Friday, 28 February 2014

!NEW! Dan Ammann to chair Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board

GM reinforces commitment to Opel with the appointment of further top executives

Dan Ammann is the new Chairman of the Opel Supervisory Board.

The Supervisory Board of Adam Opel AG has elected GM President Dan Ammann (41) to succeed Steve Girsky as its new chairman. Ammann is a member of the Supervisory Board since November 2011. This January, he had been officially nominated by GM for the senior position.

In addition, GM has reinforced its commitment to Opel with the appointments of further top executives to the Supervisory Board: Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain; Julia Steyn, Vice President of Global Mergers and Acquisitions; Chuck Stevens, Executive Vice President and CFO and Jim DeLuca, Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing.

In addition to Steve Girsky, Mary Barra has left the Supervisory Board in order to focus on her new leadership role as GM Chief Executive Officer. John Stapleton, who is now CFO of GM North America, has also left the Supervisory Board, while Tim Lee, Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing, and Chairman, GM China, resigned because he is retiring from the company.

Mary Barra had already praised Steve Girsky in January for his dedication and exceptional performance: “Steve has led the turnaround of GM Europe and brought the region back to the path of profitability. Dan Ammann will maintain this course with the clear aim to reach breakeven by the middle of the decade.”

Dr. Wolfgang Schäfer-Klug, head of the Opel works council and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board: “In his role as GME President and head of the Supervisory Board Steve Girsky has brought GM and Opel together again. In dialogue with the employee representatives he made decisions of high importance for the future of Opel. Dan Ammann has been part of this policy as a Supervisory Board member and I am sure that he will continue this course.”

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

!NEW! Opel Astra OPC EXTREME: Uncompromisingly Sporty

  • Study for low-volume production run: World premiere at Geneva Motor Show
  • From the racetrack to public roads: Fastest-ever Astra on its way
  • Turbo power and carbon fiber: Over 221 kW / 300 hp, 100 kilograms lighter than OPC
  • Breathtaking looks: High-tech lacquer highlights sculptural Opel design

The new Opel Astra OPC EXTREME  - The fastest-ever Astra boasts more than 2.0 liter turbo engine with over 221 kW / 300 hp and is 100 kilograms lighter than conventional OPC.

The Opel Astra OPC EXTREME that makes its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in six days is a real race-bred performance car. Developed on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the most challenging race track in the world, it is powered by a 2.0 liter turbo engine with over 221 kW / 300 hp and equipped with all the key high-tech components from its racing peer, the Opel Astra OPC Cup. The Astra OPC EXTREME was developed directly from the Cup version and brings pure racing technology to the road. If public reaction is as positive as expected, Opel plans a low-volume production run for the super sporty, street-legal EXTREME.

2.0 liter Turbo Direct Injection engine with over 221 kW / 300 hp

Over 300 hp will be unleashed from under the EXTREME’s carbon fiber hood. Its 2.0 liter turbo gasoline engine, with Direct Injection and variable camshaft phasing, is quite simply the most powerful four-cylinder unit Opel has ever produced. The all-aluminum engine is mated to a slick, six-speed manual gearbox transmitting power through a limited-slip differential. This race-proven powerplant will have an easy time of it with the OPC EXTREME, because the super sporty car is 100 kilograms lighter than a conventional Astra OPC thanks to its high-quality, carbon fiber components.

Widely used in Formula 1 racing to reduce weight, carbon composite is incorporated throughout the EXTREME. This high-strength, ultra-light material is used for the aerodynamically-optimized rear wing, the diffuser, front spoiler, hood, suspension cross-bracing, the engine cover, complete wheels, rear wheelhouse ventilation and roof. The carbon wheels are 20 kilograms lighter than their aluminum counterparts. This is weight saving in a decisive area because unsprung mass is substantially reduced – much to the joy of engineers and driving fun of drivers. The inhouse manufactured carbon fiber roof is almost as light as a feather. It weighs just 2.6 kilograms, compared to a steel roof’s 9.3 kilograms, and noticeably lowers the Astra EXTREME’s center of gravity. The fenders are made of aluminum and weigh only 800 grams a piece instead of 2.2 kilograms in steel.

Weight reduction in key areas greatly improves agility, overall handling and, of course, the car’s power-to-weight ratio. As a result, the street-legal EXTREME sweeps through fast curves as playfully and quickly as its racing brother in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship (VLN). Opel has also given the EXTREME breathtaking stopping power to match, with a Brembo six-piston brake system including 370 mm diameter discs up front race car. Ultra high-performance, 245/35, 19-inch tires, specially developed for the EXTREME, also play a key role and give almost as much grip as those on the race car. In addition, the chassis (spring/damper) is adjustable, just like in a real touring car racer.

