Opel Meriva Reached 1M Unit Mark

Since it was first introduced in 2003, when the German carmaker also launched a new model segment, the world’s first small monocab Opel Meriva was welcomed by customers thanks to its versatility and flexibility.

Meriva sold in many countries in Europe including Germany (not that surprising), UK (where it's called Vauxhall Meriva), Italy and Spain, as well as in Hong Kong, South Africa and Singapore. As far as the Brazilian, Mexican and Argentine markets, the Meriva is sold under the Chevrolet marque.

The model reached its 1 millionth unit mark yesterday, when a 1.3 liter CDTI Meriva ecoFlex, which emits only 134 grams of CO2, rolled off the assembly line in Zaragoza, Spain. The plant also builds Corsa and Combo models, id addition to being the only plant in which the Meriva is assembled.

“Meriva has been beloved by customers – from singles to families to seniors – not only for its practicality, versatility and great looks, but also its reliability. German independent consultants TÜV recognized the Meriva with a “Best Quality” rating," Alain Visser, Vice President Opel, was quoted as saying in a press release.

The versatility of the model is based on the the FlexSpace system, which means that Meriva’s interior can be easily adapted to the user’s needs, without removing the seats. A five-seater in its origins, the car can be also transformed into a four, three, two or one-seater, offering an extended luggage compartment. Moreover, a wide range of shelves and nets make it easier to carry all kinds of articles inside the car.

According to Opel, this technology will be expanded with the debut of the new generation model next year. The 2010 Meriva will feature the FlexDoors system, meaning it will benefit from a rear-hinged rear door that opens independently from the front doors.
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