New Vivaro set to go on sale this summer with a new engine range and interior technology borrowed from its passenger cars
Darren Moss
4 February 2014

Vauxhall has released the first details on its new Vivaro van, which will be built at its Luton plant before going on sale this summer.

The future of the Luton factory was insecure during the global finanical crisis, but it was announced back in March 2011 that the plant - which employs around 1200 people from the Luton area and secures many more jobs in the supply chain - had been saved by it securing production of the next-generation Vivaro. The Luton plant currently produces 67,000 units per year.

The new van, which is poised for its global debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham in April, will come with a new range of economical engines and "new technologies inside and out", according to Vauxhall. 

Vauxhall has updated the exterior of the van, which will also be sold in Europe as an Opel, with a more prominent front grille with new graphics, as well as giving the van its corporate front-end design to tie the Vivaro in with its passenger car offerings. The company says it has given the Vivaro "a more modern and precise look".

Inside, the company says it has brought "typical passenger car amenities and features for frequent drivers into the LCV segment", meaning Bluetooth connectivity, satellite navigation and music streaming are all likely to feature.

The current Vivaro is available in both standard and LWB forms, and is powered by a range of 2.0-litre CDTi diesel engines, coupled to either a six-speed manual or six-speed Techshift automatic transmission. In standard form, the Vivaro has a payload allowance of 1100kg and a kerb weight of 1670kg. The current model costs from £19,303.33 excluding VAT.

The Vivaro has been developed alongside the Renault Trafic, which has has also been previewed in an official design sketch ahead of its debut at the Commercial Vehicle show.

Renault, Europe's best-selling van maker, promises "revised styling, new technologies and a range of new engines that benefit from Renault’s expertise in the world of Formula 1 racing" for its new Trafic. 

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4 February 2014
Don't really want to sound dismissive but I don't care about vans. Surely there's a publication where vans take centre stage? What next, a review of the new Scania sleeper cab?

4 February 2014
...Autocar should check with you first to see if you 'care' about each news story they're about to run?

4 February 2014
Apologies Kraftwerk. I was unaware that to be a member of the Autocar forum, I had to like every article, every week and not express an opinion!

4 February 2014
averageman wrote:

Apologies Kraftwerk. I was unaware that to be a member of the Autocar forum, I had to like every article, every week and not express an opinion!

...Just a vacuous 'I don't care about vans.' Hardly riveting use of the power to express the opinion you seem so keen on sharing.

4 February 2014
And yet it's an opinion non the less. Did not realise there was a word limit for a person to have an opinion. I don't see your take on this van incidentally, you seem more interested in another persons view rather than the actual subject matter

4 February 2014
A profitable product for GM Vauxhall, I don't know if it is sold in Europe as an Opel, but is also built badged as a Renault and Nissan. Thousands of jobs in Luton and it's supply chain depend on it.

In other words it is another British automotive success, even if the plant is owned by an American with it's shares (of which I own 3,000) are traded globally.

4 February 2014
averageman wrote:

What next, a review of the new Scania sleeper cab?

Is there a new Scania sleeper cab? Bloody hell I must have missed that one

 

4 February 2014
Coming close up to a rear view mirror near you real soon!!!

4 February 2014
Looks very much like the new Transit in my opinion. The current Vivaro's been on sale for around a decade now, and whilst it's still holding its own against fresher competition, I think it's due a replacement now.

4 February 2014
Great news for Luton, great news for England, great news for GM.

Question: does the GM version get different engines from the Renault/Nissan version? Aside from the cosmetic differences, what differentiates the GM and the Renault/Nissan versions?

Secondly - do we have any idea on how the versions fare in each market? Which is the biggest seller in which market?

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