Opel Zafira

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Opel Zafira
Opel Zafira 1.6 CNG ecoFlex Turbo Design Edition (B, Facelift) – Frontansicht, 9. Juli 2012, Heiligenhaus.jpg
Zafira Family (Above) Zafira Tourer (Below)
Opel Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTI Innovation (C) – Frontansicht, 23. Mai 2013, Heiligenhaus.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Opel
Production 1999–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV (1999–present)
Large MPV (2011–present)
Body style 5-door monocab
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Chronology
Predecessor Opel Sintra (for Zafira Tourer)

The Opel Zafira, also as the Zafira Tourer since 2011,[1] is a compact multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) produced by the German car manufacturer Opel since early 1999. The third generation, launched in 2011, is classified as a large MPV.[2]

It has also been marketed under the Vauxhall marque in the United Kingdom, the Holden marque in Australia, as well as under a number of other market-specific brands and names.

Zafira A (1999–2006)[edit]

Zafira A
Opel Zafira A Facelift front 20091022.jpg
Overview
Also called Chevrolet Nabira
Chevrolet Zafira
Holden Zafira
Subaru Traviq
Vauxhall Zafira
Production 1999–2006 (Germany)
2001–2012 (Brazil)
Assembly Bochum, Germany
Rayong, Thailand (GM Thailand)
São José dos Campos, Brazil (GM Brazil)
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Platform T-body platform
Related Opel Astra G
Powertrain
Engine 1.6 L Family 1 I4 (petrol)
1.8 L Family 1 I4 (petrol)[3]
2.0 L Family II turbo I4 (petrol)
2.2 L Ecotec I4 (petrol)
2.0 L X20DTL I4 (diesel)
2.2 L Y22DTR I4 (diesel)
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,694 mm (106.1 in)
Length 4,317 mm (170.0 in)
Width 1,742 mm (68.6 in)
Height 1,684 mm (66.3 in)
Curb weight 1,320–1,560 kg (2,910–3,439 lb)

The first generation of the Zafira is usually referred to as Zafira A, as is customary for Opel models. Developed with the aid of Porsche,[4] the Zafira was first shown in concept form at the 1997 Frankfurt Auto Show and entered series production in January 1999, with sales beginning in April.[5]

The car was based on the same platform as the 1998 Astra G and shared much in common with that car. The Zafira A body was used in GM/Opel's concept hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle the HydroGen3. Offered with a series of petrol engines and initially a single diesel offering, the "X" engines were replaced by the newer "Z" engine generation in 2000.[5] These featured variable intake manifolds and were able to meet Euro 3 emissions standards.

The Opel Zafira has seven seats arranged in three rows, the back row of which can be folded into the floor to create more space, individually or together, rather than requiring that the extra seats be physically removed from the vehicle. The system was named Flex 7. In TüV's ranking of the quality of three-year-old cars, the Zafira was by far the best Opel, only slightly behind the winning Ford Focus.[4]

Introduced at Geneva in February 2001, the turbocharged Zafira OPC went on sale in October of the same year. With 192 PS (141 kW), this was the fastest minivan on sale in Europe.[6] Only available with a five-speed manual transmission, 0–100 km/h (62 mph) can be reached in 8.2 seconds and the top speed is 220 km/h (137 mph).[3] The popular 2-litre turbodiesels were complemented by a 125 PS (92 kW) 2.2 litre option in January 2002.[4]

The Opel Zafira A was replaced by Zafira B in Europe, but was still sold in most other markets until 2012 (albet that its cousin the Chevrolet Astra was discontinued in 2011), except for Australia and New Zealand, where the model was cancelled altogether. The Zafira was sold in the Philippines from 2001 to 2005, being the last European-based Opel car to be sold in the Philippines after they stopped selling the Opel Astra in 2003.

The Zafira was sold in Japan from 2001 through 2004 as the Traviq, where it was cancelled and replaced later in 2008 by the Subaru Exiga - developed from the Subaru Legacy platform. According to Subaru, the name was a combination of the words "travel" and "quick",[7] however, the word more closely resembles the English word "traffic".

