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News of  January 30, 2002

World Premiere At The Geneva Motor Show: Opel "Concept M": Sporty Van With Natural Gas Turbo Engine

Compact body offers lots of space and comfort for four passengers

"Concept M"

Photo: Opel/GM

Rüsselsheim - A sporty and environment-friendly monocab design study called "Concept M" will celebrate its world premiere on the Opel stand at the Geneva Motor Show (March 7-17, 2002). With its height of 1.62 meters, the dynamically styled, monocab van has stacks of space for four passengers. It also features an advanced propulsion concept: a 1.6-liter 110 kW/150 hp natural gas turbo engine in combination with the "Easytronic" automated manual transmission first seen in the Corsa.

The 200 km/h concept vehicle is also well ahead of its time as far as the interior is concerned, offering plenty of potential for innovative solutions in the future. In this respect, Concept M has similarities with Opel's successful compact van, Zafira, and is also a direct successor to pioneering concept cars like the "Frogster" and "Signum2".

The dynamic appearance of the 4.05-meter long, 1.78-meter wide Concept M bears some of the style cues of the Signum2 with other design features from the new Vectra GTS. The passengers occupy four individual, generously sized seats. The designers have gone out of their way not only to give the seats a sporty appearance but also to make them comfortable, especially in terms of shoulder room. In addition to the luggage compartment, the console in the roof (with an integrated DVD system) and the center console provide extra storage space. The cockpit of the Concept M features a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), with which the driver can, among other things, regulate the heating and air conditioning, and access the Internet. There is also a monitor to display all the information the driver might need about the concept vehicle.

(Jan 23, 2002)

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