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2011 Opel Corsa LPC ecoFLEX: details, photos and specs

Opel seeks to address the difficulties that consumers have had with fluctuating fuel prices and has decided to offer tempting alternatives with its LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) models. The German auto brand will first offer the Corsa LPG ecoFLEX. Variants of the Meriva, Astra, Zafira Tourer and Insignia will follow.

Opel asserts that this complete LPG solution has numerous advantages. It represents a 40% drop in fuel costs and its CO2 emissions level is lower by 15% when compared to gasoline models. For example, the new Corsa 1.2 LPG ecoFLEX delivers 83 hp in LPG mode (but produces 85 hp in gasoline operation).

In three-door form, it produces just 110 g/km of CO2 emissions. A five-door version only has 115 g/km of CO2 emissions. The four LPG ecoFLEX models that are slated to follow are based on the 1.4-liter turbo gasoline engine.

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2018 Opel Corsa GSi now has a sport chassis from OPC variant

After Opel’s launch of the Insignia GSi last year in a liftback and a wagon body styles, Opel is ready to add the “GSi” badge on the Corsa. This will probably be the last variant for the current generation of the supermini, and the hot hatch version will have a three door body style to make it stand out from the lesser models of the range. Standard features that it will get include larger air vents, a honeycomb front grille, red brake calipers, a chrome exhaust tip, and a new set of 18 inch wheels.

The Opel Corsa GSi’s main highlight will be the Sport chassis that it borrowed from the hardcore OPC version that makes the hatchback feel more nimble around the corners. It had also been equipped with a beefier roof mounted spoiler that will boast the model’s visual appearance, while also generating extra downforce to keep the car close to the road when it is going fast.

At this moment, the automaker has not shared photos of the car’s interior cabin, but we do know that customers will be given the possibility to upgrade to Recaro seats if they are willing to spend a little more. There is also a leather wrapped sports steering wheel, as well as the leather wrapped sporty gearshift knob. An aluminum sport pedal set finishes off the upgrades in the Corsa OPC’s cabin.

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2017 BMW 5-Series (G30) gets the 520d Efficient Dynamics Edition

2017 is undeniably a very busy year for BMW. After introducing the new 4-Series, the German automaker has just released several new updates. In relation to this, BMW is also introducing the new 520d (G30) EfficientDynamics Edition, the company’s most eco-friendly 2.0 litre diesel engine.

BMW’s new 520d Efficient Dynamics has a combined fuel consumption of 73.4 miles per gallon and as low as 102 g/km C02 emissions. The engine consists of a turbocharger placed on antifriction bearings along with the new improved common rail injection, map controller oil pump and high pressure gas recirculation system. Mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, the 520d EfficientDynamics can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in only 7.5 seconds.

BMW’s new engine technology is also more aerodynamic efficient than any other engines. The 520d Efficient Dynamics delivers bigger fuel savings while using BMW’s BluePerformance technology all at the same time. Aside from the new filter, the Blue Performance system comes with a NOX storage catalyst, oxidation catalyst and AdBlue injection to help the engine emit less nitrogen oxide.

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2017 Honda Clarity FCV gets an EPA driving range rating of 366 miles

So, it is official! The new Honda Clarity FCV has the longest verified range of any zero-emissions vehicle currently on the road in the United States.

One of the main discouragements over zero-emissions vehicle is the amount of distance it could travel on a single charge or a single tank. This has caused the so-called range anxiety, in which drivers were wary of being trapped somewhere between where they took off and to where they are going. The possibility of being stuck while driving on a highway and leaving their cars behind has somewhat discouraged consumers from adopting clean and green cars.

So far, carmakers have been doing what they could to address this issue. Carmakers producing electric vehicles have been working hard to beef up their battery packs to increase the range of their offerings. One of these carmakers is Tesla, which produces the range-topping Tesla Model S P100D with a range of around 315 miles. This means that a fully charged Model S P100D could go for around 315 miles before needing to recharge again. Of course, actual range also depends on the driving habits and techniques, weather conditions and road situations.

