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The Opel Agila, a mini-monocab with five doors and five seats, combines versatility and eye-catching design in a very compact space. Yet it gives occupants everything but a small-car feeling.

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Even in the rear, adult passengers enjoy plenty of space. Thanks to the comfortable, slightly elevated seating position, visibility is excellent. Luggage compartment capacity is 225 liters, and with the rear seat backs folded forward, it increases to 1050 liters – a top value in this segment.

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The Agila’s favorable aerodynamics (Cd = 0.32) and three four-valve engines – from 48 kW/65 hp to 63 kW/86 hp – ensure low fuel consumption. The Opel microvan rounds off the brand’s monocab range, which also includes the Zafira and Meriva. Market prospects look good: in the last ten years, the microvan segment has exploded in Western and Central Europe, reaching around 750,000 vehicles per year. And forecasts predict an increase to well over one million units in the next eight years.

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Design and packaging

The Agila has always been supremely practical. But for this second generation, the target was made considerably more complex. “We wanted to give our small car substantially more charm in its design without making any compromises in functionality,” says Chief Designer Uwe Müller. The front is typical Opel: the almond-shaped lighting units are reminiscent of the Corsa, and the integrated round headlamps give the Agila a smart and friendly face. The front and rear tapering is an Opel trademark, just like the crease in the hood. The slender, vertical tail lights allowed a tailgate design that makes loading and unloading very easy.

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Fresh colors and attractive shapes create a friendly interior atmosphere which is underlined by generous headroom. The versatile five-seater features a high seating position for excellent visibility and the gear shift lever is located higher up for easy operation. The rev counter has its own separate housing on the instrument panel, while all other data is in a large, distinctive round instrument cluster. The rear seat backs and bench are available in a 1/3:2/3 split. When one side of the seat back is folded down, the corresponding cushion also swings down so that a perfectly level load area floor is created.

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Passive safety

The Opel Agila’s body boasts a sophisticated combination of rigidity and superb energy absorbing and energy distribution characteristics. Additional safety is provided by two front and two side airbags, safety belt pretensioners and belt force limiters for the safety belts in front, as well as head restraints for all five seats. The Opel Pedal Release System protects the driver’s feet from serious injury in the event of a head-on collision. Mountings for the child safety seat system ISOFIX and Top Tether are integrated into the outer rear seats.

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Chassis and active safety

The Agila’s chassis – with A-arm and McPherson struts in front and a twist beam rear axle – is set up for optimal driving dynamics. The front subframe aids precise handling and high riding comfort, and carries the lower A-arm, suspension stabilizer and steering. The Agila’s wide track (front 1470 mm, rear 1480 mm) also contributes to its stable handling characteristics. Instead of a rigid axle like its predecessor, the new mini monocab features a torsional pivot pin in the rear, which also does its part to optimize the agile and easy-to-control self-steering properties. ESP is available as an option.

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The rack and pinion power steering varies according to driving speed. The steering wheel with a diameter of 370 mm is as much an indication of the Agila’s sporty steering layout as its 3.2 turns lock-to-lock. Turning clearance has been reduced from 10 meters to 9.6 (curb to curb). All Agila models are fitted with newest-generation ABS with integrated brake assist, which shortens braking distance in emergency situations. Internally ventilated disk brakes in front and drum brakes in rear ensure powerful deceleration.

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Engines and transmissions

Two newly-developed gasoline engines are used in the Agila. Both have an aluminum cylinder block and head as well as twin overhead camshafts. The entry-level engine is the 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit with 48 kW/65 hp and a top speed of 160 km/h. The 1.2 four-cylinder engine with 63 kW/86 hp sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 12.3 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 175 km/h (with five-speed gearbox). This unit is also available with a four-speed automatic transmission.

The most economical engine available for the Agila is the 1.3-liter common-rail turbo-diesel. This multi-talent offers a particularly low-cost drivetrain alternative. The 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with 55 kW/75 hp takes the Agila from zero to 100 km/h in 13.9 seconds and to a top speed of 165 km/h. The powerful diesel features maximum torque of 190 Nm and high fuel efficiency, consuming just 4.5 liters of diesel per 100 km and emitting 120 g/km CO2. The Agila even reaches just 119 g/km CO2 with the 1.0-liter gasoline engine, enabling both the 1.3 CDTI and the 1.0 variants to carry the ecoFLEX badge, which identifies them as extremely fuel efficient drivetrains.

