06 Mar 2012
Geneva/Rüsselsheim. The Opel/Vauxhall CEO, Karl-Friedrich Stracke, has sent a message of optimism at the news conference of this year’s Geneva Motor Show (6-18 March). “2012 is a very special year for Opel,” Stracke said, referring to the brand’s 150th anniversary, its new model launches and its technological leadership.
The Opel boss said he was delighted that the electric Ampera had won the prestigious “Car of the Year 2012” award and has already received some 6,700 customer orders.
He said these successes would give a further boost to the brand as well as the field of e-mobility. “We have enormous pride that in our 150th year we are still playing a pioneering role in shaping the future of the automotive industry,” he explained. Stracke unveiled two world premieres at this year’s Geneva Show: the all-new Mokka sub-compact SUV and the new Astra OPC
In line with this year’s show slogan “Driving into the future”, Opel is the first European brand to offer a vehicle in the growing sub-compact SUV segment. Despite its 4.28 meter measurement, the Mokka has space for five people and places them in a high seating position. It delivers on Opel’s promise to combine attractive design with innovative technologies and upmarket functionalities, making them accessible to a wider segment of customers. Safety is enhanced with new technologies brought to its segment, for example the Driver Assistance Systems that are based on the Opel Eye front camera system, as well as a rear view camera.
The other world debut introduced by Opel’s CEO Stracke is the new 206 kW/280 hp Astra OPC compact sports coupé which is the most powerful Astra ever. Stracke described it as “the most emotional expression” of Opel’s design language. The turbocharged gasoline engine is capable of maximum torque of 400 Nm and a top speed of 250 km/h. Never before has an Astra reached such a speed.
The High Performance Struts (HiPerStruts) on the Astra OPC are one of its big highlights. In combination with the FlexRide chassis system, featuring a dedicated Sport- and OPC-drive mode, the Astra OPC delivers refined handling abilities.
Stracke also unveiled the futuristic e-bike RAD e. It is another element in Opel’s diverse strategy in the area of electric mobility. With the RAD e the company presents a vision for a truly integrated individual and urban mobility concept. It uses pedelec technology with a 250-watt motor providing the rider with motorized support when pedalling. RAD e is the first e-bike built around automotive construction and production principles and can be transported on the unique Opel FlexFix bike carrier, where it can also be recharged whilst driving.
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