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Noel Arbuthnot2011-07-21 11:36:40

A new Opel for Postman Pat

A new Opel for Postman Pat

Back in 1981 a legend was created…Postman Pat and his black and white cat. His iconic little boxy red van which was originally based on a Bedford, was replaced over the years providing him with more modern and mostly practical transport options. He moved up to a bigger van, then a minibus which could transport people as well as cargo. At one stage he also rode a not so practical motor bike with a sidecar for his cat Jess. He even eventually acquired his pilot license to fly a helicopter to make special deliveries.

Well here in the real world, Opel will be launching a practical van which would ideally suit Postman Pat. It’s the new generation Opel Combo and is based on the successful Fiat Doblò. This small van has clever solutions for specific needs with options for different wheelbases, different roof heights and of course seating options. These range from the full panel van layout, up to the passenger car version with five and seven seat configuration options. It can be had with a paneled or glazed body.

For access into the back there is the option of a sliding door on one side or with one on each side of the vehicle, which is standard on the passenger version. The tailgate can either be top-hinged or it can have an asymmetrical double wing door.

What about cargo space for Postman Pats parcels and mail? Well the Combo has the largest load volume in both its short and long wheel base classes. These range from 3,800 liters in short wheel base to 4,600 liters in the long wheel base.

For the passenger version, there are numerous variants in regards to standard equipment and luxuries.

The new Opel Combo is available with up to six engines in total. Of these, four are diesel and two petrol. The diesel range consists of a 1.3 CDTI, two 1.6 CDTI engines, and a 2.0 CDTI. These range from 66kW/90hp up to 99kW/135hp. The 1.4 liter gasoline engine can be had with 70kW/95hp or a CNG version which runs on eco friendly natural gas producing 88kW/120hp.

If like Postman Pat you require a practical and comfortable little van, orders can be placed as of autumn in Europe this year.


1 comment

Very practical indeed, but that's a lot of metal on those tiny wheels...
21.07.2011 @ 13:25


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