Delphi helps the new Opel Zafira avoid accidents
Delphi supplies the new Opel Zafira Tourer with its radar-based adaptive cruise control (ACC) with collision mitigating braking. The ACC system uses a multimode electronically scanning radar to constantly monitor the distance to the vehicle ahead enabling the system to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to maintain a driver-specified gap from the vehicle in front. If the driver does not react to the warnings, the system automatically applies the brakes to avoid or considerably reduce the effects of the collision. Delphi says that the choice of a compact, solid state radar makes the system more robust compared with traditional mechanical scanning radar and also simplifies installation and calibration.
The second generation of Westfalia Automotive's so-called FlexFix system makes its debut on the minivan. The rear-end carrier consists of an integrated bicycle carrier that fits into the rear bumper and can be pulled out to accommodate two bikes without the need for any additional tools. The re-engineered system can now be tilted, even when fully loaded to enable the tailgate to be opened. In addition, Westfalia also supplies the crossbeam for the rear-end carrier and the fixed and detachable trailer hitch.
Zafira Tourer production began in September 2011 at Opel's plant in Bochum, Germany. Since March 2012, the minivan also is being made in Kaliningrad, Russia. Total Zafira Tourer production at both sites is forecast to peak at more than 77,000 in 2014, according to IHS Automotive.