Opel will use its Frankfurt Motor Show stand to introduce its new Corsa Hybrid concept packed with innovative technology.
The concept car uses the next-generation hybrid system from GM. Based on the 55-kW 1.3-litre CDTI motor and equipped with a belt alternator starter generator, this system contributes to a city car with a fuel index of about 3.8 l/100 km.
The starter system allows for a stop/start function, which switches off the engine when the car is stopped and restarts it when the brake pedal is released.
Corsa hybrid uses a lithium-ion battery recharged by regenerative braking.
Also on show are new variants of Opel's ecoFlex engines, which, according to the manufacturer already have the lowest CO2 emission in their respective model lines.
The latest addition to the Corsa range is the 55 kW 1.3 CDTI ecoFlex, fitted with a diesel particulate filter, and producing just 119 g/km on a mixed cycle consuming 4.5 l/100 km of fuel.
These figures are attributed to the smallest four-cylinder common-rail turbodiesel engine's engine map adjustments, revised fuel management system and taller gear ratios ensuring significantly higher fuel efficiency.
Peak torque of 170 Nm is available from 1 750 to 2 500 r/min and its maximum power of 55 kW at 4 000 r/min.
The stock engine was named engine of the year in its class in 2004.
New Corsa will be launched in South Africa towards the end of the year.