Opel Combo

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Opel Combo
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Manufacturer Opel
Body and chassis
Class Panel van, leisure activity vehicle
Body style Van
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Predecessor Bedford Beagle
Bedford Chevanne
Bedford HA
Bedford Rascal
Opel/Vauxhall Astravan H
Successor Chevrolet N200/N300 (for all Chevrolet rebadges only)

The Opel Combo is a panel van and leisure activity vehicle from the German automaker Opel. The Combo first appeared in 1993, a second generation model was introduced in 2001, and the third was manufactured from December 2011 to December 2017, based on the Fiat Doblò. The name "Combo" was previously applied as a suffix to a three-door panel van body style of Opel Kadett E from 1986 until 1993.


Opel/Vauxhall joined Groupe PSA in March 2017: the fourth generation Combo, launched in March 2018, shares the platform and bodywork of the Peugeot Rifter and Partner, as well as the Citroën Berlingo.

The Combo B and Combo C share platforms, vital components and some body panels with contemporary subcompact Opel Corsas, which used to be a typical pedigree for such a vehicle. The generations are denoted B and C in typical Opel fashion, but Holden applied the codes SB and XC respectively, reflecting the relation with SB and XC Holden Barinas (Opel Corsa B and C, respectively).

Kadett Combo (Combo A; 1986)

Kadett Combo
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Opel Combo (1989–1993)
Also calledBedford Astramax
Vauxhall Astramax
AssemblyPortugal: Azambuja (General Motors Portugal)
United Kingdom: Ellesmere Port (Vauxhall Ellesmere Port)
Body and chassis
Class 3-door panel van
Platform T-body platform
Related Opel Kadett E

The Opel Kadett Combo was introduced in January 1986, and finished production in August 1993. It was based on the Opel Kadett E small family car. It was built in the United Kingdom, at Ellesmere Port by Vauxhall until January 1989. This was when the model was facelifted, with a new grille separate from the bumper (as for the Kadett).

At the same time, production was transferred to Azambuja, Portugal and the vans were now built by Opel. In Germany, it was sold with a 1.3 litre petrol engine or a 1.6 (later 1.7) litre diesel unit. [1] The 1.3 petrol unit was then changed to a 1.4.

Opel Kadett Combo 1.7 D (1986-1989), rear Opel Kadett Combo 1.7 D Heck.JPG
Opel Kadett Combo 1.7 D (1986–1989), rear

In the United Kingdom, the three door estate based van was known as both the Bedford and Vauxhall Astravan, and the high roof van as the Bedford Astramax, later sold as a Vauxhall. The changeover from Bedford to Vauxhall took place on 1 June 1990, as Bedfords were better known as a producer of heavier trucks. [2]

The Astramax was available in 365 or 560 models, or somewhat better equipped 365L/560L versions.

1990-1993 Vauxhall Astramax 365 Vauxhall Astramax 365 van.jpg
1990–1993 Vauxhall Astramax 365

Combo B (1993)

Combo B
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Also calledVauxhall Combo
Holden Combo (SB)
Chevrolet Combo
Shanghai Auto Saibao
2002–2005 (China)
AssemblyPortugal: Azambuja
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door panel van
3-door LAV
Platform GM4200 platform
Related Opel Corsa B

The first generation of Combo, launched in October 1993, was based on the Opel Corsa B, launched six months earlier. The front part (up to the B-pillar) is practically identical with the Corsa (except for the roof spoiler), but the platform (and thus wheelbase and the body in general) is extended to accommodate a tall, boxy cargo compartment, capable of carrying a Europallet.

The Combo B had symmetrical twin rear doors that opened to the side (rather than a single tailgate). These are counted as a single "door" when referring to the body style as three door.

Following the increasing popularity of leisure activity vehicles, Opel launched a five passenger version of the Combo in 1995, called Opel Combo Tour. It differed from the panel van version by having the cargo section fitted with side windows, and a three passenger split folding bench seat.

Although Combo's primary market was Europe, it has also been sold on other continents, in markets where GM traditionally use Opel derived models. As the Azambuja Opel plant in Portugal is the sole production site of all Combos, all those models were replaced gradually with the Combo C in 2001.

The Combo was also produced in relatively small numbers by SAIC subsidiary SAIC-Yizheng as the "Shanghai Auto (Shangqi) Saibao SAC6420", equipped with the same 1.6 litre engine and five speed manual transmission as the Buick Sail. Built from 2002 until 2005, there was also a DeLuxe version available, with alloy wheels and other extras. [3]

Holden in Australia launched the SB series Combo in February 1996. [4] It offered the 1.4 litre C14NZ engine, upgraded to C14SE specification in 1997. Sales continued until 2002, although the last SB Combos were built in 2001, but complianced as models of 2002. Production of the Combo A ended in August 2001.

Names and markets


Combo C (2001)

Combo C
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Opel Combo (2001–2003)
Also calledVauxhall Combo
Holden Combo (XC)
Chevrolet Combo
Body and chassis
Body style 4/5-door panel van
4/5-door LAV
Platform Gamma platform
Related Opel Corsa C
Opel Meriva A
Chevrolet Montana
Wheelbase 2,715 mm (106.9 in)
Length4,332 mm (170.6 in)
Width1,685 mm (66.3 in)
Height1,800 mm (70.9 in)

The second generation was launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in September 2001. [6] While most competitors severed their connections with their subcompact brethren, Opel decided to base the vehicle on the Corsa again. The use of subcompact Gamma platform constrained the overall width of the vehicle. While the general body shape was updated to fashionable "flush" look, the front part (up to the A-pillar) is shared with the Corsa.

