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
- Bochum, Germany
- Rayong, Thailand
- São José dos Campos, Brazil
- In Indonesia, assembly has taken place since 2003 in an unspecified location
The Zafira comes with a variety of engines adopted from the Astra. For Europe, there was a CNG-powered version and a 200hp 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)
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.