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New Opel Grandland X SUV gets the OPC treatment

The new and improved Opel Grandland X is out, and this large SUV is something the European market did not know they would need. Now measuring at 14.7 feet (4.48 meters) in length, the three-row Grandland X fits five passengers comfortably and has a total cargo capacity of 18 cubic-feet (514 liters). The question now is if there will be a performance variant.

X-Tomi Design artists have come up with an OPC (Opel Performance Center) variant for the Grandland X SUV - something a lot of us wouldn’t expect. And it looks pretty good. You might remember OPC from the Astra to the Insignia. It has a bolder face with its distinctive grille and new vents. It comes with a signature OPC-designed wheels wrapped with metal sheet. Overall, the body has been lowered significantly. Equipped with the new Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps, the SUV ensures a more comfortable drive in the dark with brighter driving light and cornering light.

The Grandland X stands for adventure, independence, and abundance - with technology that makes it safe and fun. Karl Thomas Neumann, Opel CEO says that they will ensure that the SUV gets an “I want it” factor.

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Newest member of Opel X family is introduced – the Grandland X compact SUV

German carmaker Opel – now a part of the PSA Group – is introducing its newest X model that will compete in the compact class (C-segment). The new 2018 Opel Grandland X marks another installment of the carmaker’s “7 in 17” product offensive this year.

The introduction of the new Opel Grandland X follows the official reveal of the Opel Crossland X at the Geneva Motor Motor Show in March. It is the third member of the carmaker’s Opel X family, next to Crossland X and Mokka X. However, since it competes in the C-segment, it is around 20 centimeters longer than the Crossland X and Mokka X. Opel is bound to officially reveal the Grandland X at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2017. Despite revealing the looks and features of the Grandland X, Opel has yet to unfurl complete details of the compact utility vehicle, and it intends to do that in Frankfurt, Germany.

The positioning of the new Opel Grandland X actually makes it a real rival to the Peugeot 3008. Interestingly, the Opel Grandland X shares its underpinnings with the Peugeot 3008, thanks mainly to a collaboration agreement signed between Opel and the PSA Group in 2012. Nonetheless, the Opel Grandland X looks nothing like the Peugeot 3008. It is also laden with a wide array of new features and equipment that you would expect from a new Opel offering.

Read the entire article Newest member of Opel X family is introduced – the Grandland X compact SUV

PSA-Opel marriage sets out to conquer the world

PSA seems very confident about conquering the world. The purchase of Opel/Vauxhall for €2.2 billion ($2.3B) from General Motors makes PSA the second largest car company, just behind the Volkswagen Group, but taking over Renault-Nissan’s spot.

Jean-Philippe Peugeot, a family shareholder of PSA, said that they have already discussed a potential acquisition of Opel back in 2012, as early as when the General Motors made a deal with the French company. However, it was not the right time for the marriage of both companies so they waited until this year to announce their plan to the public. He also added in his interview with a German newspaper that PSA wants to go global in the coming years. Thus, the goal was set to “conquer the rest of the world step by step”.

The acquisition includes: Opel/Vauxhall’s automotive operations, the brands they carry, assembly and component manufacturing facilities, an engineering center in Deutschland, and all their employees. Now that Opel is part of the PSA group. It is a big help for the company’s plan to achieve important economies of scale, and this means manufacturing at least three million cars for a core market. Robert Peugeot (Chairman of the PSA Group’s strategy committee) further explained himself and said that “all large carmakers have a volume of three million cars in one important market.

Read the entire article PSA-Opel marriage sets out to conquer the world

Opel begins production of 2017 Insignia Grand Sport

We can already smell success for Opel, even if it had only recently inked its marriage with the PSA Group. The Insignia, being one of Opel’s best selling cars of all time and having sold at least 940,000 units to date, will soon have a second-generation model out in the market.

The 2017 Insignia Grand Sport, one of the latest cars developed under General Motors, has finally started its production at the factory in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The assembly plant was updated with an investment of over €500 million ($540 million), allowing for the start of production of the sedan and wagon variants of the model.

The very first unit that was produced was a Grand Sport, painted white, and equipped with a turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine that can yield 170 horsepower. There’s a lot of pressure on this car as it has to live up to its predecessor, or better yet, prove that it is a better version of the original. It has big shoes to fill. After all, the first generation was crowned 2009 European Car of the Year.

