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  1. Events Opel Classic

    50 Years Opel GT: Grand Tour to Milestones in History of a Legend Where it all began: 70 Opel GTs at the Hockenheim racetrack Touring the Taunus Mountains: Visits to Opel Zoo and Schloss Westerhaus Homecoming: Stops at Kaiserslautern plant and Rodgau-Dudenhofen Test Center Star cast: GT designer Erhard Schnell, GT owner Walter Röhrl more>>>>>
  2. Corporate News

    Proposal to Safeguard Engineering Jobs in Rüsselsheim through a Strategic Partnership with Segula Technologies Rüsselsheim. Groupe PSA and Opel have informed the general works council of Opel Automobile GmbH of the intention to discuss a potential strategic partnership with engineering service provider Segula Technologies to protect engineering jobs in Rüsselsheim and to overcome the workload decrease from third parties. The Segula Technologies proposal aims at creating a European engineering campus and Center of Excellence in Rüsselsheim enlarging the scope beyond the automotive industry and including fields such as rail and energy as reflected by their customer portfolio. An agreement on such a strategic partnership would include the takeover of vehicle and propulsion engineering facilities together with up to 2,000 employees of the Rüsselsheim R&D Center by Segula Technologies. Segula Technologies is willing to continue the protection against dismissal agreed until July 2023. The implementation of the potential strategic partnership is subject to successful further negotiations with Segula Technologies and the social partners as well as the approvals of various bodies including the supervisory board of Opel Automobile GmbH. Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller said: “We have evaluated a solution in the context of a heavily decreasing workload from external parties in our R&D Center. Our duty and priority as a responsible management team has been to work hard on a project to safeguard highly qualified engineering jobs here in Rüsselsheim, while continuing to proudly develop our Opel future models and perform the tasks of the 15 Centers of Competence for the entire Groupe PSA. We will discuss this proposal of a strategic partnership with our social partners in detail.” Laurent Germain, Group Managing Director of Segula Technologies added: “The potential strategic partnership is key to achieving our aim of becoming the world’s leading automotive solutions provider by 2023 with the creation of a core engineering center in Rüsselsheim, which’s scope would also cover new areas beyond the automotive industry to serve our customers worldwide. The recognised skills of the Opel engineers combined with Segula Technologies’ know-how, would allow us to set the standard and contribute to the development of the local economy in the long run, to meet our customer expectations in all our fields of activity.” Christian Müller, Managing Director Engineering of Opel said: “Our R&D center in Rüsselsheim remains the heart of the Opel brand. Our engineers are committed to designing and developing future Opel models here, in addition to the takeover of global tasks for the entire Groupe PSA, e.g. through 15 Centers of Competence. Thus German engineering skills will benefit the entire company. At the same time, a strategic partnership would enable us to fully utilise our state-of-the-art engineering facilities and to overcome the overcapacity challenges ahead. We would give a solid future outlook to the engineering team of today.” Contact Harald Hamprecht Tel: +49 (0) 6142 7 54440 Mobile: +49 (0) 160 9781 7333harald.hamprecht@opel.com Michael Göntgens Group Manager Corporate Communications Tel.: +49 6142/7-72 279 Mobile: +49 160 48 28 317michael.goentgens@opel.com Nico Schmidt Assistant Manager Corporate Communications Tel.: +49 6142/7-78 325 Mobile: +49 151 21 54 53 87nico.schmidt@opel.com
  3. Grandland X

    More Power and Refinement for Opel Grandland X 180 hp Direct Injection Turbo with eight-speed automatic for Opel’s compact SUV Rüsselsheim. Opel is offering a new top-of-the-line powertrain in the stylish Grandland X. The cool-looking sports utility vehicle (SUV) will receive a new turbocharged direct injection petrol engine, which is available with a seamless-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The all-aluminium, PureTech power unit not only delivers strong performance, it also produces low emissions, thanks to a state-of-the-art exhaust after-treatment system that includes a Gasoline Particulate Filter (GPF). The Grandland X 1.6 Direct Injection Turbo with start/stop (fuel consumption1,2: 7.2-7.1 l/100 km urban, 5.0-4.9 l/100 km extra-urban, 5.8-5.7 l/100 km and 132-130 g/km CO2 combined) already meets the future Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard. The four-cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder develops peak power of 133 kW/180 hp at 5,500 rpm and maximum torque of 250 Nm at only 1,750 rpm. The lively power unit, which is also notable for its direct throttle response, accelerates the Grandland X from zero to 100 km/h in only 8.0 seconds and up to a maximum speed of 222 km/h. In combination with variable valve lift, the variable valve timing system enables infinite adjustment of valve timing and duration, for further improved fuel economy and emissions. Of course, the new top-of-the-line engine will also be available on the Grandland X with the premium “Ultimate” trim, which includes a string of luxurious features as standard. The sporty yet elegant SUV thus becomes even more of an eye-catcher with 19-inch “BiColor” alloy wheels and silver coloured roof rails. Furthermore, premium ergonomic seats, leather trim, the Denon premium sound system and numerous ultra-modern assistance and infotainment systems promise a feel-good factor. Values measured according to WLTP and converted to NEDC for comparison. WLTP combined figures (for information only, not to be confused with official NEDC values): 8.0-7.1 l/100 km fuel consumption; 181-161 g/km CO2 emissions. 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. Contact Martin Golka Group Manager International Product Communications Tel.: +49 6142/7–55 215 Mobile: +49 151 17 47 39 54martin.golka@opel.com Colin Yong Assistant Manager International Product Communications Tel.: +49 (0) 6142-7-69 57 6 Mobile: +49 (0) 1511-7-47 396 5colin.yong@opel.com
  4. Press Kits

    Press kit: Ready for Take-Off: New Opel Corsa GSi Opel Insignia GSi Grand Sport and GSi Sports Tourer: Sports Machine for Connoisseurs: Insignia GSi New Opel Corsa GSi history: Great Sport for All Powerful engine: Turbocharging for outstanding throttle response and torque Agile chassis: OPC chassis and brakes set up on Nürburgring “Nordschleife” Uncompromising: Dynamic design with sharp, clear lines Touring car feeling: Recaro seats and sports steering wheel inside, carbon fibre outside Long tradition: First Opel Corsa GSi debuted in 1988 with 100 hp Rüsselsheim. The eagerly-awaited new Opel Corsa GSi has arrived! After the Insignia, the Corsa is the second GSi model now on offer. The newcomer impresses with its ultra-precise OPC chassis – for exemplary handling and short braking distances. The Corsa GSi is powered by Opel’s lively 1.4-liter turbo with 110 kW/150 hp and 220 Nm of torque (fuel consumption[1] l/100 km: 8.0-7.7 urban, 5.5-5.1 extra-urban, 6.4-6.0 combined, CO2 g/km 147-138 combined). The four-cylinder power unit features a special GSi-calibration for increased responsiveness. Mated to a short-ratio, six-speed gearbox, the engine delivers outstanding punch in second and third gears, as well as a maximum torque plateau from 3,000 to 4,500 rpm. The “hot hatch” from Rüsselsheim is therefore very quick off the mark (zero to 100 km/h is covered in only 8.9 seconds) and impresses with great elasticity: it takes just 9.9 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear. Top speed is 207 km/h. The sporty Corsa GSi can be now be ordered for €19,960 (RRP including VAT in Germany). The OPC chassis and the disc brakes with red calipers have been set up on the legendary Nürburgring “Nordschleife” by Opel’s Director Performance Cars and Motorsport, Volker Strycek. Agile handling and short braking distances are guaranteed, especially when combined with the optional 18-inch light alloy wheels with 215/40 ZR18 sports tyres. Sharp, sharper, Corsa GSi: Pure racing-look The high performance of the new Corsa GSi is complemented by the athletic exterior looks featuring large air intakes, sculptured bonnet, prominent rear spoiler and precisely modelled side sills. From the front, the bold Opel GSi fascia with large honeycomb grille and the central Opel Blitz supported by two wings, along with the exterior rear view mirror housings in carbon racing-look become visible. The large chrome-ringed design elements that are visually connected in a horizontal line via black crosspieces running across the front, along with the black traverse cleat on the bonnet support the impression of sportiness. The vibrant styling is also present when viewed from the rear. The prominent spoiler on the edge of the roof creates additional downforce, the sporty chrome tailpipe is framed by the vibrant design of the rear apron in body colour. The feeling of pure sportiness is also conveyed by the interior of the Corsa GSi, especially when the sports steering wheel, leather gearshift knob and aluminium pedals are complemented by the optional Recaro performance seat. Great sport for all: Long tradition of Opel GSi models Sporty GSi cars have a long tradition at Opel. The first to raise the adrenalin level were the Manta GSi and the Kadett GSi (115 hp from 1.8 litres) in 1984. Only four years later the 2.0-litre DOHC 16-valve engine in the Kadett 2.0 GSi 16V delivered 150 hp. The first Astra also featured this engine. The Corsa GSi family was founded in 1988 by the 100 hp Corsa A (now a much sought-after classic) Then came the Corsa B GSi 16V with 109 hp and a powerful low-end torque characteristic, the Corsa C GSi with 125 hp and a top speed of 202 km/h, and from 2007 the Corsa D GSi, for the first time with turbocharging and 150 hp from 1,600 cubic centimetres. In August 2012 Opel and the Corsa took a break from the GSi – until September 2017. At the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the Opel Insignia GSi celebrated its world premiere and the GSi label its comeback. And now, one year later, the Corsa GSi has returned too. Values measured according to WLTP and converted to NEDC for comparison. 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. Contact Martin Golka Group Manager International Product Communications Tel.: +49 6142/7–55 215 Mobile: +49 151 17 47 39 54martin.golka@opel.com Colin Yong Assistant Manager International Product Communications Tel.: +49 (0) 6142-7-69 57 6 Mobile: +49 (0) 1511-7-47 396 5colin.yong@opel.com
  5. Events Opel Classic

    50 Years Opel GT: Grand Tour to Milestones in History of a Legend Where it all began: 70 Opel GTs at the Hockenheim racetrack Touring the Taunus Mountains: Visits to Opel Zoo and Schloss Westerhaus Homecoming: Stops at Kaiserslautern plant and Rodgau-Dudenhofen Test Center Star cast: GT designer Erhard Schnell, GT owner Walter Röhrl Rüsselsheim. GT means Grand Turismo, Grand Tourisme or just Grand Tour. And that is exactly what Opel and the association of European GT clubs are offering: the Grand Tour 2018 to celebrate 50 years of the Opel GT. From September 19 through 22, seventy pristine Opel GT cars and their owners will cruise from one milestone to another in the legend’s history. Appropriately enough, the Grand Tour gets off to a flying start on September 19 at the Hockenheim racetrack. The press launch of the sports car with the “Coke bottle shape” took place at the Grand Prix circuit 50 years ago. The star guests on the first day include the father of the GT, designer Erhard Schnell, and one of the fastest rally drivers of all time – Walter Röhrl, world champion 1982 in his Opel Ascona 400, with his own private Opel GT. September 20 is family day and the Grand Tour visits the home of the von Opel family. The first stop on the tour through the Taunus hills is the Opel Zoo, followed by Schloss Westerhaus, the vineyard of the von Opel family, which is currently being run by Ivonne Gräfin von Schönburg-Glauchau (née von Opel) and her husband Johannes Graf von Schönburg-Glauchau. On the next day the procession heads south-west. On September 21, the Grand Tour calls in at the Opel plant in Kaiserslautern, which delivered parts for the GT during its production from 1968-1973. On the round-trip back to Opel’s hometown in Rüsselsheim, the GT crews can enjoy the nimble handling of their oldtimers on the undulating roads. The “grand finale” is planned for September 22, the destination is the Opel Test Center in Rodgau-Dudenhofen. It was here that the GT was developed to production readiness and powered “pedal-to-the-metal” around the high-speed oval. That same evening Opel has invited the Grand Tour for dinner in the historic K48 building in Rüsselsheim. “Nur Fliegen ist schöner”: The Opel GT legend The first Opel GT rolled off the assembly line in 1968, an early example of Franco-German cooperation. Thanks to previous joint projects, the coachbuilder Chausson and Brissoneau & Lotz was a proven partner for Opel and the French company carried out the press work, welding, painting and interior installation of the GT, before sending it to Germany for final assembly of the chassis and powertrain. GT buyers had two four-cylinder engines to choose from – one with 1.1-litres displacement and 60 hp came from the Kadett and the other – with 1.9-litres and 90 hp – from the Rekord. Right from the start the GT 1900 was most popular. The maximum speed of 185 km/h and zero-100 km/h acceleration in 11.5 seconds were just what buyers wanted. The rear wheels were driven via a four-speed manual gearbox. European customers hardly ever ordered the optional three-speed automatic, but on the other side of the Atlantic this particular transmission was extremely popular. Friedhelm Engler, Design Director Exterior at Opel, describes the behaviour of his colleagues back then as “Cheeky! It was pretty naughty to propose a front mid-engine concept based on the Kadett B. Instead of dressing proven mass-production parts in a new outer skin, they had the nerve to do something totally radical – a real Gran Turismo. You could say that the GT is bravery in steel!” Happy 50th birthday, Opel GT! Contact: Uwe Mertin Manager Opel Classic Telefon: +49 6142/7-74 083 Mobil: +49 170 339 5246uwe.mertin@opel.com
  6. Corporate News

    Groupe PSA showcases the leading-edge V2X communication technology for connected cars in China The world's first city-level Internet of Vehicle LTE-V2X application demonstration area is officially opened to the public at the 2018 World IoT Expo in Wuxi, China. Visitors are invited to take a test ride to experience the advantages of the technology Groupe PSA presents its latest LTE-V2X achievement, developed separately with both Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies. The demonstrations mark the beginning of a series of Groupe PSA field trials in China with Intelligent Connected Vehicles, consistent with its international technological strategy in the field of connectivity LTE-V2X direct communication technology is expected to come to market as early as 2020 Groupe PSA today began demonstrating its latest vehicle communicationtechnologies in Wuxi, China. As an important part of the world's first city-level Internet of Vehicle LTE-V2X application demonstration area, these technologies showcase the growing V2X ecosystem in China for Intelligent Connected Vehicles (ICV). The V2X demonstration area in Wuxi is one of the key pilot projects supported by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and Ministry of Public Safety of China and by the Jiangsu Provincial Government. The project covers 226 road intersections, 170 sq km city area, over 600 communication base stations, more than 100,000 commercial users and 13 typical scenarios. The LTE-V2X project in Wuxi is scheduled to be implemented in three phases from 2017 to 2020. China hopes to make this city a pacesetter and extend the technology to other cities as well. LTE-V2X technology is a wireless communication solution developed for the transport industry and is important for both intelligent connected vehicles and autonomous driving. “V” refers to vehicle; “X” refers to everything - infrastructures, vehicles, pedestrians, etc. During the expo, Groupe PSA will demonstrate the latest LTE-V2X technology developed separately with Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies Inc, a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. The demonstrations will feature Groupe PSA’s popular sport utility vehicle (SUV) models: DS 7 CROSSBACK, PEUGEOT 4008 and CITROËN C5 AIRCROSS. The DS cars will be equipped with Huawei’s solution based on C-V2Xand the PEUGEOT and CITROEN cars will be equipped with the Qualcomm® 9150 C-V2X chipset solution. This is the first time that Groupe PSA is demonstrating its LTE-V2X technology in China. Demonstrations with Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies’ LTE-V2X chipset solutions are being held separately with real use cases showing how LTE-V2X technology works in different traffic scenarios to significantly enhance road safety and traffic efficiency. As part of the demonstration, visitors are welcome to test and experience the benefits of LTE-V2X technology. This demonstration marks the beginning of a series of field trials in China for ICV. Groupe PSA’s vehicles, equipped with the LTE-V2X devices will be able to communicate with infrastructures on the side of the road, as well as receive real-time traffic information from traffic signals, incoming vehicles or pedestrians not visible by the driver. Its cars will demonstrate how this additional information will be used to help assess: how to optimise speed to better navigate intersections, receive early warnings of dangerous situations thanks to the smart cameras on the road and be informed of events along the journey. Furthermore, Groupe PSA vehicles are able to communicate with each other directly, and with pedestrians. This allows the driver to receive a warning when a car needs to apply the emergency brakes or the pedestrian is crossing the vehicle’s path. In the field of Intelligent Connected Vehicles (ICV) and autonomous driving, Groupe PSA holds a leading position in V2X technology development and functionality. The Group is a member of different telecommunications alliances including the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) and the Telematics Industry Application Alliance (TIAA). Groupe PSA and Qualcomm Technologies are continuing to build a strong working relationship, collaborating to develop next-generation infotainment systems, LTE-V2X communication technology, and telematics solutions. In July 2018, both companies worked alongside leading automakers and suppliers to demonstrate LTE-V2X direct communication interoperability between vehicles, motorcycles and infrastructure in France. Additionally, Groupe PSA was the first to showcase a live demonstration of LTE-V2X direct communication capabilities using the 9150 C-V2X chipset solution in Europe in March. Through these demonstrations and field trials, Groupe PSA has displayed the advanced performance of LTE-V2X technology in terms of safety and traffic efficiency. Groupe PSA and Huawei set up the strategic partnership on connected vehicleslast November, together building a Connected Vehicle Modular Platform (CVMP) for Groupe PSA. In April, DS 7 CROSSBACK, became Groupe PSA’s first vehicle to use the IoT CVMP platform equipped with Huawei technology, thereby providing customers with new connected services such as connected navigation and natural language voice recognition. Contact Michael Göntgens Group Manager Corporate Communications Tel.: +49 6142/7-72 279 Mobile: +49 160 48 28 317michael.goentgens@opel.com Nico Schmidt Assistant Manager Corporate Communications Tel.: +49 6142/7-78 325 Mobile: +49 151 21 54 53 87nico.schmidt@opel.com
  7. Adam Brochure

    Thank you for your interest in Opel vehicle information. Find more options below. ADAM_14.0_Long.pdf Adam In order to view the PDF versions of the Opel vehicle brochures properly, you need to have the Adobe Reader®. In case you do not have it installed, please visit the Adobe website to download the programme for free: www.adobe.com
  8. New Corsa Brochure

    Must be love. Sophisticated, stylish and exciting to drive, the new Corsa has the luxurious feel of a much more expensive car. With its premium materials and features, the interior is by far the best in its class. Still the new Corsa is more affordable to own than ever before. German engineering innovations make driving economical, easier, safer – and more fun. Advanced digital options connect you quickly and simply to your social networks. Little wonder Corsa owners love their cars so much. It just feels good to make a Corsa the car in your life. more>>>>>>>>>>>>

    PASSION FOR INNOVATION. Because we all want a better life. Every day we focus on making your journey more efficient, comfortable and enjoyable in every way. We put all our engineering expertise into creating affordable technologies for optimized safety and higher performance. We find versatile solutions for your daily driving needs and make them attractive and exciting. Flexibility This is the way creativity meets everyday needs. By providing practical solutions. For example, seats that fold away, making room for large loads, floors that can be lowered to make even more space and many other options that adapt the vehicle to your changing requirements. Enter a world that adapts to your needs Comfort & Convenience We spare no efforts to make your daily mobility simpler and more comfortable. On the one hand, we introduce revolutionary solutions such as the rear-hinged rear doors that facilitate cabin access on the Meriva. On the other hand, we make premium comforts such as industry-best ergonomic seats available in the compact class. Make yourself comfortable Safety Active and passive, interior and exterior, night and day, driver and pedestrian. Whichever way you look at it, we are committed to the development of technologies that increase security, for you, your passengers and the world around you. More reasons to feel safe Driving Dynamics Driving is a pleasure. That’s our belief. And we are constantly finding new ways to ensure you enjoy every kilometer of the way – confident at the wheel and always being in control of the car whatever the road conditions. Make the most of your ride When you’re looking for new mobility concepts you won’t find us sitting back and waiting to see which way the wind blows. We don’t follow trends, we make them. And we’re clearly showing the way with cars like Europe’s first electric vehicle which you can drive without compromises – the Opel Ampera – or the HydroGen4 zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell car. Pioneering Technology Advance on the fast lane

    OPEL ASTRA GTC With its bold contours and dynamic sports handling, the Astra GTC is the ultimate Astra. Its unique design changes the way people look at your car, and its outstanding ride changes the way you feel at the wheel. In your GTC, every road looks exciting even before you’ve put the car into gear. Turn the page and you’ll start to see what we mean. IT’S TIME TO TURN HEADS. The contents of this catalogue were accurate at the time of going to press (05/2013). We reserve the right to alter specifications and equipment at any time. Please consult your Opel dealer for the very latest information. CONTENTS OPEL ASTRA GTC 04 The Astra GTC 16 Model Variants 22 BiTurbo 26 Chassis and Ride 30 Versatility 32 Comfort 34 Safety 38 Infotainment 40 Accessories 42 Extras 50 Engines and Transmissions 52 Rims and Wheels 54 Trims and Surfaces 60 Paints and Colours 62 Opel For more >>>>>>> Opel Astra GTC Brochure

    The newest member of the ADAM Family gives you total freedom: you can select the roof paint, upholstery, wheels and interior and exterior decors. In other words, the ADAM UNLIMITED offers you every possibility. And to make things even better, the standard equipment is exceedingly generous. The new ADAM UNLIMITED. 100% YOU. Whether it's roof colours, upholstery, wheels or decor – combine almost anything with everything.

