Opel Vivaro leaves van eco-rivals green with envy

Vauxhall’s British-built Opel Vivaro ecoFLEX has triumphed in the Fleet World MPG Marathon with a stunning 59.31 per cent improvement on the combined fuel economy figure.

Driven by Vauxhall’s archivist and resident eco-driving expert Andrew Duerden, with co-driver Neil McIntee, Editor of VansA2Z.com, the 2.0CDTi-powed Vivaro ecoFLEX registered an impressive 65.16mpg against a combined figure of 40.90mpg.

This sensational result was not only the best percentage improvement for a commercial vehicle but also overall including cars as well as vans.

A Ford Transit Custom T270, crewed by Owen Wood and Richard Powell, of Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre, came third in the LCV category thanks to a performance of 56.04mpg – 37 per cent up on its combined figure of 40.9mpg.

Building over 70,000 vehicles alone last year at its plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port, Vauxhall is the UK’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles.