Aug 22, 2013
Rüsselsheim/Eisenach. The trendy Opel ADAM now also comes as an LPG variant. With this, the small urban car that can be custom-designed also increases its powertrain options. The new ADAM 1.4 LPG ecoFLEX is optimized for operation with LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), but can also run on gasoline – the driver can have the remaining driving range readout shown on the digital instrument display at any time.
In LPG operation, the 64 kW/87 hp ADAM consumes just 6.9 liters per 100 km (112 g/km CO2 emissions). Compared to a similarly powerful gasoline engine, fuel costs are around 50 percent lower!
In addition, the ADAM 1.4 LPG ecoFLEX is the first Opel ex works LPG model to roll off the assembly line in Eisenach. Prices start at 16,150 euros (RRP incl. VAT in Germany).
With the ADAM 1.4 LPG ecoFLEX, Opel expands its LPG fleet to ten models: the Corsa (three and five-door), Astra (five-door and Sports Tourer), Meriva and Zafira Tourer as well as the new Insignia (four and five-door sedans, Sports Tourer) are already available as bi-fuel LPG versions.
The 1.4-liter ecoFlex engine was optimized for operation with liquefied gas. For the LPG variant, engineers reinforced the valves and valve seats and correspondingly adapted engine management. All LPG-specific components including the LPG gas tank designed exclusively for the ADAM were integrated particularly deeply in the vehicle. The goal was to achieve maximum LPG range without compromising on the variety of variants. Thanks to the space-saving installation of the LPG tank under the vehicle floor in the rear, full luggage compartment capacity is also preserved. The additional LPG tank holds up to 35 liters. With that alone, the Opel ADAM covers around 500 km in the combined cycle. In bi-fuel mode with activated gasoline tank, up to 1,200 km are possible.
The innovative driving range indicator is directly in the driver’s line of vision on the instrument panel and shows gasoline, LPG and total driving range. So the driver always knows what distance can be covered with which fuel. Moving between LPG and gasoline operation is seamless and takes place either automatically or by pressing a switch on the instrument panel. A control lamp then shows LPG operation; as soon as gasoline mode takes over, the lamp goes off. The filler neck for the liquefied gas is directly next to the gasoline filler neck and Opel includes the adapter to enable filling up across Europe.
For the first time, an LPG model is completely produced in the Opel plant in Eisenach. The gas system equipment ex-factory has important advantages over retrofit options. The topic of safety is a particularly high priority in plants developments. The Opel checklist, for example, includes special crash tests for the gas tank and other components located in the collision-protected areas that are also optimally integrated in the vehicle’s safety structure. The tank features a special protective cover that encloses the container on the ADAM’s underfloor. So customers get their LPG vehicle with modern technology and typical high Opel quality ex works – including reliability, manufacturer’s warranty and maximum safety.
Many customers in Germany and Europe value LPG propulsion as an attractive alternative – which is no wonder with a fuel price of around half of that of super unleaded. The government grants a tax bonus up to 2018 for LPG. But it’s not only customers’ wallets that benefit, so does the environment. LPG models emit up to 15 percent less carbon dioxide and up to 80 percent less nitrogen oxide than cars with comparable conventional propulsion. In Germany, the fuel is available at over 6,500 filling stations, which means at almost every second one. In Europe, around 12 million LPG vehicles fill up at over 35,000 filling stations equipped with LPG.
With the option to now also fill up with LPG instead of gasoline, the ADAM more than measures up to its reputation as the individualization champion. The urban lifestyle car offers more than 61,000 equipment options for the exterior and nearly 82,000 for the interior – more personalization possibilities than any other car in this class – from numerous color combinations and wheel variants with unique wheel clips to a roof liner with LED stars. In the interior, the ADAM features high-tech innovations like the IntelliLink system that is compatible with both iPhones and Android smartphones. It makes the Opel ADAM the best-connected small car and supports SIRI Eyes Free voice control for the iPhone.