It looks like the Volt won't be the only alternative-power variant of
next generation Global Compact Car or Delta platform. While Delta is the source of a lot the hardware for E-Flex, it is also the basis of the
. German magazine Automobilwoche is reporting that a
version of the next
is under development. That much is almost certainly true but they are also reporting that the Two-Mode Hybrid system is being used.
While a front-wheel-drive version of the Two-Mode system will debut in the
later in 2008, it is probably far to expensive to be practical in the Astra. Much more likely is
the second generation mild hybrid system
that was shown in an Opel Corsa at the
Frankfurt Motor Show
. The 2nd gen BAS system will use a stronger alternator starter and a lithium ion battery. This will allow it to be coupled to smaller engines and be more useful.