OPEL Combo Cargo Van coming to South Africa in March 2019
All-new OPEL Combo coming to South Africa in March 2019 (and
already scoops the 2019 International Van of the Year (IVOTY*) Award).
September 2018 by OPEL SA
Russelheim. More great news for
Opel fans - OPEL just announced that their range of Combo commercial
vehicles will be brought to South Africa in early 2019. And,
as if that wasn't good enough news, the OPEL Combo Cargo has received the
coveted IVOTY (International Van of the Year) Award.
Each with its own personality - while offering a similar level of practicality.
After unveiling the family-oriented OPEL
Combo Life recently, the PSA Group subsequently also introduced its
commercial counterpart – the OPEL Combo Cargo.
This award-winning light commercial vehicle is embracing a new
generation of OPEL vehicles, introducing some all-new design changes inside and
out, along with more practicality than ever before. The OPEL Combo Life, on the other hand, is
being described as 'the family's best friend' thanks to a
spacious cabin and a high level of flexibility. Indeed, you can have it
with five or even seven seats, one or two rear sliding
doors, and with a choice between short (4.40 meters) and long
(4.75 meters) lengths.
The new OPEL Combo Vans were designed as part of a
cross-business programme in which services were systematically tailored as
closely as possible to the needs of business customers in terms of convenience,
driving assistance systems and safety.
Jarlath Sweeney, chairman of the IVOTY jury, described the
new OPEL line-up as "the
most significant small panel van development in years". Commenting
on the jury's decision, he added: "The OPEL Combo is well
future-proofed, packed with technological advancements to aid the driver and
offers substantial financial benefits to the owner or fleet manager. The
creation of its new 'overload alert system' is a great initiative, as it will
ensure compliance and enhance safety. The availability of two wheelbase
versions is another step forward, as is the introduction of an all-wheel-drive
variant, considering that an increasing number of utility companies are looking
for 4x4 traction in a smaller van. All in all, an excellent package, well put
The new models were developed using the EMP2 platform and accommodate the
latest generation of powertrains and driver assistance equipment. They offer a
range of services for business/commercial customers, meeting the highest
standards on the market in terms of spaciousness and modularity, including a
load capacity of 1,000 kg.
To cover all customer needs, the vans will come in two lengths and
will be available in 2-, 3- and 5- seater versions. With
each generation, Groupe PSA has brought useful and major innovations to the
segment, now proposing two technologies that are unique on the market:
the 'overload indicator' and 'surround rear vision.'
With this new offering, Groupe PSA intends to consolidate its already leading
position in the European commercial vehicle market.
OPEL is one of the oldest car brands operating in Southern Africa, and the
brand has built a solid reputation over the 80+
years that OPEL has been in the country. The South African
Motoring Guild voted the new OPEL ASTRA as the South
African 'Car of the Year for 2017' after the new ASTRA was
awarded 'Car of the Year' in 12 European countries, as well
as 'Overall European Car of the Year'. OPEL won the prestigious 'Car
of the Year' award in South Africa on few previous occasions as well –
in 1991 (OPEL Monza), in 1994 (OPEL Kadett) and
in 1995 (OPEL Astra). OPEL cars are known for offering luxury
level specifications that packs stamps a German engineered punch high above
their price category – hence the brand's pay-off line: "The Future is