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Opel Agila: Facts and figures

Timeline

July 2000: Market launch of first generation in Germany, which sold 440,000 units
September 2007: Premiere of new Opel Agila at IAA in Frankfurt
Spring 2008: Start of sales in Germany

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Highlights

Five doors, five seats
City traffic-friendly compact length of 3.74 meters
Standard power steering
Two gasoline engines and one diesel unit to choose from
1.0 (gasoline) and 1.3 CDTI (diesel) with ecoFLEX badge
Available with automatic transmission
Main markets: Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain
Most popular equipment variant in Germany since start of sales: Edition
Most popular engine in Germany since start of sales: 1.2

Update: Opel Corsa and Agila Now with Start/Stop Technology

Opel now offers Start/Stop technology on the Corsa 1.3 CDTI (55 kW/75 hp) and Agila 1.2 l (69 kW/94 hp) gasoline together with a Euro 5 upgrade and a CO2 engine optimization package, delivering significant fuel economy in urban driving.

This ecoFLEX technology next will be extended to the Astra range starting with the 1.3 CDTI as part of the Start/Stop rollout. By the end of 2011, all major Opel carlines will offer this CO2-saving innovation.

With the introduction of the Start/Stop technology Opel continues to strive towards its goal in lowering fuel consumption and emissions. The brand is committed to working on a range of innovations that can reduce and ultimately displace oil dependency, minimize CO2 emissions and encourage energy diversity.

Start/Stop technology is most advantageous for city driving, where the Agila and Corsa are particularly suited. The principle is simple: An engine which is not running cannot consume fuel. Instead of idling at a traffic light or train crossing, the engine will automatically stop when the driver engages the neutral gear and releases the clutch pedal. When the traffic light turns green, drivers simply press the clutch pedal to restart the engine, shift into first gear and take off. Naturally, the heating performance, power steering and brake performance is maintained to keep occupants safe and comfortable even while the engine is temporarily off.

By eliminating idling time, engines emit less greenhouse gases and, importantly, create less noise. The Corsa 1.3 CDTI 75 hp (190Nm/55 kW) with optional Start/Stop requires only 4.0 l/100 km and emits 105 grams CO2, 6.25 percent less than the same variant without the technology in the combined cycle. Owners will see the greatest savings in city driving. In the urban cycle, the Corsa with Start/Stop emits 10.6 percent less CO2 than the Corsa without this eco-friendly technology. In the urban cycle, for the Corsa uses 4.8 l/100 km, compared with 5.3 l/100 km without Start/Stop. In the combined cycle, the Corsa requires only 4.0 liters of diesel per 100 km.

The ecoFLEX Technology Package on the Corsa also includes:

Start/Stop system with enhanced starter motor, which ensures the system will last the lifetime of the vehicle;
High performance Absorbent Glass Mat battery. This upgrade of the vehicle‘s electrical system keeps the operation reliable and makes sure the engine restarts every time;
Intelligent Battery Management with Battery Sensor which has been added for reliability and quality control.
Electric Power Management, too, ensures the engine restarts every time;
Additional water pump keeps the cabin warm in cool weather during the stop phase.
Switch-off button for manual control so that customers can choose when they want to use this feature.
In addition, the ecoFLEX Technology Package also includes configurable climate comfort level with electronic climate control. This allows drivers to personalize the amount of air conditioning comfort they wish to have when the engine is temporarily stopped. They can choose to maximize the ecological function and leave the car off even if the cabin is getting warm. Alternatively, they can press an AC Configuration button, in which the engine turns on as required to keep the interior cool. Opel is the only European manufacturer to offer this feature.

The Agila 1.2 liter 94 hp (69 kW/118 Nm) requires 5.0 liters of gasoline per 100 km and emits 116 g CO2 with Start/Stop technology, some 2.5 percent less than the same engine without this feature. In the urban cycle, Start/Stop decreases emissions by 9 percent.

The ecoFLEX Technology Package on the Agila offers:

Start/Stop System
Enhanced battery
Intelligent battery management with battery sensor
Switch-off button for manual control
The ecoFLEX Technology Package on the Corsa is available on-cost at 350 euros. The package costs 300 euros on the Agila.

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