Monday, 29 September 2014

AA NOW HELPING WITH VEHICLE CHECKS



Vauxhall Motors has been joined by the AA, its roadside assistance provider, to help support customers in determining if their vehicle is affected by the steering system safety recall on its ADAM and Corsa/Corsavan models registered since May 2014.  Around 3000 of these vehicles have been manufactured with a steering system part that does not meet Vauxhall’s specification. As a precaution, these vehicles should not be driven prior to inspection.

Customers have already been advised to visit either www.vauxhall.co.uk/recall.html or call the Customer Assistance Centre on 0800 026 0034 between 09.00 and 19.00hrs Monday to Friday (until 17.00hrs at weekends) for guidance on how to check their vehicle and ascertain if it is within the chassis number range of the recall.  In addition, customers can now call The AA on 0800 553388 between 07.00 and midnight, 7 days a week.

The AA will guide customers through the checking procedure for the production code on the steering shaft. If they are not comfortable in carrying out the check themselves, the AA will despatch a patrol to do it for them.  If the code is not one of the two affected, they will be advised that their car is safe to use, if not the AA will arrange to recover the vehicle to a Vauxhall dealer and if required, will arrange a replacement vehicle.

Safety check contact points in summary:

Vauxhall consumer website:                         www.vauxhall.co.uk/recall.html

Vauxhall Customer Assistance Centre:         0800 026 0034 (09.00 to 19.00hrs Monday to Friday and until 17.00 hrs at weekends))

The AA:                                                          0800 553388 (07.00 to midnight)

Friday, 26 September 2014

URGENT SAFETY CHECK FOR ADAM AND CORSA REGISTERED SINCE MAY 2014




Vauxhall is advising customers of any ADAM and Corsa/Corsavan models registered since May 2014 that around 3000 of these vehicles have been manufactured with a steering system part that does not meet Vauxhall’s specification. As a precaution, these vehicles should not be driven prior to inspection.  

Vauxhall puts the safety and convenience of its customers first and as this condition concerns their safety, the company is taking immediate action. From Saturday September 27th, owners will be able to find out if their vehicle is affected by going to the Vauxhall website homepage (www.vauxhall.co.uk) and clicking on the ‘Safety Check for ADAM and Corsa’ button for further information. Alternatively customers can call the Vauxhall Customer Assistance Centre for advice on 0800 026 0034 between 09.00 and 17.30hrs.

The company became aware of the condition during routine quality control at the vehicle manufacturing plant. The company is not aware of any accident or injury related to this condition.

Urgent safety check for ADAM and Corsa delivered since May 2014




Opel/Vauxhall is reaching out to customers of the ADAM and the current Corsa delivered since May 2014. About 8,000 of these vehicles have been manufactured with a steering system part that did not meet specification. To avoid any risk, these cars should not be driven prior to inspection.

As Opel/Vauxhall always puts its customers first, and as this condition concerns their safety, the company is taking immediate action. Opel/Vauxhall is contacting customers via multiple channels. Owners are able to find out by themselves if their vehicle is affected by going to their national Opel website or www.opel.com/recall.html and following the instructions on the website. In case their car is affected, the customer will also be automatically contacted by Opel/Vauxhall.

The company became aware of the condition during routine quality controls at the vehicle production plant. The company is not aware of any accident or injury related to this condition.

Customers who have additional questions can obtain immediate assistance under a hotline number that will be posted as soon as possible on the website.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

!NEW! Opel Corsa, ADAM S, Mokka and Co: Four World Premieres in Paris

  • Smart bestseller: Fifth generation Opel Corsa with IntelliLink infotainment
  • Racy sportsman: Opel ADAM S with 110 kW/150 hp engine and speeds over 200 km/h
  • Economical driving pleasure: Opel Mokka with new generation all-aluminum diesel engine
  • Ultra-modern diesel: Opel Insignia and Zafira Tourer with 2.0 CDTI engine

Fifth generation Opel Corsa with IntelliLink infotainment celebrates its World Premiere in Paris
 
Sporty, economical, exciting: Opel will celebrate no less than four world premieres at the Paris Motor Show from October 4 - 19. The new Corsa, the stylish and sporty ADAM S, the Mokka with a new 100 kW/136 hp 1.6 CDTI turbo diesel and the 2.0 CDTI engines in the Insignia and Zafira Tourer will all be presented to the masses for the first time.


“The four world premieres represent the consistent continuation of our model and powertrain offensive,” said Dr Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel Group CEO. “The new Corsa and ADAM S are attractive additions to our portfolio and our new high-tech engines are at the forefront of current diesel technology.”

Racy sportsman: Opel ADAM S with 150 hp engine and speeds over 200 km/h

New bestseller with ultra-modern assistance systems: Opel Corsa

New Opel Corsa comes with a totally new interior that enhances the perception of high quality and spaciousness, including best-connected IntelliLink infotainment technology and ultra-modern driver assistance systems. The second-generation Opel Eye front camera, with Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), High Beam Assist (HBA), Following Distance Indication (FDI) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW), further increases driving safety. 


The new, refined and efficient 1.0 liter three-cylinder turbo engines, smooth-shifting transmissions, the new suspension and optimized steering deliver class-leading levels of comfort and precision. The compact, all-aluminum 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo of course already meets Euro 6 emission standards. It is available in two output configurations, giving 66 kW/90 hp or 85 kW/115 hp. Both pump out 170 Nm of torque from just 1,800 rpm. Designers have now combined the dynamic Corsa silhouette with flowing, sculptural lines and precise details which characterize Opel’s award-winning design philosophy. The new Corsa has been equipped with this package to continue the model’s 32-year spanning success story in the highly competitive small car segment. It will roll off the assembly lines in Eisenach and Zaragoza at the end of this year.

