Intrepid Vivaro halfway through trans-continental trip

Vauxhall’s fearless British-built Vivaro has officially reached the halfway point in its epic 12,000 mile trek across Europe and Asia.

After a month of travelling

After a month of travelling, a group of three Vivaros arrived in Mongolia after travelling across seven European countries, including France, Germany, Hungary and Romania, and parts of Asia.

From Mongolia, the Vivaro vans will then embark on the second half of their journey, travelling upwards through Siberia before arriving at the Pacific coast of Russia at the end of the month.

The Siberia challenge

Dubbed the Siberia Challenge, the marathon expedition is part of a fundraiser for the Help for Heroes charity, and has seen former soldiers and crew including a mechanic and medic embark on the journey in the Vivaro vans.

Aiming to drive from Europe’s most westerly road to Asia’s most easterly, the trip as a whole will span ten time zone, two continents and 17 countries.

The trip has been fully funded by Vauxhall, along with equipment sponsors including Max Adventure, Craghoppers and Continental.

Steve Bryant, brand manager for Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles, said: “This is the opportunity for some lucky ex-services personnel to take part in a memorable two-month journey to help them re-adjust to civilian life.”

He continued, saying: “It’s also the perfect opportunity to demonstrate that the all-new Vivaro is built to take it all.”

Vauxhall say that the all-new Vivaro model offers class-beating build quality and practicality, allowing it to complete the awe-inspiring journey.

Its enhanced cabin has been designed for comfort, with high levels of specification including modern infotainment mod-cons with digital DAB radio and steering-mounted audio controls.

There’s also electrically-operated windows and exterior mirrors, plus electronic stability control, remote central deadlocking and an electronic engine deadlock immobiliser.

Dual front passengers’ seats mean there’s plenty of space for occupants, and the driver’s seat is adjustable six ways and comes with lumbar support and an armrest, designed for maximum comfort on long journeys.

The Vivaro is powered courtesy of a range of diesel engines, including the innovative Bi-Turbo unit that delivers up to 47.9mpg while keeping CO2 emissions as low as 155g/km.

Vauxhall is the UK’s number one manufacturer, having built over 44,000 vans in the UK last year, all of which were produced at the carmaker’s facility in Luton.

The all-new Vivaro van is on sale now, with prices starting from just £17,995 for the basic Vivaro panel van.