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2012 Opel Astra ecoFLEX Announced

2012 Opel Astra ecoFLEX

General Motors announced this week the 2012 Opel / Vauxhall Astra ecoFLEX that promises to deliver an emissions level of only 99 g/km. The car is powered by a 1.7-liter CDTI turbodiesel engine that benefits from the common-rail technology and generates 130 hp (96 kW) and 300 Nm of torque, available between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm.

2012 Opel Astra ecoFLEX

To further improve fuel efficiency, the engineers improved the car’s aerodynamics, lowered the chassis by 12 mm and installed low rolling resistance tires, along with the implementation of the start/stop system.

2012 Opel Astra ecoFLEX

Unfortunately, General Motors forgot to mention what really interests us – fuel consumption. We hope that they’ll divulge the figures pretty soon.

They did mention that in order to reduce the gas emissions, they’ve implemented a technology called Clean Tech Combustion, along with braking energy recuperation and a thermal management system. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission with reduced friction.

Source: General Motors via ZerCustoms

Sexy 2012 Opel Astra GTC Goes Official

Opel Astra GTC


I loved the previous generation of the Astra GTC and the new one is even more breathtaking. General Motors decided not to wait anymore and unveiled the model, ahead of its public debut which will occur this September during the 64th edition of the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Set to go on sale later on this year, it will wear the Opel badge in Europe, except for United Kingdom as it will be available as a Vauxhall. In addition, if we were to believe recent reports, U.S. will get a Buick Astra GTC version.

Opel Astra GTC


Opel says that compared to the 5-door hatchback and the estate versions, the only elements that these cars share are the door handles and the roof aerial. Even the tracks and the wheelbase have been changed for the GTC version. The sporty model has been lowered by 15 mm and the wheelbase has grown in size by 10mm. In addition, both tracks are wider now, measuring 1,584 mm in the front (+40 mm more than before) and 1,588 mm in the back (+30 mm than before).

Opel Astra GTC


Opel and Vauxhall said that the new generation of the Astra GTC is a more driver’s car in comparison to its 5-door sibling. We have enough reasons to believe this statement if we take into consideration the fact that it features a High Performance Strut setup, which can be found on the OPC / VXR version of the Insigna, while the standard model, comes with a regular McPherson suspension configuration.

Opel Astra GTC


Out in the back, the 2012 Astra GTC has the same Watt’s link axle, but Opel offers the possibility to opt for a fully-adaptive FlexRide chassis control system that comes with three settings: standard, tour and sport.

Opel Astra GTC


Upon launch, customers will be able to choose from four engines, but others will follow, including the all-mighty OPC version which will be out sometime in 2012.

Opel Astra GTC


At the moment, we know that it will come with a 2.0-liter CDTI common-rail turbo diesel power unit that produces 165 hp and 380 Nm of torque. It benefits from a diesel particulate filter and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, along with Opel’s new generation of the start/stop system. Powered by this engine, the Astra GTC needs 8.9 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, on its way to a top speed of 131 mph (210 km/h) while returning 48 mpg (4.9 liters / 100 km) and CO2 emissions of 129 g/km.

Opel Astra GTC


The most potent engine will be a turbocharged gasoline 1.6-liter unit, good for 180 hp and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, enabling the car to reach a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h). A less powerful 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine will be available in two output configurations: 120 hp and 140 hp.

Opel Astra GTC


In United Kingdom, prices for the 2012 Astra GTC start from 18,495 pounds for the model fitted with the 1.4-liter 120 hp engine, while the 165 PS SRi 2.0 CDTi will set you back at least 22,430 pounds.

Opel Astra GTC


Source: Opel via Carscoop

2012 Opel Zafira Revealed

2012 Opel Zafira

We were expecting to see the launch of the 2012 Opel Zafira later on this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but it seems that the German automaker is eager to introduce its new 7-seat people carrier. Frankly, I’m glad they did because ever since I saw the concept, I wanted to see how the production version looks like. The good news is that they haven’t messed around with the exterior appearance and it looks just about the same as the concept.

