Vauxhall/Opel are preparing to unveil their latest show car at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show next month. The Meriva Concept is their study for what form the next Euro minivan could take.
The Meriva Concept, as previewed by a concept sketch (attached), and draws on the previous GTC Coupe and Flextreme concepts and applies the theme to a monocab form, a segment in which Opel and Vauxhall account for one fifth of continental sales between the Zafira, Meriva and Agila MPVs. Expect the Meriva Concept to preview the direction that GM's European tall wagons will take in the near future.
Vauxhall official press release: Meriva Concept to make Geneva debut. Already Europe's market leader in the monocab sector, with one in five pan-European sales being a Zafira, Meriva or Agila, Vauxhall and Opel are set to unveil their vision of the future at the Geneva Motor Show on March 4th.
The Meriva Concept draws styling cues from previous GM styling studies to show how the company's next generation small monocab could look, including the distinctive tick-shaped swage line and neat rear lamp clusters that typified the GTC Coupe and Flextreme models.
Another neat feature of the Meriva Concept is the shape of the glass area, which swoops down towards the B-Pillar – a feature that would allow rear seat passengers a better all-round view if it were offered on a production model. The Meriva Concept is one of three GM world premieres set to appear at the show.