• Nov 3rd 2007 at 10:21AM
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In Europe, no niche remains unaddressed, it seems. Business owners looking for a hottish-looking ride in their delivery vehicles were offered the Transit SportVan earlier this year by Ford. It combined the utility of the Transit with the optics of a Focus ST, what with its Performance Blue paint, snowflake-pattern rims, and Le Mans stripes. We're sure the 500 owners who scored one of the limited-edition trucks are pleased with their selections. Ford isn't alone in addressing this segment, however.

In the Netherlands, Opel has gotten into the game with the Vivaro VPC. The Vivaro is, like the Transit, a panel van. Apparently, GM sees an opportunity to sell 100 tricked-out versions (at € 34,900 each) to Dutch commercial customers who wish to make their delivery rounds in something more sporty-looking than the average panel. It comes in the same blue paint used on the Opel OPC cars, rolls on OPC wheels, and wears a full appearance package including color-matched everything, an aggressive front fascia with intrgrated foglights, and dual, trapezoid-shaped exhaust exits in the rear. The VPC moniker is the final, and most obvious, hat tip to the OPC performance wing of the car division. A 2.5L CDTi turbodiesel with 143 horses supplies the power, and it's mated to a 6-speed manual. As for the driver, the cab's no penalty box either, as evidenced by two-tone leather and Alcantara Recaro sport seats that look as if they've been pilfered from a GT1 car. Delivering goods has never been so good.

[Source: Opel via Autoblog Spanish]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't believe I'm saying that, but that is a pretty good looking van, both on the outside and inside.

      However, I don't see the point of those Recaro seats, as they are designed for holding the driver in place during fast driving, what this van (or any other stock van) isn't capable of doing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You've not seen British van drivers then? They're able to take their vans pretty close to the speed of sound, even on residential streets. And if they're highly trained Royal Mail drivers, beyond the speed of sound.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This ties in with the Ford van that was released with similar styling, and the onslaught of negative posts to come...

      The whole point is that it is a little fun for those who have a small business. It's not meant to lap a track, drag race or anything other than deliveries. I have an '03 Ram fullsize van for my work, and I lowered it, new 17'' wheels and a good clean paint job. Why?! Because I have to use it every day - I may as well have some fun with it. But that doesn't mean I'm going to drive it like a sports car.

      Anyway, no market for it here. 130+HP and probably close to 250/torque makes this a very comfortable, practical vehicle. But since it IS diesel, and kinda small'ish for our shores... nothing like it will make it here anytime soon. You also have a market dominated by Econolines and Savanah's, and to a lesser extent, Dodge/MB Sprinters.

      Still neat :D
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saturn Vivaro Red Line anyone?

      Stop laughing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No laugh, thought the exact same thing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "...with the optics of a Focus ST..."

      Optics? A Ford Focus has optics? What, like a telescope for stargazing when you're stuck in traffic? Or a microscope to examine the food you just bought at McDonald's?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "a microscope to examine the food you just bought at McDonald's"

        BAH! LOL!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      my father owns a long wheelbase 5 seater vivaro, and that car is a blast to drive! i drove through western norway with it and it handles quite well, no body roll and tons of grip.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Slap a GMC Safari badge on any model in this range and lets see how it fares in the USA.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Part of feeding my family requires me to drive a full size Chevy Express. Albeit purposeful and reliable, not near as cool as this or the Ford. I dare say there would be a significant number of Dads who'd drive (mini)vans if they looked anything like these two. Certainly we can design in some side glass and 1 or 2 skylights? Why is it that GM and Ford can turn out gutsy, probably well liked designs like this on the other side of the pond, but not here? Hello, anyone in Detroit listening??
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