2010 Opel Astra – Top Speed

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Opel Astra

2010 Opel Astra

on 10.29.2009 09:00 by Simona

teasing their fans. the Automaker Opel has just official details about the new a vehicle that will its world debut at the upcoming Motor Show. The car’s is easily identifiable as an Opel, the interior features the latest in

The new Astra line-up will be of options. There will be 8 engine choices, all of which are by six speed transmissions. The diesel range from 1.3 to 2.0 Liters anywhere from 95 HP up to 160 HP.

While gas will displace from 1.4 to 1.6 pumping out from 100 HP to 180 HP.

The new generation is built on a whole new platform, a longer wheelbase, wider and a reengineered rear axle. the Insignia it comes with the saving Opel FlexRide aide that offers the the option to drive in Standard, and Touring mode.

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Integrating German engineering fluid sculptural design and innovative technologies, the new Opel captures the philosophy which made the Insignia Europe’s mid-sized sedan. Opel’s new will premiere September 17 in at the IAA as a dynamic five-door hatchback elegant touches that from the best of Opel for a thrilling driving experience.

The generation Astra brings comfort and safety features to the class that the Insignia introduced to mid-sized cars. technologies like an all-new chassis, the most advanced system, a front camera recognizes traffic signs and technology with the best will be available.

“Opel’s expertise of making new technologies in compact cars is really with this tenth In addition, the new Astra carries the of the Insignia into the compact with unprecedented passion and to excellence,” says Alain Vice President of Opel.

At meters, the new Astra offers passenger space and wellness in the front and rear thanks to a 71 mm wheel base. Its slim and body is designed for maximum in close collaboration between the and aerodynamic engineers who put the car through 600 of testing in a wind tunnel.

proportions give it a strong, silhouette, with a steeply-raked and falling rear roofline, visual excitement to the traditional format. The brand’s new design sculptural artistry combined German precision is now seen in a way.

“The design introduced in the Insignia, like the and the blade, have been a fresh interpretation in the Astra, it’s important that Opel model has its own personality,” Mark Adams, Vice of Design, General Motors “This is why you see double wings in of the rear lights and a dynamic blade on the flank that connects to the powerful movement of the window and C-pillar.”

The interior the same wing and blade cues as the exterior, creating inside and out. A special too, has been made to add flexible storage solutions.

mission to make high innovations accessible has proven to be in the Insignia. We’ve set ourselves an more ambitious goal in most of these features to the segment with the new Astra,” Hans Demant, Managing of Opel.

Developed in Rüsselsheim, the Opel Astra also with an all-new chassis. Its wheelbase combines with tracks and a new rear axle to further enhance agility and with no compromise to comfort.

The Astra’s chassis has developed as a mechatronic system fully integrates mechanical and electronic controls. Like the it can come with the clever FlexRide electronic driving a rarity in this class, offers the driver three standard, Sport and Tour being fully and continuously to changes in driving style and speed.

Other innovative features introduced to the compact by the new Astra:

A new generation of bi-xenon Forward Lighting (AFL+) changes its intensity and reach to prevailing drive and road using nine different functions.

The Opel Eye front system, which recognizes signs and warns the driver the car inadvertently departs from its

Ergonomic front seats, for optimal back support and

The powertrain line-up focuses on performance and features eight 5 compliant engines. All except the powered units are equipped six-speed transmissions. One new compact gear box with Active function will debut.

The turbo diesel line-up four common-rail, multiple units from 1.3 to 2.0 liter outputs ranging from 70 hp to 118 kW/160 hp. All are equipped with a Particulate Filter. An ecoFLEX with particularly low fuel and CO2 emissions will naturally be of the program.

The four gasoline with 1.4 and 1.6 liter give a bandwidth from 74 kW/100 hp to 132 hp. A new, downsized 103 kW/140 hp 1.4 replaces the current naturally-aspirated Thanks to exceptional high-tech in this displacement range, the 1.4 develops 14 percent more yet maintains sensibly lower consumption.

Grounded in the compact tradition Opel initiated in with the Olympia Kadett, the has consistently made the top-three of Europe’s best-selling compacts a which accounts for 27 percent of the car market. Astra sales up a third of all Opel/Vauxhall purchases, for an volume of nearly 500,000 per year.

Design

The new Opel brings into the compact its own interpretation of the brand’s award-winning language of combining sculptural with German precision seen in the Insignia. Its strong silhouette and elegant details add to a new look.

The design themes in the Insignia, like the wing and the have been given a interpretation in the Astra, because important that each model has its own personality.

At 4.42 m the new Astra grows by some 17 cm with the previous generation, itself between the small (4 m) and the midsize Insignia (4.83 m). The grew by 7.1 cm while track by 5.6 cm in the front and 7 cm in the rear allowing for passenger space, creating comfort in both the front and the and providing enhanced dynamic

The exterior of the new generation Astra a sporty, fluid silhouette, strong cab-forward proportions. high quality materials and a re-think of the design add to the excitement of a dynamic compact car. Opel has packed the car with extras high quality class leading storage, seat technology and intelligent to give the Astra driver health and safety features not seen in the compact class.

artistry meets German was our design claim with the and it continues in a consistent yet fresh interpretation for the new Astra” says Adams, Vice President of “The present Astra already combines a high of technical substance with a design but with the new generation we use our new design language to create a emotional design that its sporty credentials.”

Exterior gives Opel philosophy a new

Designers have used the wing and blade styling first introduced on the mid-sized Sculpted into the side of the new generation Astra like a the blade sweeps rearward and connecting with the rear window and giving the car balance and Prominent wing-shaped signature running lights are encompassed new eagle eye-shaped headlamps give the Astra face a sporty character.

A graceful silhouette connects the muscular lines with an expressive to make it sporty yet elegant. On the fascia, the next generation re-interprets the new Opel face debuted with the Insignia by a smaller upper grille frames the new Opel logo, emphasizing the bigger, bolder opening so as to create a lower look.

Inside, design used to create driver-focused

Echoing the flowing forms of the the hallmarks of the interior are sweeping and shapes that are executed care. Interior designers that, for instance, by creating dynamic shapes that use intelligently. Everything drivers and touch has been given a high quality feel.

The also continues Opel’s wing and blade motifs. In execution, the blade theme is in details like the shape of the grab handles and the trim for molding and steering wheel. The design cue is immediately evident in the inviting wraparound instrument that embraces front occupants.

It arcs across the cabin the top of the door moldings.

In addition to classical color combinations, has created especially for the Astra two new colors and trim offers: Red and Ocean Blue, which add a accent between door and panel.

Health, safety and added via storage, seats and improvements

The Opel Astra has practicality through greatly storage and clever solutions for a class car that include a glove box on the driver’s side and a under the front passenger New, high quality technology brings added and help to back.

Naturally, and cost of ownership were considerations in design in and out. A intelligent bumper is intended to damage in front and rear reducing injury to pedestrians and and saving great money in and insurance (see Spotlight on the new bumpers for the Astra).

Execution by great components and perceptual

Opel designers and engineers quality execution also be matched by what the customer and feels. Such perceptual is particularly important in the interior, the appearance and tactile properties of all must be on a par with their standard of fit and finish.

The quality of the used in the new Astra is evident in things as the grained, soft-touch the textured panels, the quality of the the chrome trim elements, and the of operating buttons and switches.

in execution, quality in the materials and quality as perceived by the customer add up to the new upscale appearance. Together deliver the sculptural artistry and precision of Opel’s new design

Opel Astra

Interior

As a of close collaboration between the engineering and design teams, the has a roomier cabin, offering occupant space, increased storage facilities and gains in safety that benefit occupants and pedestrians. Together, gives new Astra customers a feel and superb experience.

In to achieve this, the team a real-life engineering approach and with requirements they from customer feedback. aim was to provide an interior that occupants’ needs in terms of ergonomics, comfort and well-being.

The factor begins with the The Astra’s footprint increased, a 71 mm longer wheelbase. The surprising of the Astra’s generous rear space is revealed upon the rear doors.

Shoulder front and rear is increased by 29 mm and 2 mm while hip room front and is up by 50 mm and 13 mm.

The cab-forward layout of the Astra the driver and passengers an open and feel. The interior offers a sense of friendliness as well as space and practicality. To support the feel, much attention has paid to detail. The wing-shaped, upper edge of the fascia is of a soft, low reflection tactile and the sense of space is enhanced by the that the base of the steeply windscreen is pushed forward, far the driver.

The welcoming nature of the around interior is accentuated by lighting in the Sport and Cosmo At night, red diffused light illuminates the base of the center and the front door panels.

in class storage

The Astra has a cabin, offering greater space, increased onboard facilities and gains in crash that benefit both and pedestrians.

Flexible, convenient and storage is a major asset on the new No other sedan in the segment as much accessible storage Opel engineers surveyed and potential customers throughout asking them exactly items they normally or wanted to carry in their and where they would to have them stored.

“right intuitive places” for the 20 requested items like coins, sunglasses, wallet or a phone were packaged the new Astra interior before it was designed. The result is a natural of aesthetically pleasing and easily storage.

To take a few examples: The center console carries six CDs in the bin, two cup-holders and an optional can. Replacing the conventional brake with an optional Parking Brake (EPB) frees up extra storage in the center console and is most to operate.

This console the flexibility to choose store two which are nicely covered a floored storage and even a bottle without compromising the position of the armrest. A waste increased CD storage below the a flip out 12V socket and a small bin for the rear passengers complete the of the FlexConsole.

The driver has a pull-out tray large enough to a wallet and glasses case. A in the center stack can accommodate phones or MP3 players and provides and optional USB sockets. The Astra box offers variable space a removable divider and useful as pen-, coin- and credit holders.

The appealing door take large bottles up to in the front and up to 1-liter bottles in the

In the front an optional drawer underneath the passenger seat accommodates a road map, high heels or a netbook.

In the owners can choose the FlexFloor, for trunk storage configuration and the integrated onboard bike

The 40/60, folding seat-back up to 795 liters load capacity and can be by an interior versatility pack, includes a ski hatch and a center with storage space and two cup

FlexFloor, the flexible trunk

Adaptable stowage for a wide of cargo from shopping to large boxes or sports is provided by the easy-to-use FlexFloor The trunk floor is moveable and can be at three levels by engaging designed slots near corner of the trunk. In any position, the can hold up to 100 kilograms of weight.

In its position, FlexFloor brings the of the trunk floor up to bumper making it easy to load and heavy items with effort and reduced risk of injuries. In this position, it provides a separated storage 157 mm deep (126 liters), under the visible floor

In its middle position, the trunk nicely aligns with the of the folded rear seat providing a flat-bed cargo for ease of use. Underneath, a 55 mm stowage area (52 liters) is for slimmer items, such as clothing and kit, or the removable shelf.

In its lowest position, the fits directly on top of the fixed and unveils its large load

This flexible floor can be used as a practical cargo divider.

