Opel expects new powertrains to cut average CO2 emissions by 27%

Article by Anita Panait, on May 3, 2013

Opel/Vauxhall expects new powertrains to reduce its average carbon dioxide emissions by 27 percent by 2020, thereby allowing the carmaker to comply with tougher EU emissions regulations. Armed with 13 new engines, General Motor’s European subsidiary, Opel, is renewing 80 percent of its engine lineup between 2012 and 2016 and will also be adding new transmissions.

The renewal commenced this year with the launch of new 1.6-liter gasoline and diesel engines, as well as new five- six- and eight-speed transmissions. Mike Ableson, Opel's board member responsible for engineering, remarked that Europe will continue to be the place that “pushes the leading edge” of carbon dioxide technology, adding that they intend to keep its leading status.

According to market researcher JATO Dynamics, Opel/Vauxhall’s average fleet emissions in 2012 were 132.8 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. A 27-percent cut would drop the average to 97g/km.

European regulators want the carbon dioxide emission average for all carmakers to be 95g/km by 2012, down from 130g/km in 2015. In 2012, the fleet average was 132.3g/km, according to JATO. GM said in April 2013 that it would invest EUR4 billion in Opel/Vauxhall through 2016 to help the carmaker roll out 23 new models along with the new engines.

This investment will include five versions of a small-displacement gasoline engine family. The smallest version is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline turbo unit that will be fitted first in the Adam minicar in 2014.

The largest version is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit while the most powerful is a 1.4-liter turbo. The engines were designed with input from GM's Chinese partner, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., and will be produced in Szentgotthard, Hungary.

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