Opel says its 2011 Meriva has everything to be Europe’s best-selling small minivan

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2010

For Opel/Vauxhall's new Meriva to still be Europe's best-selling small minivan, the company has fitted several innovations on the vehicle. The new Meriva will have rear-hinged rear doors -- a first in the segment.

These doors can open up to nearly 90 degrees, much wider than conventional doors. As a result, it offers easier access as well as easier cargo storage.

Opel has dubbed this in-house door system as FlexDoors. The company's engineers created a safety system that ensures that the doors are latched and locked if the vehicle is moving at speeds above 4kph.

The Meriva also features FlexSpace, a seating system from Johnson Controls Inc. that is based on the first-generation model. This enables the rear seats to be more easily folded flat for cargo storage.

This minivan also has FlexRail, which provides storage in the center console for several items with the widened space that resulted from making an electronic parking brake a standard feature. FlexFix is a bicycle carrier that slides in and out of the rear bumper like a drawer.

To sum it up, the new Meriva is an all-new vehicle based on a shortened version of the General Motors Co.'s Delta architecture that underpins the Zafira minivan too.

The last-generation Meriva was co-developed with GM's Brazilian subsidiary and is offered in the Brazil, Mexico and Argentina markets under the Chevrolet name. However, the new Meriva is an all-Opel project and will only be available in Europe. [via autonews - sub. required]

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

Reporting for duty. It’s been a year since the Victoria Police was loaned a new Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe. In those 12 months, the coupe served as the law...
by - March 23, 2017
After making its debut at the Paris Motor Show last year as a concept car, the Trezor by Renault managed to bring home the 2016 Concept Car Design Of The...
by - March 23, 2017
We can already smell success for Opel, even if it had only recently inked its marriage with the PSA Group. The Insignia, being one of Opel’s best selling cars of...
by - March 23, 2017
The German automaker Volkswagen is now racing against time to come up with electric vehicles that will be able to pass Europe and China's stringent emission standard. The car company...
by - March 22, 2017
In the last few years, the advent of compact sedans and crossovers has become quite overwhelming. Even two of the major manufacturers that “started it all” have to admit that...
by - March 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries