Sunday, January 16, 2011

2011 Opel Astra ecoFLEX

Now available with Start/Stop technology, the Opel Astra 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX 5-door hatchback version reduces its CO2 emissions from 109 to just 104 g/km and its combined fuel consumption from 4.1 liters to 3.9 liters per 100 km.

Thanks to this technology, which combines with a raft of mechanical and aerodynamic improvements, customers can profit from additional tax benefits in many European countries. Prices of the new Astra 1.3 ecoFLEX with Start/Stop start at 19,780 euros in Germany.

The Astra ecoFLEX is powered by the economical, multivalve 70 kW/95 hp 1.3 CDTI turbo diesel engine. Offering a comfortable torque of 190 Nm between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm, it uses a common rail, multiple fuel injection system working at a pressure of 1,600 bar and a turbo charger with variable geometry. It also receives a new E59 control unit, and its improved exhaust gas recirculation module (EGR) is now water-cooled to help reducing emissions. In addition, it is fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) as standard. The Astra 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX is mated to a five-speed manual transmission optimized to obtain great fuel economy.

While the 5-door hatchback 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX version is available with and without Start/Stop system, the new Sports Tourer always receives it. Its fuel consumption is of 4.1 l/100 km for emissions of 109 g/km CO2.

All Astra 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX improve their aerodynamic performance using an active aero shutter fitted to the front grille: It opens to allow air to pass the engine at low vehicle speeds and then automatically closes at higher speeds to smoothen the airflow at the front of the car. This system is complemented by carefully-tuned underside aerodynamics. To optimize fuel economy, a ‘shift-up’ indicator is fitted in the main instrument cluster. This item is offered on all Astra versions equipped with a manual transmission.