    Adam Opel founded his company on January 21, 1862 in Rüsselsheim. It was the first step in a long journey of innovation. Take a closer look at the history of Opel cars. Timeline 1862 After years of employment as a journeyman metalworker, Adam Opel goes into business in his hometown of Rüsselsheim: he builds his first sewing machine, laying the foundation for the Opel company. 1863 The company expands: Adam Opel hires his first employee, taking on his first apprentice two years later. With an ad in the regional newspaper Groß-Gerauer Kreisblatt, Opel begins promoting his product. 1868 The sewing-machine business flourishes. Adam Opel moves into his first factory building, an industrial hall with attached living quarters. A year later, he introduces steam power into the manufacturing facilities. In 1868, Adam Opel marries Sophie Scheller, the daughter of a factory owner. Five sons are born in the years that follow: Carl on August 31, 1869; Wilhelm on May 15, 1871; Heinrich on September 22, 1873; Friedrich on April 30, 1875; and Ludwig on January 1, 1880. 1872 Adam Opel establishes a factory health insurance plan. 1886 By entering the booming business of bicycle manufacture, Opel secures a second foothold for his company. The Opel sons are enthusiastic cyclists, winning several hundred races on Opel bicycles in the years up to 1898. In less than forty years, Opel becomes the world’s largest bicycle producer. 1895 Adam Opel dies at the age of 58. His wife Sophie assumes responsibility for running the business, with the support of her sons. 1899 “Opel Patent Motor Car, System Lutzmann” is the name given to the first Opel automobile. It marks the beginning of production in Rüsselsheim, and forms the basis for building the first utility vehicles. Within the year, the company makes its international motor sport début. 1901 Heinrich von Opel wins the Königsstuhl hill climb near Heidelberg in an Opel Lutzmann. A contract is finalized with the French manufacturer Alexandre Darracq, authorizing Opel to produce Darracq automobiles under license. Opel builds its first motorcycle. 1902 The first Darracq chassis are outfitted with Opel bodies in Rüsselsheim. The vehicles are marketed under the brand name Opel Darracq. The first model built entirely by Opel, with a newly developed 10/12 hp, two-cylinder engine, is completed in fall of the same year. 1903 Opel develops its first four-cylinder engine, with 20/24 hp output. 1905 An Opel Darracq showroom and service center opens its doors near the Tiergarten park in Berlin. 1906 The one-thousandth Opel automobile leaves the factory. Opel establishes a branch factory in Berlin. 1907 In a specially built 45 kW (60 hp) car, Opel test driver and company race-car driver Carl Jörns wins the Kaiser’s Prize Race in the Taunus region: Opel is awarded the Kaiser’s Prize for the best German automobile and is designated purveyor to the court. 1909 Opel introduces an affordable compact car. The 4 kW (8 hp) two-seater, designed for customers who place great importance on dependability, becomes known as the “Doktorwagen” (Doctor’s Car). 1910 A modular production system is implemented: prefabricated car bodies are combined with various chassis and engines. Opel’s market share in Germany grows to 12.3 percent. 1911 With a 6/16 hp model, Opel adopts the new “torpedo” body form. In addition, Opel responds to technological developments, filling new market gaps: the carmaker develops its first aircraft engine, which drives the Euler biplane. At the same time, the company builds a heavy-duty motorized plow for large farms. A major fire destroys a large part of the plant. Sewing-machine production ends with the manufacture of the one-millionth unit. The “Adam Opel Foundation” is established to fund an old-age pension plan for the company’s workforce. 1912 Opel celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. The ten-thousandth Opel motorcar rolls out of the plant. Based on experience gathered from the major fire of 1911, the engineers in Rüsselsheim develop the “Motorized Fire Pump” for the plant fire brigade. The early fire engine is successfully marketed to towns and cities. A new flagship model is introduced: a substantial 40/100 hp four-cylinder vehicle. 1913 Race cars employing ground-breaking engine technology are developed for the Grand Prix season: the four-cylinder power units with 4-liter and 4.5-liter displacements feature four valves per cylinder and an overhead camshaft driven by a vertical shaft. 1914 A record-breaking race car is developed, based on the engine technology that led to the 1913 Gran Prix triumph. The cutting-edge vehicle is not only one of the first cars to feature four-valve technology – at a swept volume of 12.3 liters, its four-cylinder, 16-valve power unit is the largest displacement engine to emerge from the Rüsselsheim facilities. Opel becomes Germany’s largest automobile manufacturer. A 5/14 hp model goes into production. The hugely successful car is dubbed “Puppchen” (little doll). During WW I (1914–1918), Opel produces heavy trucks for the military. 1916 In a 18/50 hp model, Opel introduces its first six-cylinder engine, with a displacement of 4.7 liters. 1919 The Opel Racetrack, located south of Rüsselsheim, is inaugurated. The oval course with banked curves, paved in concrete, is the first permanent track for racing and testing in Germany – years ahead of other well-known racetracks, such as the Berlin AVUS and the Nürburgring. 1920 The first works council is established at Opel. 1921 Opel builds an eight-cylinder engine, which proves itself in a number of races – notably in the Eifel race of 1922. Fritz von Opel wins the first car race on the AVUS track in Berlin, in the “eight taxable horsepower” class of the period. 1924 Investing one million gold marks, Opel completely modernizes its automobile production. The Rüsselsheim plant is the first German manufacturer to introduce the high-volume production methods of the future, including assembly-line processes. The first car to roll out of the updated plant: the legendary 4/12 hp model, best known as the “Laubfrosch” (Tree Frog), in reference to its green body paint and protruding headlamps. Opel dealerships introduce a revolutionary new service: standardized maintenance at fixed prices. 1926 Thanks to state-of-the-art production methods and strong demand, the price for the “Tree Frog” sinks from its original 4,500 marks to 2,980 marks, eventually dropping as low as 1,990 marks. This makes automobiles affordable for even broader sections of the public. The Rüsselsheim racing team scores a total of 75 victories in various motor sport classes. 1928 With a market share of 37.5 percent, Opel is by far the largest German carmaker. In preparation for an alliance with General Motors, the company is converted into a listed stock corporation. A new flagship model is christened: the Regent Limousine, powered by a 24/110 hp, eight-cylinder engine. Motorcycle technology reaches a high point, with the introduction of the Motoclub. The avant-garde motorcycle features a pressed-steel frame, a modern teardrop-shaped fuel tank and an air-cushioned saddle. The RAK rocket-propelled vehicle program begins: RAK 1 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just eight seconds on the Opel Racetrack. One month later, Fritz von Opel reaches a top speed of 238 km/h in the RAK 2 on the AVUS track in Berlin, to become a popular hero. On a closed stretch of railway tracks near Burgwedel, the rocket sled RAK 3 reaches 254 km/h, setting a new world record for speed on rails. 1929 General Motors acquires 80 percent of shares in the company Adam Opel AG for just under 26 million dollars, becoming majority stockholder. Opel is the first German manufacturer to establish an insurance company. Another first: the “Opel Bank” finances car purchases and arranges payment in installments. During the same year, Fritz von Opel makes the world’s first manned rocket flight, in his RAK 1 Friedrich rocket aircraft at the former Frankfurt Airport, the Rebstock grounds. 1930 Market launch of the Opel Blitz truck series. 1931 The Rüsselsheim plant builds the first “people’s automobile”, an affordable vehicle equipped with a 1.2-liter engine. Between 1931 and 1935, 100,000 units are built – a volume never before reached with a single model in Germany. General Motors acquires the remaining 20 percent of shares in the Opel corporation.Opel becomes the first carmaker to establish a school for customer service training. 1935 Opel unveils the Olympia, Germany’s first mass-produced car with an all-steel integral body and frame. Advantages: low weight, greater passive safety and improved aerodynamics. At the same time, a new manufacturing process developed and patented by the engineers in Rüsselsheim is introduced: the so-called “wedding” that unites the prefabricated body shell with the chassis and mechanical assemblies. Truck production facilities officially open in Brandenburg. The new plant, which began building trucks as early as November 1934, boasts an annual capacity of 25,000 Blitz models. Opel becomes the first German carmaker to manufacture more than 100,000 vehicles per year. With the P4, Opel introduces a compact car at an unbeatable price. 1936 A further model featuring the safety of an integral frame and body rolls off the assembly lines in Rüsselsheim: the first Kadett. At the same time, the elegant and powerful Opel Super 6 is launched. The company is Europe’s largest manufacturer and exporter of automobiles, boasting an annual production of 120,293 units. 1937 Opel observes its seventy-fifth anniversary. The company focuses on automobile manufacture, selling its bicycle production to NSU – after building 2.6 million bicycles. The Opel Admiral, the new flagship powered by a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine, is unveiled. Production of Frigidaire household refrigerators begins in Rüsselsheim. 1938 A new generation of the Olympia appears on the market. The first Opel Kapitän is presented to the public. 1939 For the fourth consecutive year, Opel is the largest automaker in Europe, with a workforce of 25,374. 1940 Production of the one-millionth Opel, a Kapitän model. In October, a directive from the Nazi regime brings passenger-car production to a standstill. In addition to truck models, including four-wheel drive and track versions, military equipment such as landing gear, cockpits, and fuel tanks for aircraft etc. are produced. 1944 Allied bombs destroy half of the Rüsselsheim plant; the Brandenburg plant is almost completely destroyed. 1945 The entire Kadett production facilities are dismantled and sent to the Soviet Union as reparations. 1946 Production of Frigidaire household refrigerators recommences. The first postwar Opel, a 1.5-ton Blitz truck, is built. 1947 Passenger car production resumes with the Olympia model. 1948 The Rüsselsheim plant resumes production of the Kapitän, which enjoys a popular comeback. 1950 Reconstruction of the Rüsselsheim plant is completed. 1951 Opel becomes the first German manufacturer to establish on-site proving grounds, at the Rüsselsheim plant.Production of the third postwar generation of the Opel Olympia begins on the assembly lines in Rüsselsheim. 1953 The Olympia Rekord, the first Opel with a full-width, or ponton, body shell and the legendary “shark’s mouth” grille design, is presented at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The first Opel station wagon is introduced to the market. Annual production once again exceeds 100,000 units. During the same year, the Opel Kapitän reappears with a completely restyled body and new technology. 1956 The two-millionth Opel, a Kapitän, leaves the plant. 1957 The Opel Olympia Rekord P1 is presented at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Around 850,000 units are sold within three years. 1958 A further generation of the Kapitän is introduced. In reference to the distinctive form of its taillights, the P1 model becomes known as the “Keyhole” Kapitän. 1959 Production of Frigidaire household refrigerators is ended. Opel introduces a Kapitän with a 2.6-liter engine, soon to become the most successful luxury-class model ever built in Rüsselsheim. 1960 The Opel Rekord P2 arrives. About 755,000 units are to be built in total. 1961 A sporty coupe is launched, rounding off the model line. 1962 Opel celebrates its one-hundredth anniversary. A plant is inaugurated in Bochum for the production of the new Opel Kadett. 