Opel Sintra

Opel Sintra (1996-1999)

The Opel Sintra was the manufacturer Opel and a van based on a construction of the parent company General Motors. He was identical to the Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Pontiac Trans Sport (from 2000 Pontiac Montana), Buick GL8 and Vauxhall Sintra.

The Sintra offered with individual seats up to seven people and a rear three-seat bench also eight people.


At its market launch in Germany in the fall of 1996, the Sintra was initially available with two petrol engines available, which was followed by a Dieselaggragat in the summer of 1998:

  • 2.2i: Four-cylinder petrol engine with 104 kW/141 hp ( 08.1996-04.1999 )
  • 3.0i V6: Six -cylinder gasoline engine with 148 kW/201 hp ( 08.1996-04.1999 )
  • 2.2 DTI: Four -cylinder turbodiesel with direct injection and 85 kW/115 hp ( 07.1998-04.1999 )

For mounting the Sintra was the Luton-based company IBC Vehicles Ltd.. responsible. Although the vehicles from the last model year, however, rolled off the production line at the same plant, but the company was operating now under the new name GM Manufacturing Luton Ltd..

In parallel, the Pontiac Trans Sport (later the Pontiac Montana ) (eg with Pontiac Pontiac grille without emblem, later including Chevrolet logo ) officially imported to 2004 with some modifications to Europe and through selected Opel dealer as Chevrolet Trans Sports offered.

The Opel Sintra remained in the sales figures far below expectations; he was ultimately set by the disastrous results of several crash tests.

In April 1999, the Opel Sintra was replaced by the based on the Astra platform ( GM3000 ) and significantly more compact Zafira.

Groundbreaking features

In order to reduce the vehicle weight, the hood was made ​​entirely of aluminum, resulting in a weight saving of about 6.2 kg compared to a conventional engine hood made ​​of sheet steel. The standard aluminum wheels saved nine kilograms, four kilograms which consist of a aluminum part Vorderachsschenkel. The rest frame of the single seats, the pedal bracket and the steering wheel hub are made of magnesium alloys. The hollowed rack steering of high-strength steel also allowed further weight savings. Even the helical springs made from new steel were 2.4 kg lighter than before. In the side member and the rear axle Torsionskurbel holes were punched, and even the development of a special tires were Firestone, in order to further reduce rolling resistance.

Also in terms of exhaust emissions new ground has been broken. There is a secondary air between the engine and the catalyst was first introduced, with which an electric fan blowing fresh air for a few seconds after a cold start the exhaust system, resulting in faster heating of post-oxidation of the catalyst.



  • Full -size and side airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Three -point seat belts front and in the second and third row of seats outside
  • Pyrotechnic belt tensioners in front
  • ABS, electronically controlled
  • Mirrors driver and passenger side electrically adjustable and heated
  • Third brake light
  • Electric front windows
  • Lockable glove compartment and illuminated
  • Air conditioning, CFC-free
  • Four alloy wheels 6J x 15
  • Clean air filtration system with pollen filter
  • Double tubular steel reinforcement in the doors and sills
  • Computer-calculated deformation zones at the front and rear
  • Disc brakes front and rear
  • Two sliding doors with child safety
  • Power Steering
  • Swivel and height- adjustable front seats with adjustable lumbar support and center armrest
  • Heat-insulating glass, green
  • Immobilizer
  • Remote control central locking and anti-theft


  • Anti-theft alarm system with ultrasonic interior monitoring
  • Cruise control, electronic
  • Level control, electronically controlled
  • Sunroof, electrically
  • Four -spoke steering wheel, height- adjustable
  • Automatic transmission with four gears and three driving modes
  • Front seats with six-time electric seat adjustment

Sintra Fuel Cell

The Opel Sintra Fuel Cell was the study of a fuel cell vehicle, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1998. The vehicle was based on the Opel Sintra, had a polymer electrolyte fuel cell and a methanol reformer. The system performance was 50 kW (68 hp). In September of that year, Opel presented at the Paris Motor Show with the Zafira Fuel Cell a roadworthy successor based on the Zafira A, then followed by the Opel HydroGen1 in 2000.