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New Opel Tigra TwinTop: Cabriolet and Coupé fun for two
Posted by: kak on Friday, January 30, 2004 - 11:36 AM CET


The debut of the new Tigra TwinTop at the Geneva Motor Show (March 4 to 14, 2004) will make Opel the first German volume manufacturer to offer a sporty two-seater with an electro-hydraulic, retractable steel roof that opens and closes automatically at the touch of a button. With dynamic lines and impressive versatility, the new Tigra offers cabriolet fresh air or coupé motoring. Whether as a cabrio or coupé, the Tigra features a generous, usable trunk with a volume of up to 440 liters - thanks to the ingenious design of the retractable roof, which folds almost vertically into the body. An additional 70 liters of storage space is available behind the seats, adding up to a classleading total of more than 500 liters. The Tigra's trunk lid also opens and shuts electrohydraulically at the touch of a button.

- Sporty fun-car with electro-hydraulic retractable steel roof and trunk lid
- Maximum versatility and class-leading, practical luggage space

Equipped with Opel's innovative TWINPORT fuel-saving technology, the new Tigra's 1.4-liter ECOTEC engine generates 66 kW/90 hp. Both this unit and the more powerful 1.8 ECOTEC with 92 kW/125 hp meet Euro-4 emission standards. A five-speed manual gearshift is standard equipment and the 1.4 TWINPORT is also available with the Easytronic automated manual transmission.

Carl-Peter Forster, Chairman and Managing Director of Adam Opel AG: "The Tigra TwinTop is an attractive car for the young and young at heart, for buyers who are seeking a sporty and exciting looking vehicle. The Tigra also plays an important role in our model offensive and shows the new direction we've taken with our product portfolio, 20 percent of which will soon consist of niche models."

The innovative electro-hydraulic roof mechanism is the highlight of the Opel Tigra TwinTop. The two-section steel roof closes and opens automatically. At the touch of a button the hardtop folds almost vertically into a shaft between the ****pit and the trunk. Thus, even with the roof down, the Tigra still offers ample storage space of 250 liters - enough, for example, for a crate of drinks. Volume increases to 440 liters with the roof up and additional interior storage space behind the seats (accessible from the ****pit) provides another 70 liters for bags and jackets etcetera. The heated rear windshield is made of scratchproof glass.

From the outside, the new Opel Tigra is a compact, well-proportioned two-seater with eye-catching details. The dynamic styling is a new interpretation of the Opel design language. The front features the trapezoid grille with matte chrome lateral bar typical of Opel, the characteristic crease in the hood, large inlets in the bumper, and 3D ellipsoid headlamps with cylindrical lights. A side view reveals short overhangs and a flat windshield; a purposeful wedge shape rising towards the rear and lightly tucked in at the flanks; and pronounced side sills. The attention to detail is evident in the air vents on the front fenders with integrated side blinkers, as well as in the distinctive line of the roof structure. The rear section of the roof is also available in a contrasting color to create a distinctive visual effect. In the rear, large wraparound taillights and an elegant matte chrome molding in the bumper round off the dynamic appearance.

The interior of the Tigra features two-tone bucket seats as standard equipment, chrome-ringed instruments and numerous aluminum accents. Two aluminum colored strips connecting the center console and transmission tunnel lend a special flair. The aerodynamic profile of the unusually shaped, aluminum roll hoop is another design highlight.

The respected coachbuilder Groupe Henri Heuliez S.A. in Cerizay, France produces the new Opel Tigra TwinTop. Sales are due to begin in late summer 2004.

[source: opel.com]



Artilcle & Pictures here
http://car.kak.net/modules.php?op=modload&...order=0&thold=0


I wonder if this car will use Kappa.
 

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It's nice to see the Tigra is back from hiatus.

I wanted the original back in '97, and GM had no plans to import it.
Maybe it will appear in North America as a Saturn............