Trendy and seductively sporty: Opel ADAM S


Slick design, a spirited powertrain and naturally numerous individualization possibilities characterize the latest Opel ADAM, the racy ADAM S. Drivers who like a somewhat sportier drive can find a 110 kW/150 hp, 1.4 liter Turbo ECOTEC unit under the hood. Combined to a six-speed manual gearbox, the new turbocharged engine impresses with outstanding responsiveness and a torque plateau that suits a spirited style of driving, making curvy roads the ideal terrain for the little sports star. The ADAM S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 8.5 seconds. Top speeds of well over 200 km/h are possible with the engine. The sporty driving characteristics are enhanced by the specially tuned performance chassis, developed especially for the ADAM S, and direct, sharp performance steering. But the pocket rocket can also handle itself in case of an emergency – large OPC S brakes, custom-made for the various wheel sizes, ensure excellent braking characteristics. The ADAM S’ sporting pedigree is plain to see – the designers have given it a slick styling both on the in and outside. Obviously, the ADAM S also offers Opel’s award-winning, 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, enabling ADAM drivers to be fully connected with safe and easy-to-use technology. It will be available for order from November and will be at dealers from the beginning of 2015.



Class-leading running refinement: Opel Mokka 1.6 CDTI

Full power ahead: The Opel Mokka with the new 1.6-liter turbo diesel in combination with a six-speed manual transmission is available as a front wheel or all wheel drive.
From early 2015, the Opel Mokka will be available with Opel’s all-new 100 kW/136 hp 1.6 CDTI turbo diesel. Already dubbed the ‘whisper diesel’, the extremely compact four-cylinder unit will replace the current 1.7 liter diesel in the Mokka line-up. It gives more power and torque – up six hp and 20 Nm, respectively – from a smaller displacement, as well as significantly lower fuel consumption. The lively 1.6 CDTI is part of a new family of Opel all-aluminum diesel engines. The 100 kW/136 hp version reaches 85 hp per liter – unrivalled in its displacement class. Maximum speed is more than 190 km/h. The whisper diesel is also extremely economical and kinder to the environment: with Opel’s precise six-speed manual transmission and standard Start/Stop system, the 1.6 CDTI Mokka consumes just 4.1 l/100 km over the combined cycle while emitting only 109 g/km CO2. This is almost 0.5 l/100 km less fuel and 11 g/km less CO2 than the predecessor 1.7 liter version. This new diesel engine complies with the stringent Euro 6 emissions standard. Contributors to its strong and clean performance are among other the VTG turbocharger (variable turbine geometry) and high-pressure, common-rail fuel injection system. Thanks to state-of-the-art CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) simulations and scores of optimization loops engineers have improved noise generation, vibration and running refinement.

 All-new Opel ECOTEC 1.6 CDTI Euro 6 Turbo diesel with 100 kW/136 hp

As much energy from as little fuel as possible: New 2.0 CDTI in the Opel Insignia and the Opel Zafira Tourer

Available from 2015, Opel’s new-generation, 2.0 liter turbo diesel ticks every important box. Packing 125 kW/170 hp and substantial torque of 400 Nm, it will replace the current 120 kW/ 163 hp diesel in the Insignia and the 121 kW/165 hp engine in the Zafira Tourer, which have 380 Nm torque on tap. This highly efficient, Euro 6 compliant engine delivers almost four percent more horsepower and 14 percent more torque while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Just as important, the engine is also impressively quiet and smooth as a result of Opel’s unwavering focus on ‘sound engineering’ measures to minimize NVH (noise, vibration, harshness). A new aluminum cylinder head design, including the addition of a decoupled, plastic cam cover with isolated fixings and a sealing gasket, improves noise attenuation. The new 2.0 CDTI runs as clean as a gasoline engine with Opel’s BlueInjection selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. BlueInjection is an after-treatment which removes nitrogen oxide (NOx) from the engine’s exhaust gases. Tiny quantities of AdBlue®, a harmless fluid consisting of urea and water, are injected into the exhaust gas flow ahead of the SCR catalyst and downstream of the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). The solution is immediately converted into ammonia (NH3), which is absorbed by the SCR catalyst. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the passing exhaust gas is then selectively reduced to harmless nitrogen and water vapor in a chemical reaction with the ammonia.

New Opel ECOTEC 2.0 CDTI Euro 6 Turbo diesel with 125 kW/170 hp

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

!NEW! 40 years of Opel Safety Vehicle: The safe route from Kadett C to Astra J

  • 40 years ago: Opel Safety Vehicle masters impact speed of 40 mph
  • Opel Kadett C called OSV 40: Impact protection, on-board warning system, safety seats
  • Astra today: Ultra-modern Assistance Systems with Camera, Radar and Sensors

OSV 40 and the Opel Astra J: The current Opel compact car is reaping the rewards of 40 years of development.

„Don’t start without a seatbelt“, was the slogan of a campaign launched in Germany in 1974 to persuade drivers to wear seatbelts. Two years later, wearing seatbelts became compulsory and in 1984 fines for not wearing them were introduced. Opel has been equipping all models with seatbelts as standard since 1973 and the following year, gave a visionary outlook into the safety technology of the future. The Opel Safety Vehicle, a close-to-production research vehicle based on the Kadett C, mastered a frontal impact of 40 mph (roughly 65 km/h) and paved the way for the development of further safety features. The impact speed in miles also gave the Kadett its name: OSV 40. The current Opel Astra demonstrates the evolution since those early days. The compact car is reaping the rewards of 40 years of development and has exemplary passenger safety and ultra-modern assistance systems.

OSV 40 and the Opel Astra J


OSV 40 – Opel Safety Vehicle masters impact speed of 40 mph

The name says it all: OSV stand for Opel Safety Vehicle, the number 40 for the frontal impact speed in miles per hour that the OSV 40 was designed to resist.
Exactly 40 years ago, the Rüsselsheim-based company showed its idea of a safe compact car at the second International Technical Conference on the Enhanced Safety of Vehicles held in London. The engineers were handed a Kadett C, presented the previous year, and could let their imagination run wild when it came to safety. The technicians were allowed to choose the name themselves and decided on OSV or Opel Safety Vehicle. The number 40 stands for the frontal impact speed in miles per hour that the OSV 40 was designed to resist. Despite the extended safety features the cars was not to weigh more than 1,000 kilograms.



