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Opel will broadcast live from the International Motor Show in Frankfurt tomorrow (September 12). The press conference at the “X-ville” (pronounced Crossville) Opel stand with Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller will start at 9:10 CET. All those who cannot make it to stand D09 in Hall 8.0 in person can witness the unveiling of the Opel world premieres as it happens via the livestream. Michael Lohscheller’s presentation will focus on Opel’s newcomers, the Grandland X, the Insignia GSi and Country Tourer along with the Vivaro Life and Tourer space shuttles. The new models demonstrate how Opel makes innovative technologies available to a broad audience in sporty, elegant and practical cars – true to the brand credo “The future is everyone’s”.
Live updates and videos sequences with the key messages from the press conference will also be made available on Twitter under @OpelNewsroom. Furthermore, the press conference will also be made available on line on the Opel media websites along with the company’s social media channels Facebook and YouTube. The latest “Best of” montages from “X-ville” will also be available there. Opel will thus keep provide journalists and the general public with the latest updates both on site at the IAA and online.
In its latest safety ratings published today, Euro NCAP awarded the all-new Opel Grandland X compact SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) the maximum five stars, based on good assessments in the four safety areas adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist.
Euro NCAP also tested the optional Automatic Emergency Braking system, which Grandland X customers can order on top of the standard safety equipment. According to Euro NCAP, the system performed well in the tests.
As well as Automatic Emergency Braking, the Opel Grandland X offers additional first-class assistance and safety systems. Driver Drowsiness Alert, for example, can detect typical signs of fatigue and remind drivers to take regular breaks during long journeys. Opel’s new challenger in the hotly contested SUV market also delivers optimum nighttime visibility without dazzling others. The optional AFL LED headlamps produce a bright white light that effectively turns night into day and automatically adapt to the driving situation.
Peace of mind for Grandland X drivers is available from Opel OnStar. In addition to offering services such as Stolen Vehicle Assistance or a Wi-Fi Hotspot for outstanding connectivity, the personal connectivity and service assistant can help tired drivers find a carpark or book a hotel room . If an emergency should occur, the “guardian angel” automatically responds to crashes, connecting vehicle occupants to a helpful advisor, not a machine.
Production-start for the new top-of-the-line engine and the Insignia Country Tourer from Opel: With the summer slowly drawing to an end, the first 2.0-liter BiTurbo diesel engines will roll off the production line. They are tailored for the Country Tourer along with all other variants of Opel’s flagship. With the Grand Sport, Sports Tourer and Country Tourer the second generation Insignia can be ordered with the new top-of-the-range diesel this year. The Country Tourer appeals to all Insignia fans looking for stylish and practical station wagon with off-road looks. The newcomer will celebrate its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (September 14-24).
The newly designed 2.0-liter diesel engine produces 154 kW/210 hp at 4,000 rpm and develops strong torque of 480 Nm from only 1,500 rpm thanks to sequential two-stage turbocharging (Official fuel consumption Grand Sport 2.0 BiTurbo in accordance with New European Driving Cycle: urban 8.7 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.7 l/100 km, combined 6.9 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 183 g/km). The new Insignia BiTurbo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds with a maximum speed of 233 km/h.
Such strength must be transferred to the road intelligently, which is why the top-of-the-line engine always comes in combination with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and high-tech all-wheel drive with torque vectoring. In addition to the power output, the drivability (turbo power in every situation) and the refinement of the new common rail engine are also further improved compared with the existing extremely popular 2.0-liter unit with single turbocharger (125 kW/170 PS; official fuel consumption Grand Sport with front-wheel drive in accordance with NEDC urban 6.7 l/100 km, extra-urban 4.3 l/100 km, combined 5.2 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 136 g/km).
