View Full Version : Opel Astra Hybrid-Diesel Concept

01-09-2005, 03:51 AM
<IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/opel/astra/images/1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/opel/astra/images/X05CC_OP004.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/opel/astra/images/X05CC_OP005.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/opel/astra/images/X05CC_OP007.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/opel/astra/images/X05CC_OP009.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/opel/astra/images/X05CC_OP012.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/opel/astra/images/X05CC_OP018.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_detroit/opel/astra/images/X05CC_OP019.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>The Opel Astra front-wheel drive concept is outfitted with GM's Advanced Hybrid System 2 and a 1.7-liter CDTI diesel engine. The Astra concept is based on the production-version of Opel's Astra GTC and was built at GM's European International Technical Development Center in Russelsheim, Germany.<p>Source: Autoweek.com<p>This concept will be at Detriot this week (Weird <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0">).

01-09-2005, 10:06 AM
I suppose it would succeed if they introduced it. All Astra advantages (2nd place in recent Auto Bild test - comparison of 10 C-class cars) + hybrid engine. Hope price wouldn't be too high.

01-09-2005, 01:26 PM
Saturn should make this part of the aura line up!

Naga Royal Guard
01-09-2005, 01:45 PM
hybrid is THE way, hydrogen is too far of the map

01-09-2005, 07:44 PM
Uhm I wonder why they didn't stick a Saturn badge on this one

01-09-2005, 10:05 PM
Give them some time and I'm sure they will.

01-12-2005, 05:27 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Naga Royal Guard</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">hybrid is THE way, hydrogen is too far of the map</TD></TR></TABLE><p>well hydrogen powered cars will be hybrid as well of course.<br>Biggest problem of diesel hybrid is the price - diesels are already 1.5k Euros more expensive than comparable petrol cars... Add another 2k-3k Euros for hybrid system and you end up with Astra that costs as much as top of the line Vectra

01-13-2005, 06:50 AM
Actually, the Hydrogen cars most people refer to are nothing more than electric cars. They use fuel cells to generate electricity instead of batteries. <br>There are some companies doing research into on-board reformers, which would convert a fuel into hydrogen, so that would be sorta a hybrid, but still not in the sense of what hybrids are today.<br>Another option for hydrogen is to actually burn it in an internal combustion engine. That one could be made into a hybrid. However, most research is spent on fuel cells, which are not hybrids.

01-13-2005, 03:30 PM
This one steps on the prius and insight, 0-100 in 8 seconds, vs. Prius's 10 plus, add european handling vs. mush toyota handling. And more economical, diesel + electric better than petrol + electric. It's kind of hard to believe opel is improving on modern diesel's economy and power.