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2011 Opel Corsa

Opel's upcoming 2011 Corsa ecoFlex model, powered by a 1.3-liter CDTI turbodiesel, boasts an impressive fuel economy rating of 53 miles per gallon (U.S.) and an equally noteworthy CO2 emissions of 98 grams per kilometer. Credit the 95-horsepower, 140-pound-foot engine; stop-start technology; and an optimized five-speed transmission with taller gearing for the ecoFLEX model's fuel-sipping status.

The Corsa ecoFLEX accelerates from 0-62 miles per hour in 12.3 seconds and hits a top speed of 110 mph. That won't exactly light the pavement on fire, but it's 28 percent more powerful and ten percent more fuel efficient than the model it replaces. Despite the ecoFLEX's impressive numbers, the VW Polo BlueMotion – a competing model in Europe – is slightly more fuel efficient; returning 59.4 mpg (U.S.) and emitting 87 g/km of CO2.

The Corsa ecoFLEX made its debut at the Bologna Motor Show on December 4. To read more, check out the official press release after the jump.

[Source: Opel]


Opel in Bologna: Adding Emotion and Quality to Exciting Cars

Opel at the Bologna Motor Show 2010
  • Corsa: Cool fashionista gets a new wardrobe
  • Antara: Word premiere for the chic crossover with off-road capabilities
  • Astra Sports Tourer: Italian Premiere for the athletic compact wagon
  • Ampera: Sign up to be an ePioneer in electric mobility
  • Agila: Stylish city car now with start/stop technology
Bologna/Rüsselsheim. Opel has something for everyone at the Bologna Motor Show 2010 (December 4 – 12) at the Bologna Fiere Expo. Visitors will get a first peek at the beautifully designed Astra Sports Tourer, which combines the practicality of a professional tool with the style and dynamics of a leisure wagon.

And, they will be the first to see the new enhancements on the Corsa which now joins the new Opel design family with a facelift and new colors that jazz up its looks. The new Corsa ecoFLEX 1.3 CDTI developing 70 kW/ 95 hp now features Start/Stop technology as standard. The three-door version requires only 3.5 liters diesel per 100 km and emits just 94 g/km CO2. Currently, both the Corsa and Agila offer start/stop technology which helps reduce emissions, especially in cities where traffic is heavy. By the end of next year, all Opel carlines will offer this fuel-saving technology.

New upgrades in the Antara have produced a completely new contender in the compact SUV segment. Based on customer feedback, Opel has revamped the Antara's powertrain, creating three fuel efficient engines with more performance and fun in handling in both the front and all-wheel drive versions. Customers will also notice a significantly quieter ride, too. Naturally, the enhancements also include design changes like eagle eye headlamps and the bold grille, making the chic crossover easily identifiable as a member of the Opel family.

Opel is leading the effort to reduce dependence on fossil fuel and the proof will be visible in Bologna. The Opel Ampera, Europe's first electric family car with revolutionary technology goes on sale late next year. To get insider information on the Ampera, customers can register at www.opel-ampera.com and become an 'ePioneer', receiving exclusive news and a chance to test drive the electric car. In addition, they will be among the first to have the opportunity to own Europe's first practical, family electric car.

New face gives the Corsa expressive, up-market tone

In 2010, everything changed under the Corsa's skin – its chassis, its steering system and engine line-up. This January, Opel's successful small car now gets a new wardrobe that includes trendy, creative colors and new trims as well as an extended Color Line offer that allows drivers to personalize their look. The new Corsa makes its premiere at the Bologna Motor Show.

The Corsa redesigned face adds a sportier, expressive look, making it firmly recognizable as a member or the latest Opel design family. Inside and out, new, contemporary colors and decors are offered on all versions. In addition to a modern charcoal hue, the interior can also be dressed with more expressive Tabasco Orange or Steel Blue decors. The new exterior color palette integrates a delicate off-white Guacamole, an eye-catching Grasshopper green and a daring Henna.

On the powertrain side, a new Corsa ecoFLEX, 1.3 CDTI developing 70 kW/ 95 hp enters the range, with Start/Stop technology as standard. The three-door version requires only 3.5 liters diesel per 100 km and emits just 94 g/km CO2.

