Feb 9, 2015
Rüsselsheim. Continuous improvement is the motto: launched in spring 2014, the Opel Astra with the new generation 1.6-liter turbo diesel had already earned Germany’s A+ energy efficiency label and has become the most efficient compact class car in Opel’s history. The further optimized Astra with the 81 kW/110 hp 1.6 CDTI now only emits 94 grams of CO2 per kilometer (vs 97 grams so far), which is equivalent to 3.6 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (0.1 liter less than before) in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle). As for the improved 100 kW/136 hp output version, it now only emits 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer (5 grams less than before) and needs 3.7 liters of diesel (0.2 liter less) in the NEDC, thus seeing even the more powerful Astra whisper diesel crack the 100-gram-barrier. And to make things even better – the new ‘eco’ Astra 1.6 CDTI, which will be available shortly, will cost the same as the current version. This showcases how committed Opel is in its current powertrain offensive, the most impressive in its history. In just 18 months, Opel has completely renewed its diesel portfolio. The reworked and even more frugal Astra 1.6 CDTI models complete the trio around the new, 82 gram Corsa 1.3 CDTI ‘eco champion’ and the new Insignia 2.0 CDTI, which will both also hit the dealerships in the upcoming weeks.
“Our new powertrains demonstrate how modern mobility works. CO2 reduction without making compromises on performance and comfort is the motto,” said Charles Klein, Vice President Vehicle Engineering Europe. “We now offer extremely efficient turbo diesels in every vehicle class – from our new Corsa with phenomenal 82 g/km of CO2 to the Astra and the midsize flagship, the Insignia.”
Just a few months after introducing the new generation 1.6 CDTI engine into the Astra, the Opel engineers have continued working on perfecting it, so that it now delivers up to five percent less emissions and consumption while maintaining performance and comfort. New low-friction components have been used for both the chassis and the bodywork: the optimized drive shafts or the especially low-rolling-resistance tires are just two examples. In addition, the Aero Package including a lowered chassis and active radiator shutters helps reduce aerodynamic drag - The active shutters open and close automatically depending on engine temperature and speed. Furthermore, the engine specialists worked meticulously on improving the combustion process even further. The result of all these measures: The Astra with the new generation 1.6-liter whisper diesel and 81 kW/110 hp now emits three grams less CO2 per kilometer whereas the 110 kW/136 hp version can boast an impressive reduction of five grams per kilometer while driving performance was maintained for both output levels. The more powerful version propels the Astra sedan to 100 km/h in 10.1 seconds from a standing start and achieves maximum speed of 205 km/h.
Uncompromising comfort also continues to be key in all ‘eco Astras’ including the five-door, sedan and Sport Tourer variants. From AGR (German Healthy Back Campaign) stamped ergonomic front seats right up to Opel’s modern IntelliLink infotainment system – numerous optional equipment features are available to create a pleasant, relaxing and fully connected trip. In addition, Opel offers safety relevant premium technologies such as the Opel Eye front camera with Following Distance Indication, Forward Collision Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Departure Warning or the rearview camera, Park Assist with parking spot recognition and audiovisual parking assistance, Side Blind Spot Alert and the safety lighting system AFL+. Combined with interior spaciousness and loading volume of up to 1,550 liters for the station wagon, this makes the Astra the perfect car for work or leisure time.
Elsewhere, the most recent reductions in CO2 emissions are further proof of Opel’s commitment to bringing new generation, efficient diesel engines to their customers. These weeks, Opel simultaneously introduces the reworked 94 and 99 gram Astra 1.6 CDTI models in the compact segment, a new 70 kW/95 hp Corsa model that only emits 82 grams of CO2 in the small car segment, and a new 125 kW/170 hp 2.0 CDTI engine in the midsize Insignia.
The new 125 kW/170 hp and 400 Nm Insignia 2.0 CDTI also impresses with low consumption and a considerable reduction of emissions while delivering an impressive punch, more than enough torque and outstanding refinement. The new powerhouse boasts around four percent more power and 14 percent more torque. The Insignia with the new engine reaches a maximum speed of 225 km/h – an increase of 5 km/h. The sedan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.0 seconds – almost half a second quicker than its predecessor. The four-door model only needs between 4.3 and 4.5 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers in the combined cycle, which is equivalent to only 114 g/km of CO2.
The three-door 70 kW/95 hp 1.3 CDTI ecoFlex with Start/Stop technology fitted as standard, braking energy recuperation and low-rolling-resistance tires is the true eco-champion. Equipped with the new Easytronic 3.0 transmission it can reduce CO2 emissions to 82 grams per kilometer. Fuel consumption is down to exemplary 3.1 liters per 100 kilometers for the combined cycle making the new Corsa the most economical Opel presently on the market and the most economical diesel available.
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