Vauxhall to take compact van market by storm with new Combo
Vauxhall’s all-new Combo panel van is set to shake up the compact segment when the latest addition to its multi-award winning commercial vehicle range goes on sale next year featuring outstanding load carrying ability.
New Combo is available in a choice of two wheelbases – 2,755mm or 3,105mm – giving an overall vehicle length of 4.39 metres and 4.74 metres respectively, as well as two roof heights, 1.85 metres or 2.10 metres.
For easy access to the cargo area, van variants can be ordered with one or two optional sliding doors. In certain panel van configurations, an additional rear roof hatch can be installed to transport ladders, for example.
Exceptional load-carrying volumes
The special load-carrying talents of the new Combo are immediately apparent: with up to 3,400 litres of cargo space in short wheelbase form and 4,200 litres with the longer wheelbase, the Combo offers one of the largest load volumes in both classes. Its low 54.4cm load height and variety of payloads up to one tonne are all best-in-class, while the aperture width of the sliding door is also the largest in segment. The short wheelbase version also offers a cargo deck with the greatest length, height and width between wheel arches.
Economical and powerful engines
The new Combo is available with four diesel engines. The units include a 1.3 CDTi and a 1.6 CDTi, each with 90PS, as well as a 1.6 CDTi variant with 105PS and a powerful 2.0 CDTi engine providing 135PS. The 1.3 CDTi engines are fitted with five-speed manual transmissions, while the more powerful CDTi units have a six-speed manual transmission. The 1.6 CDTi is also offered with Vauxhall’s ’Tecshift’ automated five-speed manual transmission. With the exception of the Tecshift units, all powertrains are available with Start/Stop functionality to deliver even lower fuel consumption and emissions.
Generous equipment to ease the working day
Even the entry level Combo includes generous standard equipment, including remote dead locking, power steering, a height and reach adjustable steering column, electric windows, and a four-way adjustable driver’s seat (also available with optional height adjustment). A driver’s airbag and ABS brakes complete the package.
Combo: A tried and trusted name in compact commercial vehicle segment
The new Vauxhall Combo goes on sale from February 2012. It is produced with Vauxhall/Opel’s cooperation partner Fiat and is manufactured in Turkey.
Vauxhall has offered a Combo model line since 1996 and the current generation has been on the market since 2001. Even as it nears the end of its lifecycle, the Combo regularly tops its segment in the UK and has all-time sales of nearly 200,000 units.
“We’re looking forward to bringing the all-new Combo to market in 2012,” said Steve Bryant, Brand Manager, Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles. “Combo has been a lynchpin of our van offering for the last 15 years, earning a long list of accolades, ranging from excellent placings in the ’International Van of the Year’ award to numerous honours from industry heavyweights such as What Van?, Van Fleet World and GreenFleet.”