05 Jul 2011
Rüsselsheim. As fuel prices remain in constant fluctuation and society’s focus on ecological awareness continues to grow, Opel offers cost-conscious and environmentally-aware drivers attractive alternatives with its LPG models. Opel launches its new LPG initiative with the Corsa LPG ecoFLEX, which is already available to order. The LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) variants of the Meriva, Astra, Zafira Tourer and Insignia will gradually follow.
With these newly developed, Euro 5 certified models, Opel offers a complete LPG solution ex works, thus ensuring that they are delivered in high Opel quality and come with the full manufacturer warranty.
Irrespective of the vehicles’ yearly mileage and utility profile, fuel costs can be reduced by about 40 percent with LPG. Everything also adds up on the environmental side: CO2 emissions in LPG operation are up to 15 percent lower than in comparable gasoline models.
The new Corsa 1.2 LPG ecoFLEX offers 61 kW/83 hp in LPG mode (and 63 kW/85 hp in gasoline operation). As a three-door model it produces only 110 g/km CO2, and as a five-door version it emits 115 grams. The four other LPG ecoFLEX models to follow are based on the 1.4-liter turbo gasoline engine.
Dual fuel engine extends range
All of Opel's LPG ecoFLEX models meet the Euro 5 emissions standard and function bivalently – in LPG and gasoline operation – enabling significantly longer operating ranges. That means an operating range of between 1,100 km and 1,500 km is possible with full gasoline and LPG tanks. The fill level of the LPG tank is displayed on a five-part scale. Like its operating controls, it is easily visible and installed within easy reach of the driver. The switch between modes (LPG to gasoline and vice-versa) happens automatically or via manual preset buttons.
Modern LPG engines use all the advantages of selective fuel injection per cylinder. In order to maximize the resulting performance potential, the intake and exhaust valves, as well as all the engine's valve-seat inserts have been specially hardened in Opel LPG models. Opel engineers thus counteract the greater degree of wear and tear in LPG operation so that extra additives to compensate for the lower lubricity of alternative fuel are absolutely not required. Special service intervals are also not necessary.
Opel LPG systems are subject to standard test procedures and inspections that preclude any increased risk of fire. In addition, comprehensive testing and crash tests that meet the company's particularly strict criteria are conducted. The Opel LPG system is completely installed in collision-protected parts of the car, and has been optimally integrated into the vehicle's safety structure.
LPG ex works: Individuality with full manufacturer guarantee
Opel Special Vehicles GmbH (OSV), the Opel subsidiary that specializes in special editions and vehicle modifications, is also responsible for the new LPG variants. Customers receive their LPG car with the high-quality modern technology they are used to from Opel ex works – including durability, manufacturer's guarantee, maximum safety and unrestricted interior space.
Tax advantage for LPG stipulated until 2018
The German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) ensures a tax advantage for LPG until 2018. LPG as a fuel will be taxed 9.45 euro cents per liter. In comparison, factoring in Germany's eco-tax, gasoline is taxed 65.45 euro cents per liter.
There are currently more than 5.5 million LPG cars on Europe's roads. Over 400,000 vehicles use the 6,200 LPG filling stations in Germany. (Source: DVFG, German Association for Liquid Gas). Their average price per liter of LPG is 0.72 euro, as compared to over 1.50 euro for premium gasoline, meaning LPG customers fill up for half the cost. Even when factoring in the slightly higher consumption in LPG operation, cost savings still add up to around 40 percent.
And last but not least another advantage is the favourable vehicle tax. The owner of a gasoline Corsa must pay 44 euro per year, for the LPG version it is only 26 euro – so tax savings total over 40 percent.
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