Impact energy absorbed by polyurethane foam

The first thing an onlooker notices is how voluminous fenders are compared to modern fenders. The OSV 40 fenders were filled with polyurethane foam which gave them their absorbing capacity. Foam-filled side members that break in a controlled way at impact speeds above eight kilometers per hour were used at the front. The foam structure absorbed enough energy that frontal impacts below this speed only resulted in a small deformation – thus the predecessor of the “self-healing” fender was created. The engineers also filled the cavities of the sills and doors with polyurethane foam in order to create increased safety reserves for a side impact. Reinforced roof rails and backrests of the front seats that were fixed to the roof via a belt construction, the seats could still be adjusted, increased the stability of the passenger compartment considerably. Furthermore, the windshield made from laminated glass was glued directly to the bodywork – also with the goal of increasing body stiffness in mind.

Interior also reflects safety approach

Inside the car, all surfaces with which the passengers could come into contact in case of an accident were cushioned with a two-centimeter layer of polyurethane foam. The steering was fitted with an additional angled element in the lower steering column sector.

Safety also came first in the cockpit of the OSV-40. The central warning system made by Hella controlled eleven functions and showed possible errors by the associated warning lamps lighting up. Four additional lights behind the rear window signaled emergency braking and also doubled as hazard lights. Due to their high positioning, they were easy to see for following road users. A split rear view mirror enabled a perfect view with the lower part reducing the blind spot to a minimum.

All-round protection: Reinforced roof rails and backrests of the front seats that were fixed to the roof via a belt construction increased the stability of the passenger compartment considerably.
The front seats were widened to create a continuous boundary to the rear compartment. The side supports, especially in the shoulder area, prevented the driver and passenger colliding in case of a side impact. The minimalistic head rests of the front seats ensured that the driver had a good view to the rear. The belt construction restraint system for the heads of passengers in the rear also ensured safety and overview. The four seats of OSV 40 all had three point belts – the ones in the front even already had an automatic seat belt tension system.

All crash tests passed with flying colors

The OSV 40 met all of the objectives during the crash tests: All four doors could still be opened without the help of tools after a frontal impact at 40 mph with a solid obstacle. The front section of the car absorbed the energy so well that it was shortened by 50 cm due to the cold-drawing phase. The OSV 40 was equally impressive during a frontal collision with a pylon at 50 km/h, a rear impact, a side impact with a post and during the rollover test at 48 km/h.

Opel OSV 40: Technical data
Length in mm4,318
Width in mm1,580
Height in mm1,370
Front track in mm1,330
Rear track in mm1,301
Weight in kg965
Displacement in cm31,196
Max. output
in kW (hp) / at rpm
44 (65) / 5,600
Max. torque
in Nm / at rpm
95 / 3,400



Opel Astra J: State-of-the-art safety systems

The new representative of the Opel compact class shows just how dynamic the development started in 1974 continued. In addition to the structural strength that has come to be expected, the Opel Astra offers extensive passive safety features and a string of ultra-modern driver assistance systems that increase the safety and comfort for the drivers and passengers decisively.


The second generation of the Opel Eye Front Camera is the foundation for the driver assistance systems. The engineers optimized the Lane Departure Warning and the Traffic Sign Recognition functions. The camera processes numerous levels of brightness and can even recognize dynamic LED signs. A further aid available in combination with the Opel Eye Front Camera is a distance indicator. It shows the driver the distance to a vehicle in front (in seconds).

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): Keeps distance to vehicle in front

Even safer and more comfortable: The radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) helps the driver to maintain the selected speed while keeping a pre-set safety distance to the vehicle ahead. In addition to speed, the desired gap to the vehicle ahead can also be selected by the driver – with three options available: far, medium, close. When ACC is activated, the radar constantly checks the distance up to a range of 150 meters ahead; the selected gap to the closest vehicle in the same lane is shown in the center screen of the display.

Opel Astra J: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
In case the driver does not react to the audible and visual warnings by braking in a critical situation and the system calculates a potential impact, it may decelerate the car automatically in an extreme case. The Opel Astra is decelerated with help of a brake system that can look to the advantages of a latest generation Anti-lock Braking System and an extended Electronic Stability Program (ESP Plus).

Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL): Perfect lighting for all conditions

The latest generation of safety lighting system Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+) with Bi-Xenon headlamps includes a large package of intelligent lighting functions such as: High Beam Light Assistant, Dynamic Curve Light, Static Cornering Light and adaptive lighting, which reacts automatically to the prevailing driving situation such as route profile (freeway, highway, city) and visibility (sun, fog, rain) and adjusts the headlamps accordingly. The arrow-like design of the LED daytime running lamps, which come as standard, give the Astra a distinctive appearance.



Extensive package for passive safety

Even if all of the systems for the active safety reach their limits, Astra drivers can trust in an extensive passive safety package. A total of six airbags come as standard. If a situation occurs in which an airbag or a belt tensioner is activated, the hazard warning lights come on and the doors are unlocked automatically. Obviously, the Astra is also fitted with the Opel-patented Pedal Release System (PRS) which decouples the pedals in the event of a frontal collision, reducing the risk of injury to feet and lower legs considerably.

Opel-patented Pedal Release System (PRS) 

Monday, 22 September 2014

!NEW! Opel Mokka: All-New 1.6 CDTI Turbo Diesel for SUV Bestseller

  • World premiere: Opel Mokka with new generation all-aluminum diesel debuts in Paris
  • Frugal: Compact SUV sips just 4.1 l/100 km with 109 g/km CO2
  • Exemplary: Class-leading running refinement, lightweight design

Opel Mokka with 1.6 CDTI turbo diesel: The sporty-chic Opel bestseller with the new all-aluminum diesel engine will celebrate its premiere at the „Mondial de l’Automobile 2014“ in Paris.

