17 Oct 2013
The 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show is playing host to a number of important new Opel models, each of which gives a taste of what the brand currently offers and what is set to come in the future.
“Under consideration for the South African market, the stylish Opel ADAM is a youthful expression of the Opel brand. Similarly, the Opel Mokka B-segment SUV is also under consideration for local retail, and both these vehicles are characterised by stylish design backed by German engineering,” comments Chris Cradock, Opel Brand Manager at GM South Africa.
“Our current product offering is also on show at JIMS, where the recently-launched Astra sedan is met by the ferocious Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition and the new Corsa Turbo, along with the challenge-inspiring Astra OPC and innovative Meriva. In short, our stand at the Show is a great exhibition of where we are and where we’re heading.”
Mokka immediately demands attention
The Opel Mokka B-segment SUV not only grabs initial attention with its new-age Opel design and funky stance, but with initial orders in Europe amounting to over 40 000 in the first four months of availability, the Mokka has proved an attractive alternative right from the off. Compact dimensions with an instantly-recognisable Opel design, coupled to the elevated stance and lifestyle-centric SUV appeal means this Opel is a formidable lifestyle option.
Powered by a choice of engines including normally-aspirated and turbocharged petrol motors and a turbocharged diesel unit, the Mokka is available with the option of front- or intelligent all-wheel drive to suit any driving needs. Efficiency is at the very core of Mokka design and as an example of weight saving wherever possible, the all-wheel drive system weighs just 65 kilograms. Attention to weight saving plays into the hands of efficient engines of course and the Opel Mokka features two particularly frugal and environmentally-friendly power plants along with other efficiency-enhancing measures like start-stop technology.
The 1.4 turbocharged petrol engine produces 103 kW and 200 Nm, while consuming just 6.4-litres per 100 km and producing 149 g/km when paired with a manual gearbox and all-wheel drive. The 1.7-litre CDTI turbocharged diesel variant takes economy to the max with 96 kW and 300 Nm meeting economy of just 4.5-litres per 100 km and 120 g/km of CO2.
With its chassis tuned in Germany and a host of clever electronic controls available to hone driving dynamics on the move, the Opel Mokka is equally at home on a smooth urban road or a rough and rutted dirt track. The intelligent all-wheel drive system also enhances on-road ride and handling.
Despite its relatively diminutive length for an SUV – 4.28 metres – the Mokka provides ample ergonomic seating for five passengers as well as a host of innovative features and segment firsts. These include FlexFix – Opel’s innovative, integrated bike rack – hill descent control, LED daytime running lights and Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+) which utilises third-generation bi-xenon technology to adapt the Mokka’s light spread and intensity for adverse weather, increased high beam, static and dynamic bending light conditions as well as high beam assistance.
Furthermore, technological innovations in the segment include the Opel Eye front-facing camera system which integrates Forward Collision Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Departure Warning.
SLAM with Opel ADAM
Small, stylish, infinitely customisable and unique – this is the Opel ADAM SLAM. The range-topping model in the ADAM range, the SLAM derivative brings together all that is sporty and trendy in vehicle design, in one stylish package.
Named after the company’s founder, the Opel ADAM is Opel’s latest expression of emotive, fashionable design and, with endless design customisation possibilities available, creating a completely unique ADAM is easy. From paint jobs and wheel finishes to interior trim colours and a patterned headliner, the ADAM fulfils a new boutique niche segment in the Opel line-up.
The SLAM option pack fitted to the Opel ADAM on display in Johannesburg supplements two other option packs – JAM and GLAM – each of which bringing with it a unique set of extra-special touches to the Opel ADAM. The SLAM package exudes more masculine and sporty overtones and forms part of a huge number of different personalised combinations, including a total of 31 different wheel designs and colours. Some wheels can even be further customised by interchangeable colour ‘clips’ which add a dash of contrasting colour to the wheels – the only car in the world to do so.
Stripes and paint splats on the outside can be made to match colourful dashboard inserts and oddball seats on the inside – the interior of the Opel ADAM is also infinitely customisable and features a number of extra-special touches, like LED backlighting on the dash panels or foil finishing for special decorative designs. Changeable ambient lighting enhances the interior at night especially as well, whereas daytime fun can be had through the optional sunroof and customisable headliner – an industry first which really sets the Opel ADAM apart. Autumn leaves, open sky or a racy chequered flag – the interchangeable headliners can be fitted and removed to suit the driver’s mood or even the season. As an added bonus, the Opel ADAM features a first-in-class “Starlight” headliner which is fitted with 64 LED lights which create the impression of a starry night sky – a feature only enjoyed by owners of some of the world’s most expensive limousines until now.
Besides the multitude of colour and trim combinations, the Opel ADAM can be even further personalised with the addition of extra trim packages like the OPC Line Package or the Extreme Carbon Pack – the latter of which includes genuine carbon fibre detailing and the former bringing with it more aggressive bumpers and spoilers.
Being a true Opel product engineered in Germany, the new Opel ADAM brings first-class technologies and features to the premium A-segment in a truly unique package. Befitting such a cool car of course, a host of high-tech features – some of which are also segment-firsts – also elevate the ADAM above the competition. These include the likes of automated parking assistance, blind spot assistance, cruise control with a speed limiter, a light-touch CITY power steering mode and IntelliLink on-board infotainment, which is designed to work in conjunction with smartphones for media and app integration with the vehicle.
Powering Opel ADAM models are three efficient normally-aspirated petrol engines – a 51 kW 1.2-litre, 64 kW 1.4-litre and a 74 kW 1.4-litre, each of which is mated to the front wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. Start-stop engine technology is also available, along with Eco Drive Assistance which aids the driver in maximising efficiency from the engine. Low-rolling-resistance tyres also contribute to efficiency maximisation and all the eco-minded features form part of the ecoFLEX technology pack. Fuel economy in the range dips as low as 5.0-litres per 100 km in the ADAM 1.2, with corresponding carbon emissions of 118 g/km.
Furthermore, an all-new downsized petrol engine is under development and is destined for use in the Opel ADAM. The all-aluminium engine will feature direct injection, turbocharging and start-stop technology, mated to a six-speed manual transmission in an effort to maximise efficiency.
New Astra and Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition take pride of place on stand
Launched to the South African market only a month before the Show, two of Opel’s latest products will also take pride of place at the General Motors stand at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show.
The all-new Opel Astra sedan is the new, booted version of the popular and classy Astra hatchback and is available in four new derivatives – the Astra 1.6 Essentia sedan, Astra 1.4 Turbo Essentia sedan, Astra 1.4 Turbo Essentia automatic sedan and the range-topping, sportier Astra 1.6 Turbo Cosmo sedan. Based on the hatchback, the new Astra sedan features the same high-quality, classy look and feel of the five-door, with the added practicality of a larger boot for improved load carrying abilities.
Also on show is the hard-charging Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition which is an even faster, hotter and more track-focused version of the already untamed Corsa OPC.
Honed at the Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany and available in extremely limited numbers in South Africa, the Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition features more power and torque, a number of design changes and enhancements, upgrades to the suspension and braking systems as well as an improved specification level to present a truly inspiring hot hatchback, and one which will have Opel aficionados drooling.
Rounding off the Opel display is Opel’s top performance Astra OPC, the most powerful production Astra produced to date. The Astra OPC is powered by a 206 kW turbocharged direct injection 2,0 litre engine with maximum torque of 400 Nm. This enables the Astra OPC to sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 6 seconds with an electrically governed top speed of 250 km/h.
The Opel product portfolio can be visited at the General Motors South Africa stand in Hall 7 at the Johannesburg International Motor Show.
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