Opel Zafira

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Opel Zafira
Opel Zafira B
ManufacturerGeneral Motors
SuccessorChevrolet HHR (In Mexico)
ClassCompact MPV
LayoutFF layout
ManualService Manual

The Opel Zafira is a compact MPV produced by KPK and Opel, a General Motors subsidiary. The Zafira is branded as Opel, Vauxhall, Holden 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 Zafira has seven seats arranged in 3 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
Opel Zafira A
Also calledVauxhall Zafira
Holden Zafira
Chevrolet Zafira
Chevrolet Nabira
Subaru Traviq
AssemblyBochum, Germany
Rayong, Thailand
São José dos Campos, Brazil
Engine(s)* 1.6L 100 hp I4
1.8L 125 hp I4
2.0L 200 hp I4
2.2L 146 hp I4
2.0L 100 hp I4
2.2L 125 hp I4
2.2L 147 hp I4
RelatedOpel Astra G/B
Chevrolet 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 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.

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, Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines
  • Chevrolet Nabira - Malaysia
  • Subaru Traviq - Japan

Assembly sites


The 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)
  • 1.8/4-cylinder, 92 kW (125 bhp)
  • 2.0 Turbo/4-cylinder, 147 kW (200 bhp)
  • 2.2/4-cylinder, 108 kW (146 bhp)
  • 2.0/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 74 kW (100 bhp)
  • 2.2/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 92 kW (125 bhp)
  • 2.2/4-cylinder turbodiesel, 107 kW (147 bhp)

Zafira B

Zafira B
Opel Zafira B
Also calledVauxhall Zafira
Opel Zafira
Chevrolet Zafira
AssemblyBochum, Germany
Gliwice, Poland
PlatformGM Delta platform
Engine(s)2.0 L 240 hp I4
2.2L 150 hp I4
Transmission(s)4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase106.4 in (2703 mm)
Length175.9 in (4467 mm)
Width70.9 in (1801 mm)
Height64.4 in (1635 mm)
RelatedOpel Astra H/C
Vauxhall Zafira B, side view

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
  • Holden Zafira - Australia and New Zealand

In Mexico the Zafira was discontinued after the 2006 model year, and replaced by the 5-passenger Chevrolet HHR.

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.

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 engines with 1.9 L common-rail turbodiesels developed by FIAT (Multijet). Opel Performance Center developed a turbocharged 240 hp 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, 115bhp version in 2008
  • 1.8/4-cylinder, 103 kW (140 bhp)
  • 2.0 Turbo/4-cylinder, 147 kW (200 bhp)
  • 2.2/4-cylinder, 110 kW (155 bhp)
  • 2.0 Turbo/4-cylinder, 177 kW (240bhp)
  • 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)

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