News of October 17, 2001
New Opel Vectra Takes Aim at Top of Midsize Segment
World Premiere In Spring 2002
Rüsselsheim - The all-new Vectra opens an impressive new chapter in Opel's successful history in the midsize market segment. The model range is a completely new, driver-oriented design with pioneering technology, high comfort and a particularly spacious interior. The distinctive new styling will characterize the appearance of Opel cars in the future. Following investments of almost Euro 800 million, production will begin in January 2002 in Rüsselsheim, in Europe's most modern automobile plant. Featuring IDS (Interactive Driving System), an innovative chassis system, the new Vectra will make its world premiere next March at the Geneva Motor Show. Sales will start shortly after.
Opel's new midsize model will be available first as a four-door sedan with four-cylinder ECOTEC engines, ranging in power output from 90 kW/122 hp to 108 kW/147 hp (gasoline) and from 74 kW/100 hp to 92 kW/125 hp (diesel). Opel will offer a five-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift function for the first time on the Vectra.
The new Vectra model range will be extended in the next two years with the introduction of additional innovative body-styles, engines and gearboxes. Together with the progressive increase in production capacity, including assembly at the modernized Ellesmere Port plant in England, these will pave the way for the Vectra's return to the top of the European midsize segment. The all-new IDS chassis system is one of the highlights of the third-generation Vectra. Featuring a new multi-link rear axle, Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering with electronic map-control, and aluminum components for reduced unsprung weight, IDS provides significantly improved handling and ride comfort. Active safety is increased further by ESPPlus, an all-new electronic stability program which is making its debut in the new Vectra.
The body of Opel's new midsize contender meets the highest demands in its class for stability, safety, comfort and quality, thanks to lightweight, high-grade materials such as aluminum, magnesium, and high-strength, as well as bake-hardened steel.
The new Vectra's confident, distinctive design is a template for future Opel models. Its clear-cut contours emphasize the larger dimensions: Thanks to the longer wheelbase (+ 60 millimeters), wider tread (+ 52 mm front/+ 45 mm rear) and the higher roof (+ 52 mm), the new model offers significantly more interior space than its predecessor. The aerodynamic form (drag coefficient: 0.28) and sophisticated sound-attenuation measures make the new Vectra especially quiet, both inside and out.
The Vectra's ambitions are reflected in the design and selection of the interior materials, and above all in the variety of equipment aimed at improving the comfort and safety of the driver and passengers. For example, the new Vectra features an all-new integrated electronics system, intelligent Electronic Climate Control with air quality sensor, a wide range of communication and entertainment systems, eight-way adjustable front seats, a rain sensor and park-pilot. The passive safety equipment includes as standard front, side and Full-Size Curtain Head Airbags, Opel's patented Pedal Release System, and further improved Active Head Restraints for protection from whiplash injuries.
(October 12, 2001)