In an effort to reduce emission levels and fuel consumption, General Motors has decided to introduce its ecoFlex technologies to its whole range of Opel/Vauxhall vehicles.
The 2012 Astra, for example, will offer two models featuring ecoFlex technology. Both of them will be 1.7-litre CDTI diesel engines - one producing 96kW/130bhp and the other one 81kW/110bhp. Maximum torque will be either 300Nm or 180Nm.
Both will be five-door models with CO2 emission levels of 99gram/kilometre and fuel consumption of 64 miles per gallon. Features include a high performance battery, stop/start technology, a heavy duty starter and low rolling resistance tyres.
From next year the Corsa will also add two ecoFlex models to the existing 1.3-litre CDTI that is already available. Interested prospective buyers will be able to choose either a 1.2-litre or a 1.4-litre ecoFlex engine. Both will be equipped with heavy duty starters, low resistance tyres, high performance batteries and start/stop systems.
Thanks to the new start/stop system the 1.2-litre's fuel economy has been improved to 44 miles per gallon, while CO2 emission levels will now only be 119gram/kilometre.
The third model that will benefit from ecoFlex technology is the Meriva, which will now also come with the option of a 1.3-litre CDTI EcoFlex model offering CO2 emission levels of 109g/km and fuel consumption of 49 miles per gallon.
A new EcoFlex version of the Agila will be available from November and the flagship Insignia model will soon offer a 1.4-litre ecoFlex turbo engine with CO2 emission levels of 134gram/kilometre and fuel consumption of 41 miles per gallon.
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