LPG-Powered Opel Insignia Launched

You hardly find any liquefied petroleum gas powered car running on the U.S. roads, but because of its reasonable price and wide availability, it has become a useful alternative to gasoline in Europe.

General Motors’ German division is reportedly working on a fuel efficient car that will utilize liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and standard gasoline. The company will introduce this technology for its midsize Insignia.

Motorized by a 1.4 turbocharged LPG ecoFLEX engine, it gives almost the same power as a petrol powered car but with today’s fuel prices, it is far cheaper and economical. It has powerful valves and valve seat inserts along with a modified engine control system to support LPG.

The Insignia LPG has a manual transmission of six-speed, creating 140 horsepower and is available for all three body styles of sedan, hatchback, or “Sports Tourer” station wagon.

One thing worth mentioning here is that Insignia LPG can run on both petrol and LPG, which eventually gives incredible mileage when both tanks are topped up. The company however compromised on the space reserved for spare tires, which is being replaced by LPG tank. The car offers above 300 miles on LPG, and provides mileage up to 1,050 miles when running on both LPG and a full tank of petrol.

LPG is relatively not common in the U.S. but the situation is a bit different in Europe. The European government encourages people to use LPG. One liter of LPG costs around 0.70 euros in Europe, whereas one liter of petrol is 1.53 euros. There are more than 30,000 LPG stations located across Europe.

Opel already used LPG technology in its various cars including Corsa, Astra, Meriva. It is expected that the bigger Insginia will come with a bigger price tag; it can be between 28,000 euros and 35,000 euros.

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