Vauxhall/Opel readies future engines for hybrid technology
The carmaker said it was developing a full range of Euro 6 compliant diesel and petrol engines, predicted to cut CO2 emissions by 10% compared to their equivalent predecessors. This will comprise of three and four cylinder units, sized between 1.0 and 1.6-litre units, while a six speed manual, seven speed dual clutch and eight speed automatic gearbox will be available to suit. All will be designed to work with a hybrid drivetrain.
To date, Vauxhall and Opel have secured a claimed 7,000 orders for the Ampera range-extended electric vehicle, and already has further electric models planned. The futuristic RAKe two-seat city car is being considered for production, and the RADe electric bike, which can be recharged from using a version of the FlexRail bike rack, is also being built.
Further ahead, the manufacture has plans to launch a fuel cell electric vehicle, while an electric version of the forthcoming A-segment car codenamed ‘Junior’ is also rumoured.