Dogs on Tour: Opel Offers Space and More for the Whole Pack


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Rüsselsheim.  They say that dogs resemble their owners. And travelling in an Opel, everyone looks especially happy. When Chester the Golden Retriever joins the family on a trip to the seaside, Opel offers useful accessories such as safety-guards, reversible trunk mats, trunk-liners or the FlexOrganizer® luggage system. The best cars for dogs on tour are the Opel Astra Sports Tourer (trunk volume: 540 to 1630 liters), the Opel Zafira (152-1860 l) and the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer (540-1530 l). For owners of really big dogs – such as St. Bernhards or Irish Wolfhounds – Opel has XXL-offers like the Combo (up to 3200 l) or Vivaro (up to 5900 l).

Drivers are responsible for making sure that the safety of their vehicles is not diminished by the luggage or the occupants, including the canine kind. On long journeys, it is better for all concerned when our four-legged friend travels in the luggage area, preferably separated from other passengers by a safety-guard. After all, in an accident, a pet should not morph into a missile. In an impact at 50 kilometers per hour, the forces working on an object can be 30 times higher than its own weight, which means that pets themselves must be prevented from hurtling forwards.

Opel offers a variety of accessories especially for dog owners. In the Zafira, bags and dog stay where they should with the help of a tailor-made dog safety-guard (€226.001) and luggage systems such as FlexOrganizer® nets (€85.00) and FlexRail® poles (€99.90). And for protecting the car from soggy dogs, Zafira-owners with especially hairy critters such as Retrievers (see photos), Collies or Briards will really appreciate the trunk-liner with Zafira-logo (€53.50).

Opel offers similar equipment for the Astra Sports Tourer and the Insignia Sports Tourer. For the Astra, the dog safety guard costs €199.00, while a reversible trunk mat with a high-quality carpet-like surface on one side and fluid-resistant rubber on the other is available for €89.50. On the Insignia, the dog safety guard costs €230.00 and the fluid-resistant trunk liner €121.00.

The basic requirements for dogs on tour include somewhere airy but not draughty to lie down. Worst of all for dogs in cars is heat. Owners must always keep this in mind when taking a break, especially in cars with large windows that can heat up very quickly when the air conditioning is turned off. The best idea, when the family stretches its legs, is to take the dog too. If you cannot take the dog sight-seeing during a journey, park the car in an underground carpark where there is plenty of shade. Down there it is usually so cool, quiet and dark that canine passengers take a nap.

“It’s a dog’s life”, as the saying goes. But it doesn’t have to be tough. Especially in an Opel.

Further information about official fuel consumption, official specific CO2 emissions and consumption of electric energy can be found in the “guideline about fuel consumption, CO2 Emissions and electric energy consumption of new passenger cars” ('Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen') in German language, which is available free of charge at any point of sales and at DAT Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH, Helmuth-Hirth-Straße 1, D-73760 Ostfildern. 

Dogs on Tour

Magnificent seven: The Opel Zafira can accommodate seven Golden Retriever puppies as well as seven human beings.

Dogs on Tour

Relax: When travelling with Chester and co. make frequent stops for a refreshing break

Dogs on Tour

Practice makes puppy perfect: Puppies that travel in the Zafira from an early age are much better car-passengers when they grow up.