Vauxhall Corsavan ecoFLEX gains Start/Stop

Available on the Vauxhall Corsavan ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTi, the introduction of Start/Stop technology to the panel van based on the popular Corsa supermini is the first time the technology has ever been used on a commercial vehicle.

The technology turns the engine off when the car is in neutral and the clutch pedal is released, saving fuel when the car is stuck in traffic jams. Each Start/Stop Corsavan is also fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) to trap harmful particles.

Vauxhall has added an enhanced starter motor, high performance battery and an electric power management system to help the Start/Stop technology restart more efficiently.

The result is emissions of just 105g/km, which translates to lower business in kind tax for fleet users. The Corsavan with Start/Stop technology will reduce driving costs over the previous Euro 4-compliant engine by 18 per cent.

Possible fuel consumption of 58.9g/km is possible with the new Corsavan, which Vauxhall says is ideal for city driving.

Although the boot space is relatively small compared to larger vans, the load area is capable of carrying a load of 580kg in the 0.9 cubic metres of space.

However, as it is based on the Corsa supermini, the Vauxhall Corsavan offers car-like handling and agility around the city streets.

The new model costs £220 more than the standard Corsavan ecoFLEX 75PS 1.3 CDTi model at £12,231.

A standard 1.2i 16V Twinport Corsavan starts at £11,196 and a range-topping 95PS 1.3 CDTi Corsavan Sportive is priced at £13,201.