When the car is innovative about the diversity card compact seven-seat Zafira in 1999, Opel has created a new market segment accessible minivan when it launched its first generation Opel Meriva 2003. Revolutionary concept FlexSpace back, a high seating position and a spacious cabin, the Opel Meriva is a small but very flexible. A formula for success has enabled a consistent result in a small SUV segment, where sales in Europe totaling over 1 million units.
Now the second generation Opel Meriva again raises the bar for affordable, on-board flexibility. E 'FlexSpace system was further developed in a more intuitive and easy to use. It also has the FlexDoors, rear-hinged rear doors, which facilitate the cottage - the first presentation of a producer of volume. In addition, the new Meriva is an excellent interior storage space to improve the revolutionary concept of a flexible center console and the system exclusive FlexFix Opel - an integrated rear bicycle carrier, which is stored in the storage box.
Opel Meriva flexibility of a brand is to strengthen the expressive exterior and interior design that brings forward Opel awarded new sculptural language. MPV's silhouette is fluid, elegant and dynamic. Rear window graphics distinctive wave compounded by FlexDoors better visibility to the rear-hinged rear seat passengers, especially children.
The new benchmark in versatility edge
"When the Opel Zafira and Meriva Flex 7 seating concepts are FlexSpace has invented a new type of fully integrated, on-board flexibility," says Alain Visser, vice president of sales, marketing and maintenance of the Opel / Vauxhall. "The new Meriva wanted to design a new industry standard automotive versatility. I see no other car offers so many ideas that make life easier."
Greater flexibility is extended to all areas of the new Opel Meriva. In the cabin, the rear seats FlexSpace innovative system introduced in the first Opel Meriva has been developed: It takes much less effort to move the seats in different positions or near them.
Throughout the cabin, storage space is significantly increased in a convenient location, provided that items commonly carried in the vehicle. FlexRail revolutionary console consists of replaceable memory unit slides on rails located between the front seats provide a convenient and adaptable to any type of storage use.
The front seats are large similar to those of the new Opel Astra and badges. Offer a range of first class, the setting - 240 mm front / rear and 65 mm in height - allowing people of all sizes and ages to find comfort for their displacement. Another new Opel Meriva Opel is the availability of a single integrated FlexFix bicycle rack.
Entering a new era of doors
Opel Meriva opens a new dimension in access to rear seats with one rear-hinged doors. The FlexDoor is the first time a volume manufacturer in the industry. Unlike other known systems available rear hinged doors equipped FlexDoor full-size doors that open independently without a cover drive through the front doors. A classic B-pillar opening makes this independent as possible, while ensuring the rigidity of the body and good protection against lateral impact. It also has a handle that makes it even easier entry and exit.
FlexDoor offer a great feature that is easy to enter and exit the rear seat. Search the C-pillar hinge also allows more space for passengers' feet to swing beyond the flange of B-pillar. FlexDoor is also open to 84 degrees, much wider than conventional doors, where 68 to 70 degrees is the norm. These passengers also benefit from the same angle of 84 degrees. FlexDoor are also more ergonomic and comfortable for passengers before opening FlexDoor stowing a jacket, a purse or umbrella behind the front seat.
FlexDoors also increases safety, especially for young families. Parents can get in the back seat makes it easy to connect, and children can easily see when you come in and out of the vehicle. For example, when both the front and back doors are open at the same time, the safety zone has been created for both children and parents out of the car without a door that separates them, to reduce traffic coming out of children.
FlexDoors add style to increased functionality. Stepping in and out of the vehicle, not only feels much more natural, it looks cool and elegant. No need to twist or slip out the back seat.
FlexDoors has been successfully market tested and evaluated Opel Meriva customers since 2006. It 'supports a variety of patented locking system for enhanced security.
Monocab expression of the new Opel design
Inside and out, the Opel Meriva Opel advance expressive design language - combines sculptural artistry with German precision - and sticks to the same level of quality on the Insignia and the new Astra.
Opel's designers created a dynamic, stylish SUV. A line of low, sweeping roof combined with signature Opel blade side of the body and cause the rear window line gives the wave of a new Opel Meriva, and distinctive look.
FlexDoors inviting interior landscape in harmony with sleek lines and surfaces. Curved wing-shaped instrument panel adds a sense of breadth and volume. Leaning forward in the center console to contribute to this and added the concept of sportsmanship and sculptures.
The interior is decorated with six different levels of color and finish. The largest selection ever offered in an Opel. The high level of texture and finish and the materials chosen and the construction and decoration of the controls is typical of more expensive cars.
Opel Meriva launch of six environmentally friendly engines
New Opel Meriva will benefit from a longer wheelbase, wider front and rear, all contribute to improving the treatment and increase comfort.
The engine range offers economical and efficient turbo engines with a power bandwidth of 75 to 140 hp. A particularly economical ecoFLEX version will also be offered. The Opel Meriva offers a choice of 5 and gearbox 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic.
Designed and developed by Opel engineers in Rüsselsheim Center, Germany, the new Opel Meriva will be built in Zaragoza, Spain, and is scheduled for sale in the summer of 2010.