Opel LCVs Sales Continue to Build on Outstanding 2015 Results
- Great result: Opel sold over 100,000 light commercial vehicles in 2015
- LCVs in demand: Year-to-date sales for Vivaro, Combo and Movano up by 10 percent in 2016
- Versatile transporters: Combo and Movano driving growth with considerable increases
2016 is shaping up to be yet another bumper year for Opel on the Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) market after the Opel Vivaro, Movano and Combo already delivered strong figures in 2015. Last year, Opel sold over 100,000 light commercial vehicles, 24 percent more than in 2014, and significantly outgrowing the market, which was up 9.0 percent. Opel posted the brand’s highest sales and share in the LCV market since 2008.
In 2015, all three vehicle lines recorded an increase in volume: Vivaro up 38 percent, Movano 27 percent and Combo 12 percent. These three core LCV models also remain popular this year with overall year-to-date sales up by 10 percent on last year’s numbers. The special conversions offered by Opel are also benefitting from this trend: Sales of LCV conversions with the Blitz have doubled in the last two years.
“We are very pleased with Opel’s development on the light commercial vehicle market. After an outstanding 2015, we are concentrating on improving even further. Sales figures are consistently rising and that is helping the whole business,” said Steffen Raschig, Opel/Vauxhall Director Commercial Vehicles.
Flexible, multi-purpose and well-equipped – the Opel Vivaro can be configured to meet just about every LCV need. With more than 44,000 new vehicle registrations in the first eight months, it is continuing to deliver strong sales figures in 2016. The current Opel Vivaro has already been ordered more than 150,000 times across Europe. The successful concept behind the Vivaro is based on offering a diverse array of variants. It is currently available as a panel van, Combi, crew cab or platform cab, in various configurations including two body lengths (L1: 4,999 / L2: 5,399 mm) and two roof heights (H1: 1,971 / H2: 2,498 mm). The cockpit in the new Vivaro is designed to provide a modern, mobile workspace. All key functions in the cockpit are positioned in line of sight and within comfortable reach, ensuring exemplary ergonomics. These include practical details such as the center front seat, which can be quickly and easily transformed into a small desk with clipboard big enough to hold a laptop.
Elsewhere, the Vivaro’s big brother, the Opel Movano, provides one of the widest ranges of body variants – 188 in total – on the light commercial vehicle market, offering a model for virtually every customer-specific utility profile. Thanks to its extremely flexible platform, the Movano is available with front, rear and even all-wheel drive and has a maximum gross laden weight of up to 4.5 tons. The 3.5-ton variant with rear-wheel drive can be fitted with dual or single wheels, whereas dual rear wheels are standard on the 4.5-ton vehicle. The offer includes panel vans in four different lengths and three different body heights, Combi versions for up to 17 people and variants with single cab, crew cab and platform chassis. It is also available ex-works in various special versions, for example as a rear and three-way tipper with moveable sides or with a box body. Alongside capacity and dimensions, ergonomics and functionality play a vital role in the world of heavy vans. The Opel Movano is also supremely practical for everyday use. Front-wheel drive 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. The Opel Movano’s virtues continue to impress buyers with sales for the first eight months of the year up 26 percent compared to the already strong figures in same period of 2015.
The third fully-fledged member of the Opel LCV team, the Opel Combo, is also going from strength to strength with year-to-date sales up by almost 20 percent. The Combo fulfills a broad spectrum of criteria due to its great diversity of models. The range comprises two types of bodywork with short and long wheelbases (2,755/3,105 mm). Both types are available as a panel van or passenger vehicle with five to seven seats and with standard or high roofs. Therefore, the Combo provides a flexible basis for the professional use in business or industry and constitutes a versatile multi-purpose family and leisure vehicle. The cabin of the new Opel Combo is brimming with practical and user-friendly features. Ergonomic and accessible controls create a harmonious feel inside the cabin. The layout of the cabin comes across as well thought-out and practical because of a number of well-placed and functional storage compartments and shelves as well as the availability of up to seven seats.