Opel Astra (2007)


Opel Astra

The new edition Astra was launched in February 2007 with new economical engines, refined looks, improved technology and an expanded equipment range. It is based on the third model generation, of which over 1.3 million units were sold since its market debut in March 2004. Opel's volume model line has a leading role in the highly competitive compact segment and in European registration statistics. The new edition of the bestseller boasts a total of 11 engine versions with an output range of 90 to 240 hp. Technological highlights include the adaptive IDSPlus chassis system with electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC), as well as the AFL headlamp system (Adaptive Forward Lighting) with dynamic curve light, first introduced to the compact segment in the Astra. The Astra also boasts ample space, none more so than the station wagon variant with longer wheelbase. The Astra model family currently consists of the five-door, station wagon, dynamic GTC − also available as the powerful 177 kW/240 hp OPC version − and Astra TwinTop variant, the four-seat cabrio-coupé with retractable steel roof.

Design and packaging

With its even more exciting and dynamic appearance, the new Astra five-door model sets itself further apart from its competitors. Designers further honed the distinctive brand face that was first presented in this model line, while ensuring the car is still clearly recognizable as a member of the Astra family. Elements such as the sharply drawn "eyebrows" above the imitation air intakes serve as a blueprint for future Opel models, while the dynamic V-shaped front is also eye-catching. The headlamp housings in stylish chrome look also convey an additional sense of quality. The Astra Sport, as well as the versions with xenon or curve and cornering light are recognizable by their dark-tinted headlamp housings.

Opel Astra GTC (2007)


Opel Astra GTC

The new edition Astra GTC (Gran Turismo Compact) was launched in February 2007 with new economical engines, refined looks, improved technology and an expanded equipment range. When the GTC originally came onto the market in March 2005, the automotive press dubbed it "possibly the most exciting Astra ever". Based on the dynamic three-door model, the new edition boasts a total of 11 engine versions with an output range of 90 to 240 hp. The top-of-the-line model is the Astra OPC with a top speed of 244 km/h. Some of the GTC's most distinctive design characteristics include the converging, forward-pointing stance and slimline, sleek silhouette with an arched, sloping roofline. The successful model's unique character is accentuated by a world premiere: the panorama windshield, which is standard in the Astra GTC Cosmo, extends from the hood up into the roof to the B-pillar and creates a whole new sense of space and visibility. The compact three-door's technological highlights include the adaptive IDSPlus chassis system with electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC), as well as the AFL headlamp system (Adaptive Forward Lighting) with dynamic curve light.

Design and packaging

With its even more exciting and dynamic appearance, the new Astra GTC model sets itself further apart from its competitors and serves as a blueprint for future Opel models. Designers further honed the distinctive brand face that was first presented in this model line, while ensuring the car is still clearly recognizable as a member of the Astra family. The sporty honeycomb grille is especially eye-catching.

Opel Astra Sedan (2007)


Opel Astra Sedan

The Opel Astra Sedan boasts the Astra's progressive, proportionally balanced design and dynamic lines. With the latest upgrade of the Astra family of cars earlier this year, designers further honed the distinctive brand face that was first presented in this model line, while ensuring the car is still clearly recognizable as a member of the Astra family. Elements such as the sharply drawn "eyebrows" above the fog lamps serve as a blueprint for future Opel models, while the dynamic V-shaped front is also eye-catching. The headlamp housings in stylish chrome look also convey an additional sense of quality.

Well-balanced proportions are the basis for the harmonious body lines of the Opel Astra Sedan. It is based on the station wagon's long wheelbase, providing a generous 2703 millimeters (90 mm more than hatchback) between the axles and helping to create ample leg room for rear passengers. The new roof line flows elegantly into the tailgate, which turns slightly upward at the end to form an integrated spoiler for optimized aerodynamics. The Opel Astra Sedan achieves a drag coefficient of cD = 0.3, resulting in a drag area (cD x A) of 0.68 m².

At 4.59 meters long, 1.75 meters wide and 1.46 meters high, the Opel Astra Sedan is a fully grown family sedan with a trunk to match. It offers a luggage compartment volume of 490 liters (VDA standard), which expands to a maximum of 870 liters (measured to the upper edge of the fronts seats with the rear seat backs folded down). Maximum load width is 907 millimeters, with the luggage compartment offering a maximum width of 1170 mm and a maximum length of 995 mm, which can be expanded to 1721 mm.

Opel Astra Station Wagon (2007)


Opel Astra Station Wagon

The third-generation Opel Astra features progressive design and superb driving dynamics. It has won numerous comparison tests in specialist automotive publications, and over 2.1 million units had been sold by the end of 2008. The bestseller is currently available with 11 engine variants ranging from 90 to 200 hp. It can also be ordered with technology features that are usually only found in luxury class and exclusive sports cars, such as the adaptive IDSPlus chassis system with electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC) and the AFL headlamp system with dynamic curve light (Adaptive Forward Lighting). The Astra offers passengers plenty of space, especially in the Opel Astra Station Wagon, which has a longer wheelbase. The third member of the Astra model family next to the five-door and Opel Astra Station Wagon is the three-door GTC (Gran Turismo Compact), which is also available as the high-performance OPC variant with 177 kW/240 hp. The Astra family is completed by the four-seat Astra TwinTop - a cabrio-coupé with steel retractable roof - and a notchback variant.

Design and packaging

The Opel Astra five-door model's dynamic look distinguishes it from its competitors. Well-balanced proportions are the basis for its harmonious body line. Measuring 4.25 meters long, 1.8 meters wide and 1.46 meters high with a 2.61-meter wheelbase, the five-door model has attractive packaging dimensions. This produces a comfortable "feel-good" interior. The Astra also has plenty of room for luggage: it offers a best-in-class luggage compartment volume of up to 380 liters (VDA standard), which expands to a maximum of 1295 liters with the rear seat backs folded down.

Opel Astra TwinTop (2007)


Opel Astra TwinTop

The Astra TwinTop is the dynamic, elegant coupé among cabrios. Launched in May 2006, it is one of the first cars in this class to feature an innovative three-part roof system. It opens and closes at the touch of a button in less than 30 seconds, and can be operated while the car is in motion (up to 30 km/h). Thanks to its intelligent, space-saving design, the Astra TwinTop provides passengers more room and a luggage compartment of up to 440 liters. Unique in this vehicle segment is the power operated "Easy Load" system, which allows bulky luggage to be easily loaded and unloaded, even with the roof open. In addition to ESPPlus, one of the Astra TwinTop's standard safety features is the active roll-over protection system. The fully-fledged four-seater is available with five gasoline engines (77 kW/105 hp to 147 kW/200 hp) and the especially powerful 1.9 CDTI common-rail turbo-diesel unit (110 kW/150 hp) with diesel particulate filter as standard.

New in model year 2007

The Astra TwinTop boasts two new, highly efficient 1.6-liter gasoline units in model year 2007, the 85 kW/115 hp and the 132 kW/180 hp engine. Both achieve the balance of more power with lower fuel consumption. For the exterior, the headlamp housings in stylish chrome look also convey an additional sense of quality. The Astra TwinTop Edition, as well as the versions with xenon or curve and cornering light are recognizable by their dark-tinted headlamp housings. Distinctive design elements in the cabrio-coupé's cockpit include the additional chrome rings for the air conditioning and radio controls. The top Cosmo variant features décor trim and inlays made from luxurious piano lacquer surfaces.

Opel Corsa (2007)


Opel Corsa

After its spectacular world premiere in London, the fourth generation of the popular Opel Corsa now takes to the road. With the newcomer, Opel remains true to its role as a trendsetter. Based on the successful example of the Astra and Astra GTC, the distinctively different coupé-like three-door and family-friendly five-door Corsa models are tailor-made for different types of customers. Since 1982, over 9.4 million units of the predecessor models have been sold in Europe. The new Corsa will again be produced in Zaragoza (Spain) and Eisenach (Germany). Both the three- and five-door versions will be available at dealerships in October 2006 and are expected to again reach top sales figures.

The new Corsa has everything it needs to get there: exciting design with sporty, athletic contours, a newly-developed chassis for safe and agile cornering, a new high-quality interior with plenty of space and feel-good ambiance, as well as high-tech features new to this class such as a heated steering wheel and curve light. The integrated carrier system "Flex-Fix" makes its world premiere on a production car, and the Corsa Sport newly-developed high-tech variable progressive power steering is new in the segment.

Its response is already very direct during straight-ahead driving and increases up to a steering-wheel angle of 90 degrees, which is reminiscent of a sports car's steering precision. The feedback curve enables the response ratio to increase again at greater steering-wheel angles, reducing the effort needed for maneuvering.

Opel Corsa 5-door (2007)


Opel Corsa 5-door

After its spectacular world premiere in London, the fourth generation of the popular Opel Corsa now takes to the road. With the newcomer, Opel remains true to its role as a trendsetter. Based on the successful example of the Astra and Astra GTC, the distinctively different coupé-like three-door and family-friendly five-door Corsa models are tailor-made for different types of customers. Since 1982, over 9.4 million units of the predecessor models have been sold in Europe. The new Corsa will again be produced in Zaragoza (Spain) and Eisenach (Germany). Both the three- and five-door versions will be available at dealerships in October 2006 and are expected to again reach top sales figures.