The pursuit of uncompromised performance continues in the design of the EXTREME’S cabin: the back seats are out and a safety roll bar is in. The driver and co-driver are perfectly positioned in specially-designed Recaro bucket seats, complete with six-point safety belts from Schroth. In the Astra OPC EXTREME, the crew doesn’t just sit in the car, they are fully integrated as part of the vehicle itself. The driver also has the tactile pleasure of gripping a superb, carbon-fiber-reinforced, suede-covered steering wheel with fine yellow decorative stitching.

Opel Motorsport’s core color also dresses up the Astra OPC EXTREME elsewhere, for instance in the exclusively designed logo and as lacquer on the side sills and front spoiler lip.

Apropos lacquer, the Astra GTC body format – the base model for the OPC EXTREME – ideally embodies Opel’s sculptural design philosophy. Its flowing, sculpted shapes and precise accents blend into dramatic proportions. The Astra OPC EXTREME’s multi-layer paint lacquer is combined with high-quality decal details to give a three-dimensional effect, further emphasizing the car’s clean edges, bold lines and athletic proportions.

“With the new Astra OPC EXTREME we show the pure joy of driving! This study is quite simply spectacular and driving enthusiasts will appreciate its looks, which are head-turning without grandstanding. Its interior is superb and typically Opel – exciting, precise and quality-made in Germany. The EXTREME is the new top-of-the-line model in our Astra family with all the attributes of a super sporty car,” says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.

Friday, 21 February 2014

!NEW! Opel Astra OPC EXTREME - Teased again before Geneva debut

Are you ready for EXTREME storm from Opel ? Stay tuned !

Opel Astra OPC EXTREME - Equipped for pure passion
Opel Astra OPC EXTREME - New aerodynamically optimized rear wing

Opel Astra OPC EXTREME - Equipped for the racetrack
Opel Astra OPC EXTREME - New bonnet with Carbon elements and two Air intakes

Opel Astra OPC EXTREME - New front grill with Carbon elements 
Opel Astra OPC EXTREME - Brake intakes with Carbon elements
Opel Astra OPC EXTREME - Lightweight Carbon wheels with High-Performance brakes 

21.2. 2014 UPDATE: All official photos of the new Opel Astra OPC EXTREME will be revealed during next week !

!NEW! Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann visits GM Powertrain Europe in Turin

From left to right: Dr. Thomas Johnen, Vice President Powertrain Engineering, Dr. Pierpaolo Antonioli, Managing Director and Global Diesel Sector Executive Director, Dr. Neumann and Professor Marco Gilli, Rector of Politecnico di Torino.

Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, GM Executive Vice President, President Europe and Opel CEO, today visited the General Motors Powertrain Europe Turin campus to meet with the local employees and get in-depth insight into ongoing powertrain developments. He also used the opportunity to meet with the rector of the “Politecnico” university.

Dr. Neumann was hosted by Pierpaolo Antonioli, Managing Director and Global Diesel Sector Executive Director. While he spent considerable time with GM’s local leadership, Dr. Neumann met also with the employees in a dedicated meeting. He toured the facility as well, showing great interest in the test benches, labs and chassis dynamometers. With its state-of-the-art equipment, GM Powertrain Europe Turin represents a strategic asset for GM globally, and in Europe it provides Opel vehicles with premium diesel technology.

Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann and Dr. Thomas Johnen, Vice President Powertrain Engineering, touring the Turin facility together with Dr. Pierpaolo Antonioli, Managing Director and Global Diesel Sector Executive, showing great interest in the test benches, labs and chassis dynamometers.

Dr. Neumann stated: “The GM Powertrain Europe Center in Turin plays a vital role in GM’s global diesel strategy. Diesel-powered cars account for more than half the market in Europe, and our engines developed in Turin must meet the highest customer expectations for durability, efficiency and performance. Our new state-of-the-art 1.6 liter diesel CDTI has already become a benchmark for refinement among mid-size diesels, including those from premium manufacturers.”

In the course of the day, Dr. Neumann met with Professor Marco Gilli, Rector of Politecnico di Torino. Since 2008, GM’s Turin campus has been part of the newly created Cittadella Politecnica (Politecnico Campus), becoming the first private company to be closely integrated on the university premises. Professor Gilli presented the joint activities of Politecnico and GM Powertrain Europe Turin and the collaboration developed in the field of research and education.

