• Sep 7, 2007
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The Opel Flextreme concept is GM's European answer to the Chevy Volt, and it's destined to be one of the stars of this year's very green-tinged Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle's name was leaked in a Financial Times article published on August 31, and this evening, several photos and more information about the concept were published online. We happily share what's available so far.

The Flextreme sports a Euro-friendly hatchback/crossover-style body as opposed to Volt's US-targeted sedan duds, which allows for an area in which a pair Segways can be stored and charged by the car's onboard electrical system. It's also got a glass panoramic roof, rear suicide doors, and rearview cameras in lieu of traditional mirrors.

Under the skin, the Flextreme and Volt are largely the same save for the engine supplying power to the car's onboard generator. The Flextreme utilizes a 1.3-liter Ecotec turbodiesel instead of the 1-liter 3-cylinder turbo E85/flex-fuel unit featured in the Volt. A lithium-ion battery pack provides the juice for the car's front-mounted electric motor. Battery-only range on a full charge is 40 miles, and when battery power has been exhausted, the diesel will kick in to start replenishing it. It's a PHEV, so it can also be charged by being plugged into an electrical outlet.

The gang headed to Germany will bring us all plenty of live shots and first-person coverage next week.

[Sources: Carscoop, km77, Jalopnik]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Loving the split tailgate a la Mini Cooper CLubman. Could ths be a sign of rear ends to come from small vehicles?? I think it looks good. Yes there are some styling ques from other makes but come on folks. How much can u really do with a hatchback in terms of stye???
      • 7 Years Ago
      dear gm, forget the volt, send the streme
      far jr
      • 7 Years Ago
      Can you say 20xx Opel/Saturn Astra Greenline? We can only hope.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the flex looks great.I like the back end but would change the colour of the plastic that divides the boot to black or clear similar to the volvo.
      This would make a great Saab or Vauxhall/Opel/Saturn.

      Volt concept will not make it into production unless the Aura gets similar version next redo.
      • 7 Years Ago
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Ricardo Head

        If you actualy read the article, you'd see the source is the AFTONBLADET, the biggest swedish newspaper, and the "Smoking Gun" follow up is based on the actual original press release from SAAB, which was withdrawn before beeing rewritten, and revealed by australian AUTOWEB.

        This was published in many places.
        Trollhattansaab was simple the first one I found on Google.

        It's serious, but there's no need to react like that.
        far jr
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yago did Saab also design the EV-1 series prototype back in 1998? Your article refers to a Saab prototype which is much more recent.

        I'm sure GM will utilize any expertise from it's Norse brothers and sisters (they would be fools not to do so). However, I believe the basis for the Volt as well as the Saab prototype in your post are derived from the research done on the EV-1 series hybrid of 1998.

        The hold up in 1998 was low gas prices, high production cost, and subpar battery technology. By 2010 things may be very different with all three of those factors.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring it over to the U.S.
      and SELL IT!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ladies and gentlemen...Your next Saab.

      Love the left, right and rear facing cameras. Cool!

        • 7 Years Ago
        yago you know that all Saab development is done by OPEL... Opel is GM´s leading developing brand for all small and midsize cars sold by GM brands outside the USA (Holden for all large vehicles). The next generation Saab 9-3 is not only completly developt by Opel it is completly build by Opel in Rüsselsheim Germany.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The SAAB bit is stupid. :) The Volt would be more likelly to end-up as a SAAB: it's all SAAB technology!
        far jr
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yago do you have a link to that particular tidbit? I am referring to the Saab technology portion.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Starting to think GM is not so serious on this whole E-Flex thing.

      Gonna come out in 2010 and they are showing off concepts that are maybe 20% production ready... I mean, very little of that design is going to make it into the final vehicle.

      As interesting as it is, it's far far from anything that will be on the road in production form.

      Plus, what's up with the Segways? Is that a hint that GM expect this whole project to flop just like the Segway? Real encouraging to see them pack in a couple of the personal transportation vehicle that was supposed to change the world but really had absolutely no impact at all.

      Maybe GM is just keeping the final details close to their chest as 2010 is a ways away and the competition is watching, but I am starting to think the whole E-Flex thing is more marketing hype then anything else.



        • 7 Years Ago
        HA! I laugh - "flop"?
        That's like saying cars were a flop when people didn't FLOCK to them in the first 5 years from their horses to "horseless carriages'
        There's about 7 people in my town that use PT's everyday to get to work. It depends on where you live, and Europe would be great for something like this.
        Can't park to within a mile of your destination? Pull out the PT's. Need to get to a central point and then "cruise" the town? Pull out the PT's. Seems logical to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @RicardoHead

      ...And this prototype is a running prototype in an actual real car, with real and working today's technology.

      Not like the Volt: at first it wasn't a working concept at all.


      @nafmashot

      That's just another of those wrong clichés...

      SAAB develops it's cars (and that's why they are in such trouble, because they "over develop" and are hardly profitable) in it's Trollhattan headquarters, usually in colaboration with Lund University.

      The new 93 will be built in Germany, it's true, but was developed in Trollhattan, and the Epsilon II platform will use many of the developments SAAB used in the current 93, like the fiber-optics electronic comunication system.

      Before you answer me with another cliché, the current 93 hasn't the same platform of all the other Epsilon cars: it just shares the front suspension.

      The fact that the current 93 has AWD, an impossible thing in an Epsilon platform, is a tip.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @far jr

        That's not the point.
        Anyone can provide the system, but the platform has to be designed to take it, and the Epsilon wasn't.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Lamborghini called... they want their wheels back.
        • 7 Years Ago
        that wheel design is used by Opel since a long time... all OPC models come with such looking rims..
      • 7 Years Ago
      RE-volting!

      First a fraudulent Ford name derivative. Flextreme??? Sounds too much like the pedantry Ford Flex. Not a good idea.

      Even the General's current penchant for alphabet soup would be more acclimating. How about...EV2??

      Love the concept and definitely would be on my to do list.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Hybrid car sales has recently at its peak in the past months. More and more people are aware and conscious about the environmental effects of pollution.

      Hybrid cars are fuel effficient thus helps reduce carbon footprints.

      http://gohybrid.blogspot.com

      http://ilove-hondacars.blogspot.com
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