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2 March 2010

Vauxhall's longer, wider, taller and much more stylish Meriva five-seater MPV will cost from £15,495.

The new people-carrier, based for the first time on the Astra/Zafira platform and which for the first time adopts so-called “flex doors” (dubbed coach doors by Rolls-Royce), will go on sale in the UK at mid-year.

See the Vauxhall Meriva pictures The Meriva, which has led the small MPV class since launch in 2003, with more than a million sales, halves (to around 20cm) the difference in overall length between its seven-seater brother, the Zafira, mostly because of the demands of new crash and pedestrian protection legislation.

Engineers say all small and compact MPVs will have to grow, so the difference between claasses will eventually be restored. To go with the sportier, more stylish exterior the Meriva gets a airy, modernised fascia and interior, which reduces the mass of the dashboard, picks up the improved switchgear, instrumentation and steering wheel of the recently launched Astra and Insignia models.

A set of load-bearing rails runs through the cabin, providing flexible mounting for a variety of flexible bags and consoles, or which just provides carrying space for handbags and briefcases. The Meriva is launched with five engine options, two 1.4-litre turbo petrol units from the Astra range (120bhp and 140bhp) and three diesel power levels, with power between 90 bhp and 145 bhp, based on either the familiar 1.3 litre or 1.7 litre turbodiesels.

All engines get six-speed manual gearboxes as standard. Vauxhall engineers say the Meriva’s new chassis improves the driving experience, giving it better handling and ride, and a considerably quieter and more comfortable ride.

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every thing you... 20 February 2010

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roverfan1984 wrote:

However a part of me thinks that in 30 years the manual box will be considered as irrelevant as the manual choke. Both devices offered drivers more control over their car- but ultimately technology rendered the manual choke useless, & as autos get better & better the manual box will become obsolete as well.

Im not speaking as someone who wants to see the end of manual boxes- I wouldnt switch at the moment, I like to be in control of my own car, its economy, its acceleration etc. But autos will get better & better. Its already happened in the US, & I think it is inevitable here eventually. Selecting your own gear will become as much of an anachronism as controlling your own air/fuel mixture. Autos will become so good they will do it better than you can. Take my word for it, in 30 years they will exist on cars like Caterhams only.

Totally agree and i've been saying this for a while now. I would only add that I believe they will disappear sooner, maybe 10 to 15 years. Many changes are afoot. The disappearance of the clutch pedal will be the first part of this transition.

every thing you... 20 February 2010

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turbinecol wrote:
Anyway, I appreciate the main reason is for mothers to get quick access to baby seats in the back, but as the kids get older and try to get out at the same time as you? - hmm, perhaps that is going to be interesting.

Ha ha, Good point. I do hope they keep them for the production versions though.

VX220EDDIE 20 February 2010

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Quattro369 wrote:
I guess Vauxhall has increased the size of the Meriva so it will now compete with the basic Renault Scenic, leaving the next Zafira free to move up a class and take on the S-Max and Galaxy. Makes sense.
if this is the case i hope it will be a better seller than the Sintra (if anyone can remember it) shudders

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