Ever since Opel introduced the Mokka almost two years ago, the trendy sub-compact SUV has gone from one success to the next. With sales exceeding 275,000, this two-time All-wheel Drive Car of the Year winner is a bestseller – in its segment and for the Opel brand. Now the Mokka is about to deliver even more driving fun: from early 2015, it will be available with Opel’s all-new 100 kW/136 hp 1.6 CDTI turbo diesel. The Mokka premieres with this new generation engine at the “Mondial de l’Automobile 2014” in Paris from October 4 - 19.


Already dubbed the ‘whisper diesel’, the extremely compact four-cylinder unit will replace the current 1.7 liter diesel in the Mokka line-up. It gives more power and torque – up six hp and 20 Nm, respectively – from a smaller displacement, as well as significantly lower fuel consumption. The introduction of this high-tech engine will enhance the Mokka’s powertrain portfolio made up of gasoline, diesel and LPG engines.

Improved running smoothness, more power, better fuel efficiency: With the new 100 kW/136 hp turbo diesel, the Opel Mokka boasts a fuel consumption of only 4.1 liters per 100 kilometers over the combined cycle

The lively 1.6 CDTI is part of a new family of Opel all-aluminum diesel engines. The 100 kW/136 hp version reaches 85 hp per liter – unrivalled in its displacement class – and delivers plentiful torque of 320 Nm. Acceleration and elasticity figures promise lots of driving fun: Opel Mokka 1.6 CDTI accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds, and makes the transition from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear in just 9.9 seconds. Maximum speed is 191 km/h. The whisper diesel is also extremely economical and kinder to the environment: with Opel’s precise six-speed manual transmission and standard Start/Stop system, the 1.6 CDTI Mokka consumes just 4.1 l/100 km over the combined cycle while emitting only 109 g/km CO2. This is almost 0.5 l/100 km less fuel and 11 g/km less CO2 than the predecessor 1.7 liter version. This new diesel engine complies with the stringent Euro 6 emissions standard, making it as clean as a comparable gasoline unit.



New benchmark in running refinement

Engineers have improved noise generation, vibration and running refinement, the result of a clear focus on quietness and smoothness that characterized the engine’s entire concept, design and development process. State-of-the-art CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) simulations and scores of optimization loops were used to assess the noise characteristics of each component and sub-system even before the first prototype engine was built.

In addition to numerous measures to improve running refinement, engineers also focused on saving weight, using aluminum instead of cast iron for the engine block – a ‘first’ for diesel engine production at Opel. The crankshaft bedplate and cylinder head are also in aluminum, giving a total weight saving of more than 20 kilograms.

State-of-the-art components for high performance with low environmental impact

Other contributors to its strong and clean performance are the VTG turbocharger (variable turbine geometry) and high-pressure, common-rail fuel injection system. Injectors capable of supplying fuel at 2,000 bar and of up to 10 injection pulses per cylinder cycle ensure high power, improved fuel atomization and efficient mixing with the air intake charge. To comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard in the Mokka, the 1.6 CDTI requires a Lean NOx Trap (LNT), an exhaust after-treatment system upstream of the diesel particulate filter that captures and reduces nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the exhaust gases.



The all-new 1.6 CDTI in the Opel Mokka is fitted as standard with Start/Stop and a low-friction, six-speed manual gearbox, which ensures silky smooth and more precise gear shifting. Numerous changes to internal components and shifting mechanisms, as well as the transmission’s integration in the vehicle, give a noticeable improvement in driving comfort. The combination of the new turbo diesel and manual transmission is offered for both front and all-wheel drive, while a six-speed automatic is also available with front-wheel drive. Orders for the Opel Mokka with the new generation engine will be taken from the end of this year, and it will be in dealerships in early 2015.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

!NEW! S for Sports Star: New Opel ADAM S Debuts at Paris Motor Show

  • Strong appearance: Opel ADAM family sportsman at the „Mondial de l’Automobile“ in Paris
  • Strong performance: 1.4 Turbo with 110 kW/150 hp and performance chassis
  • Superb grip: Impressive OPC braking system
  • Silky styling: ‚Red ’n‘ Roll‘ - design and numerous Opel ADAM individualization options
  • Strong upsurge: Available for order from November and at dealers in 2015

New Opel ADAM S: 150 hp under the hood
The new sports star of the Opel ADAM family is called ADAM S. It will mark the top of the range of the colorful ADAM portfolio and will show what it has to offer at the „Mondial de l’Automobile 2014“ in Paris from October 4 to 19. A study version of the ADAM S was presented at the Geneva Motor Show last spring and now the decision has been taken to produce the sporty ADAM. The ADAM S will be available for order from Novemeber produced from 2015. Slick design, a spirited powertrain and naturally numerous individualization possibilities characterize the latest ADAM. 

New Opel ADAM S: Turbocharged pocket rocket
Drivers who like a somewhat sportier drive can find a 110 kW/150 hp, 1.4 liter Turbo ECOTEC unit under the hood. In addition, a specially tuned chassis and the OPC braking system ensure that the pocket rocket stays on the road even at high speeds. The ADAM S’ sporting pedigree is plain to see – the designers have given it a slick styling both on the in and outside. The racy small car completes the ADAM model range with the crossover ADAM ROCKS having already been introduced. With the ADAM S, Opel have once again shown how versatile the ADAM family is, always according to the principle: individual, exciting and strong. The ADAM S will give the best connected small car and individualization champion another dimension with its performance.

Turbocharged pocket rocket

With 110 kW/150 hp and 220 Nm of torque on tap, the special new version of the 1.4 liter Turbo ECOTEC unit in the Opel ADAM S boasts a specific power output exceeding 100 hp/liter. It delivers 50 percent more horsepower and 70 percent more torque than its naturally-aspirated 1.4 liter stable-mate. Combined to a six-speed manual gearbox, the new turbocharged engine impresses with outstanding responsiveness and a torque plateau that suits a spirited style of driving, making curvy roads the ideal terrain for the little sports star. Opel ADAM S accelerates from 0 to 100 in only 8.5 seconds. Top speeds of well over 200 km/h are possible with the engine.


