Friday, 3 April 2020

Relaxed Electro-Mobility with Opel and Free2Move Services App

  • All in one app: more than 140,000 charging points plus dynamic route guidance
  • Fully connected: all services available with “Charge My Car” service pack
  • Up to date: information about charging points and state of charge always available

Find charging stations, pay comfortably via invoice and be prepared for all eventualities. New Free2Move Services app makes it easier to get a good start into the world of electro-mobility. Opel Corsa-e or Grandland X plug-in hybrid drivers can book the “Charge My Car” service pack for €4.99 per month (RRP incl. VAT in Germany) and gain full access to all services via the app.

Charging point finder lists all registered charging stations on a map. In addition to the exact address, the finder can also say at the time of enquiry whether the charging point is free or occupied. In combination with the navigation system in the Corsa-e, the route guidance considers the battery’s state of charge, traffic jams, blocked roads and weather conditions, which all can influence not only the route but also the range of the Corsa-e. Based on these parameters, the navigation system calculates the optimum route and recommends stops and points for recharging. The app simplifies fleet management and avoids unnecessary paperwork for company car drivers, compiling all the energy costs in a monthly invoice.

App, which bundles together all the services for electro-mobility, is a product of the Free2Move mobility brand of Groupe PSA. The Free2Move portfolio features various services, such as those for electric mobility. Free2Move also offers Free2Move Lease in Germany since October 2019.

“Charging Pass” for authentication and invoicing

Registered customers who have booked the “Charge My Car” service pack receive by post a “Charging Pass”, which serves as authentication at charging stations. During registration, the customer nominates a credit card for the monthly billing of the Opel Corsa-e’s or Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid’s  charging costs. Of special interest to company car drivers and fleet managers: the app shows not only the current bill, but the documentation also enables access to older invoices. The collection of individual receipts, as with conventional fuels, is therefore unnecessary.

In order to find the next charging station, the Free2Move Services app can currently choose from more than 140,000 charging points throughout Europe. Two thousand of the 24,000 listed charging points in Germany allow fast and super recharging of the Opel Corsa-e’s battery.

Dynamic route guidance based on traffic, weather and state of charge

Free2Move Services app sets standards for dynamic route planning. If the traffic situation or the energy consumption change, not only is the route guidance adapted but also the planning for the next recharging stop. For example, if a road closure makes a longer diversion necessary, the app recommends an earlier recharging stop. Plan also suggests an optimum duration for the recharge, in order to arrive at the destination as quickly as possible. If the battery recharges to only 70 instead of 80 per cent state of charge, for example, the app reacts by adapting the route guidance accordingly at the next manual restart.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Ready for Launch: Opel Open Order Books for New Opel Insignia

  • Opel Insignia as Grand Sport, Sports Tourer and dynamic GSi
  • Wide range of trims, from elegant to sporty
  • Strong, efficient new engines, up to 18 per cent lower fuel consumption
  • IntelliLux LED Pixel Light standard from Elegance upwards

New Opel Insignia as Grand Sport, Sports Tourer and dynamic GSi

Start of sales for the new Opel Insignia! From now on, customers can order the Opel flagship as a Grand Sport limousine, Sports Tourer estate and particularly dynamic GSi. For as little as €31.790 (all prices RRP including VAT in Germany), Insignia comes with air conditioning and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible Multimedia Radio infotainment system including colour touchscreen. LED headlights provide optimum vision in the dark. Assistance systems such as front collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist further increase the safety of passengers and road users.

New Opel Insignia Grand Sport and Sports Tourer 

Powertrain line-up begins with the 90 kW (122 hp) 1.5-litre turbo diesel (fuel consumption, five-door, NEDC 1: 4.8 l/100km urban; 3.5 l/100km extra-urban; 4.0 l/100km, 105 g/km CO2 combined). Prices for the estate version with identical equipment and engine start at €32.790.

“New Opel Insignia looks fantastic and thanks to the new engine generation it is also highly efficient”, said Xavier Duchemin, Managing Director Sales, Aftersales and Marketing. “Our flagship offers numerous class-leading technologies, from adaptive IntelliLux LED Pixel Light to all-wheel drive with torque vectoring. Every customer will find an Insignia that perfectly suits their very own needs.”

New Opel Insignia: Glare-Free High Beam
Range of trims extends from Insignia Edition and Elegance to GS Line and Ultimate, as well as the fully equipped, sporty GS Line Plus. Enthusiasts will opt for the new Opel Insignia GSi with 169 kW (230 hp) 2.0 liter Turbo petrol engine and nine-speed automatic transmission (fuel consumption, limousine NEDC 1: 8.9 l/100km urban, 5.8 l/100km extra-urban, 6.9 l/100km, 161 g/km CO2 combined). Opel Insignia GSi also features electro-hydraulic brake booster, FlexRide mechatronic suspension and Twinster four-wheel drive with torque vectoring.

New Opel Insignia GSi: Twinster all-wheel drive with torque vectoring
In addition, there is the new adaptive IntelliLux LED Pixel Light, which has 168 LED elements – 84 per headlamp! Pixel Light puts the Opel Insignia at the top of the class for midsize cars from volume brands and is standard from Elegance upwards.

Advanced driver assistance and infotainment systems

Opel Insignia offers a wide range of assistance and infotainment systems. A new digital rear view camera improves rearward vision. Safety when reversing out of parking spaces can be further increased by the optional rear cross traffic alert.

