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Big moment for the new Vivaro as it gets its first public viewing at the CV Show earlier today

VAUXHALL wowed crowds at the Commercial Vehicle Show this morning with the official unveiling of the new Vivaro.

The striking-looking new Vauxhall Vivaro will be built at the Luton plant with production of around 55,000 vehicles annually, 52% of which will be exported.

The new model will be available as a panel van, a Combi, and as a double-cab with various configurations in two overall lengths and two heights when it goes on sale in the summer.

The new lengths -– 4998 and 5398mm – are both 216mm longer than the previous models.

Two all-new turbodiesels supply the power – a 1.6 CDTi unit, and a 1.6 BiTurbo CDTi with sequential turbocharging plus a twin-cooler system. This engine, powered by two turbochargers working together, is said to combine excellent performance with combined cycle consumption of 47mpg. CO2 emissions are down to 149g/km.

Power outputs are 90hp and 115hp, and 120hp and 140hp for the twin-turbo version. The 120hp twin-turbo unit develops 130Nm of torque, while the 140hp engine delivers 340Nm.

The new Vivaro has dramatically fresh styling, and includes a range of new technologies as well as practical, innovative features, both under the bonnet and in the cabin, which has been designed to offer the facilities of a mobile office.

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The eye-catching exterior changes include a large, imposing grille, headlamps in high-gloss black mouldings with embedded chrome accents, and daytime LED running lights with the Vauxhall wing graphic design.

The new version of the ever-popular Vauxhall Vivaro will go on sale in the summer. More than €200 million has been in vested in bringing the new model to production in Bedfordshire, securing 1200 jobs in the Luton area.

And UK-manufactured content of the new Vivaro has been increased to 40%, compared with 25% in the previous model.

Vivaro’s big brother the Movano is also to get new bi-turbo powertrains in late May/early June, as well as interior improvements including new infotainment centres.

Vauxhall says the company aims to increase its share of the LCV market by 80% by 2020.

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