Professor Gilli said: “More and more national and multinational companies are turning to selected university centers of excellence to carry out research of common interest. I really appreciate the time and attention Dr. Neumann gave to the University Campus during his visit to the General Motors Development Center. I truly believe that this is a positive example of collaboration between the academic world and the industry that is bearing fruit in terms of research, and it benefits our students and researchers in terms of opportunities and incentives."

At the end of the visit, Pierpaolo Antonioli confirmed: “Dr. Neumann’s visit reinforces the importance of our work within the GM organization in Europe. We are completely committed to continue enhancing our technology to give customers a unique experience when driving Opel and other GM vehicles. I strongly believe that the GM Engineering and Development Center of Turin will keep playing a leading role in research related to stringent regulations on CO2 emissions, without compromising our “fun to drive” proviso.”

Opel/Vauxhall is benefitting from work that has been done by the engineers at the Center. The new 1.6 CDTI engine, the quietest diesel in its class that has earned the nickname “Whisper Diesel”, was developed in Turin. The new engine is already part of the Zafira Tourer and Mervia line-up and will have its premiere in Geneva in the Opel Astra high-volume model range, with stunning fuel consumption figures: 3.7l/100 km combined in the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle).

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

!NEW! Opel ADAM ROCKS Ready To Roll

  • World Premiere in Geneva: ROCKS is the new additional model in the ADAM family
  • Trend-setting: ADAM ROCKS opens new urban mini-crossover niche
  • Tough guy: Rugged, outdoor looks topped by canvas roof for open air freedom
  • Power-packed: Introduces all-new three-cylinder turbo technology with up to 115 hp
  • Super-connected: Leading IntelliLink infotainment system on board 

Opel ADAM ROCKS in new yellow Goldbusters color
Cool and tough, chunky and funky: ADAM ROCKS combines the joy of driving under an open sky with all the fun of an adventure-loving mini-crossover. Making its world debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show (March 6 - 16), ADAM ROCKS is the next addition to the ADAM family. Coming on top of ADAM JAM, ADAM GLAM and ADAM SLAM, it will further extend ADAM`s almost unlimited personalization possibilities, and strengthen its position as the individualization champion among automobiles. Presented as a concept car in Geneva just 12 months ago, ADAM ROCKS received such an enthusiastic response that the company’s new leadership team swiftly made the decision to make it real and to announce its production at this year’s show. ADAM ROCKS will hit the market as soon as this summer.

The newest model in Opel’s urban lifestyle family is a 3.74-meter short car with huge zest for life – inside and outside the city. Featuring an electrically operated, retracting, Swing Top canvas roof as standard, signature body cladding all-round and a 15 mm raised ride height, ADAM ROCKS opens a new market niche; it is the first three-door urban pocket-crossover under 4.00 meters in length. To further individualize its cabin, Opel designers have developed new design elements, décors and seating trims that are unique to the ADAM ROCKS. In addition to the many innovations that raise ADAM’s safety and comfort – like its hands-free Park Assist that parks the car automatically – the ROCKS also features Opel’s new generation IntelliLink infotainment system. It allows seamless integration of ANDROID as well as Apple iOS smartphone functionalities into the car and makes it the best-connected small car at a very affordable price.

ROCKS not only introduces new looks and muscles, but also new generation powertrain technologies into the ADAM. It will accommodate Opel’s all-new 1.0 liter ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo three-cylinder engine. This high-tech pocket powerhouse raises the bar for three-cylinder engine refinement and packs up to 115 hp, with impressive low-end torque of 166 Nm. It offers great fuel efficiency with consumption as low as 4.3 l/100 km (according to NEDC test procedure; preliminary data). The 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo is combined with an all-new, highly efficient, compact six-speed manual transmission, which features superbly smooth and fast shift operation.

“ROCKS takes ADAM into new territory,” says Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel/Vauxhall CEO. “It’s unique in combining the toughness of a crossover with the coolness of open air driving. Like all Opel ADAM models, the ROCKS is a real individualization champion; almost every ROCKS will be one of a kind. And in the ROCKS variant the ADAM remains the best-connected small car with a host of innovations. It also introduces a new generation engine and a new generation transmission with state-of-the-art technologies. No less than that! We’re proud that, in just twelve months, our teams turned ADAM ROCKS into one of the major highlights of the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.”

Designed for rugged individuality

Inspired by the exploits of agile ‘Parkour’ athletes who use the city landscape as their playground, the new ADAM ROCKS body style opens a new niche – a space in the small car segment for urban mini three-door crossover vehicles. So far, the most compact model that is comparable is about 40 cm longer. Rugged good looks, a higher stance and muscular proportions as well as a Swing Top roof for fast, open-air fun will appeal to those seeking personal freedom off the beaten track in the city and beyond the urban landscape.  

Key to ADAM ROCKS’ purposeful stance is a 15 mm increase in body ride height, giving greater ground clearance, and a wider, masculine appearance. Parts of the chassis system have been modified or re-tuned – including dampers, springs, the rear suspension geometry, and direct, responsive steering. The higher, wider looks are matched by a choice of 17-inch standard or 18-inch optional alloy wheels. These can be further personalized with new wheel clips in “Wild” design and different colors that are unique to the ROCKS.

Protective, anthracite-colored cladding is wrapped tightly around the ADAM ROCKS, giving it a tough, muscular look. The front trapezoidal grille, with a chrome central brand bar, is embedded in the cladding, while contrasting, satin chrome ‘boomerang’ elements frame the front fog lamps/indicator housings and the reversing/fog lamps at the rear. LED daytime running lights and tail lights also come as standard. Silver skid plates front and rear and a bold chrome exhaust complete the exterior design.

Every bit as customizable as its ADAM peers, the new ROCKS model joins the line of individualization champions. As for exterior personalization, ROCKS features the same “floating roof” design as ADAM JAM, ADAM GLAM and ADAM SLAM, offering the possibility to combine different body and roof colors. New body paints will be introduced with ADAM ROCKS, such as the vibrant yellow “Goldbusters”. The color palette will then comprise 18 body plus six roof colors for two-tone combinations.

Open air fun for the city and beyond

ADAM ROCKS combines its rugged individuality with open air fun. The standard SwingTop canvas roof gives quick access to the sky above. It is electrically operated via a button located in the front area of the headliner and folds back neatly on to the C-pillars in just 5 seconds. Creating a wide opening into the sky, this stylish system has no negative impact on body stiffness or on the car’s functionality: the trunk keeps the full opening of a hatchback and loading volume remains untouched.

The entire roof module is acoustically tuned for good noise insulation inside the cabin, and the robust, three-layer fabric has a neoprene center sandwich for weatherproofing and durability. The Swing Top canvas roof is available in a choice of three exterior colors – black, dark brown (Sweet Coffee) or pale brown (Light Oak) – that combine with the different roof colors of the ADAM ROCKS.

Unique cabin with unrivalled in-car connectivity

ADAM ROCKS’ cabin reverberates with its own distinctive character. Two new, exclusive ROCKS interior ambiances have been designed. They include a main instrument cluster, seat and door panel colors and other trim elements – all unique to Opel’s mini urban trailblazer. One ambiance is directly taken from the ADAM ROCKS concept car revealed last year: it has elegant-sporty Peanut-colored fabric/Morrocana seats and door panels, leather steering wheel, gearshift and handbrake in the same color, and a friendly “Surf” décor trim. The other features sophisticated Coffee Bean design – rich dark brown seats in a black cabin trimmed with bright blue stitching. On top of this, almost all interior personalization options available in the ADAM range are also offered in the ROCKS.

ADAM ROCKS features Opel’s sophisticated IntelliLink system that offers state-of-the-art connectivity and apps. This infotainment system is fully compatible with latest smartphones using both ANDROID and Apple iOS. It provides USB and Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, a 7-inch high-definition color touch-screen and seven speakers. Opel’s IntelliLink system in ADAM ROCKS adds navigation by the BringGo app as well as the Stitcher and TuneIn apps. The integration of Apple iOS devices into the system enables SIRI EYES FREE voice control. This makes it possible, for instance, for drivers to have incoming SMS read aloud and to dictate SMS while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel. IntelliLink is award-winning, safe and easy-to-use technology that is also amazingly affordable and makes ROCKS the best-connected small car on the market, just like its ADAM stable-mates.

All-new 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo packs up to 115 hp punch

ADAM ROCKS introduces Opel’s all-new, 1.0-liter ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine, which sets a new standard for three-cylinder refinement. Noise and vibrations are the lowest for a three-cylinder set-up – and in many regards even better than those of many four-cylinder units. This new generation engine also impresses with superior low-end torque: 166 Nm are generated from just 1,800 rpm. Key efficiency enablers of this compact, all-aluminum engine with a single scroll turbocharger include direct injection, variable valve timing, a switchable water pump and an integrated exhaust manifold. Fuel-saving Start/Stop technology is an integral part of the system and offered as standard. The new 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo comes with a choice of two power ratings of 66 kW/90 hp and 85 kW/115 hp. Fuel consumption is as low as 4.3 l/100 km – a great value for a gasoline powered car (according to NEDC test procedure; preliminary data). The engine tops a gasoline powertrain menu including ADAM’s three current four-cylinder naturally-aspirated motors (1.2-liter with 51 kW/70 hp and 115 Nm; 1.4-liter with 64 kW/87 hp/ and 74 kW/100 hp, both delivering 130 Nm).

