Jun 3, 2013
Rüsselsheim. Opel cuts a fine figure on World Environment Day (June 5, 2013). Since introducing ecoFLEX technology in 2008, the brand has presented a wide spectrum of ultra-efficient models and continuously reduced fuel consumption and emissions. The automaker offers real fuel-saving champions in all model ranges from the electric Ampera to the Zafira Tourer family van. In the process, Opel successfully achieves the perfect balance between economy and performance with its engines. This is impressively documented with the development of the Opel Corsa. The small car was the first Opel model in the consumption-optimized ecoFLEX version with combined consumption of 4.5 liters per 100 km and output of 55 kW/75 hp. Thanks to continuous enhancements, the current Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with 70 kW/95 hp covers 100 km with exemplary consumption of just 3.3 liters (88 g/km CO2) – while fulfilling the stringent Euro 5 emissions standard.
Since 2008 Opel has been able to reduce the popular small car’s fuel consumption by no less than 27 percent while increasing engine performance by just as much! This is a stunningly clear example of engine development as expressed in efficiency.
Today the Opel economy champs are headed up by an uncompromising electric vehicle. The Opel Ampera is a fully-fledged four-seat sedan that can cover up to 80 km on pure electric power. And if the 16 kWh lithium battery was charged with electricity from renewable energy sources, its eco audit is immaculate. With the help of the on-board range extender – a 1.4-liter gasoline engine – the Ampera can cover up to 500 km before needing to recharge or refuel.
But as it does not do the climate a lot of good if only a few innovative models skimp on fuel, Opel has substantially improved the efficiency of its entire portfolio in recent years. The main Astra model range boasts a number of eco angels. The Astra 1.7 CDTI ecoFLEX consumes just 3.7 liters of diesel per 100 km (99 g/km CO2) with excellent performance figures: 96 kW/130 hp and 300 Nm maximum torque. Its sister model with a gasoline engine, the Astra 1.4 Turbo ecoFLEX, spoils its owner with 103 kW/140 hp output and consumption of just 5.5 liters fuel (combined per 100 km).
Even more impressive are the extremely low consumption figures of Opel’s large model. The Zafira Tourer van carries seven occupants and consumes just 4.1 liters diesel per 100 km (109 g/km CO2) in its 1.6 CDTI ecoFLEX variant. The four-cylinder from an all-new engine generation has output of 100 kW/136 hp (320 Nm torque) and already fulfills Euro 6 emission standards. So the new diesel not only boasts very low CO2 emissions, it also drastically reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. But it’s not over by a long shot with the convincingly economical version of the seven-seater. Depending on driving distance profile and use, the Opel Zafira Tourer can also be ordered as an environmentally-friendly natural gas (1.6 Turbo CNG ecoFLEX) or liquid petroleum gas (1.4 LPG ecoFLEX) version.
The elegant, 4.83 meter-long Opel Insignia leads the way with the best example: the 1.4 Turbo ecoFLEX is the most economical gasoline engine in the mid-size segment. The sedan consumes just 5.5 liters fuel per 100 km (126 g/km CO2) with this thrifty engine that delivers 103 kW/140 hp and maximum torque of 220 Nm thanks to overboost technology.
The diesel counterpart 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX with Start/Stop technology is even more frugal and brings the 100 km figure down to a sensational 4.3 liters (112 g/km CO2). The driver needn’t make any compromises here either. The Insignia delivers 118 kW/160 hp and a whopping 380 Nm when needed. With these top figures, the Opel Insignia gets an A+ CO2 label – it doesn’t get any better than that.
The German Energy Agency awards this CO2 label. It rates all vehicles in categories from A+ (dark green) to G (dark red), thus providing important consumer information. The good, green area includes the categories A+ to C. Today Opel can offer over 200 different model variants in this economical cars league.
Last year seven Opel models were awarded the best CO2 label A+, and in mid-2013 it’s already 21 – tripling the total in not even 12 months! In addition, 37 cars are classified as A and another 65 as B. These are impressive figures and proof of the exemplary dedication to vehicle and especially engine development at Opel.
From Ampera to Zafira – real eco angels are called Opel.