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Opel further reduces fuel consumption on diesel Astra; up to 65 mpg

Opel has further optimized its new Astra equipped with the 81 kW/110 hp 1.6 CDTI diesel engine to deliver fuel consumption of 3.6 L/100km (65 mpg US), down 0.1 liters from before), which is equivalent to CO2 emissions of 94 g/km. The improved 100 kW/136 hp output version now offers fuel consumption of 3.7 L/100km (64 mpg US)—0.2 liter less than before—or 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

The Opel Astra with the 81 kW/110 hp 1.6 CDTI now only emits 94 grams of CO2 per kilometer (down 3g/km); with the 100 kW/136 hp 1.6 CDTI it only emits 99 grams of CO2 per kilometer (down 5g/km). Click to enlarge.

Over the last 18 months, Opel has completely renewed its diesel portfolio. The reworked and even more frugal Astra 1.6 CDTI models complete the trio around the new, 82 gram Corsa 1.3 CDTI ‘eco champion’ and the new Insignia 2.0 CDTI, which will both also hit the dealerships in the upcoming weeks.

The newly optimized Astra features new low-friction components in both the chassis and the bodywork: the optimized drive shafts or the especially low-rolling-resistance tires are just two examples. In addition, the Aero Package—including a lowered chassis and active radiator shutters—helps reduce aerodynamic drag. The active shutters open and close automatically depending on engine temperature and speed.

Opel offers safety relevant premium technologies such as the Opel Eye front camera with Following Distance Indication, Forward Collision Warning, Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Departure Warning or the rearview camera, Park Assist with parking spot recognition and audiovisual parking assistance, Side Blind Spot Alert and the safety lighting system AFL+.



Sounds wonderful, but I wonder what it will get in reality.
65 mpg(UK) would still be very good (20% down on 65mpg(US)).

The sooner the EU gets a realistic method of calculating fuel economy, the better.
+ I would like to buy a version with minimal electronic aids (maybe just ABS and ESC) for reasons of price, complexity (and bugs) and too much bleeping while driving.

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