Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

  1. Welcome to GM Inside News Forum – General discussion forum for GM

    Welcome to GM Inside News Forum - a website dedicated to all things GM.

    You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, Join GM Inside News Forum today!
     
Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

  1. #1
    6.2 Liter LS3 V8 Premium Member Toto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Dortmund
    Posts
    3,750
    Thanks
    215
    Thanked 885 Times in 481 Posts
    My Ride
    Opel Corsa GSI

    Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    Opel Media Online
    2015-07-16

    - Art of German engineering: All-new comfort seats from Opel
    - Unique in compact class: With massage and memory function, plus much more
    - Tradition at Opel: AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) seal of approval
    - Attractive offer: Ergonomic AGR driver’s seat already available from 390 euros



    Rüsselsheim. The new Opel Astra celebrates its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt this fall (September 17 – 27, 2015), but it is already clear today: never before has there been so much luxury in the compact class. The Astra is lighter, more efficient and offers state-of-the-art features; thanks to its advanced seating technology, it makes every drive a relaxing journey. AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) certified premium Opel ergonomic seats provide excellent long-distance travel seating comfort. They continue the Opel tradition of award-winning, back-friendly seats. Beyond being 18-way adjustable including side bolster adjustment, they are now optionally available with further comfort features such as massage and memory function along with ventilation – a unique combination in the compact class. Rear seat passengers can also look forward to more luxury – in addition to more legroom, heated outer rear seats are optional. Astra customers can treat themselves to these luxury seats that are completely developed in-house at Opel for very attractive prices – the driver’s seat with the AGR seal of approval is already available from 390 euros.

    “Seating is among the most important elements in a vehicle as it delivers safety, comfort, and design. It is one of the reasons we place such a high priority- with the support of our partners- on the development of our seating systems," says Charlie Klein, Vice President Vehicle Engineering at Opel. "The new Opel Astra seats continue to deliver on the promise of excellence and are a reflection of the skill and commitment of our engineers and designers. The Astra seats provide advanced features in the compact segment that are normally found only in the premium class."

    Lightweight: Seat alone ten kilos lighter

    Development of the seating environment in the new Astra already began nearly five years ago for the over 100 employees in the team of experts. “Especially integration of the relatively bulky seats must be considered from the very beginning. This means the seats have to fit into the car accurately to the last millimeter – in every direction,” says Andrew Leuchtmann, Senior Manager GME Interiors. A very challenging task, as the seat components are one of the car’s largest parts. Seat production alone accounts for around ten percent of the total production costs of a new car model.

    At the same time, the seats have a large impact on total weight. That is why for their new development, the engineers first had to minutely examine all single elements of the Astra comfort seats that come as standard. “Compared to the predecessor, not one single part is identical,” says the expert. In order to offer rear seat passengers 35 millimeters more legroom, the seat back of the new comfort front seat was made much more compact. State-of-the-art calculation methods enable this, as do lighter polyurethane foams and ultra-high-strength steels that are built in under the seat upholstery. “So the new seats are around ten kilos lighter than those in the previous model,” explains Leuchtmann. This is not only true for the driver and co-driver seats – the new Astra’s rear seats are also lighter and more compact, their contouring was optimized and thigh support was enhanced with a steeper seat tilt.

    AGR seal of approval for ergonomic seats

    “In-vehicle ergonomics is more than just the seat contouring, it already begins with the positioning of the seat in the car,” says Leuchtmann. The Opel experts also further optimized the Astra comfort seat in this regard, positioning it lower. “This especially accommodates taller drivers with a sporty driving style,” he explains. Thanks to a 65-millimeter height adjustment span – the largest in the segment – shorter drivers are also guaranteed an optimum seating position. With the optional premium ergonomic seat’s memory function, this can even be saved at the press of a button. This is ideal for fleet vehicles with the same group of drivers or couples who share the new Opel Astra. The base version of the optional ergonomic seats comes with four-way electropneumatically adjustable lumbar support (forwards, backwards, up and down), variable seat cushion tilt, cushion length adjustment and a seat form with contours that adapt to the natural curvature of the spine. The premium ergonomic seats also feature electropneumatically adjustable side bolsters that support the body by making the seatback narrower or wider. All these exemplary ergonomic elements made it clear to the AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs), an independent association of doctors and experts dedicated to preventing back problems, that the new Astra also deserves the AGR seal of approval.

    Wellness massage, climate control and heating included

    Seats should not only keep drivers securely in place, they should also keep them warm or cool depending on the prevailing conditions. The new Astra comfort seat features passive climate control, meaning breathable surface fabrics and perforated polyurethane foams that considerably improve transporting away moisture and thereby the micro climate in the seat. The new Astra’s premium ergonomic seats can do both – keep warm and cool. Small fans suck air, and thus the moisture that develops when someone is in the seat, away from the body. In the winter, integrated seat heating keeps the driver and co-driver as well as both outer rear seat passengers comfortably warm. Those who want to turn their car into a wellness mobile on longer journeys can enjoy a massage at the push of a button – and arrive at their destination even hours later relaxed and free of aches or pains.

    Opel is the leading volume manufacturer of ergonomic seats with the AGR seal of approval. The first ergonomic Opel seat was introduced with the Signum in 2003. Today, in addition to the new Astra, the certified and popular seats can be ordered for many Opel models including the Insignia, Meriva, Zafira Tourer, Mokka and Cascada. “We want to really speed up the democratization of good seats – more Opel models with AGR seats will follow,” promises Andrew Leuchtmann.



