New Opel Astra Receives Massage Chairs And Ventilation
|   Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The new Opel Astra will celebrate its world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt this autumn (17 to 27 September 2015), but it is clear already that it was never seen as luxury in the compact class.

The Astra has less weight, it is more efficient and offers cutting-edge features due to advanced technology regarding the seats making every trip turn into a pleasant journey. Premium ergonomic Opel chairs AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken) which means Campaign for Healthy Backs in English, provide excellent comfort during long-distance journeys.
They continue the Opel tradition regarding comfortable seats for the backs of passengers, as demonstrated by their many awards.

Besides that they can be adjusted in 18 directions and that the side stand is adjustable, the seats are now available with more comfort features such as massage function and memory, along with ventilation - a unique combination in the compact class. The rear seats passengers can expect more luxury in addition of more leg room: optionally heated rear seats side are available. Astra customers can enjoy these chairs, designed entirely by Opel at very reasonable prices.
Over 100 employees of the expert team began developing the new Astra's seats almost five years ago.

A task extremely difficult, as the seat components are some of the biggest pieces of the vehicle. Only the production seats constitute approximately ten percent of total production costs for a new model of vehicle.

Thanks to a height adjustment range of 65 millimeters - the largest in the segment – an optimal position is guaranteed nd for shorter drivers. With the memory function of premium ergonomic seats, available optionally, setting can be stored by pressing a button. This is ideal for vehicles belonging in a fleet with the same group of drivers or in the case of couples who share new Opel Astra.

The basic version of the optional ergonomic seat is set out with electro-pneumatic lumbar support in four directions (front, back, up and down), variable seat cushion tilt, cushion length adjustment, and contoured seat which adapts to the natural curvature of the spine. The premium ergonomic seats are also equipped with electro-pneumatically adjustable lateral support which supports the body, making the seat backrest narrower or wider.

Seats not only have to ensure that the drivers are comfortable, they should provide heat or coolness, depending on conditions. Comfort seats on the new Astra include passive climate control, meaning materials which breathe, perforated polyurethane foam which greatly improve the transportation of moisture and contributes significantly to the microclimate provided by the seat.

The premium ergonomic seats of the new Astra can do both, so they can keep warmth and coolness. Small fans aspire air and thus the moisture that creates when someone sits on the chair and is kept away from the driver. In winter, integrated heating of the seats provides a comfortable warmth for the driver, front passenger and rear seat passengers.

Opel is the main producer of AGR certified ergonomic seats: the Opel ergonomic chair was first launched in 2003, on board the Signum. Currently, besides the new Astra, the certificates chairs can be ordered for many Opel models, including the Insignia, Meriva, Zafira Tourer, Mokka and Cascada.
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