In addition to the legally required NEDC Data, Opel also determined values in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) which are officially required as of this autumn for the newly developed four-cylinder BiTurbo. The WLTP values (Insignia Grand Sport 2.0 BiTurbo WLTP fuel consumption range 12.2-6.2 l/100 km, combined 8.0-7.5 l/100 km, 209-196 g/km CO2) are much more realistic than the hitherto officially applicable NEDC figures (Official fuel consumption Grand Sport 2.0 BiTurbo in accordance with NEDC urban 8.7 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.7 l/100 km, combined 6.9 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 183 g/km). The WLTP figures also take different driving styles into consideration, which enables customers to get a better estimate of their own fuel consumption. An overview of the more realistic consumption figures in accordance with the WLTP cycle can be found on opel.de.
Like the existing 125 kW/170 hp 2.0-liter engine with single turbocharger, the new top-of-the-line diesel also features highly effective Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust after-treatment technology with AdBlue injection, which removes nitrogen oxide (NOx) from the engine’s exhaust gases. The watery urea solution which contains ammonia (NH3) reacts with the nitrogen oxides in the SCR catalytic converter and creates harmless nitrogen and water vapor.
New top-of-the-line diesel with sequential two-stage turbocharging
Opel has pulled out all the stops for maximum fuel efficiency and maximum fun-to-drive. The new diesel features two turbochargers functioning sequentially. The intake air enters the first turbocharger where it is compressed and passed to the second turbo. This is driven by Variable Geometry Turbine vanes in the exhaust gas, which increase torque at low engine speeds and raise power at higher engine speeds. VGT then adjusts the vanes to parallel with the gas flow, thus reducing back pressure and lowering fuel consumption. The now highly compressed and very hot intake air then passes through an intercooler on the way to the combustion chambers. Diesel fuel is then injected through seven-hole jets in up to ten sequences at 2000 bar. The boost-pressure is controlled, according to engine-speed and load, by three bypass valves and an electrically actuated variable turbine geometry.
Apart from increased efficiency, higher power output and torque, refinement and noise attenuation were priorities in the design of the new engine. The Opel engineers therefore gave the engine a cast-iron crankshaft, balance shafts, a stiffened flywheel and a two-piece oil sump, in order to reduce diesel-typical vibrations and acoustics to a minimum. In order to further lower fuel consumption, the water pump is only switched on when temperatures require it. Just like the well-known 2.0-liter diesel, the new BiTurbo diesel is built in Opel’s Kaiserslautern plant.
Power of two turbos: BiTurbo diesels now with Astra, Insignia, Vivaro and Movano
A 2.0 liter BiTurbo diesel with 143 kW/195 hp and maximum torque of 400 Nm already made its debut in the first-generation Insignia in 2012, and was then offered in the Astra, Cascada, GTC and Zafira Tourer. The new 154 kW/210 hp and 480 Nm engine for the Insignia fits perfectly into the range of current Opel power units with two-stage turbocharging.
The Astra, European Car of the Year 2016, is available as hatchback and Sports Tourer with a 118 kW/160 hp 1.6 BiTurbo. The four-cylinder engine develops maximum torque of 350 Nm at only 1,500 rpm (Official fuel consumption Astra hatchback in accordance with NEDC, urban 5.0 l/100 km, extra-urban 3.4 l/100 km, combined 4.0 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 106 g/km CO2). The fastest Astra diesel thus accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 220 km/h.
Two-stage turbocharging also brings good performance and low fuel consumption on Opel’s Combi vans and light commercial vehicles. The Vivaro range offers a choice of two especially efficient 1.6-liter-BiTurbo variants: the 92 kW/125 hp engine with 320 Nm of torque (Official fuel consumption Combi L1 in accordance with NEDC, urban 6.4 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.1 l/100 km, combined 5.6 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 145 g/km) and the 107 kW/145 hp unit with 340 Nm of torque (Official fuel consumption Combi L1 in accordance with NEDC, urban 6.6 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.4 l/100 km, combined 5.9 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 152 g/km).
