Vauxhall Vivaro wins unique audition

In the van equivalent of a real-life job interview, a Vivaro demonstrator van was delivered to SPP Pumps, whose engineers then decided if it would be used in their 17-strong van fleet.

Engineers described the van as being comfortable with car-like driving characteristics, leading the company to place an order to replace its fleet with Vauxhall models.

"The primary job of our engineers is to fix pumps," said Operations Manager John Warren. "Driving is incidental to that and it’s important that as they move between jobs they can do so in comfort and safety so that when they arrive at the customer they are less stressed and tired and able to work more effectively."

Warren also revealed the Vivaro wasn’t the only van considered by the company. Other, similar-size models were also tested, but the large Vauxhall panel van came out top.

"We’ve been pleased with the good economy we get from the Vivaro, which is particularly important in these days of high fuel prices and with vehicles that average around 26,000 miles a year," he added. "The Vivaro came out on top overall and that result has been confirmed by our experience, which has been very good with low levels of downtime."

The vans have been decorated with the company’s livery and us currently being used by engineers across the country.

The Vauxhall Vivaro van comes in standard, Sportive, Doublecab, Dropside and 9-seat combi variants, with prices starting from £17,695.