Vauxhall is adding a new petrol engine choice to both its new Combo and Corsavan ranges. The move is in response to customer demand, according to the Luton-based manufacturer:
“The inclusion of new petrol engines to the New Combo and Corsavan ranges is in response to increased customer demand,” said Steve Bryant, Brand Manager, Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles. “Certain Vauxhall customers want the option of a petrol engine especially with respect to both current fuel prices and the operator’s specific working environment.”
The value of a petrol engine in small van models is something I have commented on before and should help address urban operators’ concerns over DPF failures due to unsuitable usage cycles.
The Combo will get a Euro 5-compliant, 1.4-litre petrol unit with 95PS and Start/Stop technology. Vauxhall say the engine will deliver CO2 emissions of 163g/km and 40.3mpg combined cycle fuel consumption on the short wheelbase model.
The Corsavan will get a 1.2-litre petrol engine, with CO2 emissions of just 119g/km, 55.4mpg and will also have Start/Stop. Vauxhall vans are perennial favourites with small businesses and the company sold 11,436 vans to small businesses last year, with sales up 28.05 per cent in a market up 8.32 per cent.