Due to the exterior dimensions exceeding Japanese government regulations for vehicles defined as "compact", Japanese buyers were liable for additional taxes. The Traviq was originally only available with the bigger 2.2 litre engine, although a 1.8 L, lower-priced alternative was added in July 2003.[7] The engines used were not Subaru supplied boxer engines, but were conventional in line units that were uncharasteristic to market recognized Subaru products, and all-wheel-drive technology was also not available.

The sale of the Zafira as a Subaru created a conflict with previously established Yanase Co., Ltd. retail dealerships, in that Yanase was already selling Opel products, like the Zafira. When production of the Traviq ended, Yanase continued to import Opel products into Japan until 2006.

Zafira B (2005–2011)[edit]

Zafira B
Opel Zafira front 20080906.jpg
Overview
Also called Chevrolet Zafira
Vauxhall Zafira
Production 2005–2011
2011–2012 as Zafira Family[8]
Assembly Bochum, Germany
Gliwice, Poland
Body and chassis
Class Compact MPV
Platform Delta platform
Related Opel Astra H
Powertrain
Engine 1.6 L Family 1 I4 (petrol)
1.8 L Family 1 I4 (petrol)
2.0 L Ecotec turbo I4 (petrol)
2.2 L Ecotec I4 (petrol)
1.9 L CDTi I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual[nb 1]
4-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,703 mm (106.4 in)
Length 4,468 mm (175.9 in)
Width 1,801 mm (70.9 in)
Height 1,801 mm (70.9 in) (2005–2007)
1,636 mm (64.4 in) (2008–present)

The second generation of the Zafira, called the Zafira B, debuted in Europe in 2004, with sales starting in 2005. It shares the platform and mechanical parts with the Opel Astra H.

In February 2006, the Zafira B was launched in Singapore. By March 2006, the model had only been introduced in Europe and Singapore. It went on sale in Mexico in April 2006 and Chile in September 2006. In both countries it was branded as a Chevrolet Zafira.

Names and markets[edit]

  • Vauxhall Zafira – United Kingdom
  • Chevrolet Zafira – Chile and Mexico
  • Opel Zafira – Europe (except for UK), Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and South Africa

In Mexico the Opel Zafira was discontinued after the 2006 model year, and replaced by the 5-passenger Chevrolet HHR (discontinued in Mexico since 2009).

However, by 2010, reflecting both its status as a run-out model and adverse consumer reaction to uncertainty over Opel's future, the car was outsold by the more recently face-lifted Volkswagen Touran on the German market, with 2,568 Zafiras sold in the first two months of the year against 7,270 Tourans.[9]

Engines[edit]

The Zafira B's engine lineup is partly adopted from the previous Astra/Zafira generation, but Opel replaced the old 2.0 and 2.2 turbodiesel I4 engines with 1.9 L common-rail turbodiesels developed by Fiat (Multijet). Opel Performance Center developed a turbocharged 240 hp (180 kW) 2.0 L performance version of the Zafira B as well. A CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) version of the new Zafira with a 1.6 L engine is also available.

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque CO2 emission (g/km) Years Notes
1.6 TwinPort I4 1,598 cc 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) at 6,000 rpm 150 N·m (110 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm 172 (2005-8) EU4
1.6 TwinPort 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 6,000 rpm 155 N·m (114 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm 157 (2008-) EU5
1.8 VVT 1,796 cc 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 6,300 rpm 175 N·m (129 lb·ft) at 3,800 rpm 168 (2005-)
2.2 VVT 2,198 cc 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 6,000 rpm 215 N·m (159 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm 197 (2005–10) EU4
2.0 Turbo 1,998 cc 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) at 4,900-6,000 rpm 262 N·m (193 lb·ft) at 1,850-4,900 rpm 228 (2005-9)
240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp) at 6,000 rpm 320 N·m (240 lb·ft) 230 (2005–10)
Diesel engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque CO2 emission (g/km) Years Notes
1.7 CDTI Ecotec I4 1,686 cc 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @ 4000 rpm 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) @ 1750-2500 rpm 134 2009 - EU5
125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) @ 4000 rpm 280 N·m (210 lb·ft) @ 1750-3500 rpm 2010 -
1.9 CDTI Ecotec 1,910 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @ 4000 rpm 280 N·m (210 lb·ft) @ 2000-2500 rpm 167 2005 EU3
280 N·m (210 lb·ft) @ 1700-2550 rpm 159 2005 – 10 EU4
150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) @ 4000 rpm 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) @ 2000-2500 rpm 167 2005 EU3
315 N·m (232 lb·ft) @ 2000-2500 rpm 159 2005 – 10 EU4

