At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Opel premieres the new generation Astra, allows a peek at the revolutionary electric Ampera and flexes its ecological muscles with fuel efficient new powertrain entries.
“We have a lot of good reasons to be confident here at the motor show in Frankfurt, our home territory. We can launch a new chapter of Opel history with the premiere of the tenth generation compact class car, the Astra hatchback,” says Carl-Peter Forster, Head of the Supervisory Board at Opel. “The variety of projects we’re showing gives us the opportunity to demonstrate how passionate we are about the automobile.”
New generation Astra is the first class compact car
The new five-door Astra hatchback comes with a sporty yet elegant styling that is derived from the same design language as its sibling, the Insignia, yet the interpretation is different. The new generation Astra debuts with an eight engine powertrain line-up that boasts an average fuel consumption that has improved by more than 12 percent over the current generation.
The new Astra brings to the compact class many comfort and safety features that were first introduced by the Insignia in the midsize segment. Exceptional technologies like an all-new mechatronic chassis, the most advanced lighting system, a front camera that recognizes traffic signs and seat technology with the best ergonomics will be available on the new Astra at attractive prices.
Opel Ampera electric car seats four, offers ample cargo space but no range anxiety
The five-door, four-seat electric Opel Ampera is also on view at the Opel Stand in Hall 8. This family car carries the same design DNA as the Astra and the Insignia, Europe’s Car of the Year 2009, yet it uses a ground-breaking electric propulsion technology called Voltec. Unlike other conventional electric propulsion systems, Voltec uses electricity as its primary power source and gasoline as a means to generate electricity. This helps the Ampera overcome all issues related to the usual limited range of pure electric cars.
Opel has begun testing two development cars on its Dudenhofen proving ground of the Ampera extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV), keeping the revolutionary four-seater on schedule for a late 2011 production date.
Corsa at 98 g CO2 and Astra with 109 g are next additions to ecoFLEX range
In January 2010, Opel will introduce a new ecoFLEX variant of the popular Corsa which will emit just 98 grams of CO2, making it the first Opel to break the 100 g/km CO2 barrier.
The next step in the ecoFLEX range is an Astra with 109 grams next spring.
At the IAA, Opel introduces a new, 95 kW (130 hp) version to its Insignia ecoFLEX line-up that makes it possible to enjoy a very low 5.2 l/100 km fuel consumption as well as excellent performance (up to 320 Nm torque) at a very attractive price. Available with a sedan or Sports Tourer body style, this new version of the Insignia ecoFLEX joins the initial 112 kW model and is especially appealing to fleet clients and private customers, particularly in those European countries with specific eco taxes.
For more information about the Opel ecoFLEX program, visit our web special
Start/Stop technology to be introduced across entire Opel carline
Starting later in 2010, Opel will begin introducing Start/Stop technology across the entire carline and be completed within 24 months. It is just one of many measures – from the revolutionary extended-range electric vehicle Ampera to the complete palette of ecoFLEX models – that show that Opel is committed to making the latest environmentally friendly technologies accessible to everyone.
Start/Stop technology conserves energy by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is at rest, such as at a traffic light. The engine automatically re-starts when the driver steps on the clutch.
Opel Insignia OPC marks 10 years of Opel Performance Cars
Finally, 2009 represents not just a new start for Opel and its five-seat Astra. To prove its passion and dedication to the automobile, the brand also is launching its most powerful production car ever, the Insignia OPC. Its 2.8 V6 Turbo powertrain delivers 239 kW (325 hp) and a massive 435 Nm of torque. The Insignia OPC is packed full with high tech features like adaptive all-wheel drive and an electronic limited slip rear differential combined with Opel’s FlexRide electronic damping system.
For ten years, Opel Performance Center cars have demonstrated just how much sporty potential and technological expertise are packed into the brand’s top line vehicles. The latest additions to the portfolio, the Opel Insignia OPC sedans and Sports Tourer, bring this philosophy to the next level, offering mature power and refined efficiency.
OPC cars are distinct, an expression of pure passion for driving, for automobiles, for the love of motor sport. They evoke emotion and demonstrate Opel’s expertise in driving dynamics and high performance.
For more information about the Opel Performance Center, visit the OPC website