The new Corsa has everything it needs to get there: exciting design with sporty, athletic contours, a newly-developed chassis for safe and agile cornering, a new high-quality interior with plenty of space and feel-good ambiance, as well as high-tech features new to this class such as a heated steering wheel and curve light. The integrated carrier system "Flex-Fix" makes its world premiere on a production car, and the Corsa Sport newly-developed high-tech variable progressive power steering is new in the segment.

Its response is already very direct during straight-ahead driving and increases up to a steering-wheel angle of 90 degrees, which is reminiscent of a sports car's steering precision. The feedback curve enables the response ratio to increase again at greater steering-wheel angles, reducing the effort needed for maneuvering.

Opel Corsa Hybrid Concept (2007)


Opel Corsa Hybrid Concept

Opel presents a range of especially economical and low-emission vehicles at the IAA in Frankfurt (September 13 23, 2007). The current models showcase how automotive technology will look in the near future: the Corsa Hybrid concept car uses innovative technology with starter generator and stop/start automatic transmission which contributes to an average consumption of about 3,75 liters of diesel per 100 km (99 g CO2/km). The Vectra Flexpower with a 2.0-liter turbo engine designed for operation with bioethanol/gasoline mix also makes its debut at the IAA.

Opel will soon offer new ecoFLEX variants, which have the lowest CO2 emissions in their respective model line. The premiere variant the 55 kW/75 hp Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with diesel particulate filter makes its European premiere at the IAA. Available to order from December, the well-equipped five-door version produces just 119 grams of CO2 per kilometer, which corresponds to an MVEG consumption of 4.5 liters of diesel per 100 km. ecoFLEX variants of other high-volume model lines will also be available at the end of the year: Meriva 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX, Astra 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX, as well as natural gas-powered Zafira and Combo CNG ecoFLEX versions.

The current product portfolio highlights just how committed Opel is to the reduction of emissions and consumption. Numerous Opel models positioned around the ecoFLEX area at the IAA produce less than 140 g CO2 per kilometer.

Opel Flextreme Concept (2007)


Opel Flextreme Concept

Opel Flextreme is the name of the concept vehicle that marks a milestone in the development of the electric car: with its completely new, environmentally friendly E-Flex electric propulsion concept most commuters in Europe could travel everyday without producing any CO2 emissions. The car only needs to be charged for a relatively short time through the mains outlet after traveling 55 kilometers. If required however, the Flextreme can travel up to 715 km without stopping to recharge or refuel thanks to its small turbo-diesel engine. According to the European test cycle (ECE R101), this unit's emissions are expected to be less than 40 g CO2/km. With the dynamic IAA monocab coupé concept, Opel also highlights others innovative solutions - including the electric personal transporters under the FlexLoad® load floor.

The Opel Flextreme uses GM's E-Flex architecture and represents the company's strategy to develop vehicles that reduce CO2 emissions and the automobile's dependency on oil, thereby supporting global diversification of the energy mix. This also includes using the mains electricity network as an energy source. At the concept's heart is an electric motor that takes its power from a large lithium-ion battery. The difference to conventional hybrid propulsion systems is that the E-Flex system's 1.3-liter diesel engine is not connected to the wheels. It is purely on board to produce additional electricity to charge the battery and provide a greater operating range. It always operates in the optimum rpm range and its cylinder pressure-based closed loop technology controls the combustion process, further reducing the vehicle's emissions.

Opel GT (2007)


Opel GT

The modern definition of an athletic two-seater finds its form in the new Opel GT. As a classic roadster, it has a powerful front-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive, a cockpit with sporty instruments and a tailor-made fabric roof. With a wide stance, sleek silhouette, long, front-hinged hood and short overhangs, the proportions are typical of this class. The Opel GT also brings new charm to this genre with its own unmistakable personality thanks to its exciting shape, which contrasts sharp edges with curved surfaces to create a dynamic look, and its configuration, which enables a refined driving experience, even on long journeys. The GT's pricing is also attractive. For 30,675 euros (recommended retail price in Germany incl. VAT), customers get no less than 264 hp from the high-tech turbo engine with gasoline direct injection. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes less than six seconds. The new two-seater carries its legendary name because it continues the tradition of the first Opel GT (1968 - 1973) and, like the original, competes in one of the most exciting vehicle classes.

The new Opel GT also showcases the brand's passion for dynamic cars, and the conviction that "Opel was never as young as today". This is underlined by niche models with a high fun factor, such as the Astra GTC with panorama windshield, the Tigra TwinTop and Astra TwinTop cabrio-coupés, as well as the high-performance OPC family. They enrich the model portfolio and emotionalize the brand.