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Media Information

September 2009

Equipment & Innovative Technologies

Diversified Offer Includes Upscale Innovative Technologies

• Opel Eye front camera and AFL+ lighting system most advanced in class
• Large selection of infotainment systems cater to diverse preferences
• Four equipment levels satisfy all needs
• Occupant safety is the highest priority

Rüsselsheim. Continuing the Opel tradition, the new Astra brings an array of exclusive
equipment and innovative technologies to the compact class at an affordable price.

Third Generation Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+)

Opel has played a pioneering role in automotive lighting technology and was the first
automaker to introduce cornering light functions with first-generation AFL. Now its third
generation, even more intelligent AFL+ system is debuted in the compact class.

With multi-xenon headlamps, AFL+ is offered as part of a Premium Lighting Pack. This
also includes High Beam Assist (automatic headlamp beam switching), LED daytime
running lights and headlamp washers.

AFL+ features a total of nine configurations, complemented by the Daytime Running Light
function. Each of the configurations is automatically engaged to suit prevailing road profiles
and driving conditions.

• Dynamic Curve Light provides illumination around bends by swivelling the

headlamps up to 15°, to the right or left, into an oncoming bend. The degree of
movement is dictated by the car’s speed and steering angle. The function is now

Information concerning specifications and equipment applies to the models offered in Germany. There may be differences in other markets. All data on
fuel consumption refers to combined fuel consumption of the base model in the European test cycle. Subject to alteration.

Adam Opel GmbH

D-65423 Rüsselsheim
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also linked to the Sport mode switch in FlexRide, where fitted, enabling an even
faster response.
• Country Road Light provides brighter and wider illumination of both sides of the
road than a conventional low beam. This helps drivers see potential hazards at the
roadside. It is activated between 50 and 100 km/h and projects a 70 meter long
beam without risk of blinding oncoming drivers.
• Static Cornering Light illuminates an area to the right or left up to an angle of 90°
and makes it easier to maneuver in poorly-lit areas, such as on dark access roads.
It is activated at speeds below 40 km/h, or when reverse gear is selected.
• Highway Light provides a more intense and slightly higher main beam. There is no
risk of blinding oncoming drivers as the typically smooth highway road surface
causes less vehicle body movement. Highway Light creates a 140 meter long beam
and also improves illumination of the left-hand roadside. An increased electrical
output, from 35 to 38 watts, provides the stronger beam. The function activates
automatically above 100 km/h, but only when the steering angle sensor indicates
that curve radii do not resemble those of a country road.
• Town Light functions at speeds between 30 and 50 km/h, providing a wider,
symmetrical beam with reduced range to help drivers see pedestrians at the
roadside. Town Light’s beam intensity is less than the normal low beam as
additional light sources – such as street lighting – are available.
• Pedestrian Area Light is activated at speeds up to 30 km/h and is designed for
zones where the driver must exercise extreme caution, such as in residential areas
with traffic restrictions. The function adjusts the cone of light for both headlamps by
8° toward each roadside.
• Adverse Weather Light is activated during rain or snow when the rain sensor
detects a certain amount of moisture on the windshield, or when the wipers are
switched on and off in rapid succession. The light output is distributed
asymmetrically. The right headlamp beam intensity increases from 35 to 38 watts,
so the driver can see lane markings better. The left headlamp beam reduces from
35 to 32 watts and is shortened slightly to reduce the risk of blinding oncoming
drivers through glare from wet, reflective road surfaces.
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• High Beam Light provides maximum headlamp beam output and range. It
optimally illuminates the full width of the road and the headlamps’ output increases
from 35 to 38 watts.
• High Beam Assist automatically engages and disengages high beam, maximizing
forward vision and helping relieve night driving stress by assisting the driver with a
simple yet repetitive task. It also helps prevent the likelihood of accidentally blinding
other drivers. An optical sensor behind the windshield is integrated in the interior
mirror mounting and recognizes the headlamps or tail lights of other vehicles. The
headlamps are then automatically switched between high and low beam as

Additional lighting function:

• Daytime Running Lights with LEDs give a signature lighting graphic by day and
night. LEDs have a service life up to thirty times longer than H7 halogen bulbs, and
also contribute to lower fuel consumption as they require less electrical power.
When the main headlamps are on, the LEDs serve as sidelights.