Compared to previous generation, the Combo C gained sliding rear side doors (versions with either single passenger side door or double doors are available). Sales began in October 2001.

An Opel Combo Tour version was also introduced, followed by Opel Combo Tour Tramp (Combo Tour Arizona in some markets), in an effort to attract leisure activity vehicle buyers. Combo Tour Tramp/Arizona was thought as a more off road recreational vehicle.

It features enhanced suspension tuning, increased ground clearance, chassis protection covers and numerous styling details that differentiate it from standard Combo Tours, with the intention to conjure a sturdy, outdoor sports related image. The Combo Tour was not offered by Vauxhall in the United Kingdom. Commercial van versions retained the symmetrical twin rear doors, while the Tour versions have an option of a single tailgate (opening to the top). The tailgate is standard on Tour Tramp/Arizona.

In December 2006, the Azambuja, Portugal factory closed down, [7] and the production of the Opel Combo transferred to Zaragoza, Spain in 2007. [8] Holden in Australia launched the XC series Combo in September 2002. [9] It offered the 1.6 litre Z16SE engine, upgraded to 1.4 litre Z14XEP specification in December 2004 for the MY05 update.

Although production ended in the end of 2011, Holden in Australia and New Zealand stockpiled sufficient Combo inventory to last until 2013, with the final 2011 build vehicles complianced in the beginning of 2012. In August 2013, CarAdvice announced that the Holden Combo had been quietly discontinued, and will not be replaced by the Combo D, available to European customers. [10]

Production of the Combo C ended in the end of 2011, in time for the December 2011 launch of the Combo D, which is based on the Fiat Doblò. [11]

Names and markets


Combo D (2011)

Combo D
Opel Combo 1.6 CDTI Edition (D) - Frontansicht, 18. Marz 2012, Wuppertal.jpg
Also called Fiat Doblò
Vauxhall Combo
Ram ProMaster City
Production2011–2017 [12]
AssemblyTurkey: Bursa (Tofaş)
Body and chassis
Class Panel van/Leisure activity vehicle
Body style 4/5-door panel van
4/5-door LAV
Platform SCCS platform
Related Fiat Linea
Fiat 500L
Opel Meriva B
Engine 1.4 L Fire I4 (petrol)
1.4 L Fire Turbojet I4 (CNG)
1.6 L CDTI I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Wheelbase SWB: 2,755 mm (108.5 in)
LWB: 3,105 mm (122.2 in)
LengthSWB: 4,390 mm (172.8 in)
LWB: 4,740 mm (186.6 in)
WidthSWB: 1,832 mm (72.1 in)
LWB: 1,832 mm (72.1 in)
HeightSWB: 1,845 mm (72.6 in)
LWB: 1,880 mm (74.0 in)

The third generation Combo was manufactured from December 2011 to December 2017, and was based on the Fiat Doblò. The third generation Combo was manufactured in Turkey by Tofaş. [13] Sales began in January 2012.


1.41.4 Turbo1.4 CNG Turbo ecoFLEX1.3 CDTI1.6 CDTI1.6 CDTI2.0 CDTI
Displacement 1368 cm³1248 cm³1598 cm³1956 cm³
max. Power
@ rpm
70 kW (95 hp)/
88 kW (120 hp)/
66 kW (90 hp)/
70 kW (95 hp)/
66 kW (90 hp)/
70 kW (95 hp)/
74 kW (100 hp)/
77 kW (105 hp)/
88 kW (120 hp)/
99 kW (135 hp)/
max. Torque
@ rpm
127 Nm/
206 Nm/
206 Nm/
200 Nm/
290 Nm/
200 Nm/
300 Nm/
290 Nm/
320 Nm/
320 Nm/
Speed161 km/h172 km/h158 km/h159 km/h
(161 km/h)
158 km/h
[158 km/h]
158 km/h164 km/h160 km/h
(164 km/h)
172 km/h
(176 km/h)
179 km/h
combined in g/km
emissionEuro 5 / Euro 6Euro 6Euro 5 / Euro 6Euro 5Euro 6Euro 5Euro 6Euro 5 / Euro 6Euro 6Euro 6Euro 5

Combo E (2018)

Combo E
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Opel Combo Life
Also called Peugeot Rifter
Citroën Berlingo
Toyota ProAce City
Vauxhall Combo/Combo Life
Model years 2019–present
AssemblyPortugal: Mangualde (PSA Mangualde Plant)
Spain: Vigo (PSA Vigo Plant) [14]
Body and chassis
Class Leisure activity vehicle (M)
Body style 4/5-door panel van
5-door LAV
Platform PSA EMP2 platform
Engine 1.2 L Petrol THP
1.5 L diesel HDi/CDTI
Transmission 5&6-speed manual
EAT8 Automatic
Wheelbase 2,780–2,970 mm (109–117 in)
Length4,400–4,750 mm (173–187 in)

The fourth generation Combo was unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. It is a sister model to the Citroën Berlingo and Peugeot Rifter and Partner, as Groupe PSA bought Opel in March 2017.

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