Vauxhall Meriva (2003–2009)

Model History

September 2001

Shown in concept form at Frankfurt

One of GM's cars in concept form at the September 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show.

October 2002

Vauxhall Meriva launched

Five-seater Corsa C based mini MPV 4,052mm long x 1,948mm wide (including mirrors). Officially launched at the autumn 2002 Paris motor show

May 2003

Vauxhall Meriva goes on sale in the UK

Goes on sale to rival Honda's Jazz and Ford's Fiesta Fusion. The three rear seats slide forwards individually or can be completely folded away similar to those of the Zafira, providing a flat floor.

Range of diesel and petrol engine options at launchfrom 1.6 to 1.8 litres with outputs of 75PS to 125PS. (The diesel is the 75PS 1.7 16v DI.) Built in the Corsa factory at Zaragosa, Spain, up the road from SEAT and down the road from VW's Polo plant near Pamplona.

All engines both petrol and diesel meet Euro 4 emissions regs. 1.6 8v does 0-60mph in 13.7 secs, 106mph, 36.2mpg, IG 3E-5E; 1.6 16v does 0-60mph in 12.6 secs, 109mph, 37.6mpg, IG 4E-5E; 1.8 16v does 0-60mph in 10.6 secs, 118mph, IG 6E-7E; 0-60mph in 10.6 secs, ; 1.7 CDTi does 0-60mph in 12.7 secs, 109mph, 51.4mpg.

'Life' is the base version, 'Enjoy' comes with a/c, 'Travel Assistant' between seats armrest storage box and Rear twin audio with separate headphones. 'Design' sacrifices some of these features for alloy wheels, etc.

September 2003

Meriva Expression launched

At £9,995 for 1.6i or 1.7 DTi. New Meriva CTDi 100bhp, from £13,470 does 53.3mpg and emits 143g/km CO2. From 2005, 1.4 Twinport engine replaces 1.6 8v.

March 2006

VXR launched

180PS 1.6 Turbo VXR from early 2006. Top speed 138mph. 0-60mph 8 secs. 6-speed transmission. Also 1.3 CDTi and 1.6 Twinport engines for 2006 together with facelift.

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