No-compromise on savings – LPG ex works from Opel
- Seven LPG ecoFLEX models now available
- Fuel costs reduced by 40 percent, 13 percent lower CO2 emissions
- Factory-fitted solution guarantees Opel quality in safety and reliability
Rüsselsheim. Opel is expanding its Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) offer to a total of seven models when it adds two new versions on the Agila available now. With this move, the brand underscores its mission to be a leader in alternative propulsion systems.
LPG is gaining popularity throughout Europe as customers seek to substantially reduce their fuel costs and keep the environment clean. By ordering LPG engines directly from Opel, quality in safely and reliability are guaranteed. The ex-works offer has been available in Germany since 2009.
With wide power outputs ranging from 48 kW/65 hp for the Agila to 101 kW/137 hp for the Zafira, Opel offers something for everyone looking for environmentally friendly motoring. LPG is part of Opel’s portfolio of alternative propulsion systems that also includes CNG models and will be extended to include electric vehicles next year. Opel is developing a variety of advanced propulsion technologies to prepare for the future with a robust and sustainable energy strategy.
The Opel LPG ecoFLEX range now includes:
- Agila 1.0 (48 kW/65 hp) and 1.2 (62kW/84 hp)
- Corsa 1.2 (55 kW/75 hp) and 1.4 (65 kW/89 hp)
- Astra Station Wagon 1.4 (66 kW/89 hp) and 1.6 (84 kW/114 hp)
- Zafira 1.8 (101 kW/137 hp).
LPG – reduced fuel costs and tax advantages
With its factory-built LPG models, Opel offers an attractive alternative for cost-conscious and environmentally efficient driving. All LPG variants rightfully carry the ecoFLEX badge, the Opel distinction for efficient, reduced CO2 and lower consumption engines. Regardless of the annual distance covered, or whether it is private or business travel, driving with LPG can reduce fuel costs by around 40 percent. These savings are long-term, as the tax breaks for this fuel are fixed in Germany until the end of 2018.
In terms of tax efficiency, Opel LPG models pay off across the board. The new vehicle tax regulations introduced in Germany in July 2009 are also based largely on carbon dioxide emissions and in LPG vehicles these are between 10 and 13 percent lower than those of their gasoline counterparts. For example, in Germany the vehicle tax for the Agila LPG ecoFLEX is just 26 euros.
All Opel LPG models offer the full functionality of a gasoline engine combined with the specific advantages of LPG. These include considerably lower fuel bills and increased operating range.
And, because all LPG vehicles can also run on gasoline – they have an additional LPG reserve tank – Opel LPG ecoFLEX models have a total operating range from 1,100 kilometers to just under 1,500 kilometers. The new Agila LPG’s operating range without refueling, for example, is increased by an impressive 580 to a total of 1,480 kilometers.
Production solution offers customers safety and manufacturer’s warranty
The LPG factory-built solution offers significant advantages over retrofit alternatives. Safety plays a very important role in the engineering and development of factory-fitted systems. The extensive Opel test list even extends to special crash tests for the LPG tank, as well as all components that are located in collision-protected areas.
The factory-fitted LPG solution also offers a number of further advantages. As LPG does not have the cooling and lubricating properties of gasoline, the engine’s valves and seats are hardened to cope with the greater degree of wear and tear. The additional LPG tank, with a capacity of up to 52 liters, is installed either in the spare wheel well (Agila, Corsa, Astra, Astra Station Wagon) or under the vehicle floor (Zafira). In this way, stowage space and load volume remain unchanged. Instead of the spare wheel, a tire repair kit is on board for emergencies.
The moderate extra LPG cost is considerably less than the normal prices of retrofitted solutions. Opel also provides a two-year manufacturer’s warranty and staff at Opel-approved dealerships are specially trained for the maintenance of these vehicles. Service intervals and costs are the same as for conventionally fuelled models. Last but not least, the addition of LPG propulsion also increases the resale value of a used LPG car.
A mixture of butane and propane gas, LPG has become the most popular alternative fuel in recent years. It already powers over 13 million cars worldwide, including 400,000 in Germany, which experts expect to increase to around 1.5 million by 2015.
LPG infrastructure – European network of filling stations
Today, there are more than 25,500 LPG filling stations around Europe, so traveling through Europe with an LPG vehicle does not turn into a journey in search of fuel. With nearly 5,800 filling stations, Germany has the largest infrastructure in Europe. Other European countries also have a plethora of LPG stations. Italy, for example, has almost 2,200 stations, France more than 1,400; the Netherlands over 1,100 and Belgium well over five hundred. In Britain, almost 600 filling stations sell LPG. Hungary has about 250 stations.