2007 Opel Zafira

While the automobile market in both Europe and Germany has grown only slightly or even stagnated for a number of years, new registrations in the compact van segment have continuously increased. From 1999 to 2004, the compact vans’ share of the passenger car market in Europe climbed from 2.4 percent to more than seven percent. Forecasts predict further growth and levels of over ten percent in the year 2010. If the Meriva compact van segment is added, experts predict a share of the overall passenger car market as high as 17 to 18 percent in 2010.

Opel is well positioned with these monocabs and has strongly influenced this segment’s growing importance with pioneering innovations. The Zafira debuted in spring 1999 as the first seven-seat compact van with the Flex7 system’s fully retractable third row of seats. This was followed in the summer of 2000 by the Agila, the first microvan from a European manufacturer, and in 2003 by the Meriva with the multi-variable FlexSpace concept in the minivan segment.

The Opel Zafira is a compact MPV produced by Opel, a General Motors subsidiary. The Zafira is branded as Opel, Vauxhall, Holden and Chevrolet, depending on the market. In Japan, the Zafira was sold as Subaru Traviq.

The Zafira has seven seats arranged in 3 rows, the back row of which can be folded away easily to create more space, individually or together. At the time of its introduction, this was considered revolutionary, with most similar cars requiring that extra seats are physically removed from the vehicle if not required. The system was named Flex 7. However, older similar vehicles included a similar system, for example, the 2nd generation Mitsubishi Space Wagon.

Also called Vauxhall Zafira
Holden Zafira
Chevrolet Zafira
Chevrolet Nabira
Subaru Traviq
Production 1999-2004
Assembly Bochum, Germany
Rayong, Thailand
São José dos Campos, Brazil
Platform T-body
Engine(s) * 1.6L 100 hp I4
1.8L 125 hp I4
2.0L 200 hp I4
2.2L 146 hp I4
2.0L 100 hp I4
2.2L 125 hp I4
2.2L 147 hp I4

The first generation of Zafira is usually referred to as Zafira A, as is customary for Opel models. The car was based on the same platform as the 1998 Astra G/B and shared much in common with that car. The Zafira A body was used in GM’s concept hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle the HydroGen3.

The Zafira A was replaced by Zafira B in Europe and Japan from 2005, but is still sold in most other markets, except for Australia and New Zealand, where the model was cancelled altogether.

* Opel Zafira – Europe (except for UK), South Africa, China, Singapore, Japan
* Vauxhall Zafira – United Kingdom
* Holden Zafira – Australia, New Zealand
* Chevrolet Zafira – Latin America, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines
* Chevrolet Nabira – Malaysia
* Subaru Traviq – Japan

* Bochum, Germany
* Rayong, Thailand
* São José dos Campos, Brazil
* In Indonesia, assembly has taken place since 2003 in an unspecified location

The Zafira comes with a variety of engines adopted from the Astra. For Europe, there was a CNG-powered version and a 200 hp turbocharged version by the Opel Performance Center. In Brazil, the Zafira is also available with a flexible fuel engine.

European versions of the Zafira had these engines:

* 1.6/4-cylinder, 74 kW (100 bhp)
* 1.8/4-cylinder, 92 kW (125 bhp)
* 2.0 Turbo/4-cylinder, 147 kW (200 bhp)
* 2.2/4-cylinder, 108 kW (146 bhp)
* 2.0/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 74 kW (100 bhp)
* 2.2/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 92 kW (125 bhp)
* 2.2/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 107 kW (147 bhp)

Also called Vauxhall Zafira
Chevrolet Zafira
Production 2005–present
Assembly Bochum, Germany
Gliwice, Poland
Platform GM Delta platform
Engine(s) 2.0 L 240 hp I4
2.2L 150 hp I4
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 106.4 in (2703 mm)
Length 175.9 in (4467 mm)
Width 70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height 64.4 in (1635 mm)
Related Opel Astra H/C

The Zafira B debuted in Europe in 2004, and sales started in 2005. It also shares the platform and mechanicals with the Astra, this time the H/C model.

In February 2006, Zafira B was launched in Singapore. By March 2006, the model had only been introduced in Europe, Singapore and Japan, superseding the previous Zafira and the Subaru Traviq, respectively. In April in Mexico and later in September 2006 in Chile, this model was introduced, branded as Chevrolet Zafira.

* Opel Zafira – Europe (except for UK), Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong
* Vauxhall Zafira – United Kingdom
* Chevrolet Zafira – Mexico and Chile

In Mexico the Zafira was discontinued after the 2006 model year due to poor sales, and replaced by the 5-passenger Chevrolet HHR.

It has so far been a huge sales success in the UK, proving even more popular than its predecessor. In 2006 it was the UK’s tenth best selling new car, proving more popular than the Vectra that just eight years earlier had been the brand’s best selling product.

* Bochum, Germany
* Gliwice, Poland

The Zafira B’s engine lineup is partly adopted from the previous Astra/Zafira generation, but Opel replaced the old 2.0 and 2.2 turbodiesel engines with 1.9 L common-rail turbodiesels developed by FIAT (Multijet). Opel Performance Center developed a turbocharged 240 hp 2.0 L performance version of the Zafira B as well. A CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) version of the new Zafira with a 1.6 L engine is also available.

Zafira B’s marketed in Europe are equipped with the following engines:

* 1.6/4-cylinder Twinport, 77 kW (105 bhp) – to be replaced by an improved, 115bhp version in 2008
* 1.8/4-cylinder, 103 kW (140 bhp)
* 2.0 Turbo/4-cylinder, 147 kW (200 bhp)
* 2.2/4-cylinder, 110 kW (155 bhp)
* 2.0 Turbo/4-cylinder, 177 kW (240bhp)
* 1.9/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 74 kW (100 bhp)
* 1.9/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 88 kW (120 bhp)
* 1.9/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 110 kW (150 bhp)

Scribbled on April 18th 2008 in Opel, Opel Zafira
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