FlexFix, the exclusive bike carrier

Opel’s FlexFix bike carrier is behind the rear bumper. exclusive feature in the segment can be as an option in the new Astra hatchback. Opel philosophy to provide with optimal on-board FlexFix makes transporting easy and convenient, eliminating the to fit a rack on the tow hitch or lift onto the car roof.

The FlexFix can carry up to two bikes and slides out the rear bumper like a when a release lever the lip of the trunk is pulled. Maximum capacity of the carrier is 40 kilograms. It can bikes with wheel up to 28 inches.

No fixing tools or parts are required and, not in use, FlexFix is pushed to stow almost invisibly the bumper.

Seat technology

The engineers in Rüsselsheim have the seats of the new Astra to be the best in the class. They’re more better for the back and safer ever before.

The front offer the industry’s best of adjustment. All driver and front seats have a fore/aft of 280 mm, which benefits both and rear occupants. The seat-backs are 15 mm slimmer than before, benefiting rear legroom.

a seat height adjustment for the of 65 mm and a steering wheel adjustable for and reach, the new Astra offers an seating position for virtually all regardless of their size.

from excellent comfort and the new Astra’s seats also a high level of safety. generation active head offering protection against neck injury, come as for the front seats in all trim except Essentia. High-strength in the seat frames also rigidity and reduces weight, up to three kilograms per car.

The mounting rails also a more secure front location. Asymmetrically arranged, pins always lock the correctly in position and are designed to the possibility of the seat not being locked after adjustment.

Medically approved AGR ergonomic front seats

Ergonomic Seats are offered as an option for all levels, with powered support. The driver’s seat a 6-way adjustment (fore/aft, and cushion tilt), a 4-way adjustment of the lumbar support and an seat cushion, together seat-back rake adjustment. The passenger seat offers the range of configuration, except for cushion tilt.

With bolstering and whole body the driver’s seat has received a seal of approval from Gesunder Rücken e.V. for Healthy Backs, known as an independent panel of ergonomics and doctors in Germany. No other car in the has ever managed to get this

For Cosmo and Sport, AGR seats are available in leather, together heating for the front seats.

The of silence

Interior noise indicate the Astra’s cabin is the quietest in its class. The quiet of the new Astra was achieved by the excellent development work of the noise and experts. To achieve this level of comfort, numerous measures were implemented in all phases.

In the early design virtual engineering work was to define acoustic enablers virtual models when was not yet available. Later on the vehicle was refined by hardware testing and continue to be up until the start of to meet high customer

Some of these acoustic include:

Body structure and mount optimization. Early on, decided to use components, like mounts, normally found in the segment. These help noise during time, for when the Astra is idling or it is driving away. In addition the and dimension of the engine mounting and the structure have been

Local body structure at the engine mount attachment increased up to 50 percent over the generation. This is a prerequisite for a lower noise level in the and improved driving comfort.

sound like door sound. The doors in the new Astra solid when they indicating a high quality of Opel development engineers this sound into a of technical language to optimize the components.

The NVH experts (Noise, and Harshness) optimized the loudness and the behavior of the sound to achieve the of a midsize vehicle like the In addition many NVH components been refined to match expectations of the sound quality.

treatment. In addition, an extraordinary of sealing and insulation parts has designed to support the noise even in the higher frequency where the customer perceives frequent component-, road- and noise. Structure sealing has optimized by closing hollow and box sections with cavity The high damping performance of the is achieved by small, melt-in which were optimized in to reduce the weight of the vehicle.

The transparency of the cabin is refined by felt inserted in the doors as a absorber, by triple sealing of all openings and by improved absorbing

Road noise performance. In to provide excellent road performance, engineers released a and wheel program to optimize vehicle dynamic requirements and behavior. NVH experts together the vehicle dynamic group also able to use the new compound axle with Watt’s suspension to refine the body excitation.

This overall road noise performance the new Opel Astra outstanding in the car segment.

Cool cabin and climate control systems.

The zone, automatic Electronic Control (ECC) in the new Astra was in-house and represents a first in the Unlike conventional air conditioning the Astra ECC does not operate the principle of temperature compensation the temperature is measured and readjusted, but the principle of predictive and adaptive models. The ECC is controlled by a microprocessor computes the onboard climate and it to match the desired values.

The data for the equation control more than 200 characteristics, a conventional unit with control used by competitors has only 20 characteristics. This saves energy while large volumes of air throughout the quietly and efficiently, with a distribution of flow. At the same the cabin climate remains stable, even under external conditions.

Sophisticated involves the measurement of ambient air temperature, vehicle speed, sun and direction, and the interior temperature at a of different points in the cabin.

zone ECC also features air with a comfort setting provides “diffused ventilation”, a new to the Astra’s segment. This is selected by the thumbwheel at the bottom of vent and locks the vanes of the in a diversified position that the airflow, eliminating any possible from air being channeled in a direction. It is a refinement previously only in premium class

Manually controlled air conditioning, a particulate filter, is standard for and fan-assisted heating, with a and odor filter, is standard for All systems include rear heating and ventilation ducts for the passengers.

Chassis

The previous was fun to take through curves, but its was jittery. The new one has even more and resistance to understeer, while at the time showing the sort of comfort that makes the VW the class-leader for long-distance use. ( )

The chassis on the new Opel Astra has developed as a mechatronic system fully integrates mechanical and electronic controls. The goal of engineers was to retain the fun-to-drive of the previous model, while improving its steering response and comfort.

While the chassis has the McPherson strut layout the Insignia at the front, it benefits a major innovation at the rear: engineers are the first in the world to a compound crank rear with a cleverly positioned link, enabling crisp and high comfort. Keeping the of size, weight and overall of the compound crank rear layout over a classical design, the new architecture with its Watt’s link better lateral forces on the suspension cornering.