To stay connected with the world, a new multimedia infotainment system with seven, 4x20 watt loudspeakers debuts in the Corsa. Called "Touch & Connect," this versatile 21st century system features a five-inch color touch screen, full navigation coverage for 28 countries, Bluetooth, iPod and USB connections. It is universally connectible, simple to use and has every convenience built in – at a very competitive price.

The Corsa family continues to develop its special, trendy models, called the Color Line series. The successful Color Edition with its black painted roof and high gloss black 17-inch wheels, bright exterior colors and lots of extras already accounts for about 20 percent of all Corsa sales in Germany. As a result of the overwhelming response, Opel is introducing the Color Edition across all of Europe, including Italy.

A new "Linea" pack has been created to attract young customers looking to personalize their Corsa. It features two large white or black stripes along the Corsa body. The color of its 17-inch alloy wheels and side mirror caps is coordinated with the stripes.

Corsa's popularity has caught on. Its share in the small segment this year has increased in many European markets such as Italy, the UK, Spain and Germany. Italy is the third most important market for Corsa, accounting for about 15 percent of all sales.

World Premiere: New Opel Antara offers urban chic and off-road capability

The new Opel Antara pairs sporty, off-road capabilities and urban-chic looks with high functionality and safety. With improvements to its powertrain line-up, exterior styling and interior comfort, the Antara can now be seen as a serious competitor in the growing SUV segment.

The most notable changes in the new Antara, first seen in Bologna, are in the powertrain. The fully re-worked engine line-up, all Euro-5 compliant, now offers improved driving performance as well as significantly reduced consumption and emissions. Even the two available transmissions – a six-gear manual and automatic – have undergone completely new developments to improve efficiency and dynamics. Drive quality, too, has improved massively.

The finely-tuned chassis means the Antara is agile enough to maneuver its way through tough terrain, yet comfortable – and quiet – enough for daily drives to the city or soccer pitch. Moreover, engineers have listened to customer feedback and dramatically improved interior acoustics, meaning a quiet, comfortable ride for gasoline and diesel Antaras alike.

On the street, the Antara turns heads with its chic, upscale look. Its new, front grill with bold logo makes it immediately recognizable as a member of the new Opel design family. The fog lights together with chrome bezels and a well-blended pedestrian protection lends the vehicle a harmonious look with a strong presence. Modified rear lights and optional 19-inch light-metal wheels help to round out the robust look.

Inside, too, it has maximized comfort, with new colors for a contemporary, stylish look and optimized materials and storage space for added well-being. The new Antara's standard electric park brake means more room for storage between the front seats. A casual chic look is achieved from new fabrics, new materials and added colors in the interior and exterior. An optimized instrument graphic and effective interior lighting underscore the prestigious ambiance.

Italian Premiere: Astra Sports Tourer brings style and practicality to its class

The new Astra Sports Tourer brings style, practicality and eco-friendly technology to the compact wagon segment, giving owners the flexibility to combine professional and private use in one vehicle.

Sharing the same Opel design DNA and Sports Tourer name as its larger Insignia counterpart, the Astra Sports Tourer also introduces a similar focus on first class quality and functionality. The sculpted shape encapsulates a cabin with all the widely-acclaimed attributes of the Astra hatchback, while adding an ample cargo carrying capability. Space-efficient trunk design, enabling an impressive load volume of up to 1,550 liters, is complemented by smart, upscale features such as the new FlexFold Rear Seats - a system which folds the rear seatbacks at the touch of a button.

The Astra Sports Tourer's athletic looks are backed by an equally athletic driving experience. The new wagon shares the same innovative rear suspension and mechatronic FlexRide chassis as its hatchback peer. Other class leading features such as AFL+ adaptive forward lighting and medically-approved ergonomic front seats add comfort and safety to the driving fun on offer.

A wide powertrain choice of nine fuel-efficient engines provides a bandwidth from 70 kW/95 hp to 132 kW/180 hp. Fuel-saving Start/Stop technology will be first introduced on the 1.3 CDTI engine (70 kW/95 hp) early next year, resulting in CO2 emissions as low as 109 g/km. This powertrain also will be offered in the five-door sedan version of the Astra, resulting in CO2 emissions of 104 g/km.

In addition to reducing fuel bills, Opel engineers are leading the industry in minimizing damage repair costs from low speed crashes – the most frequent, according to insurance companies. As a result, new Astra owners can expect to pay some of the lowest annual insurance premiums in the segment.

