June 4, 2012

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June 4, 2012

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June 4, 2012

    Segment leader Opel Meriva now with gasoline automatic transmission

    ; 120 hp 1.4 l turbo gasoline engine now available with six-speed automatic gearbox ; New automatic transmission generation: less friction, more comfort, shorter shift times ; 110 hp 1.7 CDTI automatic also fitted with new transmission generation ; Stylish flexibility and ergonomics champion stays number one in its segment

    Rüsselsheim. Opel has further enhanced its stylish flexibility and ergonomics champion, the Meriva, especially for comfort-orientated customers. The European leader of the Monocab-B segment (25 percent segment share in 2011) can now also be ordered as a 1.4 turbocharged (88 kW/120 hp) gasoline variant with an automatic transmission in addition to the already existing 1.7 CDTI diesel automatic offer. The new Meriva 1.4 liter automatic variant features a new, friction-optimized generation, six-speed automatic that boasts smoother gear changes and shorter shift times. The Meriva 1.7 CDTI automatic (81 kW/110 hp) now also benefits from this new transmission type.

    Prices for the Opel Meriva which comes standard with the FlexDoors concept and the FlexSpace seating system start at 16,390 euro. The 1.4 turbocharged gasoline version with six-speed automatic transmission can be ordered for 19,610 euro, while the 1.7 CDTI Meriva automatic variant can be purchased for 20,190 euro (all prices refer to Germany, are recommended retail prices, inclusive of VAT and refer to Germany).

    The new 1.4 turbocharged Meriva variant with the new six-speed automatic transmission achieves 88kW/120 hp and provides powerful torque of 200 Nm available from 1,750 rpm. It can accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h in just 11.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 185 km/h. The fuel consumption in the combined cycle is 7.2 l/100 km, (169 g/km CO). 2

    The Meriva with the same engine but with a manual six-speed transmission uses 6.4 liter per 100 km.

    Adam Opel AG D-65423 Rüsselsheim

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    The 81 KW/110 hp 1.7 l CDTI Meriva with automatic transmission develops impressive torque of 280 Nm, starting at 2,300 rpm. It can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 12.9 seconds with a top speed of 178 km/h. It uses 6.1 liters of fuel in the combined cycle, equivalent to 160g/km CO. 2

    New automatic transmission generation: less friction, more comfort, shorter shifts

    The second generation of the Opel six-speed automatic transmissions is launched in the summer of 2012 ready for the new model year. Apart from increased efficiency its main optimizations include shorter shift times and noise and vibration reduction. By making the torque converter smaller, inertia was also reduced. Efficiency is also increased in the optimized gear train including friction plates, bearings and seal rings. Spring stiffness has been almost halved in the damper spring so that vibrations are better absorbed. New direct control linear solenoids are now used to actuate the gears. They are lighter and support more rapid shifting. This resulted in the gear shift response time being reduced by up to 60 percent (100 milliseconds) while the overall shift time was cut by up to 40 percent.

    Just like the predecessor transmission, the gear shifts in the new generation six-speed automatic can also be carried out via the ActiveSelect function by actuating manual gear changes. The gear shifter can be pushed forward or pulled backwards. The adaptive electronic transmission control comprises a multitude of intelligent functions. Examples include the automatically activating idling during standstill to save fuel or the hill program which switches between different gear change modes depending on the gradient of the hill ascent or descent. Another positive side-effect concerns the packaging of the transmission unit which has been reduced by 30 mm. This in turn helps to improve crash safety.

Stylish flexibility and ergonomics champion stays number one

    Since its debut in 2010 the second generation Opel Meriva is leader of the European Monocab-B segment. In 2011, the flexibility and ergonomics champion achieved a segment share of 25 percent. In Germany that share was even 43 percent. Up to and including April 2012 more than 218,000 European customers opted for the second generation of the top selling vehicle. In the ADAC breakdown statistics of 2011 which were

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    published in May the Opel Meriva once again achieved best minivan status and is thus one of the most reliable vehicles in Germany.

    Appealing design, high quality and unique on-board flexibility and especially excellent ergonomics all contribute to the Meriva success story. The German healthy back experts (“Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.”) awarded its prestigious AGR quality seal to the Opel minivan, making it the first and only production vehicle in the world with such a seal of approval. The FlexSpace seating concept, the FlexDoors system, the optionally available ergonomic seating, the FlexRail center console and optional the fully-integrated FlexFix bicycle carrier, all contribute to the Meriva’s success and unique selling points.


    Jean-Philippe Kempf

    Stefan Zech

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