Future Models - Renault 2015 Trafic
Opel, Renault tease new-gen van twins
Vantastic: The Opel Vivaro, teased by this image, could potentially come here as a Holden, although it’s not believed to be a top priority.
Next Renault Trafic and Opel Vivaro previewed, with latter potentially a Holden
5 February 2014
RENAULT and Opel have previewed their versions of a co-developed mid-sized van
that will become the next-generation Trafic and Vivaro respectively.
The Renault version is confirmed to arrive in Australia about March 2015, about
11 months after its world premiere alongside the Vivaro in April at the UK
Commercial Vehicle Show.
Expect to see a some of the Renaults emblazoned with red Australia Post regalia
over the next few years, following a deal inked between the two brands in 2013
that lasts until 2018, providing ‘posties’ with Trafics and larger Masters.
Opel’s version, meantime – which is expected to be built at Vauxhall’s Luton
plant in the UK – is an outside chance to come to Australia as a Holden. Both
Opel and Holden are subsidiaries of General Motors.
When Opel’s Australian arm folded last year after fewer than 12 months on sale,
Holden said it would in future re-badge European-sourced Opel products in
Australia where they could fill a niche. A mainstream van appears an ideal
Holden previously sold the Opel-derived Combo here.
Holden national manager of product communications Kate Lonsdale told GoAuto
today that Holden reviewed potential Opel vehicles it could sell here, but said
the company had nothing to announce on the Vivaro.
Renault’s third-generation Trafic, likely to be made in France this time around
rather than the UK and Spain, gets new styling and a range of new engines,
which Renault claims “benefit from its expertise in Formula 1”.
This statement no doubt refers to the expected diesel-hybrid drivetrain option,
developed with help from European Union state aid, which will be sold alongside
the bread-and-butter oil-burners.
Renault offers an all-electric version of its smaller Kangoo called the ZE, but
it’s unclear if a larger Trafic EV could be on the cards.
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