Efficient Opel Models Even More Economical with Start/Stop.

Feb 28, 2011

  • Master in fuel saving: New Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with just 94 g/km CO2
  • Top in compact class: Five-door Astra 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with 104 g/km CO2
  • Full range: Start/Stop in Zafira, Meriva and Insignia by end of year

The ecoFLEX variant is the lowest-consumption, especially low-emission member in each Opel model line. The automaker’s commitment to being a leader in sustainable mobility is showcased in the latest low-emission ecoFLEX models.

The new Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX ideally illustrates Opel’s philosophy of offering ecologically responsible cars that are still fun to drive at affordable prices. Now equipped with a Start/Stop system, Opel’s new highly efficient Corsa ecoFLEX requires 8.7 percent less fuel in the urban cycle. As a result, it needs only 3.5 l/100 km and releases just
94 g/km CO2 . Compared to the first Corsa ecoFLEX model launched in 2008, the new Corsa ecoFLEX with Start/Stop features 27 percent more power (from 55 kW/75 hp to
70 kW/95 hp) while its fuel consumption has been reduced by more than 22 percent (from 4.5 to 3.5 liter/100 km, and CO2 emissions from 119 to 94 g/km). The new Corsa ecoFLEX is powered by the sophisticated, 70 kW/95 hp 1.3-liter diesel engine boosted by a turbo with variable geometry and features low-friction five-speed transmission. Maximum torque of 190 Nm is available between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm, top speed is 177 km/h and it needs 12.3 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standstill..In addition to the introduction of Start/Stop technology, fuel saving measures for the ecoFLEX models include improvements to engine characteristics and aerodynamics as well as reduction of vehicle weight.

The same applies to the new Opel Astra 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with Start/Stop. In the 70 kW/95 hp 5-door version, CO2 emissions are reduced from 109 to just 104 g/km and combined fuel consumption from 4.1 liters to 3.9 liters per 100 km. While the 5-door hatchback is available with and without the Start/Stop system, the Astra Sports Tourer 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX has it as standard (fuel consumption 4.1 l/100 km, emissions 109 g/km CO2).

Naturally, owners see the greatest savings with Start/Stop technology in city driving. In the urban cycle, the new Corsa ecoFLEX consumption and emissions values are 8.7 percent lower than without the system.

The Start/Stop principle is simple: An engine which is not running does not consume fuel. With a Start/Stop system, instead of idling at a traffic light or in a traffic jam, the engine stops when the driver engages the neutral gear and releases the clutch pedal. When the traffic light turns green or traffic starts flowing again, drivers simply press the clutch pedal to restart the engine, shift into first gear and take off. For passenger comfort and safety, temperature control, power steering and brake booster remain active when the engine is off.

With the deployment of Start/Stop technology all through the model range, Opel is taking another major step towards its goal of lowering fuel consumption and emissions. Start/Stop technology is currently available in the Opel Agila, Corsa and Astra. Before the end of 2011, it will also be offered in the Meriva, Zafira and Insignia.

The current Opel Meriva 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX variant without Start/Stop combines more power (70 kW/95 hp) and 11.2 percent lower emissions (119 g/km CO2) than its predecessor. It features a variable geometry turbocharger, a more efficient transmission and offers impressive fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100 km. The current Opel Insignia 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX without Start/Stop combines the best of both worlds, offering low emissions and fuel consumption without compromising on performance or driving dynamics. This efficient performance comes in three body types: as a four or five-door sedan and as a Sports Tourer station wagon. While the Insignia ecoFLEX consumes only 4.9 liters of diesel per 100 km – equivalent to 129 g/km CO2 (Sports Tourer: 5.1 liters, 134 g/km CO2) – it delivers up to 118 kW/160 hp and up to 380 Nm of torque.