2012 Opel Zafira

The original Zafira was introduced by Opel back in 1999 and it was then followed by a second generation that debuted in 2005. The new model looks way better than the other two and Opel hopes that with this attractive design and a high quality interior they will expand their customer base.

2012 Opel Zafira

The front of the car looks very nice with those twin “boomerang” graphics that start from the headlights and end at the fog lamps. In addition, the company’s traditional “blade” sculpts on the Zafira’s body sides give the car a very attractive appearance.

2012 Opel Zafira

As far as the interior cabin is concerned, it combines what we saw in the concept and what Opel offers in other models from its lineup. There are new color and trim options available, along with a panorama windscreen that flows into a glass roof which will extend all the way to the back of the MPV.

2012 Opel Zafira

The company’s proprietary Flex7 seating system has been updated for this third generation of the Zafira and it features three independent seats located in the middle row, seats that can be easily folded flat and move independently from each other, sliding longitudinally by up to 210 mm. Opel also offers a Lounge Seating system which allows you to fold down and rotate the back of the middle seat located in the second row in order to offer armrests to the passengers in the outer seats, something that we haven’t seen before in any MPV.

2012 Opel Zafira

Opel says that its new Zafira Tourer can offer 710 liters load volume when in the 5-seat configuration, which is 65 liters more in comparison to the current model. If you decide to fold down the two rear rows, you’ll get 1,860 liters of space, 40 liters more than before.

2012 Opel Zafira

The car rides on an entirely new platform that has a bigger wheelbase, measuring 2,760 mm, which is 57 mm more than the 2nd gen model. In addition the front & rear tracks measure 1,584 mm (+96 mm) and 1,588 (+78 mm), respectively.

2012 Opel Zafira

The 2012 Opel Zafira will hit the European dealerships in the last part of this year and it will be available with three configurations of the company’s 2.0-liter CDTI engine: 110 hp, 130 hp and the more powerful 165 hp. Customers that prefer gasoline engine will be able to get the 1.4-liter ECOTEC turbocharged plant, available in two output variants: 120 hp and 140 hp. All of the engines will come as standard with Opel’s start & stop technology.

2012 Opel Zafira

Later on, the German automaker will launch a more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly ecoFLEX model, along with Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) variants. More engines will also be available after the initial launch, including here an all-new gasoline power unit.

2012 Opel Zafira

This doesn’t mean that the second generation of the Opel Zafira will be discontinued. The company said that they will still produce the model as a more affordable MPV alternative.

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Source: Opel via Carscoop

Opel Astra GTC-based Buick In The Works

Opel Astra GTC

If we were to believe our colleges from Car & Driver, Buick will get yet another Opel-based model, this time the sexy Astra GTC. We should expect to see a 3-door coupe/hatch that will rival Hyundai’s Veloster model. In addition, a convertible version is also under development, but nothing is certain at the moment.

Opel Astra GTC

Under the hood we will probably see the same engine as the Opel will get, a turbocharged 2.0-liter power plant that delivers 286 hp (250 PS / 213 kW). The Astra GTC’s engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and it will also feature a front-axle limited slip differential. Other features include the FlexRide suspension that sports a compound crank rear axle and a Watt’s link.

Opel Astra GTC

Source: Car and Driver

Rumor – Opel Calibra Revival In The Works

Opel GTC Concept

Good news for those of you that liked the old Opel Calibra. According to our colleges from Autoblog.nl, a revival of the model should be launched at the beginning of 2013. While nothing is set in stone at the moment, the car will most likely be produced at Opel’s factory in Russelsheim, Germany, and the top-spec OPC version will sport an all-wheel drive system, along with a V6 2.8-liter turbocharged engine that cranks out 321 hp (325 PS / 239 kW) and 321 lb.-ft (435 Nm) of torque.

Opel GTC Concept

We don’t know how it will look, but we should expect a coupe-like version of the Insignia, with a few design cues borrowed from the GTC Concept you see in these photos.