Opel ADAM S’s 1.4 Turbo engine is naturally fitted with Start/Stop technology and the engine already meets the future Euro 6 emission standards. The dual cam phasing for continuously variable valve timing and a turbocharger integrated within the exhaust manifold for reduced weight and compact packaging. Numerous weight-saving features include a cast iron block with a hollow frame structure, hollow-cast camshafts and a plastic intake manifold. In this arrangement the sportsman of the Opel ADAM family makes do with a mere 6.4 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers.

New Opel ADAM S has LED daytime running and rear tail lights
The sporty driving characteristics are enhanced by the specially tuned performance chassis, developed especially for the Opel ADAM S, and direct, sharp performance steering. But the pocket rocket can also handle itself in case of an emergency – large OPC S brakes, custom-made for the various wheel sizes, ensure excellent braking characteristics. The 18-inch wheels with propeller design rims are fitted with 225/35 R 18 tires and the red brake calipers can be seen. Alternatively, 17-inch wheels are available.

Sportsman at first sight: captivating ‚Red ’n‘ Roll‘ design

 New Opel ADAM S: Sportsman at first sight
The crisp design of the ADAM S leaves no doubt what it has under the hood either. The front lip spoiler, side sill moldings and an extended rear bumper cut-out with a visible, bold exhaust tailpipe characterize the bodywork or the muscular sportsman. A total of ten body paint choices and four further roof combinations are available with the ‚Red ʼn‘ Roll‘ roof design reserved exclusively for ADAM S customers. The rear spoiler, which creates sufficient downforce, and the special ADAM S logo on the C pillars complete the look. Those who want an even more impressive entry can individualize the roof and bodywork with additional special “S” graphics.

New Opel ADAM S: The rear spoiler creates sufficient downforce

Inside the vehicle, the driver and front passenger can choose between four different seat arrangements, three of which are exclusively available for this ADAM variant, including the Recaro Performance seats in Morrocana or nappa leather. The interior reflects the ‚Red ʼn‘ Roll‘ design in many ways, for example with the optional leather package including black and red steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake in leather or the red and white lighting for the instrument panels and doors. This is all rounded off by small details such as special ADAM S floor mats or the key in the grey-black-red ADAM S design. The optional checkered flag headliner design creates additional racing flair.

New Opel ADAM S will be available for order from November produced from 2015
Furthermore, the ADAM S has LED daytime running and rear tail lights, electronic climate control and Opel’s award-winning, 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, seven speakers and a 7 inch high-definition color touch-screen. Opel’s smart IntelliLink system also provides navigation by the BringGo app, as well as the Stitcher and TuneIn apps. The integration of Apple iOS devices into the system enables use of the SIRI EYES FREE voice control function. It’s safe and easy-to-use technology which makes ADAM the best connected small car on the market.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

!NEW! Opel presents OnStar emergency services at Berlin eCall conference

  • Opel to introduce OnStar Automatic Crash Response ahead of EU eCall deadline
  • Car occupants automatically connected with emergency specialist after crash detection
  • OnStar responds to nearly 5,000 car crashes across the globe every month

Opel plans to introduce the OnStar connected vehicle service across its passenger car range in selected European countries, beginning in 2015.

Opel is demonstrating its ambition to become a leading player in automotive connectivity by taking an active role in this year’s “eCall Days Germany” (September 16-18), the biggest international conference in Germany on the European emergency call system for automobiles. Participants include political representatives of the European Commission, the automobile industry, component suppliers and other stakeholders.

Opel plans to introduce the OnStar connected vehicle service across its passenger car range in selected European countries, beginning in 2015.

At “eCall Days Germany”, Catherine M. Bishop, manager of global emergency services outreach and strategy at OnStar, and Gerrit Riemer, director of future mobility at Opel, will deliver a presentation on how OnStar assists public safety; in particular, they will inform the conference about OnStar Automatic Crash Response (ACR).

With Automatic Crash Response, OnStar automatically connects the vehicle to a specially trained emergency advisor the moment it detects a crash. If the driver or a passenger requests help, or cannot answer, emergency responders are sent to the vehicle.

OnStar provides additional emergency assistance, as well as ACR. With Emergency Services, if a driver, passenger or even a bystander needs emergency help, they just press the emergency button inside the car. They will get priority connection to a specially trained advisor who can contact fire, police or emergency medical services and guide them to the car.

The “eCall Days” conference at the Representation of Lower Saxony at the Federal Government in Berlin gives an overview of the status of the introduction of eCall in Europe.

OnStar is the leading provider in the global automobile industry of connected safety and security solutions, value-added mobility services and advanced information technology. OnStar already connects around 7.0 million customers in the U.S.A., Canada, China and Mexico.

Advisors monitor the OnStar network 24/7, 365 days a year. On average, OnStar receives two calls every second, or 185,000 every day, and automatically responds to nearly 5,000 car crashes across the globe every month.

In addition to bringing OnStar to Europe, Opel will rollout 4G LTE with which the car becomes a powerful Wi-Fi hotspot for up to seven mobile devices.

!NEW! Open Air Feeling in the Opel ADAM ROCKS

The urban mini crossover is equipped with a trendy Webasto fabric roof    

In cooperation with Opel, Webasto has developed the Swing Top fabric sunroof for the Opel ADAM ROCKS. The new mini crossover impresses with its trendy convertible look. The ADAM ROCKS is the right vehicle for anyone who cannot do without a feeling of freedom and an expressive design, even away from paved roads. The fabric roof brings a maximum amount of openness and light to the ADAM ROCKS.


“We are currently experiencing a renaissance of folding roofs for trendy, sporty small cars,” says Dr. Holger Engelmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Webasto SE. “Folding roofs are an interesting option in our Multi Optional Roof concept, which enables manufacturers to put a number of room systems on one vehicle interface.” 

