Super efficient powertrains come with new model year of Opel

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Opel engineers never rest on their laurels and for the Model Year 2011 product range features significant improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Start/Stop technology is introduced and the Insignia line-up now combines diesel power with Opel’s Adaptive 4×4 system.

Agila: More power and lower emissions from improved 1.2-liter gasoline engine
The latest Agila range now features a more powerful 69 kW/94 hp, 1.2-liter ecoFLEX gasoline engine, compared with the previous engine (which developed 63 kW/86 hp). It utilizes Start/Stop technology as well as variable valve timing, on both exhaust and inlet sides, for greater efficiency.

The Agila 1.2 liter requires just 5.0 liters of gasoline per 100 km and emits 116 g CO2 with Start/Stop technology, some 2.5 percent less than the same engine without this feature. In the urban cycle, Start/Stop decreases emissions by nine percent. A height-adjustable steering wheel is now standard for all models.

Corsa: Now with Start/Stop and more efficient top-of-the-line OPC
Fuel-saving Start/Stop technology is offered as an option for the Corsa 1.3 CDTI with 55 kW/75 hp, as well as on the Corsa Van, a first in the small van segment. Instead of idling at a traffic light or train crossing, the engine will automatically stop when the driver engages the neutral gear and releases the clutch pedal. When the traffic light turns green, drivers simply press the clutch pedal to restart the engine, shift into first gear and take off. By eliminating idling time, the engine emits less greenhouse gases and creates less noise.

At the top of the range, the eye-catching Corsa OPC maintains breath-taking performance from its 141 kW/192 hp 1.6 turbo engine, while showing an impressive 0.6 l/100 km reduction in fuel consumption equaling a 9.5 percent cut in CO2 emissions. This super-efficient unit catapults the Corsa OPC from zero to 100 km/h in just 7.2 seconds.

The latest Corsa range has a revitalized powertrain line-up with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 13 percent – as well as more engine power in most applications. In addition to raising efficiency under the hood, Opel engineers have also given the Corsa range a complete chassis make-over, with changes to springs, dampers, anti-roll bars and the rear axle aimed at improving ride comfort without compromising agility and driving fun. A new Electric Power Steering (EPS) calibration with revised software and new material in the steering gear also provide better control and steering feel.

Meriva: Expanded diesel line-up
Opel’s all-new Flexibility Champion, the second generation Meriva, is now available with three new diesel engines, boasting a full eight-strong powertrain offer. As a result, customers enjoy a class-leading choice between five diesel and three gasoline motors, ranging in power from 55 kW/75 hp to 103 kW/140 hp.

The new 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX variant combines 21 percent more power (70 kW/95 hp) and 11.2 percent lower emissions (119 g/km CO2) than its predecessor (55 kW/75 hp). Also new are two more powerful versions of the 1.7 CDTI engine available with a 6-speed manual transmission, developing 81 kW/110 hp and 96 kW/130 hp, with up to 300 Nm of torque, for an average combined fuel consumption of 5.2 liter/100 km.

Astra hatchback: Greater powertrain choice
Complementing the new Astra family, the station wagon version, the Astra Sports Tourer, will be unveiled at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris (October 2 – 17). It will hit the market at the end of the year.

As with the Astra hatchback, the choice of gasoline engines is broadened by the introduction of an 88 kW/120 hp variant of the 1.4-liter turbo engine, equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox. It sips just 5.9 l/100 km (138 g/km CO2). This engine is offered in addition to the 103 kW/140 hp version, which is now also available with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Opel powertrain engineers have also reduced by four percent, to 4.5 l/100 km and 119 g/km CO2, the combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions on the 81 kW/110 hp and 92 kW/125 hp versions of the 1.7 CDTI engine. The Astra now has for the first time a combination of Opel’s mechatronic FlexRide adaptive suspension with the lowered and more tensed Sport chassis.

Insignia range: Greater economy, refinement and style
The ecoFLEX Insignia models – which include the sedan, hatchback and Sports Tourer station wagon – have undergone a series of technical improvements that result in a five percent reduction in combined cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

With a 2.0 CDTI engine developing 96 kW/130 hp or 118 kW/160 hp, the latest Opel Insignia ecoFLEX sedan variants now sip just 4.9 l/100 km of fuel, while emitting 129 g/km CO2. For the Sports Tourer, the new figures are 5.1 liters and 134 g/km respectively. In many European countries, these models allow private as well as fleet customers to maximize vehicle tax-related benefits.

In addition, all diesel engines in the Insignia benefit from enhancements that reduce mechanical and combustion noise, contributing to greater running refinement and less vibration inside the cabin. To encourage economical driving, a “shift-up” indicator in the instrument display is now standard with all manual transmissions.

Strong demand for the Insignia’s Adaptive 4×4 system has now encouraged Opel to couple all-wheel drive transmission with diesel power for the first time. This intelligent system can be combined with the 118 kW/160 hp 2.0 CDTI engine, giving Insignia drivers all the stability, traction and handling benefits of Adaptive 4×4, as well as the economical driving characteristics of a diesel.

Opel interior designers are also keeping the Insignia’s looks contemporary and fashionable. Sport and Cosmo cabins can be ordered with upscale, premium leather ‘Indian Summer’ interior in a warm, cognac-like color. This makes a strong fashion statement, with a quality feel underlined by distinctive stitching on the seats, the door inserts, steering wheel and gear shifter. The Insignia emblematic “blade” is also stitched in the seats and floor mats.

For a sporty look, Opel’s new Sport Edition Pack, comes with a jet black interior in the Sport and Cosmo variants. It adopts OPC-Line Interior and Exterior packs consisting of a sports leather steering wheel and gear shifter, aluminum pedals and a dark headliner for the cabin. The exterior look features lower front and rear bumpers, wider side sills, and 19 or 20-inch alloy wheels.

Opel LCV range: A model for every need
The enhanced Opel Vivaro features new highlights that include a streamlined, more economical diesel engine range and a redesigned cockpit. The infotainment offer now boasts four new systems.

The 2.0 CDTI engine versions with 66 kW/90 hp and 84 kW/114 hp are now available with a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The reduced fuel consumption of the two 2.0 CDTI engines with DPF technology offers further savings potential in terms of operating costs. Depending on the model and version, combined fuel consumption ranges between 7.5 and 7.8 l/100 km. The equally powerful, consumption-optimized Combi ecoFLEX variant consumes just 7.4 l/100 km.

The new, recently launched Opel Movano is distinguished by innovative technologies, superb functionality and economy. The expanded selection of body types coming with model year 2011 also includes vehicles with special conversions that can be ordered ex-works, such as box body, rear tipper, three-way tipper and dropside vehicles. The wide range of choices impressively demonstrates the Movano’s extraordinary versatility and flexibility.

Source: Opel (press release/media site)