Spares for OPEL
Opel cars are produced by the same-name German company for more than 120 years: the first car was manufactured in 1899. Since 2017, the company is a part of the French concern Groupe PSA. The manufacturer employs 35,600 people. The cars are produced at 10 factories located in 6 countries. The company pays much attention to the development of technologies in order to make the vehicle as reliable and safe as possible.
Technical specifications of Opel cars
One of the most famous and interesting developments of the German company is the blind spot monitoring system called Side Blind Spot Alert (SBSA), which was awarded the Euro NCAP Advanced 2014 prize. It helps the driver to prevent collision when changing lanes: this very situation causes about 10% of all road accidents. The system uses ultrasonic sensors which warn the driver about danger by turning on the warning lamp mounted on a door mirror. So, if another vehicle is in the “blind spot” zone and the driver intends to maneuver (i.e. turns on the direction indicator), the warning lamp will start blinking. This system is installed on the Adam and Corsa hatchbacks, Astra hatchbacks and estate cars, Cascada cabrios and Zafira Tourer compact MPV.
Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) system received the same award a few years earlier, in 2011. Its main function is to illuminate blind corners. It helps to avoid about 15% of serious night-time road accidents on corners in Europe. The system is installed on many models of the make: Signum, Astra, Mokka X, Crossland X, etc.
Intellilux Matrix headlights consisting of 32 controlled LED elements are the next generation of the AFL system. They illuminate corners even better. The lighting range of the headlights reaches 400 metres. At the same time, the system prevents blindness of oncoming drivers.
The FlexRide adaptive chassis used in the Insignia hatchbacks and estate cars, as well as the Insignia Grand Sport liftbacks, is one of the latest developments of the company. The suspension has 3 basic operating modes. It adapts to your driving style easily and detects up to 11 driving modes. The system is sensitive to the slightest changes. Dampers can be adjusted up to 500 times per second. Car parts for Opel models with this suspension are more expensive than the standard ones, but it is a reasonable price for perfect ride smoothness and excellent steerability.
The cars of the latest production years, such as the Grandland X crossover, are equipped with other useful technologies: the Lane Keeping Assist system, which smoothly returns the car to the road in case of unintentional lane departure, and the driver’s fatigue monitoring system, which analyzes driver’s behaviour and emits a signal in case of a danger.
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