02 Mar 2009
The revolutionary Opel Ampera today celebrated its world premiere at the 79th Geneva Motor Show. General Motors Europe president, Carl-Peter Forster, unveiled the extended-range electric vehicle and announced plans to put the car into production in late 2011.
“The Opel Ampera further demonstrates GM’s leadership in the electrification of the automobile,” said Carl-Peter Forster. “Its ground-breaking Voltec electric propulsion system is the kind of game-changing technology the automotive industry needs to respond to energy and environmental challenges.”
The five-door, four-seat Ampera is influenced by Opel’s award-winning design language of sculptural artistry meets German precision, incorporating several styling cues from the innovative Flextreme and GTC Concept show cars.
“There could not be a more fitting way to celebrate Opel’s 110 years of innovation in the car industry than by revealing the Ampera,” said Alain Visser, GME Vice President Opel.
The Ampera’s wheels are turned electrically at all times and speeds. For journeys up to 60 km (MVEG), it runs on electricity stored in the 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery, and emits zero CO2. When the battery’s energy is depleted, electricity from an engine-generator extends the Ampera’s range to more than 500 km.
The Ampera can be plugged into any household 230v outlet for charging. GM Europe is analyzing the requirements of a recharging infrastructure for plug-in electric cars with energy companies, including Iberdrola of Spain.
Opel further deploys its ecoFLEX model range – a gas-sipping, low-emitting range of cars that provide a dynamic driving experience.
Five remarkable entries are new this year:
The Insignia ecoFLEX, 119 kW and up to 380 Nm torque shows an exceptional combination of fuel efficiency, excellent aerodynamics (Cd 0.26) and performance.
A new Zafira CNG Turbo is the first turbo compressed CNG van on the market, combining CNG fuel efficiency and economy with 110 kW great performance.
Astra’s 119 g CO2 per kilometer car is based on 1.7 CDTI engine and provides 13 percent less emission but is combined with a more powerful of 20 more hp and 60 more Nm when compared to the former 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX.
Corsa’s 1.3 CDTI will have a 109 g CO2 per kilometer, for an eight percent reduction from the previous version yet with the same performance.
The Opel Agila now comes with two gasoline engines with CO2 emissions that allow tax benefits in many European countries. The 1.0-liter unit has cut its CO2 emissions from 120 g/km to 119 g/km. The 1.2-liter now emits only 129 g/km CO2 instead of 131 g/km previously.
The Insignia, with its dynamic design and sophisticated technology, delivers on its promise to rejuvenate interest in the brand. Regardless of body style – sedan, hatchback or Sports Tourer -- the styling of the car clearly expresses Opel’s strategy to make advanced technology and attractive design affordable.
The Sports Tourer enters the markets just after den Geneva Motor Show. All Insignia models then come with two new powertrains: The innovative 2.0-liter BiTurbo diesel with CleanTech combustion system has 141 kW, and the downsized 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine reaches 132 kW.
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