Product Development and Technology Communications Adam Opel Haus D-65423 Rüsselsheim Germany
July 18, 2006
British International Motor Show
General Motors in London: World premiere for Opel/Vauxhall Corsa
• • • World debut: Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept with two-mode hybrid system Saab 9-5 BioPower now also with a new 2.3-liter turbo engine UK premiere of new Chevrolet Captiva
London. The highlight at General Motors’ stand in London is the eagerly anticipated world premiere of the new Opel/Vauxhall Corsa. The fourth generation of this popular model boasts an exciting design that unites sporty, powerful lines with a friendly smile on its face, and offers innovative technology with a lot of driving fun. GM also presents another world premiere at the British International Motor Show (July 20 – 30, 2006): the Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept study. As the latest development of Saab’s innovative combination of BioPower and hybrid technology, the study features the pioneering twomode hybrid system. The Swedish premium brand also presents its new, 210-hp Saab 9-5 2.3t BioPower model and the stunning design study Aero X at the London show. As a premiere in the United Kingdom, Chevrolet will be showing the new compact SUV Captiva. In addition GM is represented in London by its brands Cadillac, HUMMER and Corvette. Following the same philosophy Opel/Vauxhall successfully realized with the Astra and Astra GTC, the distinctively different three and five-door Corsa models are tailor-made for different types of customers. The new Corsa will be available in dealerships beginning in October and can be ordered now. Its newly developed chassis delivers driving dynamics and agility at the highest level. The spacious interior with high-quality materials creates an extremely warm and inviting atmosphere at all equipment levels, also thanks to exciting colors and exclusive touches such as piano lacquer finishes. New high-tech features include curve and cornering light, a heated steering wheel – and a host of clever innovations such as the integrated carrier system “Flex-Fix”, which makes its premiere in a production car.
-2There is a choice of three gasoline engines and two common-rail turbo-diesel engines with four-valve technology and displacements of between 1.0 and 1.4 liters covering an output range of 60 to 90 hp. A new 125-hp 1.7 CDTI with diesel particulate filter as standard will be available shortly. Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept and 9-5 with new 2.3t BioPower engine The Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept is a world premiere for the Swedish premium brand in London, and is the latest development of Saab's innovative combination of BioPower and hybrid technology. The study, showcased in a 9-3 convertible, is the first vehicle to combine fossil-free bioethanol fuel (E100) capability and electric-only propulsion by utilizing the advanced two-mode system that General Motors is co-developing with its partners DaimlerChrysler and BMW Group. The Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept is capable of zero fossil-fuel CO2 emissions while also enhancing performance and reducing energy consumption. Its 260-hp 2.0-liter turbo BioPower engine retains a “flex-fuel” capability and can run on pure bioethanol (E100), E85 (85 % bioethanol, 15 % gasoline) or any combination of gasoline and ethanol. Following the huge market success of its 9-5 BioPower models – in Sweden 80 percent of all such automobiles by European premium manufacturers are sold by the brand – Saab is now offering an even more powerful version of the 9-5. Like the 2.0t BioPower unit presently available, its new, 210-hp 2.3-liter turbo BioPower engine with a maximum torque of 310 Nm can run on E85 bio-ethanol fuel. When running on E85, its performance data surpasses that for the comparable gasoline engine (185 hp, 280 Nm) to a significant degree: 14 percent more output, 11 percent more torque. The Saab 9-5 2.3t BioPower takes just 7.9 seconds to make the sprint from zero to 100 km/h (gasoline: 8.5 seconds). With innovative features such as a cockpit canopy in the style of a jet airplane, the stunning design study Saab Aero X will be celebrating its public premiere in the UK in London. Its 400-hp V6 bi-turbo BioPower engine runs on pure bioethanol (E100) and as a result combusts the fuel without fossil CO 2 emissions. In the interior, new technologies enable 3D-effect graphic displays of all information on transparent acrylic panels. For the Swedish premium brand, the study is the basis for the potential stylistic features of the Saab product portfolio of the next generation.
