Opel Zafira
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Manufacturer Opel
Production 1999-present
Assembly Bochum, Germany
Class Compact MPV
Body style(s) 4-door minivan
Layout FF layout

The Opel Zafira is a compact MPV engineered and produced by the German automaker 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 is produced in Bochum in Germany.

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 the extra seats be physically removed from the vehicle. The system was named Flex 7.

Zafira A

Zafira A
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Also called Vauxhall Zafira
Chevrolet Nabira
Chevrolet Zafira
Holden Zafira
Subaru Traviq
Production 1999-2005
2001-2011 (Brazil)
Assembly Bochum, Germany
Rayong, Thailand (GM)
São José dos Campos, Brazil
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

Rear of Opel Zafira

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


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,(ECOTEC) 74 kW (101 bhp) - Fuel economy 9–10 km/litre in the city, and 14–15 km/litre on the highway.
  • 1.8 -- 4-cylinder,(ECOTEC) 92 kW (125 bhp) - Fuel economy 6–8.5 km/litre in the city, and 11–12 km/litre on the highway.
  • 2.0 Turbo—4-cylinder, 147 kW (200 bhp; OPC/GSI version) - Fuel economy 5.9–8 km/litre in the city, and 9.5–11 km/litre on the highway.
  • 2.2 -- 4-cylinder, 108 kW (146 bhp) - Fuel economy 12.2 litre/100 km in the city, and 7.0 litre/100 km on the highway.
  • 2.0 -- 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 74 kW (100 bhp) - Fuel economy 11–12.5 km/litre in the city, and 13–15 km/litre on the highway.
  • 2.2 -- 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 92 kW (125 bhp) - Fuel economy 11–13.5 km/litre in the city, and 14–15.8 km/litre on the highway.
  • 2.2 -- 4-cylinder turbo diesel, 107 kW (147 bhp) - Fuel economy 12–14 km/litre in the city, and 14–15.8 km/litre on the highway.

Zafira B

Zafira B
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Production 2005–present
Assembly Bochum, Germany
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 United Kingdom, 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. 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]


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.

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque (Nm/Ib ft) CO2 emission (g/km) Years Notes
1.6 Twinport I4 1598 cc 105 PS (77 kW/104 hp) @6000 rpm (150/111)@4000 rpm 172 (2005-8) EU4
1.6 VVT I4 1598 cc 115 PS (85 kW/113 hp) @6000 rpm (155/114) @4000 rpm 157 (2008-) EU5
1.8 VVT I4 1796 cc 140 PS (103 kW/138 hp) @6300 rpm (175/137)@3800 rpm 168 (2005-) EU5
2.2 VVT I4 2198 cc 150 PS (110 kW/148 hp) @6000 rpm (215/159) @4000 rpm 197 (2005–10) EU4
2.0 Turbo I4 1998 cc 200 PS (147 kW/197 hp) @4900-6000 rpm (262/193)@1850-4900 rpm 228 (2005-9) EU4
2.0 Turbo I4 1998 cc 240 PS (177 kW/237 hp) @6000 rpm (320/236) 230 (2005–10) EU4
Diesel engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque (Nm/Ib ft) CO2 emission (g/km) Years Notes
1.7 CDTI Ecotec I4 1686 cc 110 PS (81 kW/108 hp) @4000 rpm (260/191) @1750-2500 rpm 134 2009-) EU5
1.7 CDTI Ecotec I4 1686 cc 125 PS (92 kW/123 hp) @4000 rpm (280/206)@1750-3500 rpm 134 (2010-) EU5
1.9 CDTI Ecotec I4 1910 cc 150 PS (110 kW/148 hp) @4000 rpm (280/206)@2000-2500 rpm 167 (2005) EU3
1.9 CDTI Ecotec I4 1910 cc 150 PS (110 kW/148 hp) @4000 rpm (315/236)@2000-2500 rpm 167 (2005) EU3
1.9 CDTI Ecotec I4 1910 cc 120 PS (88 kW/118 hp) @4000 rpm (280/206)@1700-2550 rpm 159 (2005–10) EU4
1.9 CDTI Ecotec I4 1910 cc 150 PS (110 kW/148 hp) @4000 rpm (315/236)@2000-2500 rpm 159 (2005–10) EU4

Zafira C

Zafira C
Production 2011-
Assembly Bochum, Germany
Related Opel Astra J

The third generation Zafira was previewed in concept form at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, as the 'Zafira Tourer Concept'. It has been revealed that, when the Zafira C goes on sale, the Zafira B will remain on sale, albeit in facelifted form, to act as a smaller and cheaper version, as the Zafira C is to increase in size to act as a proper rival to the Ford S-Max.[2]

The prodcution version is expected to debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and go on sale in early 2012.[3]

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