|Opel Tigra TwinTop|
March 2, 2004
Geneva. The Opel model offensive is in full swing. This year two new cars will be making their world premieres, two others will be seen for the first time in Switzerland and a variety of innovations will be on display at the Geneva Motor Show (March 4 to 14). The new Tigra TwinTop, with an electro-hydraulic, retractable steel roof which makes the sporty two-seater fun to drive both as a coupé or cabriolet, will be presented to the public in Geneva for the first time. The TRIXX study will be the second Opel highlight. This small-car concept in the three meter class features a perky new style and exceptional spaciousness, despite its very compact exterior, thanks to its extraordinary interior versatility.
The new Opel Astra will be making its first appearance before a Swiss audience. Just prior to its market launch, the hatchback, the first representative of the third model generation, debuts in Geneva. The Vectra OPC study will also be on display in Switzerland for the first time. Its 212 horsepower, two-stage 1.9 CDTI twin-turbo engine represents a diesel engine development premiere. The latest generation of 1.9 liter common rail turbo diesels with 120 and 150 horsepower engines, which debuts in the Vectra model series and in the Signum, serves as the base engine for this high-performance version. These advanced 1.9 CDTI ECOTEC engines feature multi-injection and are part of the Opel diesel offensive. They also underscore the company's claim to a place among the leading diesel brands in Europe.
World Premiere: New Opel Tigra TwinTop with innovative retractable steel roof
Coupé or cabriolet– you can choose between the two with just the touch of a button. The sporty two-seater's electro-hydraulic steel folding roof opens and closes fully automatically. Thanks to the clever folding top construction – the roof folds down into the trunk – the Tigra still has a very usable trunk, both as coupé or as a cabrio, providing up to 440 liters of storage space. The interior also offers an additional 70 liters of space behind the seats, increasing the total volume to well over 500 liters – the best in its class. Another especially practical feature: The Tigra's trunk lid also opens and shuts electrohydraulically at the touch of a button.
The sporty two-seater (wheelbase: 2.49 meters) is powered by either a 66 kW (90 hp) 1.4 liter engine with TWINPORT fuel-saving technology or by a 92 kW (125 hp) 1.8 liter powerhouse. Both ECOTEC engines meet Euro 4 emissions standards. A five-speed manual gearshift is standard equipment and the 1.4 TWINPORT is also available with the Easytronic automated manual transmission.
From the outside, the new Opel Tigra is a compact, well-proportioned (length/width/ height: 3.92/1.64/1.32 meters) two-seater with eye-catching details. The front features the trapezoid grille with matte chrome lateral bar typical of Opel, the characteristic crease in the hood, large inlets in the bumper, and 3D ellipsoid headlamps with cylindrical lights. A side view reveals short overhangs and a flat windshield; a purposeful wedge shape rising towards the rear and lightly tucked in at the flanks; and pronounced side sills. The design is accented by an aerodynamically formed aluminium rollbar.
World Premiere: Opel TRIXX study – clever multi-purpose urban mini-car
Spaciousness and flexibility housed in an ultra-compact exterior are the key characteristics of the the new Opel TRIXX study. This city car can carry up to three adults and a child, or as a one-seater various bulky loads. Three pantograph doors – two on the passenger side and one on the driver's side – make for easy passenger access and loading. These pantograph doors have a supporting arm that lets them open parallel to the side of the vehicle, like sliding doors. The TRIXX therefore needs no tailgate, but the rear window lowers for additional access to the interior.
In combination with the glass sunroof, the rear half of which slides forward, this provides a load-aperture similar to a pick-up truck. The TRIXX features several other ingenious ideas lined up as well – an inflatable rear seat; a foldaway front passenger's seat; and a roof hatch that opens at the push of a button and carries extra-long objects in an upright position. The front passenger enjoys a particularly comfortable ride with ample legroom by folding the front seat away and traveling on the couch-like rear seat. This seat too is concealed if not in use, or inflates in a matter of seconds via the on-board air compressor.