-3Chevrolet: UK premiere for new Captiva The new compact Chevrolet Captiva SUV is making its debut in the UK market where the brand has seen an extremely successful launch. The Captiva compact SUV is notable for its attractive styling and its spacious, well-equipped interior trimmed in high quality fabrics and other new materials. It measures 4639 x 1849 x 1726 mm (length x width x height) and has a 2707-mm wheelbase. Five- and seven-seat versions will be available. The entry-level engine for the Captiva is a 2.4-liter petrol inline four with an output of 136 hp. Also available is a brand-new 2.0-liter diesel with common-rail fuel injection and four valves per cylinder, with an output of 150 hp. Captiva offers UK customers the stylish seven-seat alternative to an MPV and with its flexible folding seat arrangement is a very practical proposition for larger families. Captiva will go on sale in the UK in early 2007. Cadillac Escalade: A superlative SUV The Cadillac Escalade, a superlative SUV, will be celebrating its British premiere at the show. The Escalade’s eight-cylinder engine packs an output of 301 kW/409 hp from a displacement of 6.2 liters. Up to eight people can enjoy the comfort and luxury of this new four-wheel-drive SUV. In its styling, the new five-meter-long Escalade adopts the unmistakable design language of the current Cadillac model program, and also points the way to future developments in brand design. Cadillac is also exhibiting the new BLS, now with right-hand drive, in London. This four-door sedan (length/width/height: 4680/1752/1471 mm) with its sharp, clearly defined contours, bold wedge-shaped profile and elegant interior also reflects Cadillac’s characteristic design language. As well as its distinctive appearance, a high standard of refinement and low noise levels are among the particular strengths of this front-wheel-drive model, which is positioned in the premium segment. Corvette: Z06 – from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds The fastest, most powerful series-production Corvette of all time, launched at the beginning of the year, is also showcased on the GM stand in London. The power output from its 7.0-liter V8 accelerates the Z06 from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The Z06 can be identified from the outside not only by its larger wheels and tires, but also by a broader nose section with larger air inlets. Although the Corvette Z06 is a road model, it cannot conceal its links with the Corvette C6.R competition car which has enjoyed success in the American Le Mans race series as well as in the 2006 “24 hours of Le Mans”, and is an eye-catching exhibit that demonstrates its close technical affinity with the production sports car.
-4HUMMER: Pure power on and off-road Fans of the HUMMER brand in London will enjoy the H2 and the H3. These robust and powerful SUVs promise an outstanding performance both on and off-road. The H2’s V8 engine with sequential injection and a displacement of six liters develops 325 hp; maximum torque is 488 Nm. Electronically controlled permanent all-wheel drive distributes the drive power optimally to the individual wheels. The HUMMER H3 also features electronically controlled four-wheel drive. Its 3.5-liter engine develops 220 hp with a maximum torque of 305 Newtonmeters. GM Forum: Design expertise and trend-setting flexibility General Motors also provides insight into the creative work of its designers at the International Motor Show in London. A simulated studio ambience within the GM Forum gives visitors the opportunity to watch the designers at their craft. This is also where visitors can see clearly that concept cars influence series production more than is generally acknowledged. One example of this is a comparison between the new Corsa and the Trixx study dating from 2004. Looking back to Geneva two and a half years ago, this city car study was evidently the influence behind “Flex-Fix”, which is now the first integrated carrier system realized in a production car and with which Opel/Vauxhall again take a leading position when it comes to flexibility. This world-exclusive system is user-friendly and can be pulled out like a drawer from the rear underbody. It can carry two bicycles, for example, and stows away almost invisibly into the rear bumper when not in use. While the company set the pace in interior versatility with the Zafira’s “Flex7” seating system, the Corsa now leads the way in terms of flexibility in the exterior area, as “Flex-Fix” also has full “on-board” functionality, eliminating the need for cumbersome assembly, dismantling or storage of parts.
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 75 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 327,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 33 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. In 2005, GM sold 9.17 million cars and trucks globally, up 2 percent and the second-highest total in the company’s history. In Europe, GM sells its Opel, Vauxhall, Saab, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Corvette and Hummer ranges in over 30 markets. It operates 11 production and assembly facilities in eight countries and employs around 64,500 people. More information on GM and its products can be found at http://media.gmeurope.com and http://www.gmeurope.com.
-5Contact: Johan Willems Director, Product Development & Technology Communications General Motors Europe Telephone: 0049 6142 760243 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org