Not only a new generation engine, also a new generation transmission premieres in the ADAM ROCKS. Both versions of the 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo powerhouse are mated to an all-new six-speed manual gearbox with a compact package design. During its development, focus was on efficiency (thanks to reduced friction) and benchmark shifting: gear change is comfortable, fast, precise and smooth.

Following its Geneva premiere, ADAM ROCKS will go on sale in early summer when its prices are made public. Production in Eisenach, Germany, will start in August 2014.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

!NEW! 2014 Buick Regal offers all-weather All-Wheel-Drive

Along with the technology, safety, and styling enhancements offered on the redesigned Buick Regal and Regal GS, is the newly available advanced all-wheel-drive.

2014 Buick Regal GS AWD in Quebec, Canada.
While those in the Snowbelt, and perhaps many further south this winter, associate all-wheel-drive vehicles with wintery weather, the Regal’s on-demand automatic AWD system is designed to help provide better control in all weather and road conditions, including dry surfaces.

Using a system that can distribute power both front to rear and side to side, the Regal is able to shift torque to the wheels based on vehicle data and driver input. When trekking through snow and icy conditions better control is achieved through improved traction and stability with drive to all four wheels.

The same ideas are applied during spirited driving and even emergency maneuvers on dry or wet pavement. With the ability to transfer power to the rear, the Regal AWD is not depending on the front wheels to do it all. This, combined with HiPerStrut front suspension, results in enhanced control from less torque steer and understeer when the driver needs traction the most, such as exiting a corner.

“With power going to all four wheels and the ability to transfer power to the wheel with the most grip, we’ve helped enable the driver to have maximum control on all surfaces,” said James Walter, Regal AWD engineer. “This system is constantly monitoring several inputs and anticipating action. It can be very beneficial in keeping the rear of the car balanced during an emergency maneuver.”

At launch in a straight line, the core of the AWD system splits the torque approximately 50/50 between the front and rear wheels. The system is constantly calculating and redistributing the torque. In the Regal GS, selecting the Sport or GS Interactive Drive Control modes heightens the AWD system sensitivity and shift up to 15 percent more torque to the rear wheels for improve traction and stability during performance driving.

An active Haldex module directs drive to the rear wheels. This system uses an electronic limited slip differential, or eLSD, which can rapidly shift torque between the two rear wheels to make the most of vehicle stability and cornering capability. A more neutral balance, less torque steer and understeer for maximum grip results in optimal acceleration, cornering and handling during performance driving in the Regal GS AWD.

AWD is available on all 2014 Regal models equipped with the new 2.0L Turbo engine that produces a refined 259 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Regal is the fourth Buick in the current lineup to offer AWD, alongside Enclave, Encore, and LaCrosse.

Photo Credit: © General Motors

Monday, 17 February 2014

!NEW! Opel’s new three-cylinder Turbo makes Geneva debut in ADAM

  • New generation three-cylinder unit with state-of-the-art technology now in Opel ADAM
  • 1.0 liter ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo raises bar for three-cylinder engine refinement
  • Greater low-end torque and pulling power than 1.6 liter naturally aspirated engines
  • Greener footprint with remarkable 99 g/km CO2 emissions with a gasoline engine
  • Teamed with all-new six-speed gearbox, 30 percent lighter than predecessor
  • New ADAM colors and trims give even more individualization possibilities 

Opel ADAM with new 1.0 12V ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo
One year after its launch, ADAM just keeps getting better. Opel’s chic urban trend-setter and individualization champion is already established as the most customizable and best connected small car on the market. At the next Geneva Motor Show (March 6 - 16, 2014), it will also pack an all-new, three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine endowed with benchmark setting running refinement, low end torque and efficiency. And that’s not all: this new generation powerhouse will be mated with a 6-speed manual transmission that is also from a new generation. In addition, more new color and trim options will further extend ADAM’s near limitless scope for personalization possibilities.