The performance of the Vivaro engines is slightly surpassed by that of the higher displacement 2.3-liter four-cylinder diesels of the larger Opel Movano. There are also two offers here with 107 kW/145 hp and 350 Nm (Official fuel consumption Combi1 in accordance with NEDC, urban 7.4 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.8 l/100 km, combined 6.3 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 165 g/km) plus 125 kW/170 PS and also 350 Nm (Official fuel consumption panel van L1 in accordance with NEDC, urban 7.4 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.8 l/100 km, combined 6.3 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 165 g/km).
Opel once again delighted the spectators on the Silvretta Classic with its vintage cars. The Rüsselsheim-based carmaker honored the 20th anniversary of the rally through Montafon by entering three cars from the Opel Commodore A, B and C generations, thus also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Opel Commodore, which made its debut in 1967 with a 115 hp 2.5- liter straight-six engine. A GS version with twin carburetors and 130 hp followed one year later. Brand ambassador and Le Mans 24 Hours winner, Joachim Winkelhock led the way for the Opel Classic team in a 1972 Commodore B GS/E (Grand Sport/Einspritzung) with 190 hp. Elsewhere, the revolutionary Opel Ampera-e electric car also proved its everyday suitability by successfully mastering the Silvretta E-Auto Rallye.
All three legs of the Silvretta Classic started in Partenen and the teams had to cover more than 600 kilometers on winding roads through the Austrian Alps. The highlights for spectators and participants alike, apart from the vintage cars, included the Silvretta Hochalpenstrasse with the 2,037-meter high Bieler Höhe; the ascent to Piller Höhe on day two and the “Grosser Preis von Vandans” as the spectacular finale on Saturday.
New Opel Insignia with strong safety concept
In addition to showcasing its long tradition, Opel also created a link to its current model line-up by displaying the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport. Elegantly sporty like a coupé, generously spacious thanks to an all-new architecture and with the safety befitting a flagship, the second generation Insignia not only offers dynamic looks and wellness; the wide range of intelligent technologies is also unrivalled in this market segment. The portfolio includes pioneering Opel IntelliLux LED® matrix lights and all-wheel drive with advanced torque vectoring, state-of-the-art driver assistance systems and a head-up display. Euro NCAP has just confirmed the integrity of the new Opel Insignia’s total concept. In its latest safety ratings, Euro NCAP awarded the Insignia Grand Sport and Insignia Sports Tourer the maximum five stars. High-end connectivity with Opel OnStar and smartphone projection adds the icing to the cake. In summary, the new Insignia offers such high agility, such a spacious interior and such excellent value for money that it even rivals cars from premium brands.
“Classic meets future“: The Silvretta E-Auto Rallye with the Opel Ampera-e
Prior to the start of the vintage car rally, the vehicles of the future displayed their credentials in the Silvretta E-Auto Rallye. Opel participated with a new Opel Ampera-e, which mastered the more than 260 kilometers with many time and skill tests over two days with ease. From Schruns over the Silvretta Hochalpenstraße, Bludenz and Lech, the route crossed various Alpine passes in Vorarlberg and Tirol. From around 600 meters above sea level, it repeatedly reached altitudes of over 2,000 meters.
With 520 kilometers according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), the Opel electric car offers an unchallenged higher range than the closest competitor in the segment. Also approximated to the speed profile (shorter test procedure) defined by the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) driving cycle, the Ampera-e is convincing. Based on this development test, engineers estimate combined WLTP range at 380 kilometers – dependent on personal driving style and external factors. And if higher speed and power is called for during mountainous ascents and descents, the Ampera-e’s 150 kW/204 hp electric motor ensures impressive acceleration and elasticity with its maximum instant torque of 360 Nm. This takes the electrically-powered five-seater from zero to 50 km/h in a sportscar-like 3.2 seconds; mid-range acceleration during overtaking from 80 to 120 km/h is covered in just 4.5 seconds.