Opel Movano

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  • Exceptionally wide range of body types for all utility profiles
  • Available in both front and rear-wheel drive
  • Gross vehicle weight up to 4.5 t – load capacity up to 17 m3 – payload up to 2.5 t
  • New powertrains with low fuel consumption and maintenance costs
  • Ergonomically optimized interior with focus on driver comfort
  • Excellent economy and operating costs

Rüsselsheim. The second generation of the Opel Movano brings a breath of fresh air to the light commercial vehicle market in Europe with innovative technologies and excellent functionality and economy. The debut of the versatile van also marks a new Opel model strategy to strengthen and expand its commercial vehicle range: The company is escalating its activities in an area where it has an impressive tradition and proven expertise. The goals are accordingly ambitious: By 2013 the new Movano aims to double the annual sales volume from the 10,000 - 15,000 units of the out-going model throughout Europe.

Competitive advantages: design, interior and model variety

The new Movano has an expressive, powerful front that gives it a distinctive appearance. With its trademark style elements like the trapezoidal-shaped grille, horizontal chrome bar with redesigned Opel logo and signature crease on the front hood, the Movano is a clear brand representative. Engineers and designers paid special attention to the interior design of the cab. The result is a cabin that is 5.7 centimeters longer than that of the outgoing model and boasts high-quality, durable materials and surfaces, excellent all-around visibility and a host of practical storage compartments. It also features multi-adjustable seats and a height-adjustable steering column ensuring every driver can achieve a comfortable driving position.

The new Opel Movano provides the widest range of body variants on the commercial vehicle market, offering a model for every customer-specific utility profile. The range includes panel vans (available in four vehicle lengths and three roof heights), crew vans, platform, chassis and crew cabs as well as combi versions. Vehicles are also well-equipped for special conversions or enhancements, and some special versions – like dropside and tipper – are available ex-works.

The new Movano now has four different vehicle lengths that extends to more than four meters of load length and a higher load volume, with up to 17 cubic meters in the L4 version.  This latest generation also includes rear-wheel drive variants, available with both single and dual rear wheels, which gives it a great gross vehicle weight range of up to 4.5 tonnes.

Flexible platform with front and rear-wheel drive

For the first time, the new Movano offers rear-wheel drive (RWD) versions in addition to the front-wheel drive (FWD) models, thanks to its unrivalled modular platform. The RWD variants give added traction on unpaved road and increased towing capability.  Dual rear wheels are available in panel van, chassis and crew cab formats. Dual rear wheels are standard on 4.5 t gross vehicle weight models and optionally available for 3.0 t. FWD models feature transversally installed engines while RWD versions have longitudinally fitted engines.

Best values in load area dimensions and cargo capacity

The cargo areas of the panel van variants offer best-in-class accessibility, loading ease, standing height and cargo capacity. The vehicle can accommodate up to 17 cubic meters, with a maximum load area length of up to 4.4 meters. Gross vehicle weight extends up to 4.5 tonnes, and maximum payload up to 2.5 tonnes, depending on body variant. The new Movano is also an excellent candidate as a towing vehicle, able to tow up to 3.0 tonnes. Maximum gross train weight is now 7.5 tonnes.

Alongside capacity and dimensions, ergonomics and functionality play a vital role in the world of heavy vans. The new Opel Movano is supremely practical for everyday use. FWD models feature low loading sill heights for easy access to the cargo area, while sliding side and rear wing doors with generous apertures offer maximum loading and unloading convenience.  Rear doors have a standard opening aperture of 180 degree, while the 270 degree version is optional.

The standard sliding side load door offers a maximum width of 1270 mm (1050 mm on L1 versions), enabling Europallets to be loaded sideways, and a maximum height of 1780 mm. A wide rear door aperture of 1580 mm and a maximum height of up to 1820 mm along with increased load-through width between wheel arches of 1380 mm ease loading, while straight body sides ensure space efficiency.

Efficient and lively: new generation of CDTI engines

A new family of four-cylinder common-rail diesel engines (2.3 CDTI) provide low fuel consumption and emissions. The engines are available in three output levels with 74 kW/100 hp, 92 kW/125 hp and 107 kW/146 hp. With an optional 105-liter tank, the operating range is nearly 1,400 kilometers. Significant attention has been paid to ensuring that low fuel consumption is achieved in real world operating conditions, not just according to the EU combined cycle.

Despite a lower displacement than the outgoing model, the 2.3 CDTI will deliver higher levels of torque across the board at lower revolutions, emit less CO2 and can travel further per liter of fuel.  Moreover, the valve train is chain-driven for lower maintenance costs.

All variants come with six-speed manual transmission. Automated Easytronic transmission, which combines high efficiency with the handling comfort of an automatic, is optionally available for the two more powerful output versions. All three engines meet Euro 4 emissions standards. Engines can also be ordered with a diesel particulate filter.

An additional, particularly economic variant with low CO2 emissions will be added to the program in the second half of 2010.

Excellent economy thanks to low operating costs

The new Opel Movano sets standards in terms of economy. A cornerstone for this is excellent manufacturing and product quality, resulting in high reliability and long service life as well as high residual value projections.  

The Movano also delivers in terms of low costs, especially for spare and wear-and-tear parts. Particularly durable are the brake and clutch components. Maintenance costs, too, are also much lower: An oil change is only required every 40,000 kilometers, or once a year, and the coolant only needs to be changed after 160,000 kilometers (predecessor model: 120,000 kilometers).

The new Movano also boasts the lowest fuel consumption and emissions in its segment (from 7.8 l/100 km /203 g/km CO2) and is thus the ideal choice in countries with taxation based on CO2. It has achieved an  overall operating cost reduction by nearly 10 percent compared with the outgoing model. Operating expenses are calculated adding the costs of maintenance wear-and-tear, insurance, depreciation and fuel for four years or 150,000 kilometers.   

The vehicle has been engineered for exemplary durability, with a service life of 400,000 kilometers. Maintenance and wear-and-tear costs alone for the new Movano are 24 percent lower than the predecessor model.

Refined driving characteristics – high safety reserves

In keeping with the progressive drive concept, the Opel Movano’s advanced chassis is tuned for agile handling and comfortable suspension while fully loaded and when empty.

This is accompanied by a high level of safety: ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution (EBD) are provided as standard in all models. The electronic stability program ESP is also standard in all rear-wheel drive models, and is available as an option with front-wheel drive versions. Passive safety features include a driver airbag as standard, as well as three-point safety belts with belt tensioner and belt force limiter. Further elements such as passenger airbag, seat-integrated side airbags or headlamps with cornering light can be ordered as optional extras.

“The European commercial vehicle market is of great strategic importance to us,” says Chris Lacey, head of commercial vehicles at Opel/Vauxhall. “The rejuvenation of our product portfolio in this important commercial vehicle segment clearly reflects our ambitions to grow in this area and strengthen our market position, and ultimately make an even greater contribution towards the success of the company. This also includes focused improvement and reinforcement of our sales and dealer network in terms of the commercial vehicle business.”

“The new Movano plays a key role in our sales plans as of 2010. Due to its qualities in fundamental areas – these include the exceptionally wide selection of variants, exemplary economy thanks to low operating and maintenance costs as well as state-of-the-art functionality and cab ergonomics – the new Movano has everything it takes to establish itself at the top of the light commercial vehicle segment.”