1963 All Opel Rekord A and Kadett A models built in 1963–64 sport this variant of the Blitz “bow and stern.” 1964 Opel unveils three new luxury models: Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat. These prestigious six- and eight-cylinder flagships capture the spirit of the times. All three are well received and become immediate market successes. 1965 A new Kadett takes the place of its predecessor. By 1973, the B series Kadett becomes Opel’s most successful model yet, selling 2.6 million units. The Rekord B is launched with a new engine generation. The fastest German production model coupe to date appears: the Diplomat V8. 1966 The Bochum plant celebrates a milestone: the one-millionth Kadett leaves the assembly lines. Opel opens new automotive proving grounds at Dudenhofen in the German state of Hesse, as well as a plant for manufacturing components in Kaiserslautern. The Rekord C goes into production, and the legendary Rallye Kadett is introduced to the market. 1967 Opel launches the sporty Commodore A and a further Kadett model variant, the Kadett B LS. 1968 The Opel GT arrives on the scene. Its advertising slogan “Only flying is better” is adopted as a popular figure of speech. 1969 Opel introduces second-generation models of the Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat. 1970 The mid-class model Ascona A and the sporty Manta A are born. The Commodore GS/E with electronic fuel injection goes into production. 1971 The ten-millionth Opel rolls off the assembly line in the Rüsselsheim plant. The Rekord D goes into production, also in Rüsselsheim. The Commodore GS/E with electronic fuel injection goes into production. 1972 With a market share of 20.4 percent, Opel is the largest German automobile manufacturer. The Commodore B is introduced. A modified Opel GT with the new Opel diesel engine sets two world records and 28 international records at the Dudenhofen proving grounds. 1973 The Kadett C is launched. All told, roughly 1.7 million units of the model are to be built. Seatbelts become standard equipment in all Opel models. 1974 Walter Röhrl and his navigator Jochen Berger become European Rally champions in an Ascona A. 1975 The Ascona B and Manta B go into production. 1977 The Rekord E succeeds the Rekord D. 1978 Two new stars enter the big leagues of the automobile market: the luxurious four-door Senator and the sporty fastback coupe Monza. The top-of-the-line power unit for both models is a newly developed three-liter six-cylinder engine with an output of 180 hp. 1979 Production of the first front-wheel-drive Opel, the Kadett D, begins in Bochum. 1981 The engineering study Tech 1 demonstrates Opel’s pioneering role in the field of aerodynamics: the experimental vehicle achieves a drag coefficient of 0.235, setting a world record. Opel becomes the first carmaker to use environmentally friendly water-based paints. The Ascona C and the performance-oriented Manta B 400 enter the market. 1982 A new plant is commissioned in Saragossa, Spain, for the production of the Opel Corsa. The compact model rapidly advances to become the bestselling vehicle in its class. Walter Röhrl and his navigator Christian Geistdörfer prevail over tough four-wheel-drive competitors, piloting their Ascona 400 to victory in the Monte Carlo Rally and winning the Rally World Championship. 1983 Opel’s 20-millionth vehicle, a Senator, leaves the Rüsselsheim production facilities. 1984 The Kadett E is introduced. The GSi version, with a drag coefficient of 0.30, is the most aerodynamic vehicle in its class worldwide. The Kadett is elected Car of the Year by an international jury. 1985 Opel becomes the first German manufacturer to include a vehicle with a catalytic converter in every model line. 1986 The Opel Omega makes its début, boasting the best drag coefficient in its class, at 0.28. The Omega is elected Car of the Year. 1987 Opel celebrates its 125-year jubilee. The Senator B is presented to the public. 1988 The Opel Vectra is introduced. The mid-size model, available in a choice of two body variants, is an immediate bestseller. The Vectra is characterized by dynamic design and driving comfort combined with technologically advanced drivetrain and chassis solutions. An all-wheel-drive version is available. 1989 Opel introduces catalytic converters as standard equipment in all models, the first among European car manufacturers. The Opel Calibra is launched, with a world-best drag coefficient of 0.26. The 25-millionth Opel rolls off the production line in Rüsselsheim. The Adam Opel Prize for outstanding academic performance in engineering is awarded for the first time, in Rüsselsheim, Bochum and Kaiserslautern. 1990 Opel becomes the first automaker to implement a recycling chain for plastics. The move reflects the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly technology: the Rüsselsheim engineers systematically eliminate hazardous materials such as asbestos and cadmium from the manufacturing process. At the same time, sustainable reductions of paint solvents and chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) are achieved. 1991 After years of outstanding performance on the road and in the market, Kadett production comes to an end. Its successor: the Astra. The new vehicle is equipped with the Opel Safety System, including side-impact protection, anti-submarining ramps in the seats, and seatbelt tensioners. The company launches its first off-road vehicle, the Frontera, which becomes European market leader in its class within a year. 1992 In Eisenach, the world’s most advanced automobile manufacturing plant begins production based on the innovative principle of lean production. The off-road vehicle Opel Monterey and the light utility vehicle Campo Sports Cap are launched. 1993 The second-generation Corsa arrives. With its winning design, the new Corsa rapidly advances to the top of its class in Europe. For years it consistently defends its leading position. 1994 In Eisenach, the world’s most advanced automobile manufacturing plant begins production based on the innovative principle of lean production. The off-road vehicle Opel Monterey and the light utility vehicle Campo Sports Cap are launched. 1995 Opel introduces the Vectra B. Another first among German carmakers: Opel equips all of its passenger cars with full-size airbags for the driver and front-seat passenger. In the new Vectra, Opel becomes the first major auto manufacturer worldwide to introduce the Pedal Release System and the hybrid airbag. 1996 Opel becomes the world’s first manufacturer to combine the advantages of four-valve technology with direct-injection and turbocharging in a diesel passenger car. Production of the Cadillac Catera, based on the Omega, begins in Rüsselsheim. Manuel Reuter wins the International Touring Car Championship (ITC) in an Opel Calibra. 1997 Opel launches its “Mobility Initiative” with a navigation system for the Vectra and Omega models. For the first time, a European passenger car is equipped with a three-cylinder engine. The one-liter unit, operating with four valves per cylinder, is offered in the Corsa. With the Arena, Opel re-enters the commercial vehicle market segment. 1998 New corporate headquarters are established in Rüsselsheim: the Adam Opel Building is inaugurated by German Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl. Expansion continues in the commercial vehicle sector with the Movano. New Astra models go into production. The off-road vehicles Monterey and Frontera appear as redesigned models. The one-millionth Vectra leaves the Rüsselsheim plant. Opel commissions a new plant in Gliwice, Poland. 1999 Opel marks a century of automotive excellence. The Opel Millennium Express, an award-winning multimedia exhibition occupying an entire railway train, rolls through Europe. The visitor center Opel Live opens its doors to the public. The 50-millionth Opel, an Omega, rolls off the assembly line in Rüsselsheim. With the Zafira, Opel launches a new class of compact vans, featuring the widely versatile interior concept Flex-7. 2000 Production of the Opel Agila begins. Germany’s first microvan is the perfect city vehicle. The key to its success: maximum utilization of space yet manageable overall dimensions, combined with a fuel-efficient engine. In Geneva, Opel presents a Zafira concept vehicle powered by fuel cells. A 2.2-liter light-metal engine, generating 147 hp/108 kW of output, becomes available. The Astra Coupe makes its début. A Zafira variant powered by natural gas is introduced. 2001 A worldwide bestseller enters its third generation: the updated Opel Corsa continues its success story. The purebred driving machine Opel Speedster arrives on the scene. A second-generation Astra Cabrio is introduced. Opel unveils the Vivaro. With the Zafira OPC, Opel presents the fastest production-model van in Europe, while at the same time introducing the Opel Zafira CNG. The Astra Coupe OPC X-Treme vehicle study is exhibited in Geneva. The fuel cell-powered Zafira HydroGen 1 sets 15 international records. 2002 Opel starts the new image campaign “Opel. Fresh Thinking for Better Cars.” German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder inaugurates the world’s most advanced automobile manufacturing facilities, in Rüsselsheim. The new Opel Vectra arrives on the market. Opel in Berlin, the company’s prestigious headquarters in the capital, opens its doors. Opel presents its first sustainability report. 2003 The Opel Speedster Turbo and the natural gas-powered Opel Astra station wagon 1.6 CNG are introduced to the German market. The Opel Signum and Meriva are unveiled simultaneously in Germany. Opel opens a new test and event center in Pferdsfeld. The carmaker in Rüsselsheim launches an engine initiative, with four new CDTI common-rail diesel units and the fuel-saving technology TWINPORT for its gasoline engines. The first Opel Ironman Germany triathlon is held in Frankfurt. The Opel triathlon team performs well, taking a number of leading positions. The fuel cell-powered Zafira HydroGen3 begins tests under everyday driving conditions on public roads in Tokyo and in Washington. The Opel ECO Speedster sets 17 international records on the Opel proving grounds in Dudenhofen. Highlights of the Frankfurt International Motor Show IAA include world premieres of the third-generation Opel Astra, the new Opel Vectra station wagon, the Insignia sedan design study and a maintenance-free diesel particulate filter system. 2004 The Opel Astra enters its third generation. The Tigra TwinTop and Astra station wagon are introduced to the market. The Astra GTC is presented at the Paris Motor Show. Opel has produced roughly 60 million vehicles to date. 2005 Opel Zafira 1.6 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) is the top-selling car with alternative propulsion in Germany. World premieres of Astra and Zafira OPC models at Geneva Motor Show. Series production of new Zafira begins at Bochum plant and sales start of compact van, which was awarded five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests. A fuel-cell powered Zafira HydroGen3 is used as a customer service vehicle as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) project, which is supported by the German Federal Government. Journalists from 26 countries name the 1.3 CDTI ECOTEC powerplant "Engine of the Year 2005" in the segment of 1.0 to 1.4 liters displacement. Market launch of extensively enhanced Vectra and Signum models. All of Opel's diesel-powered passenger cars are available with a particulate filter as of the summer. World premieres of sporty-elegant Astra TwinTop cabrio-coupé, Antara SUV concept, Vectra OPC and new Zafira CNG at the IAA in Frankfurt. Meriva is presented at the Bologna Motor Show with an enhanced design and new refined technology. OPC version debuts at Essen Motor Show. Zafira wins “Golden Steering Wheel” for best compact van. 2006 Start of production of Astra GTC with panorama windshield. Extending up into the middle of the roof, it is the first panorama glazing of its type to be fitted in a series production car. New Opel GT makes its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. The sporty car, now as a roadster, continues the history of the legendary GT from the 1960s. GM Europe opens a new European Design Center in Rüsselsheim. New versions of the Vivaro and Movano go into production. World premiere of fourth-generation Corsa at the British International Motor Show in London; series production begins in Eisenach and Zaragoza. New Corsa receives five stars in Euro NCAP crash test for passenger protection; Corsa becomes first series-production car to feature Opel’s integrated rear bicycle carrier system Flex-Fix. The first series-production versions of the new four-wheel drive Antara crossover are available to customers. 