Vauxhall’s Combo van, in cargo, passenger and chassis cab variations, will come to the natural end of its life in December 2011, and the GM-owned manufacturer will upgrade both the van and engines to comply with EU emissions regulations.
As with the previous version, Vauxhall will team up with Fiat to build the vehicle. It will be based on the Fiat Doblo, although the styling is expected to be slightly different.
However, the similarities are sure to be evident because the new Combo will be built alongside the Doblo in the Bursa plant in Turkey.
Sales are expected to begin in 2012, with plans to produce up to a quarter of a million vehicles initially and over 1.3 million over the lifetime of the new Combo.
The current Combo van is one of the smallest vans in Vauxhall’s range – with the exception of the Astravan and Corsavan – and starting from just £9,333, is also one of the most affordable.
The distinctive large bumper, tall rear and sliding rear doors improve practicality, while a selection of two diesel and one petrol engine, with a choice of manual or automatic transmission, cover a range of eco and performance needs.
The pick of the engines, the 1.3-litre CDTi, delivers CO2 emissions of 134g/km, putting it at the lower end of the scale for VED and benefit in kind tax.
All models come with a driver’s airbag, steel bulkhead, overhead storage shelf, tyre repair kit, anti-lock braking system and remote control central deadlocking.
Higher level SE specification Combo vans feature 15" alloy wheels, sports seats and body-coloured front bumpers.
The Vauxhall Combo and Fiat Doblo are available to buy now from a Perrys dealer.