13 Sep 2011
• Hot: Astra GTC with sharp design and ultimate driving precision
• High class: Zafira Tourer combines function and emotion with premium qualities
• Versatile: Combo passenger car-van ideal for work, family and leisure
• Trendsetting: Experimental car RAK e allows for drivers as young as 16
• Ready to go: Electric vehicle Ampera heading towards market launch
• Efficiency highlights: Seven new ecoFLEX models at IAA
Rüsselsheim/Frankfurt. Four world premieres are in the Opel spotlight at the IAA in Frankfurt (September 15 – 25). For the first time, Opel presents the compact Astra GTC coupé, the versatility master Zafira Tourer and the newest-generation compact Combo van at its newly designed 3,200 square-meter booth D 09 in Hall 8. With the unveiling of the experimental electric car RAK e, Opel opens a new chapter in urban mobility. The Ampera, the first electric vehicle in Europe suitable for everyday use, makes its debut in Germany shortly before its market launch. Opel also demonstrates that conventional powertrains still have fuel-saving potential with seven new ecoFLEX models that are among the best in their respective class in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
With its stunning design, the new Opel Astra GTC shows at first glance the driving dynamic qualities it embodies. Thanks to a state-of-the-art chassis with exclusive HiPerStrut front wheel suspension and patented Watt’s link rear axle, the sporty compact coupé offers ultimate driving precision. Initially there is a choice of five engines with output between 74 kW/100 hp and 132 kW/180 hp. At the IAA Opel will for the first time show the 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX version of the new Astra GTC that will be available with 81 kW/110 hp and 96 kW/130 hp, both with the fuel-saving Start/Stop system. The Astra GTC goes on sale this year.
The new Zafira Tourer defines new standards for interior versatility and atmosphere with its completely re-designed Flex7 seating concept. The “Lounge on wheels” transports Insignia values like premium qualities, innovative technologies and sculptural, dynamic design to the monocab segment. An improved chassis enables relaxed driving with a maximum of comfort and safety. The second generation of the Opel Eye front camera builds the basis for a range of innovative assistance systems in the Zafira Tourer including radar-based adaptive cruise control.
The new Combo is the versatile passenger car-van for work, family and leisure. It is available with five or seven seats, in two wheelbases and with a glazed body or as a panel van. With up to 3,800 liters of cargo space in short wheelbase form (with passenger seat folded down) and 4,600 liters with the longer wheelbase, the Combo offers the largest load volume in both classes. Its low 54.5 cm loading height and spectrum of possible payloads up to one ton are best-in-class values.
The battery-powered tandem 2-seater RAK e is the dynamic lightweight concept of a zero-emission vehicle and takes Opel’s pioneering spirit in alternative concepts another step further. With its funky and innovative design, 100 km driving range and 120 km/h maximum speed, the emission-free electric city car even looks good on the highway. The groundbreaking concept reaches far beyond any conventional vehicle. To drive 100 kilometers would cost just 1 euro. The RAK e also aims to make pure electric driving affordable for younger customers, allowing for drivers as young as 16.
The Ampera is the first electric vehicle from a European manufacturer to enable “go anywhere at any time” mobility and will be available at dealerships at the end of the year. A 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeds the 111 kW/150 hp electric drive unit. Depending on driving technique, terrain and temperature, it delivers between 40 and 80 km of pure electric operation with zero emissions – perfectly sufficient for the majority of daily drives in Europe. For longer journeys a gasoline engine serves as a generator to continue powering the car electrically. This makes journeys of more than 500 km without needing to stop at a filling station possible.
At the IAA Opel for the first time presents seven new ecoFLEX highlights to the public, all of which are amongst the best in their respective class in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions: the Agila 1.0 gasoline unit (109 g/km CO2), Meriva 1.3 CDTI (109 g/km CO2), Astra 1.7 CDTI (99 g/km CO2), Insignia 1.4 turbo gasoline variant (134 g/km CO2) and Insignia 2.0 CDTI (115 g/km CO2) – as well as an ecoFLEX version of both Astra GTC and Zafira Tourer world premiere models. The fuel-saving master Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with just 94 g/km CO2 that has been available since the spring is also at the Opel stand at the IAA.
Many of the over 60 ecoFLEX variants are available with Start/Stop technology, which contributes to further improving environmental compatibility. Developed by Opel, the Start/Stop system will be available in 34 vehicle-engine combinations by the spring of 2012.
The model year changes at Opel are distinguished by lower consumption values as well as new model and equipment variants.
The Opel Agila 1.0 ecoFLEX has 3 hp more output (50 kW/68 hp) and at the same time lower consumption and CO2 figures. In the combined cycle, the Agila 1.0 ecoFLEX now needs just 4.8 liters gasoline per 100 kilometers, an average of 0.3 liters less. This reduces CO2 emissions to 109 g/km.
Start/Stop is now also available for the Opel Corsa with gasoline engines. In the 1.2 and 1.4-liter models it reduces consumption by an average of 0.4 liters per 100 km and can lower CO2 emissions down to 119 g/km. The newly developed 1.2 LPG ecoFLEX (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is new in the Corsa range. The Euro 5 certified engine is bi-fuel and runs on gasoline (63 kW/85 hp) or the low-priced LPG (61 kW/83 hp). CO2 emissions for the three-door model are 110 g/km in LPG operation.
The new top model in the Corsa line, the Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition with the 1.6 turbo engine, offers even higher power (155 kW/210 hp instead of 141 kW/192 hp) and higher torque (with overboost function up to 280 Nm instead of 266 Nm) than the Corsa OPC.
The Opel Meriva 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with Start/Stop has an average consumption reduction in the combined cycle of 0.4 liters to 4.1 liters per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are reduced to 109 g/km – one of the best values in this class.
The Opel Astra ecoFLEX is an ideal example of the reduced consumption ecoFLEX technology can achieve together with Start/Stop. With just 99 g/km CO2 (3.7 liters diesel per 100 km) it is the cleanest, most economical Astra ever – even with its impressive power output of 96 kW/130 hp.
The Opel Insignia goes into model year 2012 with an expanded and optimized engine range comprising eight gasoline and three diesel units. The output levels of the gasoline engines range from 85 kW/115 hp to 239 kW/325 hp, and of the three CDTI turbo diesel variants from 81 kW/110 hp to 118 kW/160 hp. New to the portfolio is the 1.4 turbo ecoFLEX that makes the Insignia the most economical gasoline model in the entire mid-size class with fuel consumption of 5.7 liters per 100 km. The Insignia 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX with 118 kW/160 hp and Start/Stop consumes just 4.3 liters diesel per 100 km and emits only 115 g/km CO2. The Opel flagship’s two-liter turbo with direct injection combined with adaptive 4x4 all-wheel drive delivers 184 kW/250 hp. Enhanced equipment includes new infotainment systems and the premium Nappa leather finish “Indian Night”.
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