It also makes the car and agile without compromising on and comfort. This innovative has been patented by Opel.

In an adaptive suspension, a rarity in the segment, is available in the new Opel . This FlexRide system first appeared in the Insignia the additional option of driver-selected control.

Driving dynamics are by wider front and rear which increased by 56 mm and 70 mm respectively. the wheelbase is 71 mm longer, the proportionately increases in track give the car a footprint, which contributes to stable handling and an inherently road-holding capability. At the same it allows ample passenger inside the cabin and a muscular on the outside.

An increase of 43 percent in stiffness and 10 percent in bending compared to that of its predecessor provides the new Astra with a base for optimizing its handling and capabilities. In addition, it reduces noise, vibration and harshness

FlexRide adaptive chassis in the compact class

Opel was the automobile manufacturer to bring an adaptive damping system to the class in 2003 when it its IDS+ in the previous Astra. Now FlexRide, the brand is the first to a new generation of mechatronic chassis with a full integration of all functions and electronic controls the beginning of development, to the segment. was launched last year the Opel Insignia.

The electronic behind FlexRide is the Driving Control (DMC) module. vehicle dynamics information, the DMC monitors prevailing road vehicle movements and individual style, including acceleration, and cornering, to optimize chassis All four dampers, the steering and the throttle progression are electronically and continuously adapt within to the current driving situation, optimum balance between comfort fun and safety.

By pressing the button in the center stack, also enables drivers to “Tour” or “Sport” chassis and settings that match own driving needs for a particular Thanks to the very wide operating window, the system finds the right answer to driving conditions.

In the Standard the dampers are continuously adapted to the situation, offering the optimal between comfort and efficiency.

The setting provides a perceivable in comfort: The dampers are set in a softer and the car adopts a smoother ride.

The Sport mode offers a more connected driving The action of the dampers is stiffened up; the throttle provides a swifter response and the level of power assistance is reduced. To underline the the instrument panel illumination from white to red. an automatic transmission, the up-shift are also raised to a higher speed.

Last but not least, if the Adaptive Forward Lighting system reacts even quickly. As a further refinement, the mode includes a customization accessible via the board computer or display, allowing the driver to the Sport setting for the dampers, assistance or the throttle response.

from a more rewarding experience, FlexRide also safety benefits in emergency For example, if an obstacle must be even when the car is in Tour the DMC interprets the information from the chassis sensors, registers the swift action on the steering and commands the dampers to stiffen a millisecond, enhancing the vehicle

The FlexRide system is available as an in the Enjoy, Sport and Cosmo with all engines, except the gasoline 1.4 and the 1.3 CDTI units.

Innovative rear axle with Watt’s link and McPherson

The chassis layout on the new Astra combines a McPherson suspension similar to the one on the Insignia and a developed compound crank axle with a Watt’s

This innovative rear layout reduces unwanted and vibrations, allows a comfortable and improves the vehicle’s handling. to a multi-link axle, it retains all the of the compound crank, yet it is lighter and compact. It also provides wheel camber stiffness, for body roll and keeps track width.

In addition, it enhances lateral stability.

The link is carried on a small attached to the underbody, just the rear wheel center It consists of a short, pivoting link with ball at each end, to which the links from the wheels are

On the road, this link the trailing arms resist the of lateral loadings and road The action of the pivot and its links that when a force is to either rear wheel, an force is simultaneously applied in the direction to the other wheel. effectively prevents any sideways of the axle.

Opel engineers that this link about 80 percent of all lateral on the rear suspension.

An additional of the Watt’s link is that it axle bush loads and allows the use of softer bushings. is why comfort, road noise and are all greatly improved. Last but not the Watt’s link has also an improvement in the geometry of the trailing

The torsion beam of the compound is attached between the trailing slightly ahead of the rear The open, U-shaped profile the attachment points has now been and the wall thickness generally to provide more roll Beams with different thickness are fitted to give the roll steer characteristics in with a certain setting of the of the U-shaped profile.

The perfect of wall thickness and a certain setting defines the wished tuning – more or sporty or, for instance, adapted to the weight of a diesel engine.

The suspension consists of McPherson with de-coupled top mountings separate the paths of spring and loadings. To reduce unsprung and assist weight distribution, the strut carrier and the lower arm are made of aluminum; the anti-roll bar is in section steel.

For optimum the L-shaped control arm is attached to the sub-frame through two bushings. The geometry and the tuning of the bushings are to provide both lateral and longitudinal compliance for excellent and good ride comfort. The bushing of the L-arm is also damped for excellent road helping to prevent vibrations transmitted into the vehicle

Rebound springs are standard on all vehicles. The rebound spring is into the front strut therefore not visible from the – and adds spring to the inside wheel during which adds roll to the front axle. Body is significantly reduced.

As the rebound does not load the outside the body roll can be reduced creating unwanted understeer as be the case if the front stabilizer bar was to achieve the same amount of roll control. The rebound is not compressed during jounce, so is no negative effect on ride compared to an increased front bar.

Space-saving Electric Brake (EPB)

Like in the Insignia, an Electric Parking is available in the new Astra as an option. As as providing enhanced convenience, easy-to use Electric Parking also frees up valuable storage space in the center

To activate the Electric Parking the driver simply needs to up a switch located near the instead of a conventional handbrake This sends an electrical to actuators clamping the rear calipers. The Electric Parking can secure the car on gradients as steep as 30

It is automatically disengaged when the drives off.

