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New Opel Vivaro: Practical, Elegant Office on Wheels

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The Vivaro’s engine portfolio comprises an all-new 1.6 CDTi with 90hp or 115hp outputs, as well as the sophisticated 1.6 BiTurbo engine with sequential turbocharging and a twin-cooler system giving 120hp or 140hp. This offers reduced fuel consumption from as low as 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions down to 149 g/km giving it best in class fuel economy.

 

Flexible, multi-purpose and well-equipped – the new Opel Vivaro can be configured to meet just about every Light Commercial Vehicle need. Available in four body style variants, two roof heights and two body lengths which are both 216 millimetres longer than before. The new Vivaro’s total load volume for the panel van is also increased, ranging from 5.2 to 8.6 m3. There are three trim levels available, the entry ‘Edition’ level, premium ‘Sportive’ trim and ‘Essentia’ for Combi, the passenger Vivaro.

 

“The Vivaro is in a fiercely competitive market, and today’s customers require more from a light commercial vehicle than ever before,” says Dave Sheeran, Managing Director, Opel Ireland. “The vehicle must be extremely versatile while also operate as a private people carrier. The new Opel Vivaro range offers the perfect solution to all these needs. It is an important part of our large product offensive and will considerably strengthen our position in the light commercial vehicle segment.”

 

Striking a balance between performance and running costs isn’t a problem with the new Vivaro. With the optional FlexCargo bulkhead compartment Vivaro can carry loads of up to 4150mm and has the minimum space for 8x4ft sheets and Euro pallets. The payload capacity for the new Vivaro is 1281kg. The service interval on Vivaro has also increased from one year to two years or 40,000Kms. This helps the overall whole life costs of the Vivaro. Various other innovations have been introduced including a very useful convex mirror on the passenger visor that avoids blind spots.

 

All new Vivaro models are seriously well-equipped featuring standard items on ‘Edition’ such as day time running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, aux-in and USB, digital radio, electrically operated front windows and mirrors, six way lumbar support for driver convenience plus plenty of in-cabin storage options.

 

Meanwhile on the ‘Sportive’ trim comes with LED day time running lights and front fog lights. Comfort and safety features include air conditioning, cruise control with speed limiter and rear parking sensors. The premium look is completed with body colour bumpers, side mouldings exterior mirror housings and rear light cluster surrounds and Black Connect embossed cloth interior trim.

 

Meanwhile the second generation combines the functionality of a light commercial vehicle and benefits of an office on wheels with the comfort and design appeal of a passenger car. Its cabin features the optional state-of-the-art IntelliLink infotainment technology with user-friendly navigation, as well as equipment details which quickly and easily transform it into a mobile office.

 

Advanced propulsion technology makes the new Vivaro an economical and powerful all-purpose van. Two all-new turbo diesels ensure fast acceleration even when the Vivaro is fully loaded. Featuring twin turbochargers, this all-new 1.6CDTi engine combines excellent performance with high fuel economy. The new Vivaro also provides plenty of power: From just 1,500 rpm, the120hp BiTurbo generates impressive maximum torque of 320 Nm, while the 140hp variant delivers 340 Nm.

 

With sophisticated chassis control systems and numerous safety functions, the new Vivaro puts its power and performance solidly on the road. In addition to ABS, including Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), the driver is supported by Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Hill Start Assistant (HSA), Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control (TC) and Roll Over Mitigation.

 

Modern assistance systems make driving the new Vivaro even safer and more relaxed. It is available with a combined cruise control and speed limiter, as well as a Park Pilot which helps the driver reverse into a parking space. The driver also has access to an optimum rear overview with the addition of a rear-view camera, while another practical and safety-related feature is the large convex mirror in the passenger sun visor. It can be tilted to a position which enables the driver to see into the ‘blind spot’ area, while also offering better all-round visibility.