Included in the Sight and Light Pack, Automatic Lighting Control switches on the
headlamps at night and during the day whenever poor light conditions are encountered,
such as when entering a tunnel or parking in a garage. This function is available for both
the AFL+ and the halogen headlamp configurations.

The Opel Eye offers Traffic Sign Recognition and Lane Departure Warning

Another first for the compact segment, Opel Eye is a camera-based system that alerts the
driver to traffic signs and provides a warning if the vehicle unintentionally veers out of lane.
It is offered with the Sight and Light Pack in conjunction with AFL+.

The Opel Eye contributes to driving safety, helps reduce driving stress, and can even
prevent a costly speeding fine. It utilizes a forward-facing camera which is mounted on the
back of the interior rear-view mirror and is linked to a micro-processor.
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Traffic Sign Recognition helps the driver comply with speed restrictions. The function
reads speed limit and no-passing signs and notifies drivers when speed restrictions have
been lifted. Unveiled on the Insignia, the system is now (for MY 10) activated at speeds
above 14 km/h. This improvement is also available on Insignia. It still also works in the
dark, when the car’s headlights illuminate the road signs.

The system always displays the most relevant information for safe driving. If two signs are
recognized in close proximity to one another, then special advisory signs, such as “no
passing”, would take precedence over a speed limit sign.

At the touch of a button, the Lane Departure Warning function can be activated for
speeds above 60 km/h. The Opel Eye camera helps prevent a dangerous situation
developing, such as when a driver starts to fall asleep at the wheel and unintentionally
veers out of lane. If this happens, the driver is alerted by an audible warning chime and a
flashing signal in the instrument panel.

A signal processor and software interprets images from the camera to detect lines and
longitudinal patterns on the road ahead, enabling traffic lanes and road markings to be
recognized. By monitoring steering wheel and turn-indicator movements – signalling an
intentional lane change, for example – the system can distinguish between intended and
unintended maneuvers and only intervenes when necessary.

Extensive Infotainment line-up

The new Astra offers a large choice of infotainment and communications systems. Audio
packages offer four to eight speakers, ranging in playing power from 80 to 315 watts with
the top-of-the-line Infinity system. All systems are MP3 compatible and have an auxiliary
input socket for external electronic devices such as iPods. A USB connection is offered on
the CD 500 Navi and DVD 800 Navi (optional on CD 400 and CDC 400) which allows
having the controls on the steering wheel. The navigation systems include continuous map
zooming and the top-of-the line DVD 800 system features bird’s eye view. The complete
range comprises three audio packages and two navigation systems:
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CD 300: This includes a radio/CD, the auxiliary input socket for external electronic devices,
such as iPods, and MP3 playback with Windows Media Audio (WMA) format. The standard
four speaker system comes with a text information display.

CD 400: Up-level radio/CD system including a larger graphic info display on the dashboard
and seven speakers. The radio features a double-tuner function. When reception is poor, a
second tuner searches for a stronger signal and, when found, the radio switches to it with
virtually no interruption to reception.

CDC 400: In addition to the seven speakers and the graphic information display, this adds
an in-dash 6 x CD changer.

CD 500 Navi: This adds seven up-level speakers, a 7-inch color monitor and improved
scroll and zoom functions. The internal flash memory (1GB) allows maps for individual
countries to be downloaded from the CD. For added convenience, the destination input
offers a search by ZIP or postal code.

DVD 800 Navi: This top-of-the-line system adds a digital travel guide, a bird’s eye map
view and a 2GB internal flash memory, allowing map software for several European
countries to be downloaded from the DVD.

Infinity Premium audio: Superb sound reproduction is provided by an auxiliary amplifier,

seven premium speakers and a subwoofer unit located under the trunk floor.

Hands-free phone: The mobile phone portal with Integrated Phone Module is new. When
the system recognizes a Bluetooth mobile phone equipped with SAP (SIM Access Profile),
the information stored on the SIM card of the mobile phone is automatically saved in the
integrated Phone Module, enabling the driver to make calls or send a SMS via the module.
The mobile phone stays in stand-by mode and does not use its battery. For other mobile
phones, the in-car connection is provided wirelessly for Bluetooth-enabled phones or via a
universal cradle in the center console. This charges the phone, saving battery life, and
connects it to the car’s antenna for better reception. The cradle can accommodate
connection adaptors for most commonly-used mobile devices. The phone can be operated
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via the steering wheel controls, buttons on the center stack or by voice command. All
information is shown on the main display screen.

