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Why a Panel Van vs a “bakkie”

  • Security
  • Driver and Occupant Safety
  • Side Panels create more Advertising space
  • Ease of Operation
  • ‘Upfit’ Time and Costs

1. Security:

Let’s be honest – in South Africa you can no longer dare to leave anything simply ‘in the back of the bakkie’ as you could in years gone by.

Cargo vans are designed as versatile load-carriers, offer much more space as a result of lower load beds, keep your valuable cargo and equipment out of sight and enclosed in an alarmed and secure shell that is - an integral part of the vehicle’s body. The sides and back are also blocked out with metal sheeting, keeping your contents safe from the preying eyes of criminals.

2. Driver and Occupant Safety:

The cab of OPEL’s new COMBO is a comfortable place to spend time, and there's an abundance of great safety kit available to make working life easier. The 1.6 turbo diesel engine delivers enough pulling power to not only keep pace with traffic, but also for overtaking maneuvers and pulling a substantial additional load, such as a bike-trailer, boat or additional cargo. Standard safety kit includes a driver's airbag, a full-height steel bulkhead to separate the cargo and passenger areas, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and Emergency Brake Assist.

3. Side Panels create more Advertising space:

The OPEL COMBO has a massive 3.3 cubic metres of load space, which is not only substantially more than a light commercial bakkie with canopy, but also equates to substantially more real estate for branding and advertising on the exterior of the COMBO (versus your conventional bakkie). With most companies or fleets having vehicles on the road throughout the day, vehicle branding of a single COMBO can be seen by upwards of 70 000 pairs of eyes per day in busier metros, and let’s face it, a tailor-made business panel van (especially if it was just awarded “International Van of the Year) simply looks a lot more professional or ‘business like’ than a bakkie!

4. Ease of Operation:

The OPEL COMBO further creates a mobile and weather proof working space for drivers or operators. The van’s lower load floor height can be a blessing for technicians who are accustomed to pulling tools, equipment, and cargo out of a pick-up bed. Think of the number of cycles these drivers go through - having to load and unload cargo between twenty and sixty times a day! The OPEL COMBO’s squarer body shape means there's ample space inside, while a low floor makes access easy. The Combo also allows for up to 600kg of cargo in the back.

5. ‘Upfit’ Time and Costs:

The protected steel box created by the OPEL COMBO’s body shape allows for endless and simple ‘up-fitment’ opportunities such as shelving, storage bins, tool boxes, refrigeration, compressor and Air Line Fitment.


The all-new OPEL COMBO will be reaching South African shores in May 2019 – initially in limited numbers because of international demand for this award-winning business friend. If you are prepared to secure your order ahead of time with a R5 000 deposit, Opel will commit to pricing now and you will avoid any inflationary / exchange rate pressure that may loom over the next 4 months…………. R305 600 including VAT, and you can claim the VAT back for business usage.

So advanced is the OPEL COMBO compared to its nearest rivals, that it has already scooped up the coveted title of International Van of the Year!

OPEL is one of the oldest vehicle brands operating in Southern Africa, and the brand has built a solid reputation over the 80+ years that OPEL has been in the country. The South African Motoring Guild voted the new OPEL ASTRA as the South African 'Car of the Year for 2017' after the new ASTRA was awarded 'Car of the Year' in 12 European countries, as well as 'Overall European Car of the Year'. OPEL won the prestigious 'Car of the Year' award in South Africa in previous years as well – in 1991 (OPEL Monza), in 1994 (OPEL Kadett) and in 1995 (OPEL Astra). OPEL cars are known for offering luxury level specifications that packs stamps a German engineered punch higher above their price category.