The Electric Brake is offered with the Start Assist (HSA) which helps minimize movement of the car and puts less on the clutch (and the driver) taking off on an uphill slope. The HSA maintains pressure on all four to minimize the possibility of the vehicle when the driver steps the brake to the accelerator pedal engaging the clutch.

Braking and active safety systems

on the performance level of a given the dual-circuit braking system of the features one of the two brake disc available. The 15-inch specification 276 mm ventilated front discs and 268 mm rear discs, clamped by piston calipers. The 15-inch is featured on the 1.4, 1.6, 1.4 and 1.3 CDTI variants.

The 16-inch – on the 1.6 Turbo, 1.7 CDTI and 2.0 models – has 300 mm ventilated discs and 292 mm solid rear with single piston

The four-channel ABS (Anti-lock Braking is fitted as standard together the Electronic Brake force (EBD) which ensures an braking force is applied on axles for maximum stability heavy breaking.

The Electronic Control (ESC), including Control (TC), is fitted as across the range and offers a level of active safety. The ESC yaw in the center of the car detects movement the vertical axis and a sensor on the column measures the steering being applied. Inputs these sources are then with the speed of the car. The is programmed to execute whatever will most effectively the loss of control.

Depending the driving situation, it is possible for to be applied via the ESC system to one, two or wheels at once, or, if necessary, the throttle opening is also

Other braking functions ESC direction:

Cornering Brake (CBC), is activated when the car is while cornering. Brake is individually varied between all wheels in order to keep the car stable.

Cornering Torque (CTC) prevents the inner from slipping when under acceleration, thereby any understeer tendency.

Electronic Torque Control (EDC), the wheels from blocking the throttle is released too quickly or an abrupt downshift.

Brake System (BAS) helps the apply optimal braking in emergency braking situations.

Brake Fade Assist automatically raises braking to compensate for brake fade repeated applications of heavy

Trailer Stability Assist is active when an Opel-approved hitch is fitted. TSA counters any instability that may occur towing a trailer or caravan by the engine torque and applying pressure to selected wheels.

electrical speed sensitive improves feel and saves

The new Opel Astra uses a steering system. The speed assistance is electrically powered by a mounted directly on the steering as opposed to the base of the steering

This architecture ensures driver feel when the steering wheel. At low speeds, the of power assistance is increased to steering effort. At higher assistance is automatically reduced to a high degree of steering for the driver.

The second important of this system is fuel because it does not require an pump and responds directly to the of power needed at any speed.

Powertrain

The new Astra will with a complete line-up of engines ranging from 70 hp to 132 kW/180 hp, illustrating the brand’s of providing drivers with real-life efficiency while preserving a thrilling driving The new Astra has grown slightly to a roomier interior and, at the time, it has benefited from enhancements that allow it to fuel efficiency and performance.

engines ranging from 95 hp to 180 hp, 0 to 60 mph in 9,7 new 6-speed automatic

The Astra’s of powertrains with manual provides impressive performance and fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by more than 12 percent with the current generation. The fuel consumption of the four engines ranging from 70 hp to 118 kW/160 hp, which are expected to almost half of the new Astra sold in Europe at launch, is 4.6 l/100 km.

The CDTI turbo line-up includes 1.3, 1.7 and units, each has common-rail multiple fuel injection with particulate filters. the top-of-the-line 2.0 CDTI with 118 hp only requires 4.9 l/100 km on and emits no more than 129 CO2.

A new diesel 1.3 CDTI generation with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km and an average fuel of just 4.2 l/100 km will be to the range in spring 2010.

The range comprises naturally-aspirated and 1.4 and 1.6-liter engines, giving a bandwidth from 74 kW/100 hp to 132 hp. The average fuel consumption of the gasoline engine line-up is 6.1 l/100 km.

The 74 kW/100 hp entry-level in the gasoline line-up only 5.5 l/100 km and does not emit than 129 g/km CO2. makes it the most fuel-efficient compact on the market. Continuing strategy of downsizing, a new 103 kW/140hp 1.4 gasoline engine replaces the 1.8 liter variant, improving efficiency by nearly 18 percent.

All are six-speed, with the exception of a manual gearbox for the 1.4 and1.6-liter and the 1.3 turbo diesel engines. A space-saving automatic transmission is in the gasoline range.

Four aspirated or turbocharged high-efficient 1.4 and 1.6 engines

Four naturally-aspirated and 1.4 and 1.6-liter engines compose a of 74 kW/100 hp to 132 kW/180 hp.

All engines are four-cylinder units with cylinder heads carrying overhead camshafts that four valves per cylinder. blocks are in cast iron for and reduced noise resonance, a hollow frame design for weight. A … cast, aluminum oil pan adds further and provides further noise

Continuously variable valve is featured in all engines on both and exhaust sides, except the turbo. The camshafts have operated vane-type phasers vary the angle of each relative to the crankshaft by up to 60 degrees on the side and 45 degrees on the exhaust

Cam phasing allows the engine module to adjust the timing of the and closing of the valves according to conditions, such as engine and engine load. The many include a broader spread of higher maximum power and fuel consumption. Cam phasing is an effective tool for controlling emissions, managing valve at optimum levels to eliminate the for a separate exhaust gas recirculation system.

The coolant thermostat and the oil are electronically controlled to improve heat up.

The entry-level 1.4-liter, engine develops 74kW/100 hp at rpm, with a specific output of 52.8 kW/71.4 hp per It focuses on excellent fuel and returns 5.5 l//100 km over the cycle, the best figure for a engine in the compact segment.