2007 New-edition Astra is launched with new engines, improved technology and fresh design accents. Opel begins the OPC Race Camp: after many tough test phases, 18,500 applicants are reduced to the ten best drivers, who will take part in the Nürburgring 24-hour race in 2008. Opel GTC Concept heralds a new, progressive brand design era at the Geneva Motor Show. World premiere of top-of-the-line Corsa OPC with 192 hp and 1.6-liter turbo engine. 150 hp Corsa GSi premieres at Barcelona Motor Show. Manuel Reuter sets supermini circuit record of 8 minutes, 47.99 seconds around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in a series-production Corsa OPC. World premiere of the concept car Opel Flextreme at the IAA; car marks a milestone in the development of a new propulsion concept. With the completely new, environmentally friendly E-Flex system, commuters can travel up to 55 kilometers every day while emitting no CO2 emissions. Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX also makes its premiere at IAA. Equipped with a diesel particulate filter as standard, the supermini emits just 119 grams CO2 per kilometre and has an average consumption of just 4.5 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. Corsa is the top-selling supermini in Germany. 2008 Opel’s new top model, the Insignia, debuts at the London International Motor Show. With its groundbreaking design and sophisticated technology, the Insignia makes a quantum leap toward rejuvenating the brand. Shortly afterwards it is named Car of the Year 2009 for its style and its innovation, safety and comfort. 2009 The global economic crisis affects GM and Opel. However, in Germany sales are recovering thanks in part to a scrappage campaign as well as the new top-of-the-line Insignia model. After months of negotiations between GM and Magna, Opel remains in the GM Group. The Opel Ampera, the revolutionary extended-range electric vehicle (E-REV), is presented at the Geneva Motor Show. It can cover 40-80 km on pure electric power – and thus CO2-free. Over longer distances, the on-board internal combustion engine will start to generate electricity to drive the wheels for the remainder of the journey. This enables an operating range of over 500 km. In Berlin, the HydroGen4, the fourth generation of GM/Opel fuel-cell vehicles, is proving its everyday suitability in a six-month field test. The Insignia exceeds all expectations: one year after its launch, 170,000 orders have been received across Europe. As of spring spring, the “Car of the Year 2009” is available in the station wagon Sports Tourer version, and in the low CO2 emissions ecoFLEX variant. The sporty top-of-the-line Insignia is the OPC: the 2.8-liter V6 turbo gasoline engine with 239 kW (325 hp) makes it the most powerful production Opel ever. Auto Bild readers name it the “Sports Car of the Year”, just one of over 30 awards the Insignia wins. With the 110 kW (150 hp) Zafira CNG ecoFLEX turbo, Opel brings the first turbo-powered natural-gas van onto the roads. OPC Race Camp goes into the second round. Goal: participation in the 24-hour race 2010 on the Nürburgring. The one millionth Meriva leaves the assembly line at the plant in Zaragoza, Spain. The new Astra celebrates its premiere at the IAA in Frankfurt. It carries on the sporty-sculptural Opel design language introduced in the Insignia. The sedan sets new standards in the compact class with technology and comfort highlights like ergonomic seats with the AGR (Action for Healthy Backs) seal of approval, front camera with road sign recognition and lane departure warning as well as the safety lighting system AFL+. The new Astra’s high safety is underlined with a five star rating in the Euro NCAP test. Even before its market launch, it wins the “Golden Steering Wheel”. In just a few weeks, 60,000 orders for the new compact model are received. 110 years after the first Opel car was built, the brand faces existential danger from the international economic crisis. In June, GM files for bankruptcy. Opel receives help from The German government. Presented at the Geneva Motor Sow the revolutionary Opel Ampera Extended Range Electric Vehicle wins prestigious green motoring award. The new 5-door Astra is launched in December 2009, taking the compact class by storm with premium quality technology and design. 2010 The Opel Corsa is introduced in January with a host of improvements including an enhanced engine range. In an attention-getting drive to the Geneva Motor Show, the Ampera prototype of Opel’s extended-range electric vehicle proves its long-distance drive capability. The Flextreme GT/E Concept car showcases the possibilities for E-REV propulsion in the upper class at the Motor Show. The new Opel Meriva makes its debut: the flexibility champion shines with its unique interior concept and rear-hinged rear doors. Shortly after its launch, the back experts at AGR (Action for Healthy Backs) certify the Meriva for its overall ergonomic concept. In the autumn it is awarded the “Golden Steering Wheel”. The second-generation Movano is introduced. The new van is offered with four wheelbases and three roof-heights, with front and all-wheel drive in a total of 300 variants. The ecoFLEX Experience takes place from the spring through the summer. Around 70,000 participants from 20 countries across Europe register for the fuel-saving competition. The winner of the finale near Malmö will win one of the first Opel Amperas to be produced. Opel launches an investment program in the billions. Within five years, 11 billion euros are to go towards renewing the product portfolio. At the Plus X Award, the world’s largest contest for technologies, sport and lifestyle products, the new editions of the Astra and Meriva win a total of seven categories. Opel is named “Most Innovative Brand 2010” in the automotive sector. The Opel Astra Sports Tourer makes its premiere at the Paris Motor Show. With a 213 kW/290 hp 2-liter turbo engine, the GTC concept car offers a glimpse of the compact coupé version of the Astra. 2011 Opel is again a stock corporation. The listing in the Commercial Registry takes place on January 5. At the beginning of the year the Opel Corsa gets a new look. Fresh colors and new interior trim make a statement. With Start/Stop technology the 70 kW/95 hp 1.3 CDTI Corsa ecoFLEX consumes just 3.5 liters of diesel per 100 km (=94 g/km CO2). The popular, bright Color Line range is expanded with the Corsa Color Stripes line. The Opel Antara off-roader goes into the second round with optimized design, upgraded interior and efficient engines. At the 64th Frankfurt International Motor Show Opel presents four world premiers: The Astra GTC Coupé with sharp design and ultimate driving precision, the versatility master Zafira Tourer, the newest Combo generation and the experimental car RAK e. 2012 In March the Opel Ampera won the “Car of the Year 2012” award. But that wouldn’t be the only award for this revolutionary electric vehicle. Despite challenging conditions for the electric vehicle market, the Ampera was at the top of the electric passenger car league table in Europe. Opel also enhanced its successful, award-winning compact bestseller and gave the Astra line-up a new, fresher look by introducing the new sedan and giving the five-door variant as well as the Sports Tourer station wagon a sharper exterior and interior appearance. At the Geneva International Motor Show 2012 Opel celebrated two world premieres. Opel expanded its range with the brand new sub-compact SUV Mokka, which delivers attractive design with innovative technologies and upmarket functionalities. The other world premiere was the new Astra OPC – the most powerful Astra ever. In July the Opel Supervisory Board named Dr. Thomas Sedran Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of Adam Opel AG. The all-new ADAM had its world premiere in Paris. Known for its three different trim worlds that set the stage for pure individuality and uniqueness, this trendy urban car introduced unlimited potential for customization thanks to the internet-based configurator. In its 150th year of business, the Rüsselsheim brand returned to motor racing in the form of an internationally oriented rally program with the new Opel ADAM and a circuit for the new Astra OPC. And finally the Zafira Tourer rounds off the long list of Opel awards in the year 2012. Six models entered the “van” competition category but only the Opel Zafira Tourer emerged as the winner of its class in the “Golden Steering Wheel 2012” award. 2013 With the new Cascada Opel challenged perceptions by offering stylish, premium quality, all-year round soft-top motoring. Full four-seater luxury and state-of-the-art technology in an irresistibly elegant form recreated the glamour of the great Opel Cabriolets of the past. A hint of even more glamour to come was revealed at the Frankfurt International Auto Salon when Opel unveiled the Monza concept. While the name is a stark reminder of some very potent coupés from the 1970s, the beautiful, sleek shape and stunning interior definitely held promises of what awaits Opel customers in the near future. Another major trend was also reflected in Frankfurt with introduction of the Opel Insignia Country Tourer. This marked Opels debut in the premium crossover market with a civilized and stylish, robust yet comfortable challenger with intelligent AWD and advanced infotainment with IntelliLink connectivity. 2013 also saw the arrival of a complete new family of Opel engines heralded by attention grabbing 1.6 petrol and diesel variants. Advanced materials, cutting edge design with forefront electronics and leading turbo technology all came together to build a range of diesel and petrol engines that could meet Euro 6 while reducing both fuel and running costs. As usual the year was distinguished by a host of industry awards. One of the most significant was the “Connected Car Award” from Auto Bild and Computer Bild which acknowledged and rewarded Opel foresightedness with the IntelliLink infotainment system in the Opel ADAM. The ADAM also featured heavily in the Autonis awards as best small car and won the same category in the Auto Trophy for the second year running. It’s ground breaking style also led to the Red Dot Design Award. In addition the Opel Meriva topped the prestigious JD Powers survey for owner satisfaction. The Opel Ampera again reconfirmed its appeal by being voted E-Car of the Year by Auto Bild readers. 2014 The year began well with the prestigious Readers Choice for the Opel ADAM from the magazine Auto, Motor & Sport. In February the Opel Astra OPC Extreme, the fastest Astra ever, was presented at the Geneva International Motor Show. In April the 3 millionth car to leave the production line in Opel Eisenach was an ADAM. Also in April the Mokka defended its position as Auto Bild's "All Wheel Drive Car of the Year", going on to achieve orders of 300,000 in October. In May the Opel Meriva successfully defended its win in the J.D. Power Survey for class leading customer satisfaction. In September the new Opel KARL was officially announced, adding even more choice to a range of small cars that already included the ADAM and Corsa. Also in September Opel presented the OnStar emergency services at the eCall Days Germany in Berlin, the official start of production of the Mokka was celebrated in Zaragoza, Spain, and the mini-crossover ADAM ROCKS was launched. The new 5th generation Corsa was launched to high acclaim at the Paris Motor Show in October. Also the new spicy sports star, ADAM S was officially launched at the same show. The new Vivaro range was introduced at the Birmingham International Commercial Vehicle Show in April. Simultaneously the new Movano also made its debut. In September the dynamic, extremely versatile, Opel Vivaro Combi was launched at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hanover.
  13. Insignia Grand Sport