The Astra Sports Tourer will build on the momentum generated by the outstanding sales success of its hatchback partner. In recent years approximately 25 percent of all Astra model sold in Europe were wagons.

With the Opel Ampera, future mobility starts now

Electric mobility is the best solution for reducing automobile emissions and dependency on petroleum, but if electric vehicles are to have a significant benefit on the environment and society, they must be attractive to a wide variety of buyers, not just people living in urban or suburban areas. Now this ambitious goal has become considerably easier to reach – with the revolutionary Ampera electric car.

The majority of drivers will find an electric car, such as the Ampera, remarkably easy to accept. That is because in addition to a powerful, 16 kWh lithium-ion battery, it has a unique electric propulsion system that extends its driving range. While providing all the benefits of state-of-the-art battery electric vehicles, such as zero tailpipe emissions and spirited performance, the innovative Ampera is not compromised by the typical disadvantages, such as limited range or long hours of immobility spent recharging the large battery.

That makes the five-door, four-seat Ampera the first electric car in Europe to give owners the freedom to drive wherever, whenever they want, with no worries of being stranded with a depleted battery.

Opel Agila with Start/Stop for low CO2 and noise in the city

Opel offers Start/Stop technology not only on the Corsa, but also on the Agila 1.2 l (69 kW/94 hp) gasoline together with a Euro 5 upgrade and a CO2 engine optimization package, delivering significant fuel economy in urban driving. The Agila 1.2 liter 94 hp (69 kW/118 Nm) requires 5.0 liters of gasoline per 100 km and emits 116 g CO2 with Start/Stop technology, some 2.5 percent less than the same engine without this feature. In the urban cycle, Start/Stop decreases emissions by 4.2 percent.

This ecoFLEX technology continues in January with the Astra range starting with the 1.3 CDTI as part of the Start/Stop rollout. By the end of 2011, all major Opel carlines will offer this CO2-saving innovation.

With the introduction of the Start/Stop technology Opel continues to strive towards its goal in lowering fuel consumption and emissions. The brand is committed to working on a range of innovations that can reduce and ultimately displace oil dependency, minimize CO2 emissions and encourage energy diversity.

Start/Stop technology is most advantageous for city driving, the natural habitat for the Agila. The principle is simple: An engine which is not running cannot consume fuel. Instead of idling at a traffic light or train crossing, the engine will automatically stop when the driver engages the neutral gear and releases the clutch pedal. When the traffic light turns green, drivers simply press the clutch pedal to restart the engine, shift into first gear and take off. Naturally, the heating performance, power steering and brake performance is maintained to keep occupants safe and comfortable even while the engine is temporarily off. By eliminating idling time, engines emit less greenhouse gases and, importantly, create less noise.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's livable.

      I tried to time my 1Liter Metro, but I needed to use a calendar instead of a stopwatch. I sure didn't make any friends on the on-ramps with that car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Opel is GM right? There should be a diesel/electric version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's Fiat engine
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great car for markets with high registration fees/road tax based on engine displacement, emissions and much higher fuel prices than the US has.

      The US market, not so much. Even VW, who is selling diesels here, won't offer their most efficient diesel engine here in their new Golf (1.6, ~100 hp, 57 Miles per US Gal on the EU cycle). We 'must' have the 2.0, 140 hp, 44 Miles per US Gal on EU comb. cycle. Oddly, this translates into 34 Miles per US Gal. in the EPA combined cycle.

      I guess people will change their minds about these cars when fuel prices spike above $5 or when it costs $100 to fill the tank of a full-sized pickup, being used as a single-occupancy commuter vehicle to an office job 90% of the time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now GM should introduce this economical diesel engine to their US models. It would help them meet the upcoming stricter CAFE requirements and help them get a foot in the door in the growing US diesel market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No doubt they would/will if it makes business sense. I wonder if it will? I believe part of the problem is getting these past US emissions spec, and 5k or 10k or whatever cars per year isn't enough volume to justify that expense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A 95 hp diesel that only gets 53mpg with 12.3s 0-60? Wouldn't 99.9% of Americans rather have something like the new Focus/Cruze/Elantra: 140-160 hp with 40mpg, ~8s 0-60?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Opel Corsa I rented last summer in France was THE WORST care I've ever driven. Looked wonderful, but drove like a turd. Hated every minute of it, and regretted not choosing something else.