Ken
 

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Vauxhall Confirms Tigra

31 January 2004
by Ross Finlay (30 Jan 04)

Its been pretty much of an open secret, of course, but Vauxhall has now confirmed that its new coupé-roadster, due to have its Opel-badged world première in March at the Geneva Show, will be marketed in the UK as the Tigra.

Although its Corsa-based, the new car, due to go on sale here in the late summer, has little else in common with the previous Tigra, the closed coupé on sale from 1994 to 2000. That model had the problem, of course, of trying to compete with Ford?s sportier Puma, but nevertheless sold more than 37,000 before slipping out of the catalogue.

The 2004 version will be available with either a 90bhp 1.4-litre Twinport engine or a 125bhp 1.8. A five-speed manual gearbox will be standard.

Very crisp styling includes a cylindrical headlamp array, side vents in the front bumper which also accommodate the indicators, and an almost running-board effect under the doors which isn?t a nostalgic throwback but partly an aid to the aerodynamics.

Stressing The Aluminium

Inside, the Tigra has two-tone bucket seats, chrome-ringed instruments and a fair amount of aluminium trim. More attention than usual has been paid to the design of the roll hoops behind the seats. Theyre also of aluminium, but instead of offering the normal round profile to the airflow they?re flatter in shape and, again, more satisfactorily aerodynamic.

Of course, their aerodynamic qualities wont matter tuppence when the Tigra is running in closed form. Its retractable steel roof opens and closes automatically via an electro-hydraulic system. When in the "down" position, the roof parks itself almost vertically into an area between the passenger cabin and the boot, unlike some other types which lie flat and interfere seriously with the luggage space.

The retractable roof and its operating mechanism are produced under patents held by French specialist coachbuilder Heuliez, which is also responsible for the assembly of the complete car. Even with two different GM companies taking their share, the quite modest build programme for the Tigra couldnt justify having it manufactured in a mainstream GM Europe factory.

In any case, Heuliez is the company which designed the retractable roof for the Peugeot 206 CC, the model which started - at least in modern times - the whole coupé-convertible craze. In the past, it assembled the Renault R5 Turbo 16 and a whole series of Citroen estates including the BX4, CX, XM and Xantia. It was also commissioned to build the battery-powered versions of the Citroen Saxo and the Peugeot 106.

Vauxhall chairman Kevin Wale says that the new Tigra "plays an important role in our model offensive and shows the new direction we have taken with our product portfolio, 20% of which will soon consist of niche models".



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Nice car. Real nice car. I think we could see this in the U.S. in 2007 when Opel will start importing cars under the Saturn nameplate to replace the current line-up of rather un-exciting cars and SUVs for the latter mentioned nameplate. (Cross your fingers!)
 

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It appears to have same control panel as the Opel Corsa, which makes me think it is based on the Corsa and not the Astra. it also looks smaller than an Astra.
 

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Originally posted by element82@Jan 31 2004, 12:33 AM
Nice car. Real nice car. I think we could see this in the U.S. in 2007 when Opel will start importing cars under the Saturn nameplate to replace the current line-up of rather un-exciting cars and SUVs for the latter mentioned nameplate. (Cross your fingers!)
I agree with you about the appeal of this car.

I think Opel has some great cars (with great interiors) that would make fine additions to the Saturn line, so I hope that Opels coming to America as Saturns in 2007 is true. Based on the wee size of this Tigra, it might have less appeal here than in Europe, but I like it and generally think it would do well for Saturn.

Isn't there a European Peugeot-Citroen with similar styling (307 cc?), though the Peugeot, I think, is a 4-place coupe. Either way, when I saw the Peugeot, I thought at least Opel should have one more for an image boost than a volume vehicle.

Opel has some nice vehicles; I'm not so sure why they're struggling in Europe as much as they are...
 

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What's the MSRP and the technical Stats??
 

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Bring it State Side a SATURN please. The car looks so sweet
 
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