Zafira Tourer C (2011–present)[edit]

Zafira Tourer C
Opel Zafira Tourer 1.4 Turbo ecoFLEX Edition (C) – Frontansicht, 15. September 2012, Düsseldorf.jpg
Overview
Also called Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
Production 2011–present
Assembly Bochum, Germany[nb 2]
Rüsselsheim, Germany[nb 3]
Body and chassis
Class Large MPV[11]
Platform Delta II platform
Related Opel Astra J
Opel Cascada
Powertrain
Engine 1.4 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (diesel)
2.0 L I4 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual[1]
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length 4,660 mm (183.5 in)
Width 1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Height 1,690 mm (66.5 in)

The third generation of the Zafira, called the Zafira Tourer C, was previewed in concept form at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, as the 'Zafira Tourer Concept'. It is largely based on the Opel Astra J, and has been revealed that, when the Zafira Tourer C goes on sale, the Zafira B will remain on sale, albeit in facelifted form as the "Zafira Family", to act as a smaller and cheaper version, as the Zafira Tourer C is to increase in size to act as a proper rival to the Ford S-Max.[12] A hybrid/electric version was expected to follow during 2012. This car replaces the Opel Sintra which was discontinued in 1999.

The production version debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and went on sale late 2011.[13]

A natural gas version of the Zafira Tourer was announced in December 2011. A dual-fuel vehicle, its CNG tank will drive the car 530 kilometers, and a 14 litre petrol tank provides additional range or operation when a CNG filling station is not available.[14]

Engines[edit]

All engines have a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, bar the 1.8 petrol, which has a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. An automatic gearbox is available as an option on the 1.4T and 2.0 CDTI (165 PS), both without S/S. An EcoFLEX versions went on sale in 2012, equipped with the 2.0 CDTI (130PS) engine and gains a Start/Stop system to make it more economical, emitting 119g/km of CO2, as for petrol variants there are 1.4T ecoFLEX with a Start/Stop system with same amount of power (120 and 140 PS) like standard versions but with less CO2 emissions - 144g/km and better fuel efficiency.[15]

In 2013 two all new engines were introduced: 1.6 SIDI Turbo petrol engine with 170 PS and 200 PS, and new developed 1.6 CDTI diesel engine with 136 PS.

In September 2014, Opel introduced its all-new generation of engines - Large Diesel engine, starting with 2.0 CDTI engine with 170 PS and 400 Nm, which is a part of new strategy in which Opel will introduce 17 new engines in period from 2014-2018. New engine will be available from end 2014/beginning of 2015. [16]