Convertible Feeling in Five Seconds

The Swing Top fabric roof opens electrically in just five seconds. The high-quality roof stretches until just before the C-pillar, giving everyone in the car a convertible feeling. Customers can choose between the two color options black and brown. The textile roof is extremely weatherproof and resistant, and provides excellent noise insulation. Webasto uses a high-quality roof material that is also utilized in convertible roof manufacture. Thanks to a plastic frame, the entire fabric roof weighs only 13 kilograms. Another advantage of the folding roof: an attractive roof system can be integrated into the car without reducing the volume of the trunk. 

The new Opel ADAM ROCKS is now available for order in Germany.


Friday, 12 September 2014

!NEW! Opel Mokka SUV rolls off the production line in Zaragoza

  • Spanish King Felipe VI guest of honor at official start of production
  • Investment secures around 5,700 jobs at the Spanish plant
  • Already more than 275,000 orders for the successful sub-compact SUV

The first Opel Mokka SUV from Zaragoza: King Felipe VI of Spain (on left) with Michael Lohscheller, CFO Opel Group was the guest of honor. 
The successful subcompact SUV Opel Mokka is now manufactured in Europe: Today, Opel celebrated the official start of production in Zaragoza, Spain. Guest of honor at the ceremony was the Spanish King Felipe VI.

Big day for the Spanish plant in Zaragoza: King Felipe VI was present and even signed the first Opel Mokka SUV to roll off the production line. On the right: Michael Lohscheller, CFO Opel Group

“Today is a good day for us. Producing the Mokka in Zaragoza helps us to better utilize our capacities in Europe and to serve our customers more quickly,” says Michael Lohscheller, Chief Financial Officer of the Opel Group. “Demand for the Mokka remains huge: we have received more than 275,000 orders since its market launch in the summer of 2012. This has made the SUV our third most important model within just two years. The Mokka embodies the appeal of our newest models and our brand’s comeback.”

The first Opel Mokka from Zaragoza: King Felipe VI of Spain (on left) with Michael Lohscheller, CFO Opel Group was the guest of honor. 
In total, Opel plans to invest nearly 210 million Euros this year in the important Spanish manufacturing site. Last year 168 million Euros were invested. To make the Zaragoza plant ready for the Mokka production Opel invested 80 million in the initial phase. Since the opening of the plant in 1982 the investment totaled more than 4.3 billion Euros.

King Felipe VI of Spain was the guest of honor at the start of production of the Mokka in Zaragoza, here he is being shown around by Michael Lohscheller, CFO Opel Group (on right).
Manufacturing the sub-compact SUV in Spain will secure the around 5,700 jobs in the plant there. In addition to the Opel Mokka SUV, the Opel Corsa and Opel Meriva models are also built in Zaragoza. With the fifth generation of the Opel Corsa there will be another important production start this year.

The Zaragoza plant readied itself for the Opel Mokka’s start of production in record time. After all, it was just one year ago that the decision to produce the car in Europe was announced.

The challenges this posed were mastered thanks to excellent international collaboration within General Motors. Up until now, the Opel Mokka was produced solely in South Korea.

Manufacturing will start with CKD (Completely Knocked Down) parts kits from Korea, and then the amount of locally produced parts will be increased step by step in the coming years. “Producing the Mokka here is in line with our company philosophy to build cars where we sell them,” explains Michael Lohscheller. “This year, around 20,000 Opel Mokka will roll off the assembly line in Zaragoza. Next year this number will increase considerably”.


The Opel Mokka is now a European: Today, Opel celebrated the official start of production of its successful subcompact SUV in Zaragoza, Spain.
The Opel Mokka has been a real success right from its introduction. The stylish SUV has won over experts and customers alike. In both 2013 and 2014, readers of the automotive magazine Auto Bild voted the Opel Mokka “All-wheel Drive Car of the Year” in the category “Off-road vehicles and SUVs under 25,000 euros”.

“Opel Mokka is a key part of our large model offensive,” says Lohscheller. “To 2018, we will introduce 27 new cars and 17 new engines as we grow our market share step by step.”

Thursday, 11 September 2014

New Small Car with Big Name: Opel Presents Karl

  • New five-door entry-level model expands Opel’s small car range
  • Strongest Opel models portfolio ever in the mini and small car segments
  • Karl’s name pays homage to one of Adam Opel’s sons

Opel Karl: The new five-door entry-level model expands Opel’s small car range

The new generation Opel Corsa and the stylish, three-door Opel ADAM are about to welcome a new addition to their circle. From summer 2015, another small car will join them: the five-door Opel Karl. “Karl is a short, snappy and catchy name that represents Opel brand values: German, emotional and approachable,” said Tina Müller, Chief Marketing Officer at Opel.

With Karl, ADAM and the new generation Corsa, all launched in less than 30 months, Opel will have, as of next year, the strongest portfolio in the mini and small cars segments in its history, and one of the youngest on the market place. This new family of mini and small cars will fulfill all kinds of requirements.

The three musketeers: With Karl, ADAM and the new generation Corsa, Opel will have the strongest portfolio in the mini and small car segments in its history
With about 4.00 meters in length, the Corsa offers excellent comfort and great balance between exterior size and interior space in a family-oriented five-door body, or a sporty, coupé-like three door. ADAM, the 3.70m long, three-door individualization champion, offers dynamic driving, excellent connectivity and the widest personalization choice to those who want their car to express their lifestyle. In a compact package of 3.68 meters, Karl will feature five doors, up to five seats and offer the best of Opel virtues in a smart and highly practical manner, and will be the new entry-level model in Opel’s portfolio.


Karl’s name pays homage to one of Adam Opel’s sons – who had founded the company in 1862. While Adam had turned Opel into the largest bicycle manufacturers of the world, his sons Carl, Wilhelm and Friedrich started the automobile adventure in 1898, building their first car the following year.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

ALL-NEW Opel 2.0 CDTI: New Generation Large Diesel Debuts in Paris

  • New generation, 125 kW/170 hp 2.0 CDTI for Opel Insignia and Opel Zafira Tourer 
  • Power density increased; fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reduced
  • Outstanding running refinement with low noise, vibration and harshness
  • Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) enables Euro 6 compliance

Opel power: New generation, 125 kW/170 hp 2.0 CDTI for Insignia and Zafira Tourer 
High power, high torque, low fuel economy and emissions, all delivered with class-leading refinement: Opel’s new-generation, 2.0 liter Turbo diesel ticks every important box. Making its debut in the Insignia and Zafira Tourer MPV at “Mondial de l’Automobile 2014” in Paris (October 4 - 19), this state-of-the-art engine is another major step in the roll-out of Opel’s new powertrain portfolio.

