Biggest Vauxhall Vans Range To Woo Customers At CV Show

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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.

Initial sales data for January indicate no let up in interest, with sales expected again to exceed forecast.

"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.

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Published : 29/01/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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