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Year
1.4 Turbo S/S I4 1,364 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) at 4,900–6000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) at 1,850-4,900 rpm N/A in UK 154
140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4,900–6000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) at 1,850-4,900 rpm 154
1.6 Turbo SIDI 1598 cc 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 6000 (4250) rpm 260 N·m (192 lb·ft) (overboost 280 (207)) at 1650-3200 (4250) rpm 144 2013-
200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) at 5500 rpm 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) (overboost 300 (221)) at 1650-3500 rpm GTC 154 2014-
1.8 VVT 1,796 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) at 5,600 rpm 175 N·m (129 lb·ft) at 3,800 rpm 169
140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 6,300 rpm 175 N·m (129 lb·ft) at 3,800 rpm 169
LPG/CNG engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Year
1.4 Turbo ecoFLEX I4 1,364 cc 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) at 4,900–6000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) at 1,850-4,900 rpm LPG 139
1.6 Turbo ecoFLEX I4 1,598 cc 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) at 5,000 rpm 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) at 2,300-5,000 rpm CNG 129
Diesel engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 emission (g/km) Year
1.6 CDTI I4 1,598 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) at 4,000 rpm 320 N·m (240 lb·ft) at 2,000 rpm N/A in UK 119 2014-
136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) at 3,500-4,000 rpm 320 N·m (240 lb·ft) at 2,000 rpm 109 2013-
2.0 CDTI 1,956 cc 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) at 4,000 rpm 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm N/A in UK 137 2011-2014
2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX S/S 1,956 cc 130 PS (96 kW; 130 hp) at 4,000 rpm 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm from 2013 only with AT 119; 154 with AT 2012-
2.0 CDTI S/S 1,956 cc 165 PS (121 kW; 163 hp) at 4,000 rpm 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 137 2012-2014
2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX S/S 1,956 cc 170 PS (130 kW; 170 hp) at 3,750 rpm 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 129 2014-
2.0 CDTI Bi-Turbo S/S 1,956 cc 195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp) at 4,000 rpm 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 144 2012-

Awards[edit]

  • The Zafira Tourer was awarded: Best Estate, at the German Car of the Year awards for 2012.
  • The Zafira Tourer scored a 5-star rating in EuroNCAP
  • The Opel Zafira Tourer wins prestigious "Golden Steering Wheel 2012" award from German publication "Auto Bild", "Bild am Sonntag" and 26 European partner magazines.[17]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ OPC version only.
  2. ^ Until 2014.[10]
  3. ^ From 2014.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Configurator". Opel.ie. Retrieved 2012-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Opel moves mobility forward from Ampera to Zafira Tourer Concept". Opel Ireland. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2013. The Zafira Tourer Concept brings Insignia ambition, quality and innovative technologies to the large MPV segment. 
  3. ^ a b Nötzli, Max, ed. (7 March 2002). Automobil Revue 2002 (in German/French) 97. Berne, Switzerland: Büchler Grafino AG. p. 455. ISBN 3-905386-02-X. 
  4. ^ a b c "Gebrauchtwagentest: Opels Bester" [Used car assessment: Opel's best one], AutoBild (in German) (Hamburg, Germany: Axel Springer Auto Verlag), 2002-02-25 
  5. ^ a b Automobil Revue 2002, p. 454
  6. ^ "Zafira: Facts and Figure". www.ramp-it.net. 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  7. ^ a b "検索結果: 2001年 スバル トラヴィック Sパッケージ" [Great Car Pavilion: 2001 Subaru Traviq S-package]. Gazoo.com (in Japanese). Toyota Motor Corporation. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  8. ^ "About us: Sites and locations". Opel International. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Ostmann, Bernd, ed. (11 March 2010). "Kräftig im Minus". Auto Motor u. Sport. 2010-07: 14. 
  10. ^ a b http://gmauthority.com/blog/2013/05/opel-zafira-tourer-production-to-remain-in-germany/
  11. ^ "Look what’s happened to Vauxhall!". Vauxhall. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2013. The Zafira Tourer came first in January, entering the large MPV class [...] 
  12. ^ McIlroy, John (2011-03-01). "Geneva motor show: Vauxhall Zafira". Auto.cz. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  13. ^ Phillips, Tom (2011-02-08). "Vauxhall’s next Zafira previewed as Tourer Concept". Auto Express. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  14. ^ "New CNG Zafira Tourer with Best-in-Class 530 km Natural Gas Range" (Press release). Opel Media. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  15. ^ "Opel Reveals New Zafira Tourer Before Frankfurt Show". GM Authority. 19 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  16. ^ "All-new Opel 2.0 CDTI: New Generation Large Diesel Debuts in Paris". Media Opel. 2014-09-10. Retrieved 2014-11-14. 
  17. ^ "Opel Zafira Tourer wins "Golden Steering Wheel 2012" award". Opel Media Europe. 7 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 

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