The are chain-driven for maintenance-free operation and hydraulic lash adjustment. refinements include the use of hollow which reduce weight and reciprocating mass, and a torsional damper that improves refinement. The fuel injection also features port under part load for exhaust gas recirculation, giving emissions and improved fuel

The 1.6-liter naturally-aspirated engine, 85 kW/115 hp at 6,000 rpm and has an even specific power output hp) per liter than its 1.4-liter, cousin. Maximum torque of 155 Nm is at 4,000 rpm, with than 90 percent of this available from 3,000 The combined cycle fuel is 6.3 l/100 km.

A two-stage variable manifold is fitted to this For increased torque at engine below 4,000 rpm, the intake charge passes 620 mm long inlet tracts. 4,000 rpm, the engine system transmits a signal to the air along shorter 288 mm tracts, has the effect of increasing top-end power.

The engine’s cylinder are laser-etched for an extremely smooth This results in minimal friction and wear characteristics, also benefiting oil and fuel Under-skirt piston oil cooling is a addition.

The new, downsized 103 hp 1.4-liter turbo engine replaces a naturally-aspirated 1.8 engine of output is focused on strong with high elasticity, by 200 Nm of torque available between and 4,900 rpm. Compared to the 140 Nm 1.8 engine from the current it replaces, it delivers 14 percent torque with an impressively low consumption of 5.9 l/100km an improvement of 18 percent. These power translate to a zero to 100 km/h in 9.7 seconds, and a transition from 80 to 120 in fifth gear swiftly in 13.3 seconds.

The water-cooled spinning at up to 240,000 rpm, is into the exhaust manifold to the engine for a fast throttle Air-to-air inter-cooling increases the charge density.

The adoption of a crankshaft, reinforced pistons and allows the use of relatively high compression ratio, despite stresses and loads. Under-skirt oil cooling jets, an oil cooler and valves filled with are further features ensuring under higher internal

Opel Astra

The most powerful gasoline is the 1.6-liter turbocharged which 110 hp per liter in delivering a maximum of 132 kW/180 hp. Devel oped for focusing on dynamic driving it is the most powerful production in its displacement class.

Great is matched by an impressively wide of torque, with 230 Nm available all the way 2,200 rpm to 5,400 rpm. For and safe overtaking maneuvers, an function can briefly unleash more torque, raising it to 266 Nm for up to seconds.

With this the new Astra achieves zero to 100 acceleration in 8.5 seconds, and makes the 80 to 120 transition in fifth gear in 10.5 seconds.

Like the 1.6 engine, the cylinder barrels are for minimal piston friction. To higher operating temperatures, the valves are filled with and under-skirt piston cooling oil jets is used. A map-based control raises the coolant at low engine speeds or under loads to help reduce lubricant friction and improve consumption.

Three diesel in four output variants less than 5.0 liter/100 km

The turbo diesel line-up 1.3, 1.7 and 2.0-liter units all common-rail with multiple injection and standard particulate which range in power 70 kW/95 hp to 118 kW/160 hp. All benefited the latest developments and refinements in management calibration, which an impressive 14.5 percent in fuel efficiency across the compared to the already frugal Astra diesel line-up.

The engines require less 5.0 liter/100 km on average – CO2 emissions that do not exceed 129 – even for the powerful 118 hp 2.0 CDTI. A first ecoFLEX powered by the 70 kW/95 hp 1.3 CDTI with CO2 emissions of only 109 and average fuel consumption of 4.2 l/100 km will be added to the in spring 2010.

All CDTI in the Astra are fitted with dual overhead camshafts, a aluminum cylinder head, shaped intake ports for swirl and burn characteristics, pistons, a dual-mass flywheel and a particulate filter. The main features include:

Common Multiple Fuel Injection: at high pressures up to 1,800 bar bar for the 1.7-liter; 1,600 bar for the 1.3- and engines), this sophisticated delivery system ensures fine atomization in the combustion and enables up to five injection per cycle to extract as much as possible from a given of fuel. This results in fuel consumption and exhaust as well as reduced engine

Multiple injections help out the strong vibrations associated compression ignition. For example, a during the warm-up period cold-start ‘knock’ to a barely level.

Variable Geometry Turbocharger The pitch of the vanes on the turbine is continuously varied according to load and speed, giving an throttle response, particularly pick up from low speeds.

Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR): The EGR system has an additional cooling Electro-pneumatically operated bypass controlled by the engine management ensure that the exhaust gas a temperature suitable for combustion on its way into the cylinder. This to increased power as well as emissions.

Acclaimed for its compact the 70 kW/95 hp, 1.3-liter CDTI in the new ecoFLEX offers outstanding economy of just 4.2 l/100 km the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 109 g/km. Strong torque of 190 Nm 1,750 and 3,250 rpm belies the capacity of this engine.

The CDTI comes in two states of providing 81 kW/110 hp and 260 Nm, or 92 kW/125 hp and 280 Nm of Combined cycle fuel in both cases is 4.7 l/100 km.

The CDTI which debuted in the packs 118 kW/160 hp with an strong torque of 350 Nm from 1,750 rpm. With the function, 380 Nm can be reached for up to 15 seconds, the driver extra power needed. The result is outstanding with zero to 100 km/h in 9.0 seconds together with cycle fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100 km.

A choice of transmissions includes a new 6-speed automatic

manual gearboxes offering a spread of ratios and a long, top gear are a standard fit across the with the exception of the 1.4/1.6-liter and the 1.3-liter turbo diesel which have five-speed Such five-speed, two-shaft are preferred due to their advantages in and mass balance, optimizing economy. All gearboxes feature cone synchronization in the first and gears for easy engagement.

