2011 New Opel Zafira Tourer

Opel Zafira TourerOpel Zafira Tourer

Opel presents the new Zafira Tourer, Which will debut officially at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The images confirm the close relationship with the concept unveiled in Geneva and the stylistic kinship with the latest models from the German, as Ampera and Insignia. Since the latter are also inherited a lot of technical equipment, but also a level of quality "premium" that has distanced itself from its predecessor. Among the factors that contribute to increase the feeling of space and comfort stands out the optional panoramic windscreen, similar to that submitted in 2005 on the Astra GTC.

Opel Zafira Tourer
The Zafira Tourer offers the system Flex7 new generation on board to accommodate up to 7 people with a modular space: the third row can be folded at the bottom to create a flat luggage floor, while the second row no longer has a single sofa, but three individual seats with 210 mm longitudinal adjustment. The center seat can turn into an armrest, so you can move the seats to 50 mm lateral to the interior and increasing the longitudinal adjustment of up to 280 mm, resulting in a cabin very comfortable for 4 people.

Opel Zafira Tourer
The Zafira Tourer will be offered at launch with the 2-liter 4-cylinder diesel version of CTDI 110, 130 and 165 hp and the 1.4 Turbo petrol 120 and 140 hp, with manual and automatic. The 2.0 CTDI 165 hp, you can count on Start-Stop system, while the range will be introduced in later versions bifuel CNG and LPG. Opel van range will be very large, since the new Zafira Zafira Tourer will be the current tile, to offer customers a movolume a competitive price.
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New Opel Astra GTC Version

Opel Astra GTCOpel Astra GTC Version

Opel presents the new Astra GTC, Coupe version of the Astra range, which begins in September to Frankfurt Motor Show. The sportiness of the model is highlighted by some technical choices, such as the unique front suspension HiPerStrut (High Performance Strut) derived from Insignia OPC, While the rear axle torque is the pattern with Watt other versions of Astra. GTC will also be available on the structure FlexRide electronically controlled with standard settings, Tour and Sport.

Opel Astra GTC
Designed to emphasize the aggressive style, the GTC does not share any body panels with the 5-door, to which it has a pitch larger than 10 mm, while the front track increased by 40 mm and 30 mm at the rear. The structure is lower than 15 mm compared to the hatchback, while the alloy wheels from 18 "to 20" underline the sporty. The interior is still comfortable for five passengers and the boot offers one of the best segment of capacities with values ​​between 370 and 1235 liters, while in the cockpit have increased by 50% storage space compared to previous-generation coupe. According to Opel, the GTC value 20% of the total sales of the Astra in Europe.

Opel Astra GTC
The range will consist of three engines and a diesel petrol versions, but already in Frankfurt will be announced new versions: the more evil OPC we will have to wait until 2012. At launch the only diesel engine will be the 2-liter CDTI 165 hp and 380 Nm of torque, paired with 6-speed manual gearbox and the Start / Stop system. Faced with an average consumption of 4.9 l/100 km and 129 g / km of CO2, this version touches the 210 km / h to 100 km / h acceleration in 5.9 seconds. The petrol range comprises the 1.4 Turbo 120 and 140 hp versions, with Start / Stop and average consumption of 5.9 l/100 km and 139 g / km of C02 and the top of the line 1.6-liter Turbo 180 hp through which the GTC can touch 220 km / h.

The new Opel Astra GTC is equipped with all the latest technology available on Opel models, starting from the second generation Opel Eye camera. The system provides the Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) which integrates recognition of traffic signs in the navigation system, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and the system for checking the safety distance Following Distance Indication (FDI). The new bi-xenon adaptive fourth-generation AFL + functions instead complement including the control of the High Beam Assist beam and the beam of the Intelligent Light Ranging (ILR).
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2011 Opel Astra Cabriolet Spy Photos

Opel Astra Cabriolet Spy PhotosOpel Astra Cabriolet

A few hours after deployment of the first official teaser, we offer the latest spy photos of the new Opel Astra Cabriolet. After the experience of the previous model TwinTop with a retractable hardtop, the leaders of the German company Decided to return to the classic soft top without Sacrificing space for 4 people with a roomy trunk, as evidenced by the important volume back. The front and other design details inspired by the Astra GTC Unveiled soon coupe, with lines stretched headlights and more tapered Than The hatchback and wagon versions. Since the convertible model is expected only later in the course of time, Probably in late 2012, It Is Likely That the car be Brought forward from a concept car, as Happened with Paris for the GTC Concept.

Opel Astra Cabriolet Spy Photos
Opel Astra Cabriolet Spy Photos

Thanks to The Most simple and lightweight canvas roof, the Astra Convertible May Have competitive prices and lower the old TwinTop. E 'will be a sports version GSi Also, Probably with the 1.6 Turbo 180 hp Also Announced on the GTC, But we can not really rule out even more radical solutions: the growing success of the OPC range and the return of convertibles in the price lists of manufacturers Could moltri convince the Germans to match the body open to the future of about 2 liters 300 hp Announced on OPC Coupe .

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2011 New Citroen DS4 Crossover Review

2011 New Citroen DS4

It's the next stage in Citroen's DS range, following the likable and successful DS3. The DS4 is derived from the recently-launched and unremarkable C4, and like the DS3 it brings an upmarket cabin ambiance and lots of design flourishes. This time, however, instead of a sporty three-door hatchback it's a five-door with a highish 'crossover' stance, a coupe-like roof line and hidden rear door handles. Despite that unpromising loftiness, the idea is that the DS4 should be a rousing drive for the keen driver.

Technical Highlights

The DS4 weighs no more than the lower-set C4, nor indeed than the previous-generation C4. It has a simple torsion-beam rear suspension but great things are promised of it. The steering uses hydraulic rather than electric assistance, although electricity powers the pump. The usual PSA engine range consists of three 1.6-litre petrol units (118, 154 and 197bhp, the last two turbocharged) and two turbo diesels (108bhp 1.6 and 158bhp 2.0). The rear windows don't open – as is obvious when you see that the glass would have nowhere to go. This saves 3kg per door.

What's it like to drive?

Expectations were mixed, because the DS3 is a satisfying drive and the C4 is a bit of a dullard. But within a mile or two of driving the DS4, you wonder if Citroen deliberately made the C4 worse than it should be just to emphasis how good the DS4 is. Because it is a genuinely entertaining drive, with a deft precision I really wasn't expecting given the relatively lofty build.

It leans little on entry into corners, but this is achieved not by extra-stiff anti-roll bars, which would ruin the ride, but by unusually well-judged damping which keeps the big-wheeled DS4 supple over bumps but beautifully controlled in its body movements. The steering is precise and feels natural in its progressive build-up of weighting, and the front wheels track keenly around a tightening bend. You can lean hard on the DS4 and not run out of bite.

The 197bhp petrol engine, similar to that in the Citron DS3 Racing and Mini John Cooper Works, is as crisp and feisty as ever with ample torque, smooth rev ability and great overtaking ability. Cruising is quiet and serene, and the DS4 is very comfortable. Figures? Top speed 146mph, 0-62mph in 7.9sec, 149g/km CO2. Fast enough for most needs, then.
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