• Opel Cascada convertible on the way

    by  • February 21, 2013 • Motoring News

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    2013 Opel Cascada convertible exterior side right

    The new Opel Cascada has a soft top roof

    Opel will launch its new soft top convertible, the Opel Cascada, at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

    A touch of a button will see the roof in the four-seater open in 17seconds, at speeds of up to 50kph. It can also be remote control activated when the car is parked.

    Opel says the Cascada offers ‘a sharp driving experience with a super-rigid body, advanced HiPerStrut front suspension and adaptive mechatronic FlexRide chassis system’.

    Load volume in the Cascada is 380litres with the roof up, however, this can be extended via the FlexFold system which electrically folds the rear seat backrests.

    Premium equipment includes ventilated ergonomic seats, exclusive Nappa leather upholstery and automatic seat belt presenters.

    The Cascada is one of four world premieres from Opel at the Swiss motor show this year, with a number of Opel Adam innovations on the cards, including the Opel Adam Rocks concept.

    2013 Opel Adam Rocks exterior front left

    The Opel Adam Rocks concept has a fabric roof

    Opel describes this as ‘a three-door, urban mini-crossover study’. Its smart roof is made of fabric and linked to a special weather app, it automatically closes when it gets a bad forecast.

    The Opel Adam R2 Concept rally car will also be on display, as will mobile technology advances for the Opel Adam, which is due to arrive in Ireland next month.

    Opel is touting the Adam as ‘the best connected small car on the market’ with the Android and iPhone smartphone-compatible IntelliLink infotainment system integrating many of their functions into the car, including Siri Eyes Free voice recognition for iPhone and global radio streaming apps such as TuneIn.

    Meanwhile, the new Opel Zafira Tourer 1.6 CDTI 135hp will also be on show. With a combined fuel efficiency of 4.1l/100km and CO2 emissions of 109g/km, this is the cleanest diesel engine Opel has ever produced.

    Opel says the engine ‘not only sets benchmarks for performance with its high power and torque density but also for refinement with an outstandingly low level of noise, vibration and harshness’.