Opel ADAM - New 1.0 12V ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine
ADAM is the first car in the Opel range to receive this new, all-aluminum 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo gasoline engine that has been developed at the manufacturer’s International Technical Development Center in Rüsselsheim, Germany. This pocket powerhouse will come in two configurations, respectively giving 66 kW/90 hp and 85 kW/115 hp. Both deliver strong, low-end torque of 166 Nm from just 1,800 rpm. Like the two new generation 1.6liter mid-size units Opel just launched in the last months (the 1.6 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo gasoline and the 1.6 CDTI diesel), the new 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo offers benchmark refinement with outstandingly low noise and vibrations for a three-cylinder motor that are even superior to many four-cylinder units. Mated to an all-new, six-speed gearbox, the new generation three-cylinder engine comes with Start/Stop functionality as standard. The 66 kW/90 hp version gives ADAM combined cycle fuel consumption as low as 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers, with CO2 emissions of just 99 g/km (according to NEDC test procedure; preliminary data). These are outstanding results for a gasoline-powered model, especially with such generous output and high torque values. Efficiency enablers include direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, weight-saving all-aluminum construction and a switchable water pump.

Opel ADAM with new 1.0 12V ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo
1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo-powered Opel ADAM models will go on sale in late spring 2014 and their production will start in the summer. Not only new powertrains will be available, but also new colors for ADAM’s apparel. At the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, Opel had given a preview of ADAM’s further individualization possibilities that are now being launched. In Geneva, more colors, interior décors and trim options will be revealed. Customization, ADAM-style, gets even more individual.

Smooth: Pocket powerhouse sets new benchmark for three-cylinder refinement

Smooth, strong and clean: Opel ADAM’s new mini motor is small in size but big on driving appeal. It melds jewel-like precision engineering with state-of-the-art technologies to deliver performance levels that belie its diminutive size. Just as important for the pockets of Opel ADAM drivers, it delivers remarkable fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, as low as 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers and 99 g/km CO2 in the combined cycle – putting the ADAM in favorable categories in those countries where the taxation system is based on CO2 emissions.

New Opel 1.0 12V ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine
The first in a completely new family of small displacement gasoline engines that will grow further over the next years, the 12 Valve 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo is the next step in Opel’s powertrain offensive following the recent introduction of new 1.6 liter mid-size gasoline and diesel engine families. These three new powertrain families share a common DNA and development target: to be the most refined in their respective categories. Starting with a clean sheet of paper, Opel engineers in Rüsselsheim focused on eliminating ‘off-beat’ running characteristics which traditionally detract from the economical driving appeal of three-cylinder engines. “We not only set out to minimize fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, we also wanted to demonstrate that three cylinders can be just as refined as four or more,” says Dr. Matthias Alt, Opel’s Chief Engineer, Small Gasoline Engines. “We tackled at source the balance, noise and vibration issues typical of conventional three-cylinder engines, and we’re confident ADAM customers will be enthusiastic about the results.”

The cylinder block, in high pressure die-cast aluminum, is designed to reduce radiated and structure-borne engine noise, as well as reduce weight. The high-pressure fuel rail and injectors are also structurally isolated from the cylinder head to minimize the transmission of pulsing, while both the fuel pump and fuel line are acoustically treated.

A further contributor to running refinement is the installation of a balance shaft in the oil sump. Driven by a chain with inverted teeth for quiet running, it counter-rotates at crankshaft speed and is carefully mass-optimized to offset the inherent vibrations of a three cylinder operation.

Other noise attenuation measures include: acoustically-optimized covers for the top and front of the engine, the intake manifold and camshaft housings; crankshaft isolation with iron main bearing inserts; inverted teeth for camshaft drive chains; a low-hiss turbo charger, and a lower oil pan in steel.

With all these ‘sound engineering’ features, the new 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo is not only more refined than other three-cylinder engines, it’s also quieter than many four-cylinder units. For example, in bench testing at full throttle, it emits lower noise levels across all engine speeds than similarly powerful gasoline naturally-aspirated engines of 1.6 liters displacement.

Strong: Small engine with big appeal

The new 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo also packs a punch. It has all the power characteristics to make down-sizing feel like right-sizing, generating more torque, for example, than most 1.6 liter, naturally aspirated engines.

In the Opel ADAM, the 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo produces 166 Nm from just 1,800 rpm. That’s almost 30 percent more pulling power than the naturally-aspirated 1.6 liter generates at the same rpm. The 85 kW/115 hp version extends the torque plateau to up to 4,700 rpm. Jewel-like precision is used for the integration of the exhaust manifold within the aluminum cylinder head, to which the tiny, low-inertia, water-cooled turbocharger is directly bolted. This compact installation contributes to the delivery of a fast boost charge which gives the 1.0 turbo such strong, low-end power.