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At the 2016 Washington, D.C. Auto Show, Honda announced its plans to offer for US sales the new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan. The Japanese company, famous for the manufacture of automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment, is planning to have limited volumes at the early stages of production.

Retail leasing to customers in selected California markets is scheduled to commence before the end of this year. The expected cost of the Clarity Fuel Cell is about $60,000 with a targeted lease per month of below $500. Deliveries will begin through certified fuel cell vehicle dealers in San Francisco and Sacramento including Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The company plans to begin by releasing vehicles on lease and advance to retail sales with higher volumes and market coverage, which will correspond with a greater number of vehicle supplies and the expanding hydrogen refueling station network.

Read the entire article Leasing of Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Sedan to start this year, US sales being planned

Elio Motors officially introduced to the world the P5, a fifth generation prototype. This announcement was made during a news conference at one of the most influential auto shows in the world, the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The company says that this enclosed and three-wheeled vehicle is targeted to be launched during the latter part of 2016 with a possible $6,800 base price. The company also expects that it will return 84 MPG.

Though the P5 is a fifth generation, it is the first time that the company will be using a 3-cylinder 0.9-liter engine. This particular engine was developed by IAV for the P5. This is because as the company was developing the P5, it realized that there were no engines available that had the combination that it wanted in terms of efficiency, speed, and power. The engine allows the P5 a 100 mph top speed with acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds.

Read the entire article Elio Motors three-wheeled P5, a fifth generation prototype

Honda’s CLARITY FUEL CELL has finally made its debut at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015. A production model has been made available to the public beginning October 30th and it will be on display to attendees of the event until November 8, 2015.

Honda’s plans for the new fuel cell vehicle (FCV) include setting a new standard that similar vehicles will be following in the future. People who remain attached to the capabilities of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle will feel right at home with the CLARITY FUEL CELL, while enjoying the benefits that an FCV has in store for its users.

Despite having a fuel cell stack that has been reduced in size by 33%, the CLARITY FUEL CELL still gives an output that exceeds 100 kW. The FCV’s output density also improved by about 60%, achieving 3.1KW/L in this new model.

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Because Subaru is a “small company,” it will have to raise its “brand value” in order to keep up with the high costs of producing cleaner cars, according to Fuji Heavy President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga in the June 5 interview by Japan's Nihon Keizai business newspaper. Subaru’s sales in the U.S. is on a fast pace. Its global boss says that it hopes to take advantage of this popularity to offset the cost of green technologies.

Yoshinaga didn’t actually call for higher sticker prices. Rather, he said that he wants to increase its “brand value” as the profit margin goes down because of related costs that have risen higher than anticipated. He explained that the brand isn’t like bigger automakers and it doesn’t benefit as much from the economy of scale so it will have to make up for the additional costs.

He said that development costs have been driven higher by research into hybrid drivetrains – a preferred way to cope with increasingly tougher emission standards. He revealed that the company is working to be compliant with the zero-emission standards that California will impose in 2018. It aims that by then, it will have already launched a plug-in hybrid for North America.

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This is it folks, the all-new 2015 Opel Corsa E OPC/Vauxhall Corsa E VXR were officially unveiled and were confirmed for the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the models are powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine that produces 207 hp (152 kW) and 245 Nm of torque between 1,900 and 5,800 rpm, while an additional 35 Nm are available with the overboost functionality.

Power it transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and the Corsa OPC/VXR is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds, while top speed is 230 km/h or 142 mph. Despite these impressive performances, the hot hatch has a fuel consumption of 7.5 l/100 km/h or 37.7 mpg, while CO2 emissions are 174 g/km.

Compared with the standard Corsa E, the OPC/VXR versions are 10 mm closer to the ground, while the chassis features the new Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology that enables the damping forces to adapt to the frequency of the vehicle. Stopping power is ensured by the 308 mm braking discs on the front axle.

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Opel, a European unit of American carmaker General Motors, is facing a labor conflict in Germany over production plans for the Corsa subcompact and the Karl minicar, according to a report by Bilanz business magazine. Opel’s unions are mad on plans to build the Karl and the Vauxhall Viva at a capacity-extended GM site in South Korea, instead of an underused plant in Germany.

