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Model-by-model changes to Vauxhall LCV line-up

THE Vauxhall Movano now offers a wheelchair-accessible minibus which is fully tested to M1 passenger standards, which are the latest to apply to minibus seat belt anchorages and wheelchair clamps. Based on the Movano LWB High Roof, it can carry up to 13 passengers and up to four full-size wheelchairs.

It is offered with either 2.5 or 2.8-litre diesel engines, has 11 rear seats - all removable - three-point belts on all seats and purpose-built wheelchair lift. Air suspension will later become an option. At the start of next year a full minibus range will be introduced, including a 17-seat option.

Corsavan is re-aligned to just one single-model - GLS. The GLS will have a similar specification to the previous LS but will be priced at just £100 over the outgoing Merit at £8,485 delivered, excluding VAT. The 2000 model year Corsavan features power-assisted steering, driver's airbag, central deadlocking, immobiliser, factory-fitted alarm and seat height adjuster as standard. Vauxhall is also the only manufacturer offering individual delete options of power-assisted steering, driver's airbag and alarm to reduce the spec and the cost to the customer by up to £700, excluding VAT.

The Combo range has been simplified and there is now power-assisted steering on every model at no extra cost. The Epic still starts from £8,125 delivered, excluding VAT, with power-assisted steering as standard. A new Club model replaces the SE, with a price supplement of £100 to cover its higher specification, including a driver's airbag and a factory-fitted alarm as standard. At the top of the range, is the GLS, replacing both the Merit and LS variants. Priced the same as the 1999 model year Merit, the new GLS has a higher spec than the outgoing top-of-the-range LS.

The Astravan Sportiv will be a limited edition of about 500 vans until the end of the year. 'It's aimed at the person who wants a good performing, working tool during the week but which can double-up as personal transport,' said Phil Harwood, new product manager of Vauxhall's van team. Standard features of the Sportiv include star silver metallic paintwork, which is compatible with most signwriting, 15in five-spoke alloy wheels with low-profile tyres, front fog lamps and tinted windows.

2000 model year Brava gains a driver's airbag, tilt-adjustable steering and door beam protectors at no extra cost. A 4x4 leisure variant debuted at the London Motor Show.

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