Opel Meriva

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Opel Meriva
Opel Meriva
ManufacturerOpel
Chevrolet
Parent companyGeneral Motors
Also calledChevrolet Meriva
Vauxhall Meriva
Production2002—2008
AssemblyZaragoza, Spain
São Caetano do Sul, Brazil
ClassMini MPV
Body style(s)5-door MPV
LayoutFF layout
PlatformGM Gamma platform
Engine(s)1.3L I4
1.8L I4
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase2630 mm (103.5 in)
Length4050 mm (159.4 in)
Width1695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1625 mm (64 in)
RelatedFiat Punto
Opel Corsa
Opel Combo
Opel Tigra
ManualsService Manual
Chevrolet Meriva

The Opel Meriva is a mini MPV based on the platform of the third generation Opel Corsa and sold under that name on all of the European markets with the exception of the UK, where it is called the Vauxhall Meriva. It is also sold in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina under the Chevrolet marque. It is built in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil by General Motors do Brasil and in Zaragoza, Spain, by Opel. It first appeared in late 2002.

The Meriva is available with petrol and turbodiesel engines ranging from 1.3 L to 1.8 L, with power going from 70 PS (51 kW) to 125 PS (92 kW). The base model is also available with an Easytronic sequential manual transmission.

In Argentina there are several versions available:

Like its bigger sibling, the Zafira, the Meriva has a flexible interior, named FlexSpace. Although it only has five seats in two rows, the second row can be moved forward and backwards, or pushed into the floor, making a straight platform for increased boot space. The second row can accommodate two or three passengers. In the two-passenger mode, the seats are separated from the doors and from each other much like the front seats. In three-passenger mode the back seat looks like a regular one piece seat. The front seat can be pushed fully backwards while the rear passengers can still get more than a decent amount of leg room. It has a generous trunk that can be further extended pushing the back seats into the floor.

Safety

The Meriva has a split A-pillar; this can create some blind spots for driver visibility.

Future

An all new Meriva is expected to debut in late 2009 as a 2010 model based on the SCCS version of the GM Gamma platform. A concept car named "Meriva Concept" was presented at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, showing the styling direction that the 2nd generation will take. There are rumors that it may be brought to North America as a Saturn model [1] [2], part of General Motors' overhaul strategy of aligning the two brands.[3]

Names and markets

  • Opel Meriva - Europe (except for UK), Singapore, Japan
  • Vauxhall Meriva - United Kingdom
  • Chevrolet Meriva - Latin America, Mexico

External links

Opel (corporate site) Russian Opel Club

References