VAUXHALL's resurgence as part of the Peugeot-Citroen, Groupe PSA, family continues with the launch of an all new Vivaro van based on the French company's EMP 2 modular platform which already underpins the Grandland X SUV and many Peugeot and Citroen cars and vans.
Unveiled at the commercial vehicle show at the NEC in Birmingham, the new British-built Vivaro medium van will go on sale in the summer and is available to order now, priced from £22,918.33, excluding VAT.
Body styles include panel van, doublecab for up to six occupants and a platform chassis all with a choice of 4.95 and 5.30m body lengths.
A zero-emissions, all-electric version will be rolled-out next year, but in the meantime power for the standard wheelbase model is provided by a 100PS 1.5-litre engine, while long wheelbase versions get a 120PS version of the same engine. Vauxhall claims that both power units offer lower emissions and better fuel-consumption than market-leading rivals.
Three trim levels are available - Edition, Sportive and Elite - with dual side sliding doors, driver and passenger airbags and cruise control with speed-limiter fitted as standard on all versions.
Sportive models offer a higher specification than the outgoing model with standard equipment including body coloured mirrors, handles and body side mouldings, alarm, auto lights and wipers, acoustic windscreen and thickened side glazing.
The top-of-the range Elite model features the latest safety technology as standard including lane departure warning, speed limit information, intelligent speed adaptation, driver attention alert and blind spot detection.
"As the UK's largest CV manufacturer celebrating its 90th year of van production, we're proud to present a new Vivaro model that not only has class-leading credentials, but also secures the future of our Luton workforce for many years to come," says Stephen Norman, Vauxhall's group managing director.
Investment in the new vehicle will help secure 1,250 jobs at the Luton manufacturing plant and increase production capacity to 100,000 units per year.