    Overview What is it? The Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is the replacement for Vauxhall’s player in the small family saloon game, the Insignia. Though, along with its bigger new name, this isn’t really a small saloon. It’s sized with the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series in mind, because Vauxhall sees the premium brands eating into its territory and has decided to quite literally pick on someone its own size. Which is why the Grand Sport has swelled by 55mm in overall length and a whopping 92mm in wheelbase. The Skoda Superb’s ‘hugeness’ USP has been kicked into next week. This is a massive car now. While the Insignia Grand Sport’s segment-busting size is unconventional, the rest of this car isn’t taxing to get your head around. You can have three petrol and four diesel engines, and depending on how much you’re spending, either a six-speed manual, a six-speed auto, or eight-speed automatic gearbox. There is all-wheel drive in top-spec cars. There’s no VXR performance version, but you can get one with torque-vectoring to trim your cornering. You can have an estate, badged as a Sport Tourer, and soon there’ll be a more rufty-tufty Country Tourer version, as per the Audi Allroad series. No saloon, mind you – only a five-door hatch with saloon-like tail features. Vauxhall admits one of the lingering criticisms of the old Insignia was pinched rear space, but because it’s under pressure from the likes of the Audi A5 Sportback and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, it wanted a swooping roofline for this new Insignia Grand Sport. These are not goals that sit well together. Nevertheless, Vauxhall’s had its cake and eaten it by stretching the cabin and tapering the roofline too, so although it’s not as spacious in the back as a Skoda Superb, it’s a substantial improvement on the old car and you’ll never notice the 10 litres of boot space that had to be sacrificed in the process. Plus, as we’ve said, it looks sleeker and more imposing. Inside, the Insignia has undergone the same successful update as the latest Astra. Instead of a button for every possible function plsu several you never even needed, there’s a reasonably snappy touchscreen for navigation, radio, media and car set-up functions, a bijou climate control bank of switches, and that’s it. The instrument dials have sprouted screens to cram in more info, (even a battery voltmeter, weirdly) and you can spec a pin-sharp head-up display. Yup, it’s all an effort to come across more premium, because in 2017, Vauxhall has a tougher job fighting off Audi A4s and BMW 3 Series’ than it does tackling Ford Mondeos. Isn’t life unfair? First off, we drove the most popular variant of Insignia Grand Sport, namely the 2.0-litre diesel sporting 178bhp and a manual gearbox. It’s not a driver’s car, or even pretending to be one, thanks to light, feel-free steering, an inert chassis and humdrum engine. However, while that sounds like no improvement from what went before, what we have got is a more pleasant cruiser. You’ll feel how soft the car’s ride is from the first moment it dismounts a speed bump and porpoises slightly, but the upshot is the car has a relaxed, flowing gait at higher speeds and doesn’t transmit undue shudder or vibration into the cabin. It just deals with the stuff a British road can throw at it. Potholes, ridges and expansion joints, mostly. But the fact it’s up to 175kg lighter than the old car is a boon you’re more likely to notice at fuel pumps than when confronted with a serpentine section of road. Compared to the noisy old Insignia, the improvements in rolling refinement are really welcome. Wind and tyre noise are notable by their impressive absence, and the diesel emits a less whiney, smoother tone than before. Is it as library-like as an Audi A4? No. But the comparison invites being made in the first place, and you’d never have dreamt of holding the last ‘don’t call it a Vectra’ in that regard. Though the Insignia’s market is heavily biased towards diesel power for its lower CO2 and tax-saving boons, Vauxhall has done well to not overlook petrol power, and must be lauhging on the other side of its face now diesel is facing an uncertain political future and hey presto, it’s got a decent petrol Insignia Grand Sport. The motor in question is a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo unit, available with either 138bhp or 163bhp. Again, it’s no character, but it’s relatively hushed, smooth revving, and the power delivery doesn’t suffer from the nothing-nothing-HERE’s-the-boost peaks and troughs soemtimes found with small engines in big cars. It’s simply an earnest and polite performer that’ll return around 38mpg. Likely one for the retail buyer more than the fleet market, then, but it’s a futureproof option worth considering. Our main gripe so far isn’t really with the drive at all. Having a nondescript drive isn’t the worst quality in a car, but a poor driving position is more annoying more of the time. Vauxhall is at pains to point out you sit lower in this car, in another subtle effort to make it feel like a premium sports saloon from the cockpit. Thing is, the seat is rather flat, not actually that low, and it’s positioned in front of long-travel, flaccid pedals that are too high up in the footwell. You’ll need plenty of leg extension to operate them, but that compromises your reach onto the pleasantly slim steering wheel. You become used to it, but that’s not the same as the driving position being fundamentally right from the outset. Taller drivers: try before you buy. Or invest in some cushions. On the inside Layout, finish and space If there’s a slight anti-climax to the Insignia Grand Sport’s cabin, it’s because the simplified, higher-quality welcome is now familiar from the unrecognisably improved Astra. The approach is the same: fit higher quality soft-touch materials and more convincing metallic trim around a layout that swaps a shotgun blast of plastic toggles for a touchscreen, and rationalised controls. It’s a successful swap. How’s this for common sense – part of the touchscreen bezel works as a shelf to rest your hand on, making selection of menu items easier on the move. In the back, headroom is adequate, but not spectacular, but there’s legroom for adults behind adults and a generous rear door aperture. Leather is included on top-spec cars, and 79 per cent of all trim levels have sat-nav. All get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, however, no sat-nav is never more than a smartphone away. Active safety systems abound too, with all models benefitting from autonomous emergency braking, a far-too-sensitive frontal collision alert, a distance readout to the car in front and lane departure warning and steering intervention. As a result, a five star safety rating from Euro NCAP has been secured. And yet, prices are down around £1,500 per model versus the old car. Which brings us to the nitty-gritty of ‘owning’, really… Owning Running costs and reliability Prices for the Insignia Grand Sport start at £17,115, and rise to £26,455 for the 255bhp 2.0-litre petrol with all-wheel drive. Expect to see that on ‘Depreciation’s Biggest Hitters’ any day now. However, the heartland 1.6 diesels are where the battleground really is, and on that front, Vauxhall has come out fighting, claiming ownership costs undercut an equivalent Skoda Superb by £600, and a similar VW Passat by as much as £1,296. Meanwhile, kit levels are obviously more generous as standard than the premium players, while optional 20-inch alloys, head-up display, electrically adjustable heated seats and auto-adaptive LED lights with a 400m-gaze mean the available toys aren’t embarrassed by BMW or Mercedes either. Important, when those brands eat more into the Insignia’s territory than the once-mighty Ford Mondeo, these days. So, a quick run down of the specs to watch our for. Vauxhall says the most popular Insignia Grand Sport will be the 1.6 diesel SRI Nav which starts at £21,080, but has mooted the more premium pretensions of the new car may tempt customers to opt for 2.0-litre power this time around. You can have this engine with either 109bhp or 134bhp, while the 2.0-litre gets 168bhp. Either way, you’re saddled with the old six-speed automatic (optionally) rather than the new eight-speeder, or the clunky six-speed manual as standard. The most frugal version is the 1.6-litre Turbo D ecoTEC, capable of 70.6mpg and 105g/km on the NEDC test. And should you want to arrive for your middle-management conference early, you’ll need the 32.8mpg, 197g/km-emitting 258bhp petrol iteration. Vauxhall is yet to time how quick it is off the mark, but with economy that poor, it’s bound to shift… Verdict Final thoughts and pick of the range Ticks every cost-effective box, and much more refined than before. Still tricky to be enthusiastic about, though Overall, it’s a pleasant, easy-going car that majors on ease of use rather than anything particularly memorable. It’s more comfortable to cruise in than its predecessor, and certainly far quieter, both in wind and road noise. The 2.0-litre diesel, the only variant we’ve so far tried, is hushed up well enough to create a few headaches for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class too. But there’s nothing for anyone who’s actually interested in cars here. The Insignia is a car designed to hit the right numbers, by and for people for whom nothing else but box-ticking transport matters. So, versus the old car, it’s a vastly improved object. And on the cost front, it’s got rivals seemingly beaten all ends up on paper. Whether or not it’ll be as satisfying to live with, or if it wins in a back to back test, we’ll know when we’ve driven more variants. TopGear
  14. Mokka X

