The completely re-designed General Motors Europe Opel/Vauxhall Movano van, jointly designed with Renault/Nissan, makes its official debut on October 17-25, 2003 at the RAI European Road Transport Show in Amsterdam.

The new Movano features a wider selection of models in the 2.8 or 3.5 gross vehicle weight class, two new powerful 2.5- and 3.0-litre (100 and 136 hp) common rail turbo diesels, and an improved chassis and brake system that employs next-generation ABS, electronic brake force distribution and brake assistant technology.

GME said that The Corsa-based Opel/Vauxhall Combo and the Vivaro and Movano lines jointly developed with Renault (and also sold as Nissans) have firmly established the company in the light commercial vehicle segment.

Last year, Opel/Vauxhall substantially exceeded their 2001 LCV volume in Western and Central Europe, registering over 112,000 units, compared to 79,500 in 2001. In addition, some of the light commercial vehicles sold were actually registered as passenger cars, resulting in a total number of commercial vehicle sales of more than 125,000 units.

In an overall shrinking commercial vehicles market, this growth has carried over into this year. Opel/Vauxhall's Western and Central European CV market share increased to almost 5.9% for the January-September period (a 26.4% volume increase), compared to 4.8% for the full year 2002, and 3.3% for 2001. In September 2003 alone, almost 13,500 new Opel/Vauxhall light commercial vehicles were registered in Western and Central Europe, representing a 35% volume increase from the same period last year (and a 6.7% market share in September 2003 compared with a 5.2% market share in September 2002). In Western and Central Europe, Opel/Vauxhall has managed 23 consecutive months of year-over-year commercial vehicles market share gains.

Opel/Vauxhall continues to expand its other utility vehicle lines. This month the new Vivaro Tour comfort bus is being added to the range along with the multifunctional Vivaro Life leisure van, built in cooperation with Westfalia. The versatile Combo line, which has also contributed greatly to Opel/Vauxhall's commercial vehicle success, has been expanded with the five-seat Combo Tour for family and leisure.

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