Opel GTC Concept

Source: Autoblog.nl via WCF

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Opel Astra GTC Unleashed

Opel Astra GTC

Probably one of my favorite cars that will be revealed this year is the Opel/Vauxhall Astra GTC. The automaker has released the first two pictures with the sexy coupe, along with a short clip. Unfortunately, we can’t tell you about the specifications, but it looks that the design has been inspired from the GTC Paris Concept which was unveiled in 2010. The bad news is that the production model doesn’t have that aggressive front fascia, those LED fog lights and the dual exhaust system.

Opel Astra GTC

Reports say that it will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged power unit that cranks out 286 hp (290 PS / 213 kW), mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox that sends all of those ponies to the front wheel through a limited slip differential.

The Opel/Vauxhall GTC will also sport an advanced FlexRide suspension that boosts a compound crank rear axle and a Watt’s link.

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The car will be officially unveiled on June 7th so stay tuned for more information.

Source: Opel via WCF

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Opel Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition Unleashed

Opel Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition

The first details about the Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition have been revealed this week by Opel. The top-spec model has been designed in order to offer a “rare blend of raw power, performance and passion”, and comes with a front lip spoiler, exclusive 18-inch aluminum wheel, along with two unique exterior colors: Henna red and Grasshopper green. On the inside we find the Recaro sport seats, piano black trim, white accent stitching and “Nurburgring” sill plates.

Opel Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition

Things get a little bit more interesting under the bonnet where we find the same 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, but its ECU has been revised and Opel’s engineers have installed a new stainless steel sport exhaust system. Thanks to these modifications, the power unit outputs 207 hp (210 PS / 154 kW) and 206 lb.-ft (280 Nm), a 17 hp / 10 lb.-ft increase over the standard OPC model. With this extra oomph available, the car sprints to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h).

Opel Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition

As far as the handling is concerned, the German engineers have fitted the car with a retuned suspension that packs Bilstein springs and dampers, a Brembo braking system, a limited-slip differential, along with a recalibrated traction control system.

Opel Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition

Opel said that they are going to make “around 500 units”, and prices in Germany start from 27,650 Euros, including VAT.

Source: Opel via WCF

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Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited Announced

Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited

I’ve always been a big fan of the old Vectra, and its replacement – the Insignia, is even better, especially as far as the looks are concerned. The OPC version is considerably more attractive than the standard model and now the German automaker has launched a special edition of the sportier version. Dubbed “Unlimited”, the main addition is the higher top speed available. The standard OPC can hit a top speed of 250 km/h and this new version is able to do 270 km/h, but it still is limited by the computers.
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Opel Astra GTC Appears On Facebook

Opel Astra GTC

You will be happy to hear that the production version of Opel’s Astra GTC Concept that we saw last year at the Paris Motor Show is going to look pretty much the same. Scheduled to make an appearance at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show that will be organized in September, the sleek Astra GTC is identical to the concept, except for the different design of the tail lamp and the lack of aero parts.
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Opel Astra 2.0 CDTI Gets EcoFLEX Package

Opel Astra 2.0 CDTI EcoFLEX Package

The European-spec Opel Astra just got a new more economical model, the 2.0 CDTI (160 hp) that can be fitted with the ecoFLEX package. Already available on the smaller 1.3 CDTI, this package comes with the start/stop system and is offered as an optional feature for the 2.0 diesel hatchback and the Sports Tourer model.
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Germany Gets Opel Meriva Color Edition

Opel Meriva Color Edition

The second generation of the Opel Meriva was introduced last year and since then the German automaker managed to sell more than 120,000 cars in Europe. To boost up sales in its homeland, the company will introduce the Color Edition, which as you might have guessed already, it’s all about contrasting colors.

Opel Meriva Color Edition

This stylish small MPV will be offered in a choice of five colors for the body: Henna, Silver Star, Carbon Grey, Magma Red and Casablanca White – all of them will feature a contrasting high gloss black-painted roof, dark tinted headlamps with curve and cornering light, as well as a new set of 18-inch two-tone alloy rims.

Opel Meriva Color Edition

The car will be fitted as standard with trip computer, air conditioning, radio-CD, electric front windows, leather steering wheel, cruise control, power mirrors, Opel’s Flex Rail-center console and tinted rear windows.

If you live in Germany and you want to buy this car, prepare to pay at least 19,570 Euros.