An six-speed automatic transmission an ActiveSelect function is available as an with all gasoline engines the 1.4-liter naturally-aspirated unit is manual only.

The on-axis allows more compact resulting in enhanced crumple performance, increased interior and a lower hood line with a conventional off-axis Instead of the transmission being around the end of a transversely-mounted engine, the sets are now on the same axis as the crankshaft centerline, which the entire powertrain unit shorter fore-to-aft. Shifts are by applying and disengaging clutches which provides increased and a more direct feel for the compared to freewheeling gear mechanisms.

On the road, a wide of shift patterns is adapted to the and habits of the driver, anticipating maximum acceleration or maximum is required. The electronic control adapts to the prevailing road reducing gear shifting climbing or descending and using braking assistance during shifts.

ActiveSelect allows driver gear selection via the lever. The driver also from neutral gear at idle, which reduces and contributes to improved fuel

Hydraulically-damped mountings for smoother

All powertrains are bolted in position via mountings that minimize through the body structure. plates enable the same fixing points to be used for all two on the front sub-frame and one on each beam.

The fuel supply uses an electric pump and mounted in the 56-liter fuel which is located low under the seat for optimal weight and crash impact protection.

Innovative Technologies

The 2010 (Vauxhall) Astra is a good It#8217;s seriously deficient in no and offers sensible improvements the old model. Unfortunately, it does not any truly outstanding qualities, ( InsideLine )

Continuing the Opel the new Astra brings an array of equipment and innovative technologies to the class at an affordable price.

Generation Adaptive Forward (AFL+)

Opel has played a role in automotive lighting and was the first automaker to introduce light functions with AFL. Now its third generation, more intelligent AFL+ is debuted in the compact class.

multi-xenon headlamps, AFL+ is as part of a Premium Lighting This also includes Beam Assist (automatic beam switching), LED daytime lights and headlamp washers.

features a total of nine complemented by the Daytime Running function. Each of the configurations is engaged to suit prevailing profiles and driving conditions.

Curve Light provides around bends by swivelling the up to 15, to the right or left, into an bend. The degree of movement is by the car’s speed and steering The function is now also linked to the mode switch in FlexRide, fitted, enabling an even response.

Country Road provides brighter and wider of both sides of the road a conventional low beam. This drivers see potential hazards at the

It is activated between 50 and 100 km/h and a 70 meter long beam risk of blinding oncoming

Static Cornering Light an area to the right or left up to an of 90 and makes it easier to maneuver in areas, such as on dark roads. It is activated at speeds 40 km/h, or when reverse is selected.

Highway Light a more intense and slightly main beam. There is no of blinding oncoming drivers as the smooth highway road causes less vehicle movement. Highway Light a 140 meter long beam and improves illumination of the left-hand An increased electrical output, 35 to 38 watts, provides the stronger

The function activates automatically 100 km/h, but only when the angle sensor indicates curve radii do not resemble of a country road.

Town functions at speeds between 30 and 50 providing a wider, symmetrical with reduced range to drivers see pedestrians at the roadside. Light’s beam intensity is than the normal low beam as light sources such as lighting are available.

Pedestrian Light is activated at speeds up to 30 and is designed for zones where the must exercise extreme such as in residential areas traffic restrictions. The function the cone of light for both by 8 toward each roadside.

Weather Light is activated rain or snow when the sensor detects a certain of moisture on the windshield, or when the are switched on and off in rapid succession. The output is distributed asymmetrically. The headlamp beam intensity from 35 to 38 watts, so the driver can see markings better.

The left beam reduces from 35 to 32 and is shortened slightly to reduce the of blinding oncoming drivers glare from wet, road surfaces.

High Light provides maximum beam output and range. It illuminates the full width of the and the headlamps’ output increases 35 to 38 watts.

High Beam automatically engages and disengages beam, maximizing forward and helping relieve night stress by assisting the driver a simple yet repetitive task. It helps prevent the likelihood of blinding other drivers. An sensor behind the windshield is in the interior mirror mounting and the headlamps or tail lights of vehicles.

The headlamps are then switched between high and low as required.

Additional lighting

Daytime Running Lights LEDs give a signature graphic by day and night. LEDs a service life up to thirty longer than H7 halogen and also contribute to lower consumption as they require electrical power. When the headlamps are on, the LEDs serve as

Included in the Sight and Light Automatic Lighting Control on the headlamps at night and during the day poor light conditions are such as when entering a or parking in a garage. This is available for both the AFL+ and the headlamp configurations.

The Opel Eye Traffic Sign Recognition and Departure Warning

Another for the compact segment, Opel Eye is a system that alerts the to traffic signs and provides a if the vehicle unintentionally veers out of It is offered with the Sight and Pack in conjunction with

The Opel Eye contributes to driving helps reduce driving and can even prevent a costly fine. It utilizes a forward-facing which is mounted on the back of the rear-view mirror and is linked to a

Traffic Sign Recognition the driver comply with restrictions. The function reads limit and no-passing signs and drivers when speed have been lifted. on the Insignia, the system is now (for MY 10) at speeds above 14 km/h. improvement is also available on

It still also works in the when the car’s headlights the road signs.

The system displays the most relevant for safe driving. If two signs are in close proximity to one another, special advisory signs, as “no passing”, would precedence over a speed sign.

At the touch of a button, the Departure Warning function can be for speeds above 60 km/h. The Eye camera helps prevent a situation developing, such as a driver starts to fall at the wheel and unintentionally veers out of If this happens, the driver is by an audible warning chime and a signal in the instrument panel.

