May 28, 2012
Rüsselsheim. Opel’s versatile and highly successful light commercial vehicle, the Movano, is now even more fuel efficient, safer and more comfortable thanks to several enhancements to its engines and on-board infotainment systems. The majority of commercial customers, who spend their working day with their vehicle, can now benefit from a Movano that is even better equipped to function like a mobile office. Fuel consumption is lower than ever, a key factor for those who own and run their own businesses and for whom operating costs are a high priority. The Movano provides the widest range of body variants on the commercial vehicle market, offering a model for virtually every customer-specific utility profile. The range includes panel vans (available in four vehicle lengths and three roof heights), combis, crew vans, platform, chassis and crew cabs as well as a full range of factory built conversions, including tipper, dropside, box body, and bus versions, ensuring that there’s a Movano built to meet their individual needs.
A series of optimizations has been made to the 2.3 CDTI Movano engine with its 74 kW/100 hp and 92 kW/125 hp versions which both come as standard with a six-speed manual transmission. Modifications to the oil and steering pumps, the gearbox oil, and electrical control systems, together with low rolling resistance tyres contribute to a significant lowering of both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions across all engines, powertrain and body style combinations. For example, in the 100 hp or 125 hp FWD Movano with the panel van body style (5048 mm length, 2496 mm height) fuel consumption and CO2 have been cut by nine percent and now stands at only 7.8 l/100 kilometers and 205g/km. Similar improvements were also achieved with the Combi FWD nine-seater passenger variant (5048 mm length, 2307 mm height) which now boasts more than seven percent less fuel consumption and CO2 (190 g/km, 7.2 l/100 km) than its predecessor both in the 100 and 125 hp output levels.
In a big boost to comfort and safety on board, all the infotainment systems in the Movano now come with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. This means the Movano driver who wants to use his mobile phone on the road can now do so in a safe, hands-free manner, whereas users can also benefit by being able to listen to, and control, their MP3 players through the built-in USB socket. This function is now available in the basic radio tuner and two of the more advanced CD/radio units. Two of the tuners on offer now come with a user-friendly easy-to-read display which is located in the center of the CD/radio instrument panel lets the driver navigate through several infotainment menus using rotary knobs and buttons, whilst the CD15 BT USB and the top of the range unit (CD35 BT USB) also benefit from steering column mounted remote controls, enabling the driver to keep their hands on the wheel at all times. The top of the range tuner also includes a safety and comfort-enhancing remote display so that the driver does not need to bend down to reach for the tuner, which is a significant improvement in terms of road safety, and a TomTom based SD-card Navigation System is also optionally available with this unit.
Latest full year figures from 2011 show strong growth of Movano sales vs. previous year. All key markets like Germany, UK, France, Italy, Belgium and Netherlands have contributed to significant average European growth of 70%. Further increases of Movano sales are expected to continue in 2012.
The Opel Movano offers innovative technologies and excellent functionality and economy. Its cabin boasts high-quality, durable materials and surfaces, excellent all-around visibility and a host of practical storage compartments. It also features multi-adjustable seats and a height-adjustable steering column ensuring every driver can achieve a comfortable driving position. Alongside capacity and dimensions, ergonomics and functionality play a vital role in the world of heavy vans.
The new Opel Movano is supremely practical for everyday use and is available both as a front-wheel (FWD) and a rear-wheel drive version.
The FWD models feature low loading sill heights for easy access to the cargo area, while sliding side and rear wing doors with generous apertures offer maximum loading and unloading convenience. The rear-wheel drive (RWD) variants provide added traction on unpaved road and increased towing capability, whilst dual rear wheel variants and an optional Limited Slip Differential can be ordered to improving traction even further which is especially useful for construction businesses.
The rear doors on the Movano have a standard opening aperture of 180 degrees, while the 270 degree version is optional. The standard sliding side load door offers a maximum width of 1270 mm (1050 mm on short wheelbase versions), enabling Europallets to be loaded sideways, and a maximum height of 1780 mm. A wide rear door aperture of 1580 mm and a maximum height of up to 1820 mm along with increased load-through width between wheel arches of 1380 mm ease loading, while straight body sides ensure space efficiency.
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