Perfect partner: All-New 2.0 CDTI for Opel’s top model Insignia
Packing 125 kW/170 hp and substantial torque of 400 Nm, it will replace the current 120 kW/ 163 hp 2.0 CDTI engine at the top of Opel’s diesel range. This highly efficient, Euro 6 compliant engine delivers almost five percent more horsepower and 14 percent more torque while reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Just as important, the engine is also impressively quiet and smooth as a result of Opel’s unwavering focus on ‘sound engineering’ measures to minimize NVH (noise, vibration, harshness).

Fit for family: 2.0 CDTI for Opel Zafira Tourer with outstanding running refinement with low noise, vibration and harshness
“This sophisticated engine makes a perfect partner for our top models Insignia and Zafira Tourer,” says Michael Ableson, Vice President Vehicle Engineering Europe. “Its high power density, refinement, frugality and sheer fun-to-drive qualities place it among the very best diesels in its class. With Euro 6 compliance, the new 2.0 CDTI fulfills future requirements today, and it will substantially enhance the appeal of our diesel portfolio.”

Available next year, the new 2.0 CDTI is the first in a new family of large diesel engines developed in-house by a global team of engineers in Turin and Rüsselsheim supported by engineers in North America. It will be manufactured at Opel’s Kaiserslautern engine plant in Germany.

Power density up: Fuel costs and emissions down

Extracting as much energy from as little fuel as possible is key to both power and frugality, and with an exceptional specific output of 85 hp per liter – the same power density as Opel’s new-generation 1.6 CDTI – this engine is big on fun-to-drive but small in its impact on customers’ wallets. Impressive torque of 400 Nm is available from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, and maximum power of 125 kW/170 hp is accessed at just 3,750 rpm.

Key elements in the performance of the engine are the newly-designed combustion chamber, the re-profiled intake ports and the new fuel injection system with 2,000 bar and up to 10 injections per cylinder cycle. This ensures high power, improved fuel atomization and also contributes to quieter running. The definition of the combustion chamber alone was the subject of more than 80 computer design simulations, before the best five were finally selected for hardware development.

The VGT (variable geometry turbocharger) features an electrical actuator for the variable aspect turbine, giving a 20 percent faster boost response than a vacuum actuator. Exceptionally compact packaging of the VGT and intercooler also minimizes the air volume between the turbocharger and engine, further contributing to a fast boost pressure build up. For durability, the turbocharger is water-cooled and has an oil filter fitted at the oil inlet point to help further reduce wear in the bearing system.

The VGT and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) module have been designed as a single system for optimal efficiency. The EGR module is based around a new stainless steel radiator concept which provides a near 90 percent cooling efficiency. An integrated, water-cooled EGR bypass valve minimizes pressure drop and its closed loop control offers a significant improvement in NOx/PM trade-off under transient driving conditions, while improving the management of HC and CO emissions.

Smooth running: Diesel power with turbine-like refinement

A consistent improvement in NVH characteristics under all operating conditions was a key requirement for the new engine right from the outset of its design. Several CAE acoustic optimization loops were executed on each component and sub-system even before the first prototype engines were built.

Architectural improvements focused on two high noise emitting areas: the top and bottom of the engine. A new aluminum cylinder head design, including the addition of a decoupled, plastic cam cover with isolated fixings and a sealing gasket, improves noise attenuation. And the intake manifold is also wrapped in a single shell cover made of sound-absorbing material.

At the bottom of the engine, a new balancer shaft module is fitted, made of high pressure die-cast aluminum. It houses two counter-rotating shafts which offset up to 83 percent of secondary order engine vibrations. A helical gear on the crankshaft drives one of the balancer shafts, which is geared to drive the other shaft. Scissor gear control ensures smooth gear teeth meshing, and the elimination of a drive chain removes the risk of rattle noise. After detailed analysis, plain instead of roller bearings were preferred for the balancer shafts to further reduce NVH, as well as weight.

The design of the oil pan is also new. The previous single piece solution is now replaced by a two piece design, with a lower sheet metal pan fixed to an upper section in high pressure, die-cast aluminum. NVH performance was further improved by several analysis loops to acoustically optimize the internal and external ribs of both sections.

Other detailed sound engineering measures to reduce operating noise include:

optimized fuel injection patterns for reduced combustion noise without compromising fuel economy; acoustically-designed ribs in the cast iron cylinder block; individual balancing of the VGT compressor and turbine wheels; improved teeth-meshing on the timing belt and decoupled mounting points for its cover.

As a result of all these design features, the new engine emits less noise than its predecessor throughout its operating range, and is five decibels quieter at idle.

Clean running with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)

The new 2.0 CDTI runs as clean as a gasoline engine with Opel’s BlueInjection selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, which assures compliance with Euro 6 emissions standards. 

BlueInjection is an after-treatment which removes nitrogen oxide (NOx) from the engine’s exhaust gases. Tiny quantities of AdBlue®, a harmless fluid consisting of urea and water, are injected into the exhaust gas flow ahead of the SCR catalyst and downstream of the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). The solution is immediately converted into ammonia (NH3), which is absorbed by the SCR catalyst. Nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the passing exhaust gas is then selectively reduced to harmless nitrogen and water vapor in a chemical reaction with the ammonia.

The AdBlue solution, available at filling stations and Opel dealerships, is stored in a tank, which can be topped up as required via a nozzle adjacent to the vehicle’s fuel filler cap.