A processor and software interprets from the camera to detect and longitudinal patterns on the road enabling traffic lanes and markings to be recognized. By monitoring wheel and turn-indicator movements an intentional lane change, for the system can distinguish between and unintended maneuvers and only when necessary.

Extensive line-up

The new Astra offers a choice of infotainment and communications Audio packages offer to eight speakers, ranging in power from 80 to 315 watts the top-of-the-line Infinity system. All are MP3 compatible and have an auxiliary socket for external electronic such as iPods.

A USB connection is on the CD 500 Navi and DVD 800 Navi (optional on CD 400 and CDC which allows having the on the steering wheel. The navigation include continuous map zooming and the line DVD 800 system features eye view. The complete range three audio packages and two systems:

CD 300: This a radio/CD, the auxiliary input for external electronic devices, as iPods, and MP3 playback with Media Audio (WMA) The standard four speaker comes with a text display.

CD 400: Up-level system including a larger info display on the dashboard and speakers. The radio features a function. When reception is a second tuner searches for a signal and, when the radio switches to it with no interruption to reception.

CDC 400: In to the seven speakers and the graphic display, this adds an 6 x CD changer.

CD 500 Navi: This seven up-level speakers, a color monitor and improved and zoom functions. The internal memory (1GB) allows for individual countries to be downloaded the CD. For added convenience, the destination offers a search by ZIP or postal

DVD 800 Navi: This top-of-the-line adds a digital travel a bird’s eye map view and a 2GB internal memory, allowing map software for European countries to be downloaded the DVD.

Infinity Premium Superb sound reproduction is by an auxiliary amplifier, seven speakers and a subwoofer unit under the trunk floor.

phone: The mobile phone with Integrated Phone is new. When the system a Bluetooth mobile phone with SAP (SIM Access the information stored on the SIM card of the phone is automatically saved in the Phone Module, enabling the to make calls or send a SMS via the The mobile phone stays in mode and does not use its battery.

For mobile phones, the in-car is provided wirelessly for Bluetooth-enabled or via a universal cradle in the center This charges the phone, battery life, and connects it to the antenna for better reception. The can accommodate connection adaptors for commonly-used mobile devices.

The can be operated via the steering wheel buttons on the center stack or by command. All information is shown on the display screen.

Four levels to satisfy all

In keeping the new Astra’s sporty persona, the is finished predominantly in black, the instrument dials, main air vent adjusters, door gear-shift and handbrake lever all in silver. The headlining and the A, B and C-pillars are in a light grey, titanium-like

The entry-level Essentia interior seats upholstered in black with contrasting patterns for the and seat-back inserts. A dark finish is applied to the decor for the center stack, door and air vents to give an up-level to the interior as of the entry level.

the more discrete black Enjoy introduces an additional choice of Spice Red or Ocean for the wing-shaped instrument panel, inserts and door trims. The applied to the wing panel and has a distinctively grained, soft-touch giving the front of the cabin a youthful ambience.

This and engaging interior theme is by a silver dust finish on the stack trim, door and air vents, together with a silver bezel on the steering A subtle night time is provided by ambient light in the and around the gear shift

The Sport interior adds a gloss, piano black for the center stack, door and air vent trims. The centre offers an armrest covered in The black sports seating is deeply sculptured and upholstered technical fabric inserts.

The steering wheel features leather rim.

The up-level cabin features more bolstered and supportive seating, in premium, heavily textured fabric with contrasting The seat bolsters are covered in This modern, premium is complemented by two-tone Liquid Matrix for the center stack and handle trims.

Cosmo adds a center console covered in Morrocana, and a leather wheel. Ambient interior is now extended to the front doors and illumination for the instrument dial further enhances the quality of the cabin (also on Sport).

In Sport and Cosmo, the Astra can be equipped with an optional steering available when the heated front seats.

safety is top priority

Occupant played a major role in the of the new Astra. In addition to all features active safety, it is also with many systems to its occupants if an accident occurs.

All new variants are fitted with front seatbelt pre-tensioners effective tightening over the shoulder and lap. They are activated to restrain forward movement in heavy.

Other safety equipment includes airbags, front seat-mounted chamber thorax/pelvis side and roof rail-mounted curtain that cover the entire area between the A and C-pillars. seatbelts are provided for all three passengers.

The front passenger can be de-activated by inserting and turning the ignition key in a small lock at the end of the panel, in the doorjamb on the front side. This is a useful if the seat is unoccupied or a rearward-facing seat is being used. An warning light in the main always alerts the front if the passenger airbag is disconnected.

the airbags and pre-tensioners are deployed, a of additional safety measures are activated: The hazard warning come on, all doors are unlocked, the lights are switched on and the interior fan and the fuel pump are both off.

Latest generation head restraints, further from the Insignia application, are as standard to the front seats in all except Essentia. In a rear-end these help provide protection against whiplash injury.

Other occupant features:

Seatbelt reminder audible warning. Standard for all seating positions.

Front frames with ramps to occupant movement in a frontal Enhanced Pedal Release (PRS). In a heavy frontal the brake and clutch pedals are from their mountings, to reduce the risk of foot or leg injury.

ISOFIX child mounts for the outer rear plus seatback-mounted top tether for the outer rear seating

Height-adjustable rear head optional for the center position.

ire Monitoring System (TPMS) warns the driver if pressure in any of the falls below the recommended A warning message appears in the instrument display.

Adaptive lights warn following by pulsing five times per when the ABS is engaged at speeds 30 km/h. All three brake are activated.

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