Meriva concept previews production model, suicide doors included
21 February 2008

This is the Vauxhall Meriva concept due to appear at the Geneva show next month. When the production version is revealed later this year, it will become the first mini MPV to feature rear-hinged or suicide doors, as previewed by the concept shown here. This sketch from General Motors shows the new door arrangement, which Vauxhall is calling FlexDoor. The car still uses a central B-pillar, but the doors have been designed to improve access to the rear of the car and open at a 90 degree angle to the body. They cannot be opened unless the car is stationary. Though the suicide doors will add extra weight to the Meriva compared to conventional units, GM maintains that the weight gained can be cut from elsewhere in the car because the vehicle has been designed from scratch. It also claims that Flexdoor is lighter and less complex than sliding doors, and constrains the car’s design less because it doesn’t require a long slot in the car’s side. Also likely to make production is the unusual and unique kink in the rear window line, designed to improve the view of passengers in the back seats. Much of the design inspiration for the Meriva came from the GTC Coupe and Flextreme concepts. Though the car's rear isn't visible in this teaser shot, the rear lights are said to closely echo those of the new Insignia.In fact, despite its concept status, even GM admits that the 'concept car's distinctive window line, arched roof and sculpted body give good indication of what to expect from future Vauxhalls.'Essentially, you're looking at the new Meriva.

Our Verdict

Vauxhall Meriva

The Vauxhall Meriva, with its rear-hinged back doors, is a more mature car than before, but little more innovative

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21 February 2008

This looks very handsome. A few hopes: that people won't be put off by the rear doors; that the random scrabble-bag name Meriva gets dumped (or has it become - dread phrase - a 'valuable brand'?); that, as ever with concepts, things don't get too diluted between now and production. The wiggly window-sill isn't unique, by the way - the smaller of the two C4 Picassos has it, but in that case it's decorative graphics only, not an aid to visibility.

21 February 2008

A bit of everything from Vauxhall. The silhouette looks nice, suicide doors (RR), changing window line (Citroen), Meriva name (Vauxhall).

Just change the seat backs, they are the most uncomfortable I have ever sat in.

21 February 2008

I am sorry if anyone has a Vauxhall and might be offended by this but I can't imagine a duller car. There's nothing about them that I like. A brand image that puts me off before I even consider what the car might be like. I am not a sales rep nor am I ready to concede that my whole life revolves around being a family man with no other aspirations or motivations. What would be next ? A pipe ? Slippers ? A CARAVAN ?!

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