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The trendy all-new Opel ADAM arrives in January 2013 By Brian Foley

• Opel’s first urban car engineered and produced in Germany
• ADAM introduces premium technologies to A-segment
• Unique Infotainment system brings smartphone integration to car
• Bold design and unlimited trim combinations

With the all-new ADAM, Opel is entering the A-segment with a chic, small, urban car with a distinctive combination of retro and modern styling. Buyers will have the potential for almost unlimited level of personalisation, making each ADAM model unique. First ADAM models are expected in Ireland in January 2013, when prices and other model details will be revealed. A galaxy of premium technologies including an onboard infotainment system that will make online applications available in the car through smartphones such as Android and Apple iOS.

Measuring almost 3.70 meters in length (1.72 meters width excl. mirrors), the 3-door hatch is perfect for urban environments. It can seat four people who enjoy a high degree of spaciousness which is unusual for a small car. .

The Opel ADAM will initially be offered with three efficient petrol engines (1.2 l 51kW/70 hp, 1.4 l 64 kW/87 hp and 1.4 l 74/100 hp) combined with a 5-speed manual shift gearbox. . All powertrains come with an ecoFLEX technology pack including fuel-saving Start/Stop technology. Later on, a new generation small petrol engine will make its premiere in the ADAM, featuring direct injection turbocharging for further enhanced efficiency and performance. This new engine will be combined with a completely new generation 5-speed manual transmission.

ADAM innovates and introduces a totally new trim approach. Rather than having the well-known trim levels, customers can choose from three different highly individualised trim moods or worlds: JAM is unconventional, fashionable and colourful, GLAM offers a more elegant, refined and sophisticated setting and SLAM appeals to those with energetic and sporty attitudes. ADAM JAM, ADAM GLAM and ADAM SLAM: these three “mood” worlds set the stage for a virtually unlimited potential for personalisation with a wide choice of exterior and different interior with three roof colours, interior colours, decors and various headliners -including a LED lit “starlight” roof trim - and other premium inspired distinctive design elements.

Mark Adams, Opel Vice President, Design explains: “No other car in this segment can be personalised as much as the Opel ADAM because we are offering virtually unlimited exterior/interior colour, fabric, decor and kit combination possibilities. It’s unlikely our customers will see another car like theirs.”

ADAM’s striking and unique “floating” roof which is visually disconnected from the body allows a perfect execution of a two tone colour combination. The car’s name badge is – unlike with most other cars – placed at the end of the chrome “signature” window moulding on the rear pillar, which adds to its unique appeal. In the wide front grille, the ADAM has the new wing shaped chrome bar with embossed Opel emblem as introduced with the new Astra line-up. On the sides there are design cues such as the blade shape in the lower door and the characteristic crisp “shock wave” around the door handles known from the Astra GTC. The headlamps feature wing shaped daytime running lights (DRL) typical for Opel. For the first time in the A-segment, both the headlamps and the tail-lights are available with state-of-the art energy-saving LED technology.

The interior design is in harmony with the exterior, and has chronograph style instruments and chrome bezelled switches for a sporty look.

ADAM is the first car with Opel’s all-new state-of-the-art infotainment system offering even more convenience and flexibility than a conventional system. The new system is exclusive to the A-segment because it not only offers smartphone connectivity for Apple iOS software but is also compatible with Android operating systems.

The new infotainment system makes selected smartphone content including internet based applications such as GPS navigation available in the cabin. It collects the content and displays it on the seven inch, high-resolution and full colour touch screen which also provides quick and intuitive access to various user friendly control functions via five easy to navigate menus.

In addition, new media sources such as MP3 players, iPodsTM and tablets can be brought into the ADAM thanks to BluetoothTM and USB connectivity. There is a plug-in outlet for music devices that do not use USB or BluetoothTM connections. ADAM owners who wish to enjoy a video or personalised slide show, can do so when the car is stationary.

A new generation Advanced Park Assist (APA II) allows the driver to engage the system with a button on the dashboard and it alerts when a parallel parking space large enough to accommodate the car is available. The system then automatically steers the car into the parking space, with the driver just controlling the brake, clutch and gears. It always comes in combination with Side Blind Spot Alert (SBSA) which also uses ultrasonic sensors. Another first in the A-segment class (for small cars) is the heated steering wheel.

ADAM’s bold stance is further emphasised by its broad footprint (front track: 1485 mm/ rear track: 1478 mm). Its chassis with a wheelbase of 2311 mm is geared towards maximum active safety and comfort The front suspension is MacPherson strut type with a sub-frame. At the rear there is a torsion beam compound crank design. Wheel sizes range from 15” to 18”, and cars that are specified with 17” or 18“ rims come standard with a more responsive Sports chassis and steering feeling. The Electrical Power Steering (EPS) includes a dedicated CITY mode which at the flick of a switch increases power assistance at lower speeds - particularly useful for manoeuvring. The comprehensive ESP of the latest generation is also standard in all ADAM models and comes complete with many useful sub-functions such as Hill Start Assist.

A high level of passive safety is ensured by an ultra-rigid passenger cell mainly made from high-strength steel. This is complemented by front, side and head curtain airbags as well as Dual Seat Belt Pre-tensioners at the front seats which offer additional knee and leg protection. Other safety features include two sets of ISOFIX points plus top tethers in order to easily and safely attach child seats on the 50:50 split foldable rear bench.

The all-new Opel ADAM will be available to order after its official world premiere at the Paris Motor Show (September 29 – October 14, 2012). First cars will hit the Opel Dealer showrooms in January 2013.