Vauxhall Meriva Concept
You can say a lot of things about the current Vauxhall Meriva. But you could never call it sexy. This, however, may well be about to change, as the Geneva motor show sees the launch of an all-new Meriva Concept.
The teaser shot is not exactly a revealing one. But even from this single angle we can see there is a lot more interesting design going on with this concept than there is with the existing car. Check out the cutaway feature in the bottom of the front door, and the crease line leading into the taillight - both artefacts of Vauxhall/Opel's new 'blade' bodyside styling language, previously seen on the Flextreme and GTC Coupé concepts. The kink in the window graphic is said to improve visibility for backseat passengers, and is similar to Citroen's C4 Picasso.
What we can't see from this picture is the "u-shaped" windscreen - another current Vauxhall design cue - stretching back way over the roof, much like the Astra Panoramic. Even so it's clear the Meriva is retaining a firm one-box 'monocab' profile, which has always been considered dull but eminently practical. Vauxhall is a self-professed expert in this kind of car - with the Meriva, Zafira, and new Agila all used as supporting evidence. One in five Vauxhalls sold last year was a monocab, compared to one in eight across the industry as a whole.