The six-vent fuel injectors in the direct injection system are centrally located above each piston to provide efficient combustion, and dual cam-phasing enables variable valve timing for optimum engine breathing. A twin displacement oil pump and a switchable water pump, which is disengaged when the engine coolant is cold in order to accelerate warm-up, also contribute to low fuel consumption.

The new generation 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo with a new six-speed manual transmission is added to ADAM’s current powertrain line-up of naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder units combined with 5-speed manual gearboxes: the 1.2-liter with 51 kW/70 hp  and 115 Nm, and the two 1.4 liter units offering 64 kW/87 hp and 74 kW/100 hp, both with 130 Nm of torque.

Precise: New, lightweight gearbox with smooth shifting

An all-new, six-speed manual gearbox is mated to ADAM’s new three-cylinder engine. With a compact design and a dry weight of only 37 kilograms, it is about 30 percent lighter than units it replaces.

Absolute precision: An all-new, six-speed manual gearbox
Featuring superior shift quality and excellent precision, with a short lever travel and low shifting effort, the new transmission incorporates many of the smooth shifting refinements recently introduced by Opel. These include the use of gears with wide, asymmetrically-cut dog teeth and triple-cone synchronizers for first/second gear, with double cones for third/fourth. Reverse gear is also synchronized. In addition to ADAM, this slick-shifting new gearbox will be progressively introduced in other Opel models.

Individual: More customization opportunities for the best connected small car

Already crowned as Opel’s individualization champion, ADAM just keeps getting better and better. The two-tone color palette is being extended in the next weeks and will be further enriched in the coming months. With the addition of seven more body and four new roof colors, it gives ADAM an exceptional total of 18 body colors plus six roof colors for two-tone color combinations. The five new body colors that will be introduced through the spring are: an elegant silver (“Silverwalker”), a rich dark brown (“Mr. Darkside”), a vibrant blue (“Let it Blue”), an audacious lime green (“Dancing Green”) and a subtle warm grey (“Pink-Kong”). The list of further individualization possibilities for the ADAM continues to grow and now includes five new seat fabrics, seven new cabin décors, four new interior colors, one new headliner and two new interior mirror colors, as well as four new logo bar colors and two new sets of exterior decals. At Geneva Motor Show, further new body colors and interior trims will be revealed. With all these new choices, the customization potential of the latest ADAM range is now nearly limitless, ensuring that buyers can put together the car of their dreams.

After designing their car exactly the way they want it, customers can look forward to enjoying the best in-car connectivity available in the small car class. ADAM features Opel’s sophisticated IntelliLink system that offers state-of-the-art connectivity and apps. This infotainment system is fully compatible with latest smartphones using both ANDROID and Apple iOS. It provides USB and Bluetooth connectivity, audio streaming, a 7-inch high-definition color touch-screen and seven speakers. Opel’s IntelliLink system in ADAM provides navigation with the BringGo app as well as the Stitcher and TuneIn apps. The integration of Apple iOS devices into the system enables SIRI EYES FREE voice control. This makes it possible, for instance, for drivers to have incoming SMS read aloud and to dictate SMS while they keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel. IntelliLink is award-winning, safe and easy-to-use technology that is also amazingly affordable and makes ADAM the best connected small car on the 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

!NEW! Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo arrives in Portugal

  • New version 'Black OPC Line' is highlight of the sporty Astra GTC model
  • 1.6 Turbo Opel's new generation engine with Direct Injection delivers 200 hp
  • Specific output of 125 hp / liter becomes the absolute reference in this class
  • Price from 30,800 euros

New Opel Astra 1.6 Turbo Black OPC Line (200 hp): Now available in the Portuguese market

The Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo is now available in the Portuguese market. The new Direct Injection engine 1.6 Turbo 200 hp is the most powerful of the new generation of engines with the Opel will renew most of its range by the end of year 2014. With a price of 30,800 euros, this true sporting constitutes an alternative more affordable compared to OPC 280 hp. Besides the new engine with the latest technology and front suspension high 'performance' HiPerStrut contributing decisively to a remarkable dynamic behavior, the Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo has a unique visual OPC Black Line.