The unions are also worried that Opel would build the sixth-generation Corsa entirely at a GM's site in Zaragoza, Spain, Bilanz said. Opel currently builds the Corsa both in Zaragosa and in Eisenach, Germany.

They are worried that Opel would skip Eisenach for the project since the site has no press shot. Workers at the German site are claiming that the Spanish plant is already producing more Corsas than agreed, the report said.

Read the entire article Labor unrest grows at Opel over output plans for Corsa and Karl

We wrote about the Opel Corsa E OPC back in July, when we revealed you the fact that it will arrive next year with a brand new design. Still, it appears that the 2015 Corsa E OPC is ready and it is already produced. Two models have been spotted after they rolled off the factory line, wearing the well-known Blue Flash colour created for its OPC department.

As you can see from the photos, the vehicle has a brand new design and comes with stylish front bumper with satin grey inserts but what’s more interesting is that the hood features a air scoop. We still don’t know if this is only a design feature or is functional and delivers more air to the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.

Moreover, at the rear there is a new roof spoiler, as well as a bumper fitted with an air diffuser, while the central exhaust system was ditched in favor of a new one featuring two chromed tailpipes. In addition, new bi-color alloy wheels were added.

Read the entire article 2015 Opel Corsa E OPC spotted at the factory

The 2015 Opel Corsa E will make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show but today, the German manufacturer announced the pricing for its latest entry. As a result, the entry-level Corsa E will start at 11,980 euros and we are talking about the three-door bodystyle with a 1.2-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine delivering 70 hp (51 kW).

If you want the new 1.0-liter EcoTec Direct Injection Turbo petrol engine with 90 hp (66 kW) as well as 170 Nm of torque, you have to pay 14,480 euros for the three-door version and 15,230 euros for the five-door version.

Opel also offers a more powerful version of the 1.0-liter EcoTec petrol engine, which delivers 115 hp (85 kW). Fitted with Start/Stop technology as standard, the 90 hp version of the 1.0-liter engine needs just 4.3 liters of gasoline to travel 100 km in the combined cycle.

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The Volkswagen XL1 is the most fuel-efficient vehicle ever produced by the German manufacturer but the car is not suitable for a family with two kids. Still, there is no need to worry as Volkswagen is reportedly working on a new version of the XL1 that can accommodate up to four adults. According to Autocar, Volkswagen’s Ferdinand Piech wants to see the manufacturer at the cutting edge of super-efficient vehicles.

VW is expected to use the same technology on the upcoming vehicle such as the powertrain but also front and rear subframes as well as suspension and braking systems. Volkswagen might use rear-hinged doors just like those found on the BMW i3 as well as a new carbon tub.

The current Volkswagen XL1 has a total weight of just 795 kg and with the addition of the two seats and doors, the weight is expected to increase by 130 kg. For those who don’t know, the XL1 is powered by a plug-in hybrid system that consists of a 0.8-liter two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW/48 hp), an E-motor (20 kW / 27 hp) and a lithium-ion batter.

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Earlier this month Opel unveiled the all-new 2015 Corsa E, a model that showed up with a new design inspired by the smaller Adam. Besides the new design, the 2015 Corsa E also revealed its 1.0-liter three-cylinder Ecotec Direct Injection Turbo engine that is available in two output configurations, delivering 90 hp (66 kW) and 115 hp (85 kW) as well as 170 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm.

Still, there are lots of customers waiting for the OPC version of the brand new Corsa. This new model will arrive in 2015 and will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will generate around 200 hp.

As a result, it will be capable to achieve a top speed of over 225 km/h (140 mph). Those who don’t know, its predecessor was powered by the same engine that delivered 192 hp and was capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds, while top speed was 225 km/h or 140 mph.

Read the entire article Opel Corsa E OPC will debut in 2015, receive the 1.6-liter engine with 200 hp

This is it folks, the fifth-generation Opel/Vauxhall Corsa became official today showing a new design inspired by the smaller Adam. Set to make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the 2015 Opel/Vauxhall Corsa E will be rolling off the assembly lines in Zaragoza and Eisenach before the end of the year.

