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2009 Opel Combo

Opel Combo: Compact Van with Passenger Car Qualities

2009 Opel Combo
• From panel van to Arizona and Sport: For commercial, family and leisure use

• Three engine concepts: CDTI turbo-diesel, TWINPORT gasoline and natural gas

• One of the largest in its class: Úp to 3200 liters of cargo space

Rüsselsheim. Opel offers a state-of-the-art, diverse fleet in the light commercial vehicle segment with the Combo, as well as the popular Movano and Vivaro vans. Along with the Combo panel van that offers up to 3200 liters of cargo space, the five-seat Combo variant has established itself as a popular leisure and family vehicle, thanks to its spaciousness and outstanding value for money. In addition, there is the sporty Combo Arizona lifestyle van with a striking off-road look, and the eye-catching Sport variant. The Combo is available with two common-rail turbo-diesels, one TWINPORT gasoline engine, and one especially economical and environmentally compatible 1.6 CNG natural gas unit.

New in model year 2008.5

2009 Opel ComboFrom model year 2008.5, each high-volume Opel model line boasts an especially economical and low-emission variant, which bears the environmental logo 'ecoFLEX'. In the Combo model line, it is the 1.6 CNG with 69 kW/94 hp – in both its panel van and passenger car versions. It has the ecoFLEX logo instead of the engine description on the tailgate, and the gearshift knob features a green gearshift pattern. This model is also available in the new Green Spirit lacquer.

Design and packaging

2009 Opel Combo
'Timelessly practical' is an excellent description of the Combo. The monocab concept unites the passenger cab and cargo area into one harmonious unit, while GM/Opel aerodynamic experts have fine-tuned the Combo to a drag coefficient of 0.35, making it one of the most streamlined delivery vans available. The side windows pulled down low and the large exterior mirrors are helpful during maneuvering, and the tail lights are located outside of the impact zone along the frame of the tailgate aperture.
The Combo is 4.32 meters long and has a 2.71 meter wheelbase. The load area is 1.79 meters long, with a width ranging from 1.35 meters to a maximum of 1.45 meters (with two sliding doors). With the front passenger seat back folded down, the load area length can be increased to a best-in-class 2.70 meters. The distance between the wheel arches is up to 1.11 meters and maximum load height is 1.19 meters. Standard-sized (60 cm) furniture can be loaded through the up to two sliding doors, and the large rear aperture enables loading of Euro pallets through the wing doors in the panel van or tailgate in the passenger car variants. Other practical details include the high payload up to 742 kg and the permitted trailer load of up to 1000 kg (braked).

Passive safety

2009 Opel Combo
Thanks to the Combo's stable body structure, collision energy is distributed along predefined load paths in the event of an accident at higher speeds. Side-impact protection beams in the doors and reinforced roof, B-pillars and side sill profiles ensure a high level of protection in the event of a side collision. In addition, all Combo variants are fitted with ABS and brake assist as standard, which builds up higher brake pressure more quickly. Airbags for the driver and front passenger are standard in all passenger versions, and the panel van comes with driver's side airbag. The Combo features Opel's patented Pedal Release System (PRS), three-point safety belts for all seats, as well as pyrotechnic seat-belt tensioners and belt-force limiters in front as standard. Fixtures for the ISOFIX child's seat system are available as an option for the outer rear seats.

Equipment and extras

2009 Opel Combo
The Combo comes with extensive standard equipment. Highlights include:
Combo Panel Van - ABS, power steering, height-adjustable steering wheel, internally adjustable exterior mirrors, half-height protection panel behind the seats, rear wing doors, stowage compartments, tinted heat-absorbing glazing

Combo – ABS, power steering, height-adjustable steering wheel, passenger-side sliding door, tailgate, heated rear window with wash/wipe system, height-adjustable driver's seat, internally adjustable exterior mirrors, hinged rear side windows, split and foldable rear seat back, load area trim, tinted heat-absorbing glazing

Combo Edition (in addition to Combo) - Two sliding doors, load area cover, driver and front passenger side airbags, air conditioning, stereo CD-Radio CD 30 MP3 with Triple Info Display (TID) and steering wheel remote control, heated power exterior mirrors, power windows in front, radio remote control central locking, leather steering wheel, color-keyed bumpers and mirror housings, chrome crossbeam on radiator grille

Combo Arizona (in addition to Combo Edition) - Light alloy wheels in 7-spoke design,
3-D headlamps, fog lamps, side sill covers, protective shields for engine compartment and fuel tank, modified chassis tuning, offroad-look trim on front and rear bumpers

Combo Sport (in addition to Combo Edition) - Light alloy wheels in five double-spoke design, sports seats with height adjustment for driver's seat, dark tinted heat-absorbing side glazing behind both B-pillars, two ignition keys (one foldaway), color-keyed bumpers with inlays, side sill trim, 3-D headlamps, fog lamps, aluminum pedals (not with Easytronic), leather steering wheel with silver stitching, chrome-ringed white instruments
Special equipment includes a tow hitch fixture, remote control stationary heating, various infotainment systems up to stereo CD-Radio CD 70 Navi with integrated navigation system and MP3 compatibility.

Chassis and active safety

The Opel Combo owes its safe and stable handling characteristics to its torsion-resistant body, McPherson strut front axle suspended from a hydroformed subframe, and torsion beam rear axle with Ú-section bar. Thanks to its compact construction, the cargo area is free of protruding strut-mount towers. Stiffer springs and special shock absorbers are available for transporting especially heavy loads.

The ABS system with brake booster, internally ventilated disk brakes in front (also in rear with the 1.7 CDTI, 1.6 CNG and the ‘increased payload' option) and brake assist ensure powerful deceleration. With power steering, maneuvering requires minimal effort.

Engines and transmissions

The Combo's ECOTEC engine range includes one state-of-the-art TWINPORT gasoline unit, two powerful CDTI common-rail turbo-diesels and one especially environmentally compatible natural gas unit. Thanks to variable intake control and high rates of exhaust gas recirculation, the 66 kW/90 hp 1.4 TWINPORT consumes just 6.3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. The efficient 1.3 CDTI (55 kW/75 hp) and 1.7 CDTI (74 kW/100 hp) with variable multiple direct injection require between 5.1 and 5.2 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. The 1.6 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) unit, featuring the monovalentplus concept, is designed for maximum efficiency in natural gas operation. With 19 kg of natural gas and a 14-liter gasoline reserve, the 69 kW/94 hp CNG Combo has an operating range of approximately 550 kilometers and produces just 133 g/CO2 per kilometer. It is this low-emission figure that entitles the Combo CNG to bear the ecoFLEX logo of Opel's environmental initiative. All Combos are equipped with a precise and smooth-shifting five-speed manual transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The 1.3 CDTI with 75 hp is also available with an automated Easytronic five-speed manual gearbox and features a maintenance-free diesel particulate filter as standard.

Quality and economic efficiency

The Opel Combo is among the top in its class in terms of operating costs. In addition to its economical engines, customers benefit from the Combo's long service intervals and reduced scope of required maintenance, while the repair-friendly modular concept results in favorable insurance ratings. Certain body parts are hot-dip galvanized on both sides - a solid basis for the 12-year anti-perforation warranty. A further plus: Opel grants a two-year new-car manufacturer's warranty that goes far beyond the mandatory guarantee. For the Combo panel van, this is complemented by the Europe-wide commercial vehicle service package 'Opel Road Plus', which allows drivers to get assistance from service partners without an appointment.

Source - Opel

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