The eye-catching TRIXX makes its strong visual impression with powerful lines, short overhands and emotive interpretation of the Opel form idiom. Among the design elements associated with the Opel brand are the crease on the hood, the characteristic side window outlilnes and bold wheel arches.
The TRIXX is powered by the new, fuel efficient 1.3-liter CDTI turbocharged diesel engine also available in Opel's Agila and Corsa models in combination with the Easytronic automated five-speed shift gearbox. It has an output of 51 kW (70 hp).
Swiss Debut: New Astra – dynamic design and agile suspension
Progressive design and agility are the two most prominent characteristics of the new Opel Astra. The third generation of this Opel bestseller also comes equipped with technical highlights like the adaptive IDSPlus chassis system with electronic damper regulation, a feature otherwise available only on luxury or exclusive sports cars. Other highlights seen for the first time in the compact segment include the 'bending' AFL headlamp system with a dynamic curve light, the newly developed, trend-setting Infotainment units and a broad range of ECOTEC-engines (80 – 200 hp) to include the new TWINPORT and turbo gasoline and common rail diesel engines. As compared to the predecessor model, the new Astra provides passengers even more space and the 380 liter trunk is the biggest in its class.
Swiss Debut: Vectra OPC study with 212 horsepower 1.9 CDTI TWINTURBO engine
Opel's revolutionary new twin-turbo technology represents the next major stage of development for modern passenger car diesel engines. Opel engineers have for the first time successfully combined a two-stage turbo charged diesel engine fully suited to everyday use in a street vehicle.
The Opel Vectra OPC study, which is on display in Switzerland for the first time in Geneva, is powered by a 1.9 liter, 156 kW (212 hp) CDTI twin-turbo engine, which produces maximum torque of 400 Nm from as low as 1400 rpm. With this engine the Vectra OPC needs no more than 6.5 seconds to sprint from zero to 100 km/h. Top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h, while fuel consumption in the European test cycle is only six liters per 100 kilometers. In addition, the 1.9 CDTI twin-turbo already meets the Euro 4 emissions standard.
The key to this trend-setting twin-turbo diesel technology is its two gas turbo-chargers which, unlike bi-turbo technology, boost the engine serially (two-stage) instead of parallel. A small, fast responding turbo-charger is responsible for lower rpms while a larger high flow rate turbo-charger kicks in at higher rpms. Its superior system efficiency enables the twin-turbo to deliver an extremely high specific performance without the need to accept any fuel consumption or emission behavior disadvantages.
New Generation: 1.9 liter common rail turbo-diesel engines in the Vectra and Signum
The twin-turbo in the Vectra OPC study represents a new generation of 1.9 liter common rail turbo diesel engines now available in the Vectra model series and in the Signum in two versions: 88 kW (120 hp) and 110 kW (150 hp). Thanks to its state-of-the-art common rail direct injection, the new generation of four cylinder diesels are among the best in the industry, setting new standards for performance, fuel consumption, emission characteristics and refinement. All 1.9-liter CDTI engines in the Vectra, Vectra GTS, Vectra Caravan station wagon and Signum are also available with a maintenance-free diesel particulate filter (DPF) which needs no additives.
Maximum torque of 280 Nm with the 120 hp version, or 315 Nm in the 150 hp version consistently lies between 2000 and 2750 rpm. Fuel is supplied to the four cylinders through a common rail system with pressures of up to 1600 bar. A six speed manual gearbox as standard transfers the power to the wheels.
In addition, Opel will have on display at its stand in Hall 1 at the Geneva Palexpo an attractive selection of cars from its current model range including: the Agila and Corsa with the new 1.3 CDTI engine, the Astra Cabrio, Astra Coupé and the successful Meriva and Zafira compact vans and the comfortable, large capacity Vivaro Tour van with space for up to eight passengers. The Tour, like all the other models in the Vivaro line, is now also available with the ESPPlus electronic stability system in combination with the higher performance gasoline and CDTI engines.