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Subject: Opel LPG Models  

Dear Editorial Office,
As a longtime OPEL fan and frequent driver, I learned about the Opel LPG models around six years ago, and bought an LPG Corsa equipped at the factory. Weighing in at 1.25 metric tons and fitted with a 1.2-liter engine, it’s not the most exciting car, but it’s great for everyday use.

I purchased the successor model two years ago with the 1.4-liter LPG engine and I love it! It’s the perfect car for covering long distances. It’s also great for uphill drives out on the Taunus mountain range. Plus, the fuel costs are even lower than ones for cars that run on inexpensive diesel: under €4.10/100 kilometers on average, including gasoline! The only fly in the ointment is the LPG tank, which is far too small (max. 32 liters). I need to tank up every four business days.

In light of the current diesel discussion, I’d love to hear more about the efficiency of Opel LPG vehicles. After all, LPG vehicles have a pretty long tradition at Opel. The nitrogen oxide debate is particularly relevant here; since the aspirated engines on LPG models produce virtually no NOx or particulate matter, and can even be operated in closed spaces. They also perform better in terms of CO2 emissions than their gasoline counterparts.

So, don’t be shy to toot your own horn!

I also have a question – why do Opel only create LPG versions of smaller models at the factory and not larger models as well?

Matthias Huber,
Engineering Propulsion Systems Integration & Application Engineering

April 2018