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Opel Zafira
Opel Zafira A
Manufacturer Adam Opel GmbH
Production 1999-present
Class Compact MPV
Body style(s) 4-door minivan
Layout FF layout

The Zafira is a compact MPV engineered and produced by Opel. The Zafira is branded as Vauxhall, and Chevrolet, depending on the market. In Japan, the Zafira was sold as Subaru Traviq. The car first appeared in 1999, and a second generation model was introduced in 2005.

The Opel Zafira has seven seats arranged in three rows, the back row of which can be folded into the floor to create more space, individually or together, rather than requiring that extra seats are physically removed from the vehicle. The system was named Flex 7.


Zafira A

Zafira A
Chevrolet Zafira (Mexico)
Also called Vauxhall Zafira
Holden Zafira
Chevrolet Zafira
Chevrolet Nabira
Subaru Traviq
Production 1999-2005
Assembly Bochum, Germany
Rayong, Thailand
São José dos Campos, Brazil
Miaoli, Republic of China
Platform T-body
Engine(s) 1.6L I4
1.8L I4
2.0L Turbo I4
2.2L I4
2.0L Diesel I4
2.2L Diesel I4
Related Opel Astra G/B

The first generation of Zafira is usually referred to as Zafira A, as is customary for Opel models. The car was based on the same platform as the 1998 Astra G/B and shared much in common with that car. The Zafira A body was used in GM's concept hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle the HydroGen3.

The Opel Zafira A was replaced by Zafira B in Europe and Japan from 2005, but is still sold in most other markets, except for Australia and New Zealand, where the model was cancelled altogether. The Zafira was sold in the Philippines from 2001 to 2005, being the last European-based Opel car to be sold in the Philippines after they stopped selling the Opel Astra in 2003.


Names and markets

  • Opel Zafira – Europe (except for UK), South Africa, China, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan
  • Vauxhall Zafira – United Kingdom
  • Holden Zafira – Australia, New Zealand
  • Chevrolet Zafira – Latin America, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines
  • Chevrolet Nabira – Malaysia
  • Subaru Traviq – Japan

Assembly sites


The Opel Zafira comes with a variety of engines adopted from the Astra. For Europe, there was a CNG-powered version and a 200 hp turbocharged version by the Opel Performance Center. In Brazil, the Zafira is also available with a flexible fuel engine.

European versions of the Zafira had these engines:

  • 1.6/4-cylinder, 74 kW (100 bhp)fuel economy 7–9 km/lite in city. Fuel economy 11–13 km/lite on highway.
  • 1.8/4-cylinder, 92 kW (125 bhp)fuel economy 6–8.5 km/lite in city. Fuel economy 11–12 km/lite on highway.
  • 2.0 Turbo/4-cylinder, 147 kW (200 bhp; OPC/VXR version)fuel economy 9.5–11 km/lite on highway. Fuel economy 5.9–8 km/lite in city.
  • 2.2/4-cylinder, 108 kW (146 bhp)fuel economy 10–11 km/lite on highway. Fuel economy 5.5–8 km/lite in city.
  • 2.0/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 74 kW (100 bhp)fuel economy 10–11.5 km/lite in city Fuel economy 11–13 km/lite on highway.
  • 2.2/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 92 kW (125 bhp)fuel economy 10–12.5 km/lite in city Fuel economy 12–13.8 km/lite on highway.
  • 2.2/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 107 kW (147 bhp)fuel economy 11–13 km/lite in city Fuel economy 12–13.8 km/lite on highway.

Zafira B

Zafira B
Currently Opel Zafira
Also called Vauxhall Zafira
Chevrolet Zafira
Production 2005–present
Assembly Bochum, Germany
Gliwice, Poland
Miaoli, Republic of China
Platform GM Delta platform
Engine(s) 1.6L I4
1.8L I4
2.0L Turbo I4
2.2L I4
1.9L CDTi Diesel I4
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual (OPC/VXR version)
Wheelbase 106.4 in (2703 mm)
Length 175.9 in (4467 mm)
Width 70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height 2005-07: 64.4 in (1635 mm)
2008-Present: 1,645 mm (64.8 in)/1,670 mm (65.7 in)
Related Opel Astra H/C
Second generation Opel Zafira OPC

The Zafira B debuted in Europe in 2004, and sales started in 2005. It also shares the platform and mechanicals with the Astra, this time the H/C model.

In February 2006, Zafira B was launched in Singapore. By March 2006, the model had only been introduced in Europe, Singapore and Japan, superseding the previous Zafira and the Subaru Traviq, respectively. In April in Mexico and later in September 2006 in Chile, this model was introduced, branded as Chevrolet Zafira.

Names and markets

  • Opel Zafira – Europe (except for UK), Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, Singapore, Taiwan
  • Vauxhall Zafira – United Kingdom
  • Chevrolet Zafira – Mexico and Chile

In Mexico the Opel Zafira was discontinued after the 2006 model year, and replaced by the 5-passenger Chevrolet HHR (discontinued in Mexico since 2009).

It has so far been a huge sales success in the UK, proving even more popular than its predecessor. In 2006 it was the UK's tenth best selling new car, proving more popular than the Vectra that just eight years earlier had been the brand's best selling product.[citation needed] By 2010, however, reflecting both its status as a run-out model and adverse consumer reaction to uncertainty over Opel's future, the car was being outsold in the ratio of nearly 3:1 by the more recently face-lifted Volkswagen Touran on the German market, with 2,568 Zafiras sold in the first two months of the year against 7,270 Tourans.[1]

Assembly sites


The Zafira B's engine lineup is partly adopted from the previous Astra/Zafira generation, but Opel replaced the old 2.0 and 2.2 turbodiesel I4 engines with 1.9 L common-rail turbodiesels developed by Fiat (Multijet). Opel Performance Center developed a turbocharged 240 hp (180 kW) 2.0 L performance version of the Zafira B as well. A CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) version of the new Zafira with a 1.6 L engine is also available.

Zafira B's marketed in Europe are equipped with the following engines:

  • 1.6/4-cylinder Twinport, 77 kW (105 bhp) – to be replaced by an improved, 115 bhp (86 kW; 117 PS) version in 2008
  • 1.8/4-cylinder, 103 kW (140 bhp)
  • 2.0 Turbo/4-cylinder, 147 kW (200 bhp)
  • 2.0 Turbo/4-cylinder, 177 kW (240 bhp; OPC/VXR version)
  • 2.2/4-cylinder, 110 kW (155 bhp)
  • 1.9/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 74 kW (100 bhp)
  • 1.9/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 88 kW (120 bhp)
  • 1.9/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 110 kW (150 bhp)

Zafira C

The next generation Zafira could be introduced in 2011,just a year after the new Astra's introduction.

External links


  1. ^ "Kräftig im Minus". Auto Motor u. Sport 2010 07: pages 14. 11 March 2010. 

Simple English

Opel Zafira is a car produced by the german carmaker Opel since 1999, and is branded as Opel in Europe (except for GB), South Africa, China, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan , Vauxhall in Great Britain, Holden in Australia and in New Zealand, and Chevrolet in Latin America, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines. , depending on the market. It currently in its second generation.

Replacement of the Sintra

The Zafira is sometimes said to be the replacement of the Sintra, because it was introduced roughly around the same time it was discontinued. Also, they were both minivans. However, the Zafira was in a different segment, and GM had not intended this.


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