Source: Opel

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2013 Opel Allegra In The Works

2013 Opel Allegra

Rumors say that Opel’s new Allegra model will be available starting with late next year and it is going to be a fun & fashionable runabout that will rival with the Mini Cooper, Citroen DS3 and the Fiat 500. Inside the company the model is known as the Junior and will be slotted beneath the Corsa, but it will not replace the Agila model. The latter will be redesigned in 2014 and will be a low-cost rival of the Ford Ka and the soon-to-be-released Volkswagen Up! / Lupo.

Although back in October 2009 it was reported that the new Allegra model will be based on the Trixx concept, our colleges from AutoExpress recently said that the new model will look like a baby Astra GTC and will feature a dramatic front fascia, LED-infused headlights and a contrasting roof. As far as the cabin is concerned, a stylish environment with high quality materials is expected.

Regarding the power units, we don’t have any details, except for a possible 1.0-liter gasoline engine that will do 67 mpg (3.5 liters / 100 km) and CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km.

Opel’s new model will hit the dealerships in late 2012 and will have a starting price of about $12,580.

Source: Auto Express via WCF

Steinmetz Opel Astra Sports Tourer

Steinmetz Opel Astra Sports Tourer

The German aftermarket specialists at Steinmentz have revealed their latest tuning program for the Opel Astra Sports Tourer. This package includes new aerodynamic components, alloy wheels, a lowering kit and various styling elements.

Steinmetz Opel Astra Sports Tourer

The car can get a 40mm lowering kit that has been matched to the vehicle’s FlexRide system. It also sports a Watt linkage integrated into the rear axle, 19-inch alloy rims wrapped around in 235/35 R19 Michelin or Continental tires.

Steinmetz Opel Astra Sports Tourer

The car has been fitted with an updated front apron, bespoke lower and upper grilles that have a black finish, polished stainless steel door handle surrounds (not that great in my opinion), profile stripes, along with a dual exhaust pipes configuration.

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As far as the cabin is concerned, the German tuner has installed a digital display that shows the gear the car is in, along with aluminum trim decors and new floor mats.

Source: Steinmetz via Carscoop

Spy Shots: Opel Zafira

Opel Zafira

At the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show which was organized at the beginning of this month, the German automaker Opel presented the Zafira Tourer Concept, proving for the first time ever (at least in my opinion) that MPV can be very attractive. Our colleges at Carscoop have managed to take a couple of spy shots with the production version of this model which will make its first public appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show later on this year.

Opel Zafira

Probably the most obvious change would have to be with the choice of wheels which are now smaller and less cool. In addition, it has more generous exterior mirrors, updated tail lamps and a more dull tail pipes design. Most likely, the interior will be a toned-down version of what we’ve seen in the concept, but we should expect that the Zafira will sport Opel’s updated Flex7 seating that allows the middle row of seats to fold flat into the floor.

Opel Zafira

The MPV will be powered by one of the gasoline and turbocharged diesel engines, including here more eco-friendly and frugal EcoFlex versions, along with an OPC version (VXR for the Vauxhall Zafira) that will be fitted with a 4-cylinder gas turbo engine that will offer many ponies to play with.

Source: Carscoop

Spy Shots: 2012 Opel Astra OPC

2012 Opel Astra OPC

The 2011 Nurburgring testing season kicked off a few days ago and one of the first cars spied is the forthcoming 2012 Opel Astra OPC. Our colleges from WCF have managed to take a couple of shots with the 3-door Astra OPC prototype and we can see that it has been fitted with big Brembo brakes and dual exhaust pipes at each end of the rear bumper.

2012 Opel Astra OPC

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, the German automaker Opel brought a concept version of an Astra OPC/VXR that was made in order to preview the production version of the model. That car had a very pronounced start-looking front fascia, LED daytime running lights and bulging rear wheel arches, along with massive 21-inch rims.

2012 Opel Astra OPC

The car had a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produced 286 hp (290 PS / 213 kW). The production version of the Astra OPC will most likely get a similar engine, if not the same. The power unit will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, sending that entire horsepower to the front wheels. Most likely, the Astra OPC/VXR will come with a limited slip differential.

Source: WCF


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