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Opel Meriva in Geneva: More flexibility for the Opel Meriva

Harald Hamprecht
Opel Meriva at the Geneva Motor Show 2010
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In 2003, Opel with the Meriva a little brother to the Z afira - similarly flexible, but significantly more compact in size. A concept that has won over a million buyers so far.

More storage space in the interior

With the second generation of the Opel Meriva wants Opel at the Autosalon in Geneva renewed this enthusiasm kindle. For this purpose, the Meriva has been completely redrawn. The new design takes the from Insignia and Astra and leaves the new Opel Meriva look more dynamic, but also more elegant despite the monocab design. The slightly longer wheelbase of the Opel Meriva at the Geneva Motor Show and the wider track should also ensure more driving comfort and better handling.

In the interior, the basic layout of the Flexspace seating system has been retained, but its operation is significantly simplified. In addition, numerous shelves and a new, modular rail system on the center console should accommodate everyday little things. In the future, bicycles will find their place on an optional carrier integrated into the rear bumper, as already offered by other Opel models.

Opel Meriva at the Geneva Motor Show Doors like the Rolls Royce

Completely new to the OIpel Meriva, however, is the new door concept. As with the Rolls Royce Phantom or the Mazda RX-8 the rear doors are hinged at the back and open in the opposite direction to the front portals. Opel calls this arrangement Flex-Door. Since the B-pillar was retained for reasons of stability, all doors should be able to be swung open extremely wide to allow a generous approachto enable all seats.

Opel Meriva at the Geneva Motor Show: Sales start in May 2010

The drive range of the new Opel Meriva is to include six turbo Include engines with a power range from 75 to 140 hp. In addition to the 1.4-liter gasoline engine, these are the familiar 1.3 and 1.7-liter diesels. An Ecoflex variant is also planned. Depending on the drive, manual five- or six-speed gearboxes or a six-speed automatic gearbox are used.

Sales start for the new Opel Meriva, which is manufactured in Saragossa, Spain, is planned for May. Prices start at 15,900 euros for the 100 hp 1.4-liter gasoline engine. The 120 hp variant starts at 17,270 euros, the 140 hp petrol engine costs from 20,150 euros. The cheapest diesel is the 1.7 CDTI with 100 hp at prices from 19,400 euros. .

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