Vauxhall Vivaro High Roof

The latest Vauxhall Vivaro variant – the high-roof van – will go on sale next spring.

The new, extra spacious transporter, with a gross vehicle weight of 2.9 tons and both short (3098 mm) and long (3498 mm) wheelbases will be available at dealers from May.

The high-roof version of the multi award-winning Vivaro is built at the Nissan plant in Barcelona, Spain.

In a joint venture between Vauxhall/General Motors and Renault, the new generation of vans has been built at IBC Vehicles in Luton since the spring of 2001. Luton will produce around 85,000 Vivaros this year.

The high-roof model, with a load area length of 2.80 m (2.40 m with short wheelbase), a height of 1.92 m and an 8.4 m³ (7.1 m³) load capacity, is an ideal choice for commercial customers – like courier express package services – who need a large amount of transport space and for those who require a mobile and versatile workshop solution with integrated shelf systems.

The ample width of 1.27 m between the wheel arches, and a payload of more than 1100 kg, are two more features which are important for transport professionals.

Like all versions of the Vivaro, the high-roof van also has practical functionality, is economical, and provides outstanding driving comfort. Other advantages include its comprehensive, passenger car-level safety package, with full-size front airbag and belt tensioner for the driver, lap-and-shoulder seat belts, head restraints for all seats and ABS.

In addition to the two current powerful common rail 1.9 litre turbo diesel engines, rated at 82PS and 100PS respectively, the new Vivaro model can also be ordered with the new 120PS 2.0-litre 16v petrol engine. From the spring Vauxhall will also offer a 2.5-litre 16v 130PS common rail turbo diesel.

Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

:: The Institute of Vehicle Engineers (IVehE) has given its prestigious light commercial vehicle design award to the Vauxhall Vivaro. The award was made at the British International Motor Show. The judges said they expected "its appeal to young and style conscious people would open up new markets."

Published : 25/10/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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