Flexible minivan at prices starting from $19,700 USD to launch in Germany this Saturday. [fimg=left]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2011_Opel_Meriva_Minivan.jpg[/fimg]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - June 8, 2010 Opel Mriva – Sorry I do not know much more about it than you do after reading this quick hitter There are already more than 30,000 orders booked for the new Opel Meriva across Europe, even though the small minivan does not arrive to German dealerships until June 12. “We have never had such an impressive response to a vehicle in this segment,” says Alain Visser, VP of Sales, Marketing & Aftersales Opel/Vauxhall enthusiastically. “This is shown not only by the large number of orders, but also by the first analyses of the customer and media response. The new Meriva’s design and its innovative concept obviously satisfy the tastes of customers.” During 2010, 50,000 Merivas are planned to be sold throughout Europe; and in its first full sales year, 2011, Opel expects sales of up to 130,000 vehicles. Prices in Germany start at $19,700 USD. The new Meriva combines a nice exterior design with a high degree of functionality. It is the first car in the world to receive a seal of approval for its overall ergonomic concept from the back experts and therapists of the “Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.” (Action for Healthy Backs). The concept consists of the FlexDoors, the approved ergonomic front seats, the FlexSpace rear seat system and the integrated FlexFix bicycle carrier. All of these features are good for the back and put as little strain as possible on the spine. While I have no idea who Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V is, it sounds good All the new Meriva engines conform to Euro 5 emissions standards. The outputs of the three gasoline and two diesel engines range from 75 HP to 140 HP. Three additional diesel engines will be available later this year. Early Conclusions? With the crash of the Euro over the previous 6-months (thank Greece), European vehicles are beginning to compete on a price basis with what we would like to own and drive… I have no idea what the fuel efficiency ratings of the 3-diesel engines let alone the other three that are coming for the Meriva but you can be sure they are more efficient than every vehicle here in the US other than a Prius and maybe the HI-II/HCH-II more than likely Size wise, it looks like the size of a Ford C-MAX to me. Smaller than a Mazda5 here in the US but larger than a Mazda3 - 5-door hatch.