!NEW! Wales football boss Chris Coleman gets New Vauxhall wheels

Wales manager Chris Coleman is the latest footballing addition to the Vauxhall driving family.

Chris Coleman poses with his new Vauxhall Insignia
Coleman was presented with a brand new Vauxhall Insignia at Evans Halshaw in Cardiff last week where he announced his squad for Wales’ UEFA European Championship campaign opener against Andorra.

The former Wales international will be hoping to lead his team, that includes Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, to their first major finals since 1958.

Coleman, who took part in a Google+ Hangout with the four Home Nations Managers and Vauxhall recently, said: "I am delighted to be driving the Vauxhall Insignia.

"I am very grateful for the support that Vauxhall has given me and the national team since I became Wales manager in 2012 and look forward to working with them in the future."

Peter Hope, Vauxhall’s Marketing Director added: “We are thrilled that Chris has decided to drive a Vauxhall Insignia.

"We're three years into our partnership with the Wales team and the relationship continues to grow.

"We are looking forward to Euro 2016 and giving our support as Wales begin their journey on the road to France.

"We would also like to thank Chris for his excellent support, as well as his players, coaching staff and everyone connected with the Wales Team."

Chris Coleman is presented with the keys to his brand new Vauxhall Insignia
Coleman’s new Vauxhall wheels are an Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 CDTi (163PS) in Tech Line trim.  This extremely well-equipped model gets lots of handy kit as standard, including a Navi 900 IntelliLink sat nav system with touch-screen and touch-pad control, 17-inch 7-spoke alloy wheels, an automatic lighting control with tunnel detection and rain-sensitive windscreen wipers.

Vauxhall is proud sponsor of the England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales national football associations.

!NEW! Vauxhall announces All-New Viva

Vauxhall will launch an all-new five-door entry-level model called Viva in Summer next year.

All-New Vauxhall Viva 

The Viva will be the latest edition to Vauxhall’s small car range joining the fashionable A-sector ADAM and the popular Corsa supermini.


Offering an extremely attractive price point, the Viva will have a five-door body style with either four or five seats. Viva will be well specified and come in a range of trims and equipment levels, which will hold great appeal in this rapidly growing sector.

“This bold, radical name will attract attention and engender curiosity in the car,” said Peter Hope, Vauxhall’s Marketing Director.

The five-door model’s name also pays homage to Vauxhall’s original Viva available from 1963 to 1979. Over 1.5 million Vivas were manufactured at Vauxhall’s plant in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Designed for modern, everyday life, the all-new model will share the original’s clean lines, durability and practicality.

Opel will use a different name to Viva which will be announced tomorrow (Thursday 11th September 2014).

Monday, 8 September 2014

!NEW! GM and Opel reveal groundbreaking technology for automated driving

  • GM to put its first V2V-enabled car on the road in about two years
  • Opel Insignia demonstrates low speed and highway speed automated driving 

Opel Insignia Research Vehicle: Demonstrates low speed and highway speed automated driving

General Motors and Opel are demonstrating their commitment to the future of automated driving and connected mobility at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress (September 7-11) by showcasing an Opel Insignia research vehicle, an automated Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 concept vehicle and a Chevrolet Cruze equipped with vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) connectivity.

“GM will put its first V2V-enabled car on the road in about two years. What’s more I am announcing that we will bring an advanced, highly-automated driving technology to the market in the same time frame,” said GM CEO Mary Barra.

“At GM, we have a renewed passion, the financial resources, the technology and the talent to think big, to step up our investments and take calculated risks. I am listening to customers and they want unfettered personal mobility. They expect us to help mitigate if not eliminate the congestion, pollution and traffic accidents. To me, these aren’t noble causes but imperatives,” continued Barra.

Opel Insignia Research Vehicle

An Opel Insignia will demonstrate intelligent and connected technologies on the south side of the city island. This vehicle, equipped with cameras, LiDAR sensors (Light Detection And Ranging), vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technologies, demonstrates a future vehicle that can handle both low-speed, stop-and-go city driving and highway-speed automated driving.

For automated driving: Opel Insignia equipped with cameras, Lidar sensors, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technologies

The six LiDAR sensors in the bumpers of the Insignia constantly use light scanning to identify objects around the car. The forward pointing camera on top of the car reads lane markings and detects other objects. The V2V and V2I technologies located in an antenna on top of the car work to communicate with other objects that the vehicle encounters. The car also uses GPS satellite to constantly remain aware of its position on the roadways. All of these inputs are fused through GM’s sensor fusion technology to enable 360 degrees of awareness and object detection.



EN-V 2.0 Concept

The Electric Networked-Vehicle (EN-V) 2.0 showcases the latest in intelligent and connected automotive technologies. After debuting the original two-wheeled EN-V concept in 2010 at Shanghai World Expo, this iteration offers a four-wheeled drive system that combines cameras, Lidar and V2X to offer a hands-free, low-speed electric driving experience.

Chevrolet Electric Networked-Vehicle (EN-V) 2.0 

The EN-V 2.0 has many of the same technologies that power the Opel Insignia research vehicle at low speeds. The small electric concept vehicle, however, is built strictly for low speeds. The EN-V 2.0 and the Opel Insignia research vehicle will interact on the same road on Belle Isle.


Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) Technology Demonstration

GM is demonstrating other potential uses of V2X communication technology by presenting a Chevrolet Cruze equipped with vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communication technology.

 Chevrolet Cruze with V2X technology 
At Belle Isle, mock construction sites are set up on the road course, and participants will be driven in the Cruze toward the work areas. Mannequin “workers” in the construction area are blocked from the view of the driver and passengers, however, they are equipped with arm bands that communicate their location to the oncoming Cruze via warning lights blinking on the “head’s up” windshield display. In the future, V2P communication technology could be integrated into more aspects of pedestrian life, enhancing driver awareness of pedestrians.


“Being at the vanguard, we clearly have a lot of work ahead of us. But we will put the time to good use by accelerating our R&D and vehicle engineering efforts, engaging with regulators around the world and most importantly, talking to the customers,” concluded Barra.