New Opel Insignia: Rear cross traffic alert
Additional assistance systems include forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, side blind zone alert, adaptive cruise control with emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, advanced park assist and head-up display. Adaptive cruise control maintains the gap to the vehicle ahead through automatic braking and acceleration.

New Opel Insignia: Automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection
Portfolio of infotainment systems compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto extend from Multimedia Radio and Multimedia Navi to Multimedia Navi Pro. The top-of-the-line unit features numerous Connected Navigation services such as “Trip & Drive Management” and “LIVE Navigation”, which provides online traffic information in real time, allowing delays to be detected quickly and avoided. Compatible smartphones can charge wirelessly. When e-Call is on-board, an emergency call is automatically sent if the seatbelt tensioners or airbags are deployed. Alternatively, help can be actively summoned in seconds by simply pressing the red button.

New Opel Insignia: Interior with Multimedia Navi Pro

State-of-the-art powertrains for maximum fun-to-drive

All three and four-cylinder engines belong to a new generation of state-of-the-art power units. The 1.5-liter diesel with 90 kW (122 hp) forms the basis (see table below for all consumption figures) at start of sales, another entry-level petrol engine will follow in the coming months. Compared to its predecessor, NEDC 1 fuel consumption is up to 18 percent lower. Three-cylinder units are up to 50 kilograms lighter than their predecessors in the previous model. Above them in the Insignia range come 2.0 petrol engines with 147 kW (200 hp) and 169 kW (230 hp) in the GSi. 2.0-liter petrol units are also the first Opel engines with cylinder deactivation. Unless the driver needs high power, the variable camshaft control deactivates two cylinders and lowers fuel consumption. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel (127 kW/174 hp) completes the portfolio.

New low-friction gearboxes further reduce fuel consumption and at the same time increase comfort. Insignia customers can choose from a six-speed manual gearbox, an eight or nine-speed automatic and a particularly economical, stepless transmission, which will be available in the course of the year.

[1] Fuel consumption and CO2-emission data given are preliminary and have been determined according to WLTP test procedure methodology, and the relevant values are translated back into NEDC to allow the comparability with other vehicles, according to regulations R (EC) No. 715/2007, R (EU) No. 2017/1153 and R (EU) No. 2017/1151. The preliminary values might differ from official final type approval data.

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

First Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid "Made in Eisenach" roll off the assembly line

  • Start of production for the first electrified Opel "made in Germany"
  • Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 can cover up to 59 kilometers in purely electric mode (WLTP 1)
  • Hybrid is built on the same production line as models with internal combustion engines
  • Opel Grandland X plays an important role in Opel's export offensive

Another reason to celebrate at the Eisenach plant: Six months after the first Opel Grandland X rolled off the assembly line in the Thuringian plant, the first Opel Grandland X plug-in hybrid “made in Eisenach” was produced today. The first Eisenacher hybrid - Ruby Red with a black bonnet and black roof in Ultimate equipment - offers all-wheel drive and combines the power of a 1.6 liter turbo gasoline engine and two electric motors with a system output of up to 221 kW / 300 HP. Fuel consumption of the Grandland X Hybrid4 is  1.4-1.3 l / 100 km according to WLTP 1 , the CO 2 emissions 32-29 g / km (NEDC 2: 1.6-1.5 l / 100 km, 36 -34 g / km CO 2; each weighted, combined). New Hybrid4 drives up to 59 kilometers purely electrically (WLTP 1 ; 67-69 km according to NEDC 2 ).

"Today is a great day for Eisenach and a great day for Opel: Official start of production of the first Opel hybrid manufactured in Germany," says Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. "The Grandland X Hybrid4 is synonymous with the next step in the development of our Eisenach plant - from a location where small cars were manufactured to a plant where ultra-modern, electrified compact SUVs are now rolling off the assembly line in outstanding quality."

Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 and the Opel Grandland X models with conventional combustion engines are all manufactured in Eisenach on the same flexible production line, which increases efficiency while reducing complexity. In addition, production can respond better to customer requests. Later in the year, production of the Grandland X Hybrid with front-wheel drive will also begin in the Thuringia plant. With its 1.6 liter petrol engine with turbocharger and an electric motor for driving the front wheels, the Grandland X Hybrid offers a system output of 165 kW / 224 hp (fuel consumption, weighted, combined: 1.5-1.4 l / 100 km , 34-31 g / km CO 2 according to WLTP 1 ; 1.7-1.5 l / 100 km, 37-35 g / km CO 2 NEDC 2). The hybrid with front-wheel drive can travel up to 57 km 1 purely electrically in the WLTP cycle (60-65 km according to NEDC 2 ).

Opel Grandland X is enjoying great and increasing popularity in the highly competitive compact SUV segment. Last year, sales rose 28.7 percent to around 103,000 units. Opel Grandland X is also one of the cornerstones of Opel's export offensive: Vehicle has been available from selected dealers in Russia since the end of last year and will be exported to Colombia and Ecuador this summer, and to Japan from 2021.

[1] Stated range data, fuel consumption and CO 2 emission values ​​were determined using the WLTP test procedure (VO (EG) No. 715/2007 and VO (EU) No. 2017/1151). Deviations between the information and the official type-tested values ​​are possible. 

[2] Stated range, fuel consumption and CO 2 emission values ​​were determined using the WLTP test procedures and recalculated into NEDC values ​​to ensure comparability with other vehicles (VO (EG) No. 715/2007, VO (EU) Nr . 2017/1151 and VO (EU) No. 2017/1151). Deviations between the information and the official type-tested values ​​are possible.