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Second Phase of Opel ecoFLEX Experience Cleared for Take-off

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Second Phase of Opel ecoFLEX Experience Cleared for Take-off

2010-05-18

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Some 25,000 participants registered so far for the fuel-savings competition

An Opel Ampera goes to Europe’s most eco-friendly driver

Up to 40 percent of all Opel models sold carry the ecoFLEX badge

Rüsselsheim. Since the ecoFLEX Experience was launched in April, around 25,000 participants have registered so far to take part in the European-wide eco-driving competition from Opel. Now Phase Two of this special challenge has been cleared for take-off.

Now that all rivals have successfully tested their knowledge of eco-driving on an Online-Quiz during Phase One, they will have until June 11 to put theory into practice through a virtual driving course on an Internet Simulator in Phase Two.

Under the motto of “Green Drivers Wanted!” participants will check out their knowledge and skills through various phases until, in the end, only one participant per country remains in the running. In the final round, the virtual becomes reality, as 19 of Europe’s most environmentally friendly drivers from each participating country will be invited to a multi-day event in Sweden at the end of July. Under the supervision of professionals, the finalists will square off at the Sturup Raceway in Malmö. The greenest driver will then be named the ecoFLEX Experience champion. The winner can look forward to a special prize: one of the very first Opel Ampera production cars, which guarantee the environmentally friendly mobility of tomorrow.

Interested participants still have time to register online. Those who have not yet done so can click on ecoflex-experience.com and perhaps drive to Sweden.

Saving the environment: From ecoFLEX to the Opel Ampera

Low fuel consumption is one of the key criteria for many car buyers. Opel offers customers an excellent choice to easily meet this requirement with models in its broad ecoFLEX portfolio. From the Agila to the Insignia – ecoFLEX vehicles are especially fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. Ecologically conscious Opel drivers don’t have to compromise on performance or driving fun – nor do they have to pay exorbitant extra costs. All types of powertrains are available – gas and diesel as well as alternative fuels like Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). And car buyers welcome the opportunity to drive both economically and ecologically: Nowadays, up to 40 percent of all Opel models sold carry the ecoFLEX badge.

The Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX and the Astra 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX are the latest models to showcase this technology. The five-door Astra sedan with 70 kW/95 hp needs an average of just 4.1 liters diesel per 100 kilometers, which results in exemplary CO2 emissions of 109 grams per kilometer. The equally powerful Corsa even tops those impressive figures – it needs just 3.7 liters for 100 kilometers and emits 98 grams of CO2 per kilometer, putting it under the 100 gram level.

The pre-production model of the Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) recently successfully completed its first long-distance drive on public roads with a trip from Rüsselsheim to Geneva. A 16 kWh lithium-ion battery allows the Ampera to travel 60 kilometers electrically and completely emission-free. After that, a gasoline-fueled generator produces the electricity that drives the wheels for the remainder of the journey. And there’s plenty of driving fun along the way: The exceptionally quiet 111 kW/150 hp electric motor delivers 370 Newton meters of torque from a standstill. It accelerates the Ampera from zero to 100 km/h in around nine seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 161 km/h.

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http://media.opel.com/content/media/intl/en/news/news_detail.brand_opel.html/content/Pages/news/intl/en/2010/OPEL/05_18_Opel_ecoFLEX_second

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