Vivaro and Movano: Enhanced to Meet New Challenges
Vivaro pictured, no pics of Movano available at the moment
GM Media Press Release - full text @ http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayS...81&docid=26315
Photos courtesy of Global AutoIndex - http://www.globalautoindex.com/news.plt?no=1469
Opel is strengthening its position in the growing 2.8 to 3.5-ton gross weight segment of the light commercial vehicle market with new versions of the Vivaro and Movano. In 1999, Opel made a strong entry into this segment with the Movano, followed by the Vivaro in 2001. Since then, Opel commercial vehicle registrations have doubled from almost 80,000 in 2001 to around 160,000. Both new models make their debut in September at the Commercial Vehicle IAA in Hanover, with orders for the Vivaro being accepted from the beginning of July, and from mid-August for the Movano.
- Fresh Vivaro face highlights new technology and equipment
In addition to new technology and equipment, the Vivaro also boasts a new, fresh face. The second Vivaro generation, with its distinctive “Jumbo roof” driver’s cab is immediately recognizable with its new headlamp graphics, chrome strip on the redesigned radiator grille and new tail lamps. With the addition of two dropside versions, there are now two wheelbases, two roof heights, and five body variants available. The equipment range includes a host of new features such as Park Pilot, and light and rain sensors (options).
The low-floor design version is especially suited for transporting heavy and bulky goods as it has a load-area height of only 640 millimeters, a unique feature in this segment. The completely flat platform can transport up to four euro pallets, while the normal load floor version provides additional underfloor storage compartments for tools and small items.
The completely revised engine range consists of three common-rail turbo-diesels and one 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which all meet the Euro 4 emissions standard. It is also available with an automated Tecshift six-speed manual transmission, which can save up to six percent fuel and makes daily driving in city traffic much easier. Customers who are especially keen on appearances can further enhance their Vivaro with new 16-inch alloy rims and a wide choice of color-keyed exterior extras.
- Movano with new engines, enhanced interior and ESPPlus
The 2007 Movano presents itself with a new, clearly structured engine range based on the 2.5 CDTI. Just like the Vivaro, the Movano benefits from the enhanced engines – which all comply with the Euro 4 emissions standard – and transmissions: the three 2.5-liter common-rail turbo-diesels are now more powerful. The enhanced six-speed manual transmission handles this power just as smoothly as the optional automatic Tecshift. The maintenance-free diesel particulate filter is optional with the 120 hp 2.5 CDTI and comes standard with the 145 hp model. ESPPlus is a new safety option for the panel van and Combi. Movano owners will appreciate the additional storage possibilities in the interior: with the exception of the 16-seat bus, all variants feature two roof compartments as wide as the windshield and a storage box in the center console.
As you might know, those two Opel LCVs are actually rebadged Renaults. Of course, the French counterparts were updated too, and a picture of the Master can give us an idea of how the Movano changed (slightly, I suppose).
Renault launches new Traffic and Master ranges
Trafic left, Master right - Trafic is equivalent to Vivaro, Master to Movano
With the launch of several new and revised competitors in recent months, Europe’s number one van brand has revised both of its large vans, Trafic and Master. Among the changes to both products are the refreshed interiors and exterior styling, new standard and optional equipment, plus a new range of Euro 4 engines ranging in power from 90hp to 150hp.
More of the Renault Press Release @ http://www.globalautoindex.com/news.plt?no=1468#
The "several new and revised competitors" mentioned by Renault include the new Fiat/PSA Sevel Sur large commercial vans, which are covered here: http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/showthread.php. DCX's Mercedes Sprinter van was also updated (The New Sprinter, along with VW counterpart LT (now also called Crafter - http://www.globalautoindex.com/news.plt?no=1283)