Four equipment levels to satisfy all

In keeping with the new Astra’s sporty persona, the interior is finished predominantly in
black, with the instrument dials, main controls, air vent adjusters, door openers, gear-shift
and handbrake lever all trimmed in silver. The headlining and the A, B and C-pillars are
finished in a light grey, titanium-like color.

The entry-level Essentia interior features seats upholstered in black fabric, with contrasting
patterns for the cushions and seat-back inserts. A dark pearlescent finish is applied to the
decor trim for the center stack, door handles and air vents to give an up-level feel to the
interior as of the entry level.

Besides the more discrete black trim, Enjoy introduces an additional color choice of Spice
Red or Ocean Blue for the wing-shaped instrument panel, seat inserts and door trims. The
finish applied to the wing panel and doors has a distinctively grained, soft-touch quality,
giving the front of the cabin a fresh, youthful ambience. This bright and engaging interior
theme is complemented by a silver dust finish on the center stack trim, door handles and
air vents, together with a matt silver bezel on the steering wheel. A subtle night time
enhancement is provided by ambient light in the headlining and around the gear shift

The Sport interior adds a high gloss, piano black finish for the center stack, door handles
and air vent trims. The centre console offers an armrest covered in fabric. The black sports
seating is more deeply sculptured and upholstered with technical fabric inserts. The sports
steering wheel features perforated leather rim.

The up-level Cosmo cabin features more deeply bolstered and supportive seating,
upholstered in premium, heavily textured black fabric with contrasting patterns. The seat
bolsters are covered in Morrocana. This modern, premium look is complemented by two-
tone Liquid Palladium/Dark Matrix for the center stack and door handle trims. Cosmo also
adds a center console arm-rest, covered in Morrocana, and a leather steering wheel.
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Ambient interior lighting is now extended to the front doors and translucent illumination for
the instrument dial bezels further enhances the quality feel of the cabin (also on Sport).

In Enjoy, Sport and Cosmo, the Astra can also be equipped with an optional heated
steering available when ordering the heated front seats.

Occupant safety is top priority

Occupant safety played a major role in the development of the new Astra. In addition to all
features enhancing active safety, it is also fitted with many systems to protect its occupants
if an accident occurs.

All new Astra variants are fitted with dual front seatbelt pre-tensioners providing effective
tightening over the occupant’s shoulder and lap. They are pyrotechnically activated to
restrain forward body movement in heavy.

Other standard safety equipment includes front airbags, front seat-mounted dual chamber
thorax/pelvis side airbags, and roof rail-mounted curtain airbags that cover the entire glass
area between the A and C-pillars. Three-point seatbelts are provided for all three rear

The front passenger airbag can be de-activated by inserting and turning the car’s ignition
key in a small lock at the end of the instrument panel, in the doorjamb on the front
passenger side. This is a useful feature if the seat is unoccupied or a rearward-facing child
seat is being used. An amber warning light in the main display always alerts the front
occupants if the passenger airbag is disconnected.

Whenever the airbags and pre-tensioners are deployed, a series of additional safety
measures are automatically activated: The hazard warning lights come on, all doors are
unlocked, the interior lights are switched on and the interior heating/ventilation fan and the
fuel pump are both switched off.
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Latest generation active head restraints, further optimized from the Insignia application, are
fitted as standard to the front seats in all specifications except Essentia. In a rear-end
collision these help provide enhanced protection against whiplash neck injury.

Other occupant safety features:

• Seatbelt reminder with audible warning. Standard for all five seating positions.
• Front seat frames with ramps to restrict occupant movement in a frontal impact.
• Enhanced Pedal Release System (PRS). In a heavy frontal impact, the brake and
clutch pedals are decoupled from their mountings, helping to reduce the risk of foot
or lower leg injury.
• ISOFIX child seat mounts for the outer rear seats, plus seatback-mounted top
tether brackets for the outer rear seating positions.
• Height-adjustable rear head restraints, optional for the center position.
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) – optional – warns the driver if
pressure in any of the tires falls below the recommended level. A warning message
appears in the main instrument display.
• Adaptive brake lights warn following drivers by pulsing five times per second
when the ABS is engaged at speeds above 30 km/h. All three brake lights are


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