Opel Combo
[[File:Opel Combo C Tour 1.7 DTI front 20100808|frameless|upright=1.25|alt=]]
Manufacturer Opel
Production 1994-present
Class Panel van / leisure activity vehicle
Layout FF layout

The Opel Combo is a panel van and leisure activity vehicle from the German automaker Opel. It's a pickup truck variant, designed in Brazil is available in South America, southern Africa and Australia, but not Europe. It is sold under the Holden badge in Australia.

The Combos share platforms, vital components and some body panels with contemporary subcompact Opel Corsas, which used to be a typical pedigree for such a vehicle. The generations are denoted A and B in typical Opel fashion, but Holden applied the codes SB and XC respectively, reflecting the relation with SB and XC Holden Barinas (Opel Corsa B and C, respectively)

The Combo first appeared in 1994, and a second generation model was introduced in 2001. The name "Combo" was previously applied to a 3-door panel van body style of Opel Kadett E.

Combo B

Combo B
Also called Vauxhall Combo
Holden Combo (SB)
Chevrolet Combo
Shanghai Auto Saibao
Production 1994–2001
Body style(s) 3-door panel van
3-door leisure activity vehicle
Platform GM4200
Related Opel Corsa B

The first generation of Combo, launched in 1994, was derived out of Opel Corsa B, launched two years earlier. The front part (up to the B-pillar) is practically identical with the Corsa (except for the roof spoiler), but the platform (and thus wheelbase and the body in general) is extended to accommodate a tall, boxy cargo compartment, capable of carrying a Europallet. The Combo A had symmetrical twin rear doors that opened to the side (rather than a single tailgate). These are counted as a single "door" when referring to the body style as 3-door.

Following the increasing popularity of leisure activity vehicles, Opel launched a 5-passenger version of the Combo in 1995, called Opel Combo Tour. It differed from the panel van version by having the cargo section fitted with side windows and a three-passenger split-folding bench seat.

Although Combo's primary market is Europe, it has also been sold on other continents, in markets where GM traditionally use Opel-derived models. As the Azambuja Opel plant in Portugal is the sole production site of all Combos, all those models were replaced gradually with Combo C in 2001. The Combo was also produced in relatively small numbers by SAIC subsidiary SAIC-Yizheng as the "Shanghai Auto (Shangqi) Saibao SAC6420", equipped with the same 1.6 litre engine and five-speed manual transmission as the Buick Sail. Built from 2002 until 2005, there was also a DeLuxe version available, with alloy wheels and other extras.[1]

Names and markets

  • Opel Combo - Europe (except for GB) and Chile before the rebranding on the late 90's
  • Vauxhall Combo - Great Britain
  • Holden Combo - Australia, New Zealand
  • Chevrolet Combo - Chile


Combo C

Combo C
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Vauxhall Combo with Royal Mail
Also called Vauxhall Combo
Holden Combo (XC)
Chevrolet Combo
Production 2001–2011
Assembly Azambuja, Portugal[2] (2001-2006)
Zaragoza, Spain (2006-2011)
Body style(s) 4/5-door panel van
4/5-door leisure activity vehicle
Platform Gamma
Wheelbase 2,715 mm (106.9 in)
Length 4,332 mm (170.6 in)
Width 1,685 mm (66.3 in)
Height 1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Related Opel Corsa C
Opel Meriva A
Chevrolet Montana

The second generation was launched in 2001. While most competitors severed their connections with their subcompact brethren, Opel decided to base the vehicle on the Corsa again. The use of subcompact Gamma platform constrained the overall width of the vehicle. While the general body shape was updated to fashionable "flush" look, the front part (up to the A-pillar) is shared with the Corsa. Compared to previous generation, the Combo B gained sliding rear side doors (versions with either single passenger side door or double doors are available).

Vauxhall Combo interior

Interior of 2006 Vauxhall Combo

An Opel Combo Tour version was also introduced, followed by Opel Combo Tour Tramp (Combo Tour Arizona in some markets), in an attempt to attract leisure activity vehicle buyers. Combo Tour Tramp/Arizona was thought as a more off-road recreational vehicle. It features enhanced suspension tuning, increased ground clearance, chassis protection covers and numerous styling details that differentiate it from standard Combo Tours, with the intention to conjure a sturdy, outdoor-sports-related image.

Commercial van versions retained the symmetrical twin rear doors, while the Tour versions have an option of a single tailgate (opening to the top). The tailgate is standard on Tour Tramp/Arizona.

In 2006, the Azambuja, Portugal factory shut down and the production of the Opel Combo transferred to Zaragoza, Spain.

The 1.4 L Petrol engine of the 2007 model has a fuel consumption of 6.3 Liters (source [1])

This Van is often used by Royal Mail, British Gas and Network Rail currently in Great Britain.

Names and markets

  • Opel Combo - Europe (except for GB) and Singapore
  • Vauxhall Combo - Great Britain
  • Holden Combo - Australia, New Zealand
  • Chevrolet Combo - Chile


Combo D (2011–present)

Combo D
Opel Combo 1.6 CDTI Edition (D) – Frontansicht, 18. März 2012, Wuppertal.jpg
Also called Tofaş Combo (Opel Combo)
Fiat Doblò
Vauxhall Combo
Production December 2011–present
Assembly Bursa, Turkey (Tofaş)
Body style(s) 4/5-door panel van
4/5-door wagon
Platform SCCS
Engine(s) 1.4L Fire I4 petrol
1.4L Fire Turbojet I4 CNG
1.6L CDTI I4 diesel
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
5-speed automatic

2,755 mm (108.5 in) (SWB)

3,105 mm (122.2 in) (LWB)
Related Fiat Linea
Opel Corsa D
Opel Meriva B

The third generation has been manufactured from December 2011, and is based on the Fiat Doblò. The new Combo is manufactured in Turkey by Tofaş.[3]


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