As we said, the 2015 Corsa E comes with a new design inspired by the smaller Adam and is design is characterized by the ‘wing’ shaped headlights, a low sporty trapezoidal grille and the ‘wing’ LED daytime running lights.

The sides feature company’s typical dynamic blade body signature, while at the rear we find the wide horizontal split taillights. The interior was overhauled too and features elongated shapes as well as a mix of sophisticated materials.

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Toyota, with its Prius hybrid, had been dominating the Best Global Green Brands ranking, until this year when Ford overthrew the Japanese carmaker as the greenest brand in the world. The Best Global Green Brands ranking -- conducted with Deloitte Consulting and published by firm Interbrand-- measures consumer perceptions in markets around the world, complemented by data on how companies operate internally and report their environmental behavior.

Interbrand chief executive Jez Frampton remarked that failed to defend its crown on the 2014 survey mostly due to corporate reasons – like that the Japanese carmaker was not as transparent as in previous years past on non-product issues as water usage, greenhouse gas and business travel.

On the other hand, Ford was able to build up its green reputation partly by communicating better on the environmental activities of its supply chain, Frampton remarked. He told Automotive News in an interview that businesses have realized that green perceptions matter to consumers.

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[UPDATE: 2015 Opel Corsa E made its official debut, read all about it here! ] - Opel will probably unveil the 2015 Corsa at the 2014 Paris Motor Show but until the official debut, the German manufacturer decided to reveal some “official” spy shots with its brand new car. In addition, Opel also revealed several details of the fifth-generation Corsa, which is currently doing some fine-tuning tests.

So, for the 2015MY, the Corsa E comes with a new-generation 1.0-liter Ecotec petrol engine bolted to a new six-speed manual transmission, but also with a newly developed chassis and tuned steering.

The Corsa prototypes tested by Opel engineers are powered by the new 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo engine that develops 115 hp (85 kW) and feature both Sport and Comfort chassis.

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Hyundai has just announced the 2015 Sonata Eco, a new fuel-efficient version of its latest sedan. Priced from $23,275 (excluding the $810 freight charge), the new 2015 Sonata Eco is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder petrol engine that generates 177 hp and 195 lb-ft (264 Nm) of torque.

The engine is bolted to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and Sonata Eco is the first Hyundai product to use it. As a result, the 2015 Sonata Eco is capable to deliver an estimated 28 mph city and 38 mpg highway.

The 32 mpg combined represents a 10 percent improvement over a 2015 Sonata SE that uses a 2.4-liter Theta II engine.

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Honda Motor Co. is not the most environment-friendly carmaker in the United States anymore. The Japanese carmaker has been unseated by Hyundai Motor Co., according to a report unveiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists. The group ranks the environmental performance of the eight bestselling carmakers in the US. It had ranked Honda on top of the list since 2000, when the report was first published.

At third is Toyota Motor Corp., followed by Nissan Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG. Lurking on the bottom of the rankings are Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Chrysler Group. Each of the Detroit 3 gained scores of below the industry average.

Hyundai managed to grab the top spot from Honda by offering smaller engines and hybrid vehicles. For instance, the launch of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata hybrid and the 2011 Kia Optima hybrid, the Hyundai-Kia group managed to substantially its efficiency score since the previous report of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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As you may know already, back in February Volkswagen introduced the XL1, known as the most fuel-efficient production car in the world. For those who don’t know, the XL1 uses a 0.8-liter two-cylinder TDI engine with 48 PS and an E-motor with 27 PS, enough to use only 0.9 liters of fuel for 100 km. Well, now the German manufacturer wants to take things even further and will create the XR1, or a sporty version of the XL1.

According to Car magazine, the Volkswagen XR1 will be a high-tech sports car and could use the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine found on the Golf GTI. Still, engineers are mulling over a turbo and supercharged triple or a hybrid. Sources suggest that Volkswagen could use the Golf GTI engine mid-mounted across the body.

Performances will be impressive: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 911 Carrera PDK’s 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h or 190 mph. Volkswagen will create a new car and will not just add a new engine on the XL1.

Read the entire article Vw working on the XR1: an ultralight, mid-engined sports car using a Golf GTI engine