 

The new Vivaro continues its predecessor’s successful concept of diverse variants and is available as a panel van, Combi, crew van or platform cab, in various configurations including two body lengths (L1: 4,998 / L2: 5,398 mm) and two roof heights (H1: 1,968 / H2: 2,465 mm). This adds 100 mm to the cargo bay in both vehicle lengths for 2,500 mm (L1) and 2,900 mm (L2), giving sufficient space to carry three Euro palettes stacked next to one another. Easy access to the cargo bay is provided by the rear doors. To transport especially long items, the right-hand door can be fixed open at a 90° angle while the other door is closed independently. Hatches in the front passenger seat and cabin bulkhead also provide an extended load-through option. Alternatively, in the Combi variant with a sliding side door, eight passengers can comfortably travel in three rows of seats.

 

The cockpit in the new Vivaro is designed to provide a modern, mobile workspace. Customers can choose comfort seats with lumbar support that are adjustable for both length and height. All key functions in the cockpit are now positioned in line of sight and within optimal reach, ensuring exemplary ergonomics. These include practical details such as the center front seat, which can be quickly and easily transformed into a small desk to hold a laptop. Work or other everyday items can be stowed in spaces above the infotainment system on the center console, or in a drawer under the front passenger seat with 42 litres of storage volume.

 

The Vivaro now offers optimum onboard connectivity via Opel’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth telephone connectivity, audio streaming and advanced navigation functions with maps that can be simply updated by USB download. Equipment features such as automatic climate control and a Keyless Open & Start system increase cabin comfort and ease of use.

 

Practical and comfortable inside, robust and elegant outside: the all-new Vivaro brings Opel’s award-winning design philosophy ‘sculptural artistry meets German precision’ to the light commercial vehicle segment for the first time. So for enhanced design appeal alone, it promises to attract new customer groups. The exterior is even more elegant and contemporary, with a large, prominent grille, distinctive headlamps and a flowing ‘blade’ side motif from Opel’s multi-award-winning design language. The Daytime Running Lights come in a signature Opel ‘wing’ graphic and are available with crisp LED technology, giving the Vivaro an unmistakable look. With its clean and practical rear design, the Vivaro clearly communicates the robustness that customers demand from a van during everyday use.

 

Vivaro customers can choose between three equipment/trim variants as well as 11 body colours. Right from market launch, further specific colours will be available for special-use vehicles, ensuring the new Vivaro comes in an outfit that’s perfect for every business and commercial need.

 

 

Revised Audi A7

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Audi says it has spared no effort in revising the A7. The big five-door coupe is now more powerful – thanks to new engine configurations, new transmissions.

 

It looks slightly different too with new headlights and taillights, plus there are new infotainment systems. Back in 2010, when the A7 first debuted, Audi was already on the top of its game setting new standards in design. A7’s long engine bonnet, flowing C-­pillars and the sharply dropping rear end created a dynamic overall impression.

 

Audi says the most striking changes are to the single frame grille, bumpers, tailpipes and headlights. LED technology is now standard; upon request, Audi can supply Matrix LED headlights, which light the road optimally without causing glare for other road users. Combined with the Matrix LED headlights, dynamic turn signals are also installed at the front; they come standard at the rear.

 

The new Audi A7 will begin arriving at dealerships in Ireland in October 2014. Final pricing and equipment details will be released closer to launch.

 

 

Efficient Courier

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Ford says the all-new Ford Transit Courier will offer van operators best-in-class fuel efficiency and load space when the first models are delivered to customers in summer 2014.

 

Ford says the all-new Ford Transit Courier will offer van operators best-in-class fuel efficiency and load space when the first models are delivered to customers in summer 2014.

 

Ford’s first-ever small Transit van delivers unsurpassed fuel economy. The 95hp 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi engine achieves 3.7 l/100 km (76.3 mpg) and 97 g/km CO2 emissions, achieving best in class efficiency.

 

The all-new Transit Courier offers 10% more load volume than its direct competitors with 2.3 m3 behind the bulkhead, as well as longer load length at floor level, and greater access width through the sliding side doors. Ford goes on to say that the compact, versatile van also brings a new level of technology and functionality to the segment with class-leading safety features, in-cab stowage space and connectivity, including Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance.

 

Aimed at the urban delivery market and small businesses requiring a functional and compact van, the all-new Transit Courier will generate new sales for Ford in the fast-growing European small commercial vehicle segment. This adds to the momentum created by the larger products from the completely redesigned and expanded Ford Transit range.

 

Source: RTE

 

 

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