuringly stable.

For the driver Movano's bright fascia has a distinctly car-like feel with well-positioned controls and instruments. Continuing the car-like approach by the designers, a new stereo radio/cassette player with two 60-watt speakers is mounted in the cabin headlining for improved sound quality. Driver's seat is fully adjustable for height, back rest angle, cushion angle and reach.

Published 29 January 2003 Melanie Carter

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