CC Global: 2018 Opel Combo 1.3 CDTI – GM’s Ram ProMaster City

2018 Opel Combo - 1

Unlike the previous models, the fourth generation of the Opel Combo panel van, aka the Combo D, was not really an Opel. It was entirely based on the 2010, second generation of the Fiat Doblò. Late 2017, the production run of these vans with an Opel (or Vauxhall) logo on the grille ended, whereas the Fiat Doblò II is still being offered.

Den Ouden’s SWB (276 cm~108.7”) Combo was first registered on August 30, 2018. The company probably got a good NOS-deal at the dealership.

2018 Opel Combo - 2

Splendid color scheme and livery, by the way. This utterly basic commercial vehicle stands out in today’s sea of equally-sized greyness.

The compact van, with a registered payload capacity of 775 kg (1,708 lbs), is powered by a Fiat 1.3 liter Multijet II turbodiesel. Rather optimistic, as its displacement is actually 1,248 cc. Still, the little power unit is good for 95 DIN-hp.

2018 Ram ProMaster City

Here’s that other version of the Fiat Doblò II, the Ram ProMaster City, offered in North America (pictured 2018 model year).

Back in 2017, the General left the old building and PSA took both control and care of Opel and Vauxhall. A year later, the fifth and current generation of the Combo became PSA-based (no sign of Stellantis yet) and was merely a rebadged Peugeot Partner~Citroën Berlingo.

2021 Opel panel vans

See, there it is, the Opel Combo E on the left. Then the mid-size Opel Vivaro C (its origins) and the “brand new”, full-size Ram ProMaster Opel Movano C.

Opel vans - previous generation

Previously, Opel teamed up with Renault for the development and design of the Vivaro (B-series seen here, on the right) and Movano (B-series, the middleman) commercial vehicles. For obvious reasons, Renault is out of the deal now.

Should the next gen Fiat Doblò be fully based on the fairly new PSA vans, then we’ve got one and the same compact van, wearing seven (!) different badges: Peugeot, Citroën, Toyota, Opel, Vauxhall, Fiat and Ram. A number that not even GM in its best days could have dreamed of.