Vauxhall’s new British-built Vivaro van has left this year’s What Van? awards ceremony with a total of two awards.
The Vivaro took both the Best Medium Van award, as well as the Innovation Award for its special blind-spot mirror, which improves driver vision in blind spots.
What Van? editor Paul Barker said: “Class-leading refinement and excellent new engines add to the innovative ideas to offer an efficient and cost-effective all-rounder.
“The new UK-built Vauxhall Vivaro is a huge step forward from its predecessor, and provides an unprecedented level of user-friendly interior functionality for operators that need their vehicle to double-up as a mobile workspace.”
“Class-leading build quality”
Building on the success of the previous Vivaro models, the newest version offers class-leading build quality according to Vauxhall, along with improved cargo dimensions and payload capacity.
It also features a bold new exterior design, with Vauxhall’s trademark sculptural design language used for the first time on one of the Luton-based manufacturer’s commercial vehicles.
On the inside, the new Vivaro’s cabin has been designed specifically for driver comfort and control, with a wide range of kit that turns the Vivaro into a mobile office.
Featuring a cutting-edge infotainment system, Vauxhall says that van drivers spend hours behind the wheel with comfort and technology that rivals the majority of its current car models.
Richard Collier, Vauxhall’s national commercial vehicle manager, said: “We’re delighted to receive these awards from What Van?
The all-new Brit-built Vivaro has proved to be a very popular choice for our customers and has been our most successful commercial vehicle launch ever.”
Born and bred in Britain
Manufacture of the new Vivaro van has also secured a ten-year contract for Vauxhall’s workforce in Luton, with 1,200 jobs secured as part of a £185 million investment.
Vauxhall’s Kimpton Road plant in Luton has been a significant contributor to both local and national economies across the years, having built nearly a million Vivaro vans since 2001.
The factory is also a major producer of exports, with more than half of all the models produced there sent to markets in Europe and beyond.
British service firms will also benefit from an estimated £600 million’s worth of new business over the lifespan of the new Vivaro, with 40 per cent of content sourced from local UK suppliers.
Available to buy now, Vauxhall’s all-new Vivaro is currently priced from £17,995.