    There are many good mini-SUVs on the market. The Mokka isn’t one of them. We advise a trip to a Skoda dealership. Overview What is it? Vauxhall’s first foray into the mini-SUV market, one currently dominated by the Skoda Yeti and Nissan’s Juke and Qashqai. The Mokka falls somewhere between the latter two in terms of size, and serves up a high-riding driving position and styling optimistically described as ‘chunky’. Like the Qashqai, it’s available in two- and four-wheel drive, the latter offering enough off-road performance to conquer a muddy field or two, which we suspect will be about the extent of the Mokka’s non-tarmac follies. There’s an entry-level 1.6-litre petrol, a fizzier 1.4-litre turbo petrol and a single diesel offering: Vauxhall’s familiar 1.7-litre CDTi developing 130bhp. Driving What is it like on the road? Pack earmuffs. By modern standards the Mokka is freakishly noisy on the move, suffering from wind noise, road noise and grumbly engines. The 1.4 petrol is a sight quieter – and livelier – than the diesel, but still hardly whisper-hushed. Maybe we just had a couple of bad ‘uns, but we’d advise taking the Mokka out for a proper motorway blast to see if you can actually hear anything at 70mph before committing to purchase. Even if your ears can handle the assault, the Mokka still doesn’t provide much fun in the handling department, riding clunkily even on modestly sized wheels and failing to deliver the honest, drive-it-on-the-doorhandles charm of the Yeti. All this comes with a proviso: Vauxhall says it’s rushed through upgrades for UK cars that cure these gripes. We shall see. On the inside Layout, finish and space This is the Mokka’s only real trump card. Despite splitting Juke and Qashqai for size, interior space is far closer to the latter, with decent headroom and legroom in the back for even full-sized humans. That’s good news for buyers, as they expect extra practicality from cars of this type, but the sector doesn’t always deliver it (witness the boot in the Nissan Juke, for example). The interior will be familiar to anyone who’s driven an Astra recently: solid and functional, but - beyond a couple of swoopy bits of dash - hardly ambitious for a car marketing itself as funky lifestyle thing. Surely that’s a missed opportunity, Vauxhall? There is a decent array of big-car optional extras, at least. Owning Running costs and reliability It’s not as cheap as it should be. Prices start at £15,995 for the mealy-mouthed 1.6-litre petrol, rising to over £18,000 for even the basest 1.4 turbo. At least the engines are passably economical: a real-world 50mpg-plus is easily achievable from the 1.7 CDTi diesel, which emits a healthy 120g/km of CO2 in eco-guise, and the 1.4T petrol can officially average nearly 45mpg – that’s better than the yawning 1.6. Just avoid base Tech Line trim. Exclusiv is the one to go for, as it comes with the must-haves missing on the cheaper car. But must you, when a Skoda Yeti does so much more? Verdict Final thoughts and pick of the range "Nice-looking Vauxhall mini-MPV has a neat interior and that's about it. Can't hold a candle to a Yeti" Our choice from the range This is the one we'd pick... News : TopGear
  15. Opel Crossland X

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