      Lesson learned: GM in Europe (Opel) just as crappy and cheap as GM in America.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Something tells me that you might own a VW...
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow...12.3 seconds. thats quite a while...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why, oh why, can't we have a powertrain like this?? My '99 VW TDI had only 90 hp, but with the turbocharged diesel torque, it never, never felt slow or lacked for power.......... Please, please, please..........
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just get a turbocharged gas car. They also can go without having to downshift twice and they also aren't slow when you drop the hammer either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As you can see, sifting through all the organic and eco-friendly claims can be confusing. But while there probably is no one "perfect" sustainable fabric, at least environmental efforts in the textile and fashion design industries are heading in the right direction. We just need to be educated, and learn to distinguish truth from hype.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For around town and picking up the kids @ school or @ the arena I would buy one now.

      Who cares about Zero to 60 / 62 when it gets 53Mpg, I know I wouldn't because I could go a long time between trips to the pump.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would never sell in the US.

      First and foremost, while AB (or someone else) went to the effort of converting the mileage itself to US Gallons, the 53 MPG rating is still based on the European way of measuring the efficiency. If it was measured using EPA's method, I would almost guarantee it would be down into the high 40s. Great, but not nearly as good sounding as 53. By comparison, one of the Chevy Cruze models gets near 40 MPG on gas and probably costs thousands less than this smaller Corsa.

      Second of all, the 0-60 time is way too slow for most Americans. They somehow think that every family car needs to get to 60 in under 6 seconds for some reason.

      Lastly, diesel engines are, and always will be expensive, and in many areas, the cost of diesel fuel is actually more than gas. So you pay a relatively high premium for the cost of a diesel car, and then have to pay higher for the fuel itself?!? Yeah, most American will think it is not really much of a deal.

      1/2 the people commenting will bitch and moan about not getting these type of diesel cars here in the US, but chances are even if they were available here, these same people wouldn't buy one for one reason or another.

      I personally have nothing against diesels in truck applications, but I see the marketplace (here in the US) to never fully accept diesel cars besides a few niche models (like VW).
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Ratings of 40, 50 and even 60 MPG were not uncommon, yet the reality was a far cry from those numbers."

        You seriously need to spend a good deal of time in Europe. A modern 1.2 litre B-segment diesel hatchback is quite capable of averaging over 60mpg (imperial), which converted into US-speak is over 50mpg. And at constant highway speeds (56mph being the optimum for fuel efficiency) you can nudge 80mpg without many problems (that's 65mpg in American).

        In the mid 90's before common-rail technology, B-segment diesels used larger displacement units to bolster their power and the torque. The mk4 Fiesta 1.8 diesel (without the turbo) easily managed 65mpg at 56mph (that's 53mpg in US parlance) and that's roughly 10% more than it was rated.

        You may get sick of it, but from what you post you don't seem to have much by way of extensive experience with vehicles of this ilk to make an informed judgement. Living in the US would not have given that experience.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To be fair, the market share of cars that do 6 seconds is pretty small (V6 sales are a small fraction vs the 4-cyilnder offerings for family sedans). Most people who want a little pep are pretty happy with 8 second 0-60 times. People who don't care at all about speed will live with just about anything up to 10 seconds. Anything beyond that is a real tough sell, because now your speed differential merging into traffic is too far out of the envelope of what's expected, and it really does become borderline dangerous in some areas.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am getting kind of tired of hearing the "Oh, well back in the XX's, so-and-so car would get a million miles per gallon".




        There is next to zero truth in these outlandish mileage claims in the REAL WORLD. While current EPA measuring schemes might leave a little to be desired, they are still vastly more accurate than the laughable numbers slapped on econoboxes back in the 80s. Ratings of 40, 50 and even 60 MPG were not uncommon, yet the reality was a far cry from those numbers. I vividly remember seeing the analog gauge in my buddy's Escort hit like ~80 MPG (and possibly even the fabled "infinity symbol"), but how conveniently people forget that that was while in Neutral, going down hill, with a tailwind, and never mind the fact that it might have taken 20+ seconds to get to 60, top speed wasn't much above that and the car would have folded up like some origami if it was hit by anything more dense than a snowball. Real numbers - when averaged over the course of an ENTIRE TANK - were a fraction of that number.

        Looking at the past through rose-colored glasses does not give one an accurate measure of real-world mileage.
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