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GM Previews New Opel Agila

The new mini-monocab Agila.

GM previewed the new Opel Agila, which will make its public debut at the IAA in Frankfurt in September and be on sale in spring 2008. The redesigned Agila is longer, wider and lower than its predecessor, with an aerodynamic drag coefficient of 0.35.

The five-door, five-seat Agila offers a choice of three engines: two new gasoline units supplied by cooperation partner Suzuki, and a turbodiesel developed by GM Powertrain. The diesel is the most fuel-efficient of the three, with estimated combined cycle fuel consumption of less than 5.0 l/100km (47 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of less than 130 g/km.

The entry-level three-cylinder, 997cc gasoline engine produces 65 hp (48 kW) and has a top speed of 160 km/h, with fuel consumption of 5.3 l/100km (44.4 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 126 g/km.

The 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine produces 86 hp (63 kW), accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in less than 12 seconds and has a top speed of 174 km/h (values for five-speed manual version). Fuel consumption is 5.7 l/100km with CO2 emissions of 135 g/km. This engine is now optionally available with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Both gasoline engines share the same design: aluminum cylinder block and head, as well as two overhead camshafts.

The 1.3-liter common-rail turbo-diesel produces 75 hp (55 kW) of power and 190 Nm of torque (140 lb-ft). With  a top speed of 162 km/h, it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 13.5 seconds. The diesel is also offered in the Corsa and Astra model lines.

Overview of Agila Engines
Engines 1.0 1.2 1.3 CDTI
Number of cylinders 3 4 4
Displacement [cm3] 997 1242 1248
Output [kW/hp @ rpm] 48/65
@ 6,000
@ 6,000
@ 3,500-4,000
Max torque [Nm/lb-ft @ rpm] 90/66
@ 4,000
@ 4,000
@ 2,000
Top speed [km/h] 160 174 162
Acceleration 0-100 km/h [s] 14.8 12.0 13.5
Combined fuel consumption
[l/100km/mpg US]
5.3/44.4 5.7/41.3 <5.0/47
CO2 [g/km] 126 135 <130



ridiculous mpg and hp, from others like peugeot, citroen, fiat you get a 10% better mileage and 99hp

if its that what you get cooperating with asian companies :))

Gerald Shields

Well GM needs to ship that car here in the States if only for the sake of their sales.


I can't imagine that car having a snowball's chance in summer on the American market. Compare it to the Toyota Yaris manual transmission model -- representing the smallest car class here. Better economy, sure (~45 mpg vs. ~35 mpg), but much smaller engine (1.0L or 1.2L vs. 1.5L), much slower acceleration (zero to sixty in 12-15 sec., vs. 9 sec.), much lower horsepower (65 or 86 hp vs. 99), etc. This is ignoring any redesign (if needed) to get it into safety standards compliance. This also ignores the diesel engine, on the assumption it cannot be sold here as is.

This may be a perfectly acceptable car in the European market, but it would be regarded by most motorists here as perfectly inadequate, I would guess. The recent move away from traditional SUVs has been towards compact SUVs, CUVs and good sized sedans and wagon-like cars, not towards bottom-of-the-barrel econoboxes.

Lou Grinzo

I suspect that car wouldn't be a huge seller in the US, but it would rack up some sales, if only as a "statement car," the way the Prius started.

In general I think we're seeing people downsize one slot at a time, as NBK-Boston said. Almost no one will trade in an H2 for a Yaris, but many people in the US are going for a more efficient vehicle when they buy or lease. If we can only get people to buy no more vehicle than they actually need, then we'd see some real movement.

BIGGER IS BETTER. Anything under 2 Tonnes should not be allowed in the show rooms and be run over on our highways until the world runs out of oil and biofuels.


Only for sake of comparison, an 03 GM/Saab 93 with a 2.2cdti can eke out 47mpg on a full highway tank. And thats a car size more people in America would be amenable to. As has been pointed out, these numbers seem low for these size engines and if true would be unacceptable here and probably in EU as well.


Why not bring back the '90 or '91 Geo Metro...It got better gas mileage.


It'd have to be updated for current crash and emissions standards, that's why. It'd end up being a completely different car. Heavier, less efficient... basically, a Yaris.


GM will sell a bunch of these cars in the next few years.

One way or another the USA will pull out of IRAQ. The civil war will rage in full force, instead of the low boil it is doing now. IRAQ oil output will go to ZERO.

KSA is on one side (sunni) and Iran is on the other side (shite). The middle east explodes. As gas prices in the USA pass 5 dollars a gallon, Hummers will get parked and this little Opel will be very hot items.

the agila is a rare sight here in europe , I guess the toyota yaris
outsells it 20 to 1 , I would think its all down to quality
The new FIAT panda is selling big time here in italy , another cute
sub-compact that will never see the light of day on the other side
of the pond!


.35 is aerodynamic?


This news item shows that the car indusrty still does not understand the shift needed:
we want a small all electric cars, with 150 MPG,250 miles range, 10 min charge, equipped with state of the art NANO-Li
Ion Batteries, and a small back up generator.
Anothe ICE car is not intresting. it was intersting in 1892. we are in 2007.and gasoline is going to be 100 $ a barrel soon.


I think the Agila is just a tad too small for the USA market. For one thing, can you actually seat four American-sized passengers?

That will mean the smallest cars for the USA that seat four people will be in the B-segment category (Honda Fit, Nissan Versa (neé Tiida), and Toyota Yaris).


This car is a example of bagge engineering. Actually it is developed and built by Suzuki. Prduction for the European market is done in Hungaria for teh Suzuki Splash and his clone called Opel Agila. The Diesel engine is from Italy.
The Diesel engine is a joke, emitting more harmful emmissions and CO2 as the patrol engine giving almost the same performance.

But right, most of the people around Europe and America would be fine with the 1.0l car, thus reducing overall fuel consumption and emmissions. Unfortunatelly, samll cars offer no prestige.

You get more prestige in a H2 with Iraq Campaign Medal on your jacket.

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The diesel is NOT from GM but by FIAT Group

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