The new Opel Insignia and new Opel Meriva are in demand: on the market since fall 2013 and early 2014, both models are hugely popular. Since its introduction, over 115,000 orders have been received for the new edition of the Opel flagship. And the upgraded version of the Meriva flexibility champion has been ordered more than 50,000 times in just a few months. The vehicles are not only distinguished by their ultra-modern engine technologies and advanced infotainment systems, they also ensure that the driver and co-driver have an extremely comfortable journey. AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) certified premium Opel ergonomic seats provide excellent long-distance travel seating and back comfort. Thanks to a range of adjustment functions, drivers can optimally adjust their seat so that even after hours of driving, they arrive at their destination rested and free of pain. But before such an advanced and back-friendly seating design makes it to series production, many developments steps are necessary. There is a good reason seat engineering accounts for around ten percent of the production costs of a car.
147 kW/200 hp, 300 Newton meters maximum torque and 235 km/h top speed – the especially powerful version of the new Opel 1.6 SIDI turbo engine generation makes its world premiere in the Opel Cascada at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) from September 12 – 22. This is the first time Opel will show the high-performance version of the new mid-size convertible that tops the Cascada gasoline portfolio, and that is also clearly recognizable thanks to two exhaust tailpipes. The engine is one of the completely newly designed Opel four-cylinder units with gasoline direct injection (SIDI = Spark Ignition Direct Injection) and in this second, new variant it marks the power peak of Opel’s 1.6-liter class. It joins the 1.6 SIDI turbo with 125 kW/170 hp that was already introduced during the Cascada’s market launch in the spring. Both new engines are released for unlimited usage of regular and super gasoline fuel.
Opel presents four world premieres at this year’s Geneva Motor Show (public visitor days March 7 – 17, 2013). The new mid-size class Cascada convertible, the urban crossover concept ADAM ROCKS, the rallye concept ADAM R2 and the Zafira Tourer 1.6 CDTI will all be revealed at the Opel press conference on March 5 at 9:00 a.m. in Geneva Palexpo, Hall 2, Stand 2231.
Vauxhall today released full pictures of its Cascada full-size convertible that will launch the company into a fourth new sector this year, following on from its Ampera, Mokka and ADAM models.
The Cascada is a full four-seat, fabric-roof convertible which at nearly 4.7 metres in length is longer than an Audi A5 Convertible and positions Vauxhall in a sector that it hasn’t occupied since the 1930s.
Cascada’s design team, headed by Brit Mark Adams, has created a car with classic lines, redolent of the Grandes Routieres (luxury touring cars) of a bygone age, matched with a capacious cabin and high-quality materials.
An all-new 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, producing 170PS and 280Nm of torque, and marking the first outing of Vauxhall’s MGE (Mid-Size Gasoline Engine) family, will be the highlight of a four-engine range.
Crucially for weather-hardened UK buyers, there will be a high-quality fabric hood, with superior acoustic and thermal insulation thanks to a special layer of polyester fleece between the outer and inner linings. Making the Cascada a practical year-round car, the hood can be opened in just 17 seconds at speeds up to 30mph by an interior switch, or via a button on the key fob.
Cascada’s dynamic credentials will be highlighted by an immensely rigid body, which is torsionally 43 per cent stiffer than Vauxhall’s last open-topped car, the Astra Twin Top. It will also use the much-praised HiPerStrut front suspension which was initially used on the 325PS Insignia VXR.
‘Cascada is set to change people’s perception of Vauxhall once again,’ said Duncan Aldred, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. ‘The full-size convertible sector tends only to be occupied by very high-priced cars from premium manufacturers. With Cascada, we’re offering customers high levels of equipment, technology and luxury but at an affordable price.’