  2. The Following 5 Users Say Thank You to Toto For This Useful Post:

    91fairladyZ (07-16-2015),cad1cts (07-16-2015),kmacleod (07-17-2015),SierraGS (07-18-2015),WIDETRACK (07-16-2015)

  3. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

  4. #2
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    7,247
    Thanks
    2,911
    Thanked 1,556 Times in 798 Posts

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    GMNA really needs to concentrate i=on seat comfort and quality.
    Seats need to be adjustable for lumbar across the board and not be as narrow and short as they are now

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to steve333 For This Useful Post:

    cad1cts (07-16-2015)

  6. #3
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    England
    Posts
    7,681
    Thanks
    714
    Thanked 2,498 Times in 1,889 Posts
    My Ride
    VW Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by steve333 View Post
    GMNA really needs to concentrate i=on seat comfort and quality.
    Seats need to be adjustable for lumbar across the board and not be as narrow and short as they are now
    Seat width needs to relate to local market, ie continent, requirements - North Americans need wider seats than Europeans !!!

  7. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

  8. #4
    Banned Butz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Celestial North Korea
    Posts
    11,892
    Thanks
    2,802
    Thanked 1,596 Times in 965 Posts
    My Ride
    です

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Seat width needs to relate to local market, ie continent, requirements - North Americans need wider seats than Europeans !!!

  9. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Butz For This Useful Post:

    bballr4567 (07-17-2015),GTC (07-17-2015)

  10. #5
    Banned
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    St. George, Ut.
    Posts
    10,133
    Thanks
    13,096
    Thanked 3,749 Times in 2,430 Posts
    My Ride
    2016 Nissan Rogue SV AWD

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Seat width needs to relate to local market, ie continent, requirements - North Americans need wider seats than Europeans !!!
    True, and they need to get the bottoms a bit longer on a lot of them. It contributes to fatigue and achy legs driving long distances with the stubby seat bottoms.

  11. #6
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    7,247
    Thanks
    2,911
    Thanked 1,556 Times in 798 Posts

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Seat width needs to relate to local market, ie continent, requirements - North Americans need wider seats than Europeans !!!
    Then why does the NA Cruze have such narrow and short seats? Someone needs to send GM a message. By the way I'm only 5'9" tall and 170 lbs and I found the seats to be too small.
    I would like to see GM do something to stand out. Make lumbar controls and a sliding bottom cushion to adjust the length standard in every vehicle they sell

  12. #7
    GMI Staff Member Premium Member Envoy4Life's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Detroit, MI
    Posts
    21,397
    Thanks
    3,646
    Thanked 6,560 Times in 3,774 Posts
    My Ride
    2019 Cadillac CTS 3.6

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by Butz View Post
    I like this one, too:

    Current:

    2019 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Luxury AWD

    Hidden Content Originally Posted by Greg.Botts Hidden Content
    LOL at all the FORD fans in this thread thinking they got a one up. This is the Yukon Denali and trust me it's going to blow away the Navigator. Escalade is gunning for RR/Bentley level of interiors and beyond. I've talked to someone about this on another site that confirmed it Navigator isn't even being bench-marked at Cadillac too low for them.
    ^GOLD^

    Hidden Content

  13. #8
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    England
    Posts
    7,681
    Thanks
    714
    Thanked 2,498 Times in 1,889 Posts
    My Ride
    VW Touareg 3.0 V6 TDI

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by steve333 View Post
    Then why does the NA Cruze have such narrow and short seats? Someone needs to send GM a message. By the way I'm only 5'9" tall and 170 lbs and I found the seats to be too small.
    I would like to see GM do something to stand out. Make lumbar controls and a sliding bottom cushion to adjust the length standard in every vehicle they sell
    Various Opel/Vauxhalls have had lumbar controls and a sliding front cushion on the seats, at least on top trim models when GM NA had less engineering input!

  14. #9
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    7,247
    Thanks
    2,911
    Thanked 1,556 Times in 798 Posts

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    I'd love to see them do that for all their brands, but I won't hold my breath

  15. #10
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    7,793
    Thanks
    6,505
    Thanked 2,224 Times in 1,376 Posts

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    GM should be using Opel seats in more global products and across the board if possible if "Seat production alone accounts for around ten percent of the total production costs of a new car model.". That represents a sizable cost percentage and seats are a very important component of a vehicle since it plays a pivotal part in customer satisfaction and impacts overall vehicle weight.

    10 Kilos (22 Lbs) is a lot of weight savings and if that is for each seat it represents 44 lbs of savings with more from the rear seats, so the total weight savings could approach 50 lbs. Not a small number in today's already efficient designs.

    Wonder what the overall weight saving is for both front and the rear seat per vehicle.

  16. The Following User Says Thank You to SierraGS For This Useful Post:

    steve333 (07-18-2015)

  17. #11
    6.2 Liter LS3 V8 Premium Member Toto's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Dortmund
    Posts
    3,750
    Thanks
    215
    Thanked 885 Times in 481 Posts
    My Ride
    Opel Corsa GSI

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    Quote Originally Posted by SierraGS View Post
    GM should be using Opel seats in more global products and across the board if possible if "Seat production alone accounts for around ten percent of the total production costs of a new car model.". That represents a sizable cost percentage and seats are a very important component of a vehicle since it plays a pivotal part in customer satisfaction and impacts overall vehicle weight.

    10 Kilos (22 Lbs) is a lot of weight savings and if that is for each seat it represents 44 lbs of savings with more from the rear seats, so the total weight savings could approach 50 lbs. Not a small number in today's already efficient designs.

    Wonder what the overall weight saving is for both front and the rear seat per vehicle.
    You can see where Opel saved weight and gained interior space, if you compare pictures of the last and new generation Astra seats.




  18. #12
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Savannah
    Posts
    6,713
    Thanks
    302
    Thanked 814 Times in 572 Posts

    Re: Distinguished Wellness Seats for New Opel Astra

    Oddly enough the new Opel seats remind me of the old Holden seats.

  19. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.1.2