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Vauxhall & Renault


The new versions of mid size van for both Renault and Opel/Vauxhall have officially been revealed, with both vans basically the same vehicle. According to Vauxhall, the new Vivaro combines the functionality of a light commercial vehicle with the comfort and design flair of a passenger car.


While Renault says it has capitalised upon its wealth of experience in the LCV segment to offer a genuine user-friendly van in the new Trafic that is modern and comfortable, responding more closely to the needs of customers and actively contributing to the success of their business


The vehicles dubbed the Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic were developed together in the latest episode of a long running joint project between the two brands to develop light commercial vehicles since 2001. Though unlike their predecessors, the two third generation vans will be built in separate factories, as Renault transfers it's Trafic production to it's plant in Sandouville, France.


The two vans specs


Power for the vehciles comes from two new diesel engines which were developed by Renault. These are a 1.6 litre CDTi and a 1.6 litre BiTurbo CDTi with sequential turbocharging and a twin cooler system that offers a significantly improved combined cycle fuel consumption of 47mpg.


The two vans styling and tech


Both vans will be available in a wide choice of model variants, with Renault claiming 270 different versions. These versions come in two different lengths and two heights as a panel van, Combi or double cab. Both of the new lengths are 216mm longer than their predecessors.


Exterior designs are prominent on the latest models, with bespoke styling to distinguish the Renault from the Vauxhall. Both vans feature a large prominent grille, distinctive headlights and the flowing blade side feature.


The vans' headlamps have high gloss black moldings with embedded chrome accents, while the LED daytime running lights feature Opel's wing graphic design. The model will be offered in three body design trim levels and eleven standard colours. The Renault Trafic will sport major changes both inside and outside when it goes on sale, with the company hoping it will rival the Volkswagen Transporter and Ford Transit Custom in the popular small panel van market.


More details on the two new vans will be released closer to their European showroom launch this summer.