Europe is thinking far ahead of North America with a Hypermiling_challenge beyond all others.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Mar. 18, 2010
The Volt’ in Europe is the Ampera… And some lucky European is going to win one in a manner we come to live by
The motto says it all: “Green Drivers Wanted!” Opel is looking for Europe’s greenest driver during the ecoFLEX Experience, a unique European competition where ambitious entrants can show off their fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly driving skills. Opel will provide just the right cars with models from its ecoFLEX series. The competition starts April 1 and the winner will take home one of the first Opel Ampera cars ever built. The extended-range electric vehicle will go on sale in 2011.
Low fuel consumption is one of the key criteria for many car buyers. Opel offers customers an excellent choice to easily meet this requirement with models in its broad ecoFLEX portfolio. From the Agila to the Insignia – with 160 HP and rated at 45.2 mpgUS combined on the NEDC – ecoFLEX vehicles are especially fuel efficient and environmentally friendly. Ecologically conscious Opel drivers don’t have to compromise on performance or driving fun – nor do they have to pay exorbitant extra costs. All types of powertrains are available – gas and diesel as well as alternative fuels like Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). And car buyers welcome the opportunity to drive both economically and ecologically: Nowadays, up to 40 percent of all Opel models sold carry the ecoFLEX badge.
The Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX and the Astra 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX are the latest models to showcase this technology. The five-door Astra sedan with 95 HP and rated at 56.0 mpgUS combined on the NEDC. The equally powerful Corsa even tops those impressive figures with an NEDC combined rating of 63.6 mpgUS and a modern Opel first of under 100g/mile of CO2 emissions.
Opel Ampera seeks an owner: Starting signal for pan-European fuel-saving event
When the ecoFLEX Experience kicks off April 1, Opel will be looking throughout the continent for the driver who squeezes every last efficient drop out of the Opel models’ fuel-saving potential. Drivers must first show their fuel efficiency smarts in an online quiz before moving to an Internet simulator to prove their virtual driving and gas-saving abilities. The best – the most environmentally friendly driver from each of the 20 participating countries – will be invited to a multi-day event in Sweden this summer. Under the supervision of professionals, the finalists will square off in a pan-European competition at the Sturup Raceway in Malmö. The greenest driver will then be named the ecoFLEX Experience champion. The winner can look forward to a special prize: one of the very first Opel Ampera production cars, which guarantee the environmentally friendly mobility of tomorrow. Interested participants can register online now.
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