- At the 75th Geneva International Motor Show,
gasmobil/GVM and Rinspeed are exhibiting on stand 4131 in Hall 4, as
a feasibility study, the attractive Astra Caravan with a 1.4 CNG
monovalent plus drive. The combination vehicle fitted with a 1.4
litre turbo engine was designed, developed and built in cooperation
with Opel Special Vehicles, Gasverbund Mittelland AG (GVM) and BRA
GmbH, Opel's official installers of natural gas conversions.
The high-performance and flexible Caravan from Opel has a powerful
engine delivering 135 bhp and reaches a top speed of over 200 km/h.
Despite this level of performance, its natural gas powered engine
makes it one of the most environmentally clean modes of transport.
Its performance is based on the motor being optimised for natural gas
that can fully exploit the high octane count of natural gas. As for
the range of the monovalent plus with turbo, distances of over 700 km
pose no problem, with the vehicle able to travel over 500 km on
natural gas and more than 200 km using the petrol reserve tank. It
was possible to reduce the consumption even while increasing
performance by over thirty percent in comparison to Opel's 1.6 litre
petrol engine, thereby combining sporting dynamism with low
consumption in a very convincing manner.
Switzerland is one of the key combination-fuel markets in Europe.
The statistics on new vehicle registrations show this clearly: in
some model ranges the number of limousines sold is the same as the
number of combination-fuel vehicles. This also applies to the Opel
Astra. In combination with natural gas as a fuel, the Caravan is an
interesting alternative for sporting families and modern-thinking
fleet owners in particular. And at a time of continually increasing
petrol prices the budget can be significantly lightened without
giving up the sporting performance.
ots Originaltext: gasmobil ag
Kurt Schmidlin, Executive Management
Untertalweg 32, P.O. Box 360