Vauxhall Vivaro (2001–2014)
- June 2001: New Vauxhall Vivaro launched
- June 2006: Facelifted Vivaro launched
- April 2007
- April 2010
- June 2010: Vivaro range improved
- January 2011: Vivaro ecoFLEX launched
- May 2012
- October 2012: DAB upgrade introduced
- February 2013: Two year service intervals introduced
New Vauxhall Vivaro launched
Sister van to the Renault Trafic goes on sale. Front-wheel drive only, it comes in lengths of 4,782mm and 5,182mm and a width of 1,904mm, plus mirrors. Heights are 1,969mm or 2,464mm. Capacities are from 5 cubic metres to 8.3 cubic metres.
Facelifted Vivaro launched
New engines include two all-new 2.0-litre CDTi units, which are fully Euro IV compliant. The engines develop either 90PS or 115PS – compared to the 82PS and 100PS of the previous 1.9-litre units. They offer higher performance with practically the same fuel consumption, but have up to 26 per cent more pulling power, with torque up to 240Nm for the entry-level unit, and 290Nm for the 115PS engine.
A revised 2.5-litre CDTi powerplant completes the line up, with 145PS and 320Nm of torque – up 10PS and 10Nm over the previous 2.5 CDTi. All Vivaros will get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. There is also a long-wheelbase Vivaro Combi for the first time, offering the comfort and space of the SWB 9-Seat Combi, but with added luggage space. There are now standard and high roof versions, long or short wheelbases, low and high-floor dropsides, Double Cabs, a 12-seat Minibus and a Sportive model.
At the front teardrop-shaped front headlamps give the nose a smoother appearance, while the indicator lamps have been moved from the bumper to be housed inside the light units. The fresh nose is set off by a wider, more prominent V-grille to bring it in line with the rest of the Vauxhall model range.
Vauxhall launches biodiesel B30 technology in Vivaro. The biodiesel B30-compatible models use the existing 2.0 CDTI Vivaro and 2.5 CDTI 100PS and 120PS Movano engines and offer up to 20 per cent fewer CO2 emissions compared to the standard Euro 4-compliant diesel units.
Vivaro Prison Cell Van developed. The Vauxhall Vivaro prison cell undertook years of development and completed a series of simulated crash tests on the HyGe sled at Millbrook. During the tests the prison cell was accelerated from 0 to 30 mph in just over a tenth of a second, subjecting the prison cell and its vehicle mounting points to massive shock forces that can tear apparently solid fixings like paper. The Vivaro cell passed these rigorous tests and was retained in position without significant deformation.
Vivaro range improved
All models were upgraded to include a new look fascia and steering wheel as well as a brand new Infotainment system, incorporating the latest technology with Aux-in socket and the options of Bluetooth (standard on Sportive), sat nav and USB connectivity. There is a new cruise control option and a new Steel Grey exterior colour. For additional safety a full steel bulkhead is now standard across the range and for a charge of just £50 (excluding VAT) a windowed version can be fitted. Customers not requiring a full bulkhead can specify the full height steel driver’s guard instead, also for no extra cost.
The Sportive model gets more than £700 worth of extra features for a list price increase of just £250. Standard equipment on the Sportive now includes 16inch five-spoke alloy wheels, front fog lights, Radio CD with Bluetooth connection and body-coloured rear light clusters and mirror housings. A leather steering wheel, incorporating for the first time on Vivaro, the new cruise control option is also available.
Vivaro ecoFLEX launched
The economical Vivaro ecoFLEX comes with either a 2.0CDTi 90PS or a 2.0CDTi 115PS both with CO2 outputs of just 185g/km despite having payloads of up to 1254kg.
Vivaro ecoFLEX improved. The new Euro 5 panel vans now have CO2 of 180g/km and combined fuel economy of 40.9mpg. There is also the Vivaro ecoFLEX Euro 5 equipped with a fixed speed limiter that yields CO2 levels as low as 174g/km with combined fuel economy of up to 42.7mpg. Also for the first time there is an ecoFLEX version of the popular Vivaro 9-seater Combi for those who need to carry more than two passengers.
DAB upgrade introduced
DAB digital radio is now available for all Vauxhall commercial vehicles for £195. The system is fitted by Vauxhall retailers and can be completely integrated with existing steering-wheel mounted controls and the installed stereo’s display. The installation is quick and because it’s connected directly into the van’s existing entertainment system, there are no unsightly wires or extra controls to worry about.
Two year service intervals introduced
From March 2013, all Vivaro models will move to two year service intervals or 25,000 miles or oil life quality monitor warning, whichever is sooner.