Puzzle for you... what does the Vauxhall Vivaro, Sky Television, and the Simpsons TV
series have in common? Any ideas? The short answer is Northern Ireland - the long
answer is too distressing to publish before the watershed. Let us focus on the short
answer. Seventy versatile Vivaros have been supplied to Sierra Support to form a two-
million pound fleet. These will travel the country – sporting Simpsons stickers - as part
of Sky's installation and service team. In fact, estimates suggest that over the next three
years everyone in Northern Ireland will see one of these vehicles every four to six weeks.
Jim Humphreys, of Fleet Financials, said: “The strong support - all the way from the
factory to the dealer - was key to us winning the deal and supplying these vehicles.
Vivaro is rightly recognised as a national fleet vehicle, and because we’ve worked with
the Vauxhall brand for the last 15 years, this gave us the absolute faith in the vehicles’
That sounds fair enough. The Vauxhall Vivaro is a capable machine, after all, and every
member of the fleet is powered by economical yet potent 2.0-litre 115bhp engines. The
vans are fitted with shelves and roof racks too, making them even more versatile. But
why - why for the love of load-luggers everywhere cover them with Simpsons stickers?
Yes, it is 'okay' entertainment for kids – but enough is enough. It feels like it has been
broadcast everyday of my life. There must be something better to watch on Sky. Formula
By Stephen Turvil
Fri, 27 Apr 2012