The folks at Opel should be feeling pretty optimistic right about now. Because along with being on track to turn a profit next year, the versatile Zafira Tourer was awarded the Most Envrionmentally Friendly Van by the environmental institute Okotrend and the trade magazine Auto Test. The assessment included vehicle operation, focusing on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, emissions standards and noise development while the second part rested on the vehicle’s production and manufacturer.
The company’s popular van beat out the competition with the low-emission and economical 1.6 CNG (compressed natural gas) Turbo ecoFLEX engine. The CNG allows clean combustion in its Opel four-cylinder turbo engine. While fuel consumption for the combined cycle is just 4.7 kilograms (7.2 m3) high grade natural gas per 100 kilometers, the 110 kw/150 hp Opel Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG Turbo ecoFLEX model emits only 129 g/km CO2. An amplitude of a maximum of 530 kilometers in CNG operation is enabled by economical consumption purposed with a tank volume of 250 kilograms (144 liters).
Opel’s CNG ecoFLEX engines are developed to run on natural gas, biofuel or any product aggregation of the two along with gasoline. CNG and biofuel are less costly than gasoline and diesel, and are more cost effective with regards to kilometers driven than liquefied petroleum gas.