2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Opel Vivaro. The Opel Transporter made its premiere at the Brussels Commercial Vehicle Salon in 2001, marking the start of a successful story: the Vivaro quickly became a significant figure in Opel's commercial vehicle agenda. Simultaneously, the first Vivaro generation predicted the current "International Van of the Year 2021" award, which goes to the fully electric van: Opel Vivaro-e.
More than a million Vivaros have gone off the production line so far. Since the spring of 2019, the third generation of a bestseller has been on the market. In addition to the diesel variations, the driveline also includes a battery-electric option for the first time, the new Opel Vivaro-e.
The first Vivaro generation was born through a collaboration between Opel and Renault. In December 1996, the businesses decided to collaborate in light commercial vehicles to create particularly appealing vans for consumers. As a result, Opel is broadening its product line to include light commercial vehicles (LCV = Light Commercial Vehicles) up to 3.5 tons. The Opel Arena, the Vivaro's immediate ancestor, initially appeared on the market in 1997; two years later, the first Opel Movano appears in the segment above the Opel Arena.