Opel will be bringing several new products to China over the coming year. The imported models, which will be announced shortly, will offer a range of advanced technologies and features. They include the FlexRide chassis control system, Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) and a panoramic windshield.
The FlexRide chassis control system has three settings that enable users to change the car’s character with the push of a button: the balanced Standard mode, the comfort oriented Tour mode and the more active Sport mode.
|Opel Insignia ST with FlexRide Chassis Control System|
The system manages acceleration, shifting and the intervention threshold of the car's electronic control system. This enhances stability for better cornering and steering response by automatically adapting to road conditions, cornering speed, vehicle movement and individual driving style.
The Sport mode, for example, emphasizes speed. Acceleration is more dynamic and feedback is more responsive. Tour mode will please those taking medium and long distance trips. Its acceleration response is more moderate and its gear shifts are smoother. The suspension absorbs most of the road vibration, providing a more stable ride.
Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL)
Opel has long been an industry leader in research and development. It was the first car company to bring Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) to the market in 2002. The system features bi-xenon, gas-discharge headlamps that provide variable light beam distribution in terms of width, direction and range. The system has several lighting functions, including adverse weather light, dynamic curve light, cornering light and high beam light assistant, as well as LED daytime running lamps.
|Opel Astra GTC Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL)|
AFL received the Advanced award from the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) independent consumer organization.
The Opel design philosophy places a particular emphasis on balancing functionality and comfort. The panoramic windshield is a classic example. The feature is popular with Opel owners, and is available on both the Astra and Zafira Tourer. The completely transparent windshield extends over the heads of passengers. Along with the narrow A-pillar and wide side windows, it ensures a superb field of view while providing a light, airy and comfortable driving experience.
|Opel Zafira Tourer MPV with panoramic windshield|