2011 Vauxhall / Opel Meriva review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 5 January 2010 , 18:01:22 byAngela

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Vauxhall / Opel Meriva

The 2011 Vauxhall/Opel Meriva provides its enthusiast customers unrivalled occupant access and convenience together with a reduced fuel consumtion by 15% as compared to the current range. The car model is aimed to set to turn the conventional concept of family-car usability through a smart blend of clever and rear-hinged back doors and interior versatility boasted by a raft of unique cabin features. The ease with which occupants enter and leave the cabin is considerably improved by the FlexDoors which swing open towards the back of the car at an angle of nearly 90 degrees. The new Opel Meriva is scheduled for its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The parents with children enjoy further benefits as small children can be lifted by parents in child seats, which are rear-mounted, without facing the situation of contorting themselves around a door. Even if the car is stationary, the FlexDoors can only be opened by occupants and the second the car begins to move, an automatic lock engages. But this concept of rear-hinged back doors is not entirely new in the automotive industry, but the FlexDoor system appears to be a premiere as being used on a family car. Two groundbreaking innovations refine the interior of the new Meriva with a fresh center console, which gives owners a variety of modular storage and comfort solutions that fix on to an ingenious dual-rail base, enhancing the perceived quality of the materials. The increased cubby count and storage bin announce that owners enjoy one of the most practical cabins in class. The adoption of front seat technology from the Astra and Insignia has improved the new Meriva's seat comfort, being highly adjustable as they extend to 65mm in height and to 240mm in length. The wider front and rear tracks together with the longer wheelbase will offer customers a visible improvement in the ride and handling qualities.