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New Vauxhall Meriva revealed

Date: 05 January 2010

Vauxhall's all-new Meriva set to be officially launched at the Geneva motor show in March will be the first in its class to offer rear-hinged back doors.

Historially known as suicide doors, Vauxhall has named them FlexDoors, in keeping with it's FlexSpace and EcoFlex nomenclature.

Commenting on the feature, a Vauxhall spokesman said: "While the concept of two rear-hinged back doors is not new in the motor industry, the Meriva's FlexDoor system is the first time it has been used on a family car in recent years. But unlike other rear-hinged door applications (Rolls Royce Phantom/Ghost and Mazda RX8), the Meriva benefits from front and rear doors that open independently."

Vauxhall has released few other details but the spokesman claimed buyers would "see a reduction in running costs, since the engine line-up - which features six turbocharged units and power outputs from 75 to 140PS - benefits from an average fuel consumption/CO2 reduction of 15%, or 25g/km, across the range."

He also confirmed an EcoFlex model would be included in the range.