10 Nov 2011
Rüsselsheim. After the world debut of the new Opel/Vauxhall passenger version of the Combo at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, it is now the turn of the cargo variant to be presented for the first time at the “transportCH” in Berne. The new Combo cargo is available in many versions and is both practical and efficient. It is particularly suited to transporting goods and as a commercial vehicle. The compact loading champion is available with two wheel bases and two roof heights, as a panel van version with or without glazing.
To optimize load access according to their daily transport needs, customers can choose between asymmetrical rear doors, a tailgate and can add one or two optional sliding doors on the sides. In certain panel van configurations an additional flap can be installed in the rear roof, enabling the transportation of ladders.
The Combo cargo takes the lead in its segment and fulfills key criteria of its vehicle class with up to 3.8 or 4.6 cubic meters load capacity respectively (short/long wheel base, front passenger seat folded down) and can carry a payload of up to a ton. It also excels in terms of loading bay measurements, the threshold height of the bay and the width of the sliding door when opened.
The powertrain spectrum fulfills the most diverse needs as it comprises four diesel engines, one gasoline type, a compressed natural gas (CNG) version and comes with an engine performance portfolio from 66kW/90 hp to 99kW/135 hp.
Depending on the engine the vehicle is available with a five or six gear manual transmission; the 66kW/90 hp 1.6 CDTI is additionally equipped with the electronically controlled five gear manual “Easytronic” gear box. Instead of the standard 60 liter fuel tank, the Combo CNG contains a 22 liter gasoline tank and cylinders containing 95 liters of gas (130 liters in the long wheel base version), resulting in a maximum range of up to 750 kilometers.
All versions, apart from the CNG model, are available with Start/Stop technology which is fuel-efficient and reduces CO2 emissions. The running costs are also reduced with the help of long service intervals: for example, the diesel versions only need to be serviced every 35.000 kilometers or once a year.
The cabin of the new Combo cargo is impressive because of its high degree of functionality and practical layout. Features include the large door compartments, a storage area under the roof, a document holder on the instrument panel and a laptop holder inside the glove box. Standard features include central locking, power steering, an adjustable steering column, electric windows, as well as a driver seat which is four-way adjustable. Other standard features for the base version are an airbag on the driver’s side, ABS and a tire repair kit.
The pricing is also extremely competitive: the basic model of the latest generation of the Opel/Vauxhall Combo cargo with its 70kW/95 hp 1.4 liter gasoline engine starts in Germany at just 13.750 euro (plus VAT).
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