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Cute Little European Minivan – The All-New Opel Meriva

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Cute Little European Minivan – The All-New Opel Meriva

Flexible minivan at prices starting from $19,700 USD to launch in Germany this Saturday.
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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.

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Re: Cute Little European Minivan – The All-New Opel Meriva

The Meriva is built on the Alpha II platform - shared with the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa and Tigra, and soon to be 2012 Chevy Aveo. So the Meriva, in simplest terms, is a sort of Aveo MPV. Since GM killed the 7 passenger Orlando mini-minivan for the US, who knows if they will instead consider build the Meriva here in Lake Orion, graced with the requisite bowtie nosejob and badged as an Aveo MPV. With the Ecotec 1.2L four that the Aveo is supposedly getting, this little hauler could handle any market segment need for an Aveo or Cruze wagon.

It's smaller than the C-Max, and a bit smaller than the Cruze, but larger than the Fiesta/Aveo/Fit B-segment cars we are familiar with. In concept, it is closer to a stretched Fiesta miniwagon. And it's the right size for city dwellers who need occasional cargo capacity to carry their new Ikea computer desk or oversized baby shower gift back to the apartment building.

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Re: Cute Little European Minivan – The All-New Opel Meriva

This is bloody gorgeous, it really is. Already recommended it to my brother who is starting a family as the one to get. And why wouldn't you, its a cracking vehicle. Its so nice that it is styled so it is like a big Corsa, so it'll be a hit with minicabbers and families alike.

Included a picture of it in its UK spec, badged as the Vauxhall Meriva.

And as you can see from this interior picture that the Astra / Insignia styling has been carried through. With the beautiful glass roof, you can bet it'll be a hit with younger families. This is evident also on the Exclusiv trim model where you can chose the interior main dash colour. Options are red, beige and black. All very lovely. The accessories and options list is pretty good too, with extra storage options and bike racks fitted to the vehicle.

Prices start from £12,995 in the UK ($18,750 US) and with the CD/MP3 player with the 1.3 Turbo Diesel engine prices start from £17,310 with a manual 5 speed gearbox. The more powerful 1.7 Turbo Diesel engine comes only with a 6 speed automatic gearbox and prices on that start from £19,760. Which is a bit steep, but Vauxhall/Opel recently has been moving more towards being a quality brand, and it definitely shows and definitely worth the money. Full size curtain airbags and active-safety front seat head restraints can be added to the vehicle for only £450.

Fuel economy on the 1.3CDTi 16v ECOTEC, which will be the most popular engine choice is stated as 47.9 mpgUK Urban and 65.7 mpgUK for Extra Urban, with CO2 emissions of just 129g/km. Which in the UK means you pay no road tax for the first year as it is exempt and then just £90 a year thereafter.

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