Meriva Getting a Geneva Premiere

February 7, 2008

GM has announced it will have a trio of world debut cars at next month’s Geneva Motor Show – and this is the first to break cover.

European bosses have released a single sketch of a new small car, and the clue is in the title. It’s the Meriva concept, which obviously hints at a replacement for the B-segment compact minivan of the same name. It’s sold under the Opel banner in mainland Europe and the Vauxhall brand in the U.K.. It’s a five-seater people carrier and sits below the larger seven-chair Zafira.

There’s little in the way of official detail, but features of note include the distinctive tick-shaped line running from the front wheel arch down the flank. This has been seen already on the firm’s GTC Coupe and Flextreme models.

The window line, dipping down near the B-pillar before rising again, is also smart. A GM statement says it would allow rear seat passengers a better all-round view if it were offered on a production model.

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