New Opel Astra 1.6 Turbo Black OPC Line (200 hp) with two tail pipes

The main differences of the new GTC 1.6 Turbo are the two tailpipes and a number of elements from the most sporty versions of the Astra OPC and lines, forming a combination that is unique to this version for Portugal. The massive front bumper, which brings large air intakes, and the 'spoiler' back on top of the tailgate improve aerodynamics. At the same time, the side skirts and rear bumper Extended contribute to the special identity of this powerful GTC, which is accented by painting the roof of alloy wheels and exterior mirror covers in black. Cabin in stand-up type sports seats 'bucket seat', wheel and lever handle of the OPC box, and the pillars and roof lining in black fabric.

New Opel Astra 1.6 Turbo Black OPC Line (200 hp)

Unlike many three-door versions of models of the compact segment, the GTC occupies a prominent position in the range of models of Opel Astra variant being the most refined aesthetic and dynamic behavior.Despite the similarities with the other Astra GTC owns a design only: not sharing any exterior element with other members of the Astra family, except houses for the exterior mirrors and antenna.

Performance with Economy

The new Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo can reach a speed of 230 km / h and accelerates from zero to 100 km / h in just 7.9 seconds. Recovery 80-120 km / h in 5th gear is also accomplished in 7.9 seconds in a show of great elasticity thanks to the high output of 300 Nm (with 'overboost') of torque. It is noted that the torque remains at the maximum level in a wider rpm range, from as early as 1750 rpm up to 4700 rpm. This, together with the peculiarity that the power of 200 hp remain in peak between 4700 rpm and 5500 rpm, gives the 1.6 Turbo new generation of Opel unusual resilience and acceleration at any engine speed.

The specific output of 125 hp / liter becomes the reference in this level of displacement engines. With careful construction for best results in a variety of parameters, including the 'performance' and consumption - where they play key role the system of direct injection and variable valve timing - this new engine, the GTC, consumes only average of 6.6 l/100 km in the combined cycle, the corresponding emissions of 154 g / km.

Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo extends the range of options ranging from high 'performance' of the GTC range, joining the 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI 195 hp and 400 Nm The only engine that exceeds performance in these two is the 2.0 Turbo OPC, which delivers 280 horsepower.

New IntelliLink and complete standard equipment

Opel Astra GTC - Navi 950 with IntelliLink
The new Opel infotainment system is now available across the GTC range. The IntelliLink simplifies all commands, showing them a large seven-inch color screen, high definition, which also display the images captured by the rear camera parking aid. The IntelliLink system can be controlled by voice, while enabling Bluetooth connections to smartphones and streaming audio. The flagship model Navi 950 IntelliLink features detailed throughout Europe, the updates can be downloaded via the Internet maps. The system can verbalize text messages since, in addition to voice recognition itself, IntelliLink can also integrate voice functions of smartphones connected to it.

 Opel Astra GTC -  Steel Cage and Airbag Protection System
The complete standard equipment is one of the highlights of the new Opel Astra GTC 1.6 Turbo. In addition to all the safety devices - seat belts with pretensioners and force limiters, dual front airbags , side and curtain airbags, notice allotment of seat belts, ABS with brake force distribution and ESP Plus evolved - the new Opel offers series: 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, automatic switching between low and high beams, hill start assistance, light sensor, rain sensor, trip computer, cruise control, air conditioning with control electronic dual-zone system, Bluetooth hands-free phone and rear parking sensors.

The Astra GTC offers a wide range of dynamical systems driving assistance from the front chamber of the second generation Opel Eye with improved and extended functionalities to the suspension with electronic control FlexRide, through the new system of fourth generation system AFL + of adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights (Adaptive Forward Lighting).

Focus on dynamic

The debut of the new engine 1.6 Turbo 200 hp is in increased model that was designed to offer the best performance on the road at all dynamic levels.

Much of the development work on the chassis of the Astra GTC focused on the integration of HiPerStrut suspension. This unique front suspension, similar to the Insignia OPC, and until now only available in sports cars, top notch improves the dynamic behavior and offers greater steering precision.

The HiPerStrut architecture incorporates a fork which supports the shaft sleeve assembly, disengaging the directional movement of the wheels of all the suspension tower. The advantages in terms of sensitivity and accuracy of direction are evident. The HiPerStrut suspension reduces the variations of camber on the wheels when cornering front of the GTC, with considerable gains in grip. Another benefit of this configuration is that it permits the mounting of wheels up to 20 inches in diameter.

Compared with the Astra 5-door, the GTC’s ride-height has been lowered by 10 to 15 mm, while the wheelbase has grown by 10 mm, from 2685 mm to 2695 mm. Both tracks are wider, too, at 1584 mm (+40 mm) front and 1585 mm (+30 mm) rear.