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When it was announced in January, the Opel Crossland X was seen as an actual rival to the Renault Captur and the Peugeot 2008. Yet, the Opel Crossland X (Vauxhall Crossland X for its United Kingdom-bound version) shares its underpinnings with the Peugeot 2008, thanks to a collaboration agreement inked between Opel and the PSA Group in 2012.

In a twist of fate, the new Opel Crossland X will be a part of the PSA Group – a result of the impending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall by the French carmaker from General Motors. PSA’s acquisition of Opel from GM was very big news, and thanks to that, a lot of attention has been given to the new model that would mark a new beginning for the would-be larger French company. Following the footsteps of its Opel siblings, the new Opel Crossland X is now bound to enter the sub-compact crossover market, and it is slightly cheaper than the Peugeot 2008. In fact, the new Opel Crossland X could now be availed in Germany at a starting price of €16,850 (RRP including VAT in Germany).

Interested customers may choose to power their Crossland X with any of the three 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engines or any of the two 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel mills. The three 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engines include a unit delivering 60 kW (81 hp) of max output; a turbocharged mill providing 81 kW (110 hp) in output and 205 Nm of peak torque; and a turbocharged powerplant generating 96 kW (130 hp) of output and 230 Nm of torque.

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Crossland X is now on sale in Germany with starting price of €16,850

Now, it has been signed. Discussions over the possible acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors by the PSA Group have finally reached a conclusion. The parties, including international banking group BNP, have finally inked an agreement in which GM is selling both its automotive and financial operations in Europe for a whopping EUR2.2 billion (around $2.33 billion).

According to the terms of the agreement, PSA will be acquiring Opel and Vauxhall – GM’s automotive operations in Europe – for EUR1.3 billion (around $1.38 billion). PSA and BNP Paribas are forming a 50-50 joint venture to acquire the European operations of GM Financial at 0.8 times of its pro forma book value or around EUR900 million (around $953 million). Thus, the transaction – the sale of Opel/Vauxhall automotive operations and GM Financial’s entire European operations – has a total value of EUR2.2 billion.

PSA’s share of the entire transaction -- Opel/Vauxhall and half of GM Financial’s European operations – will cost the French group around EUR1.75 billion (around $1.85 billion). BNP Paribas’ share of the transaction – 50 percent GM Financial’s European operations – will cost the banking group around EUR450 million (around $476 million).

Read the entire article PSA Group inks deal to acquire Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors

Opel revealed it has sweetened the pot for 2017 Insignia Grand Sport customers with the Opel Exclusive program. Through this program, the brand hopes to introduce a wide selection of colors that will clearly highlight the already elegant style.

However, it is not just about having colors to choose from as Opel wants to ensure that the second-generation Insignia customers will be able to stand apart from the rest. As such, Opel is offering an “unlimited range” of colors that are all based on the preference and style of the customer. This option though is not free and will come with additional cost.

Three finishes will be made available with the first one being the metallic finish which allows more incident light to be shown. The second is tri-coat finish which gives the vehicle a smoother look. Finally there is the pearl finish which makes use of a fine layer of crystals that are then embedded to the finish to give it a more natural shine.

Read the entire article Opel offers 'unlimited' color choices in Exclusive program for 2017 Insignia Grand Sport

It looks like Opel/Vauxhall will have a new owner soon. This comes as the PSA Group and General Motors are currently holding talks over the possibility of GM selling its Opel unit to the French carmaker.

The discussions were first reported by Reuters and Bloomberg News, citing sources. In a recent statement, GM confirmed that the two carmakers are exploring several strategic initiatives with the objective of improving profitability as well as operational efficiency. GM added that the discussions included a potential acquisition of Opel Vauxhall by the PSA Group. GM also noted that the carmakers have been in alliance since 2012, with the partnership covering three projects in Europe.

Selling Opel to the PSA Group wouldn’t be an easy thing to do for GM. There are quite a number of financial, industrial and political considerations that needed to be factored in. That said, both GM and PSA could also earn some benefits from such transaction.

Read the entire article GM confirms holding talks to sell Opel to the PSA Group

Opel is getting ready to launch its second generation Insignia Grand Sport this coming month. To heat things up, the German automaker has already released some specs and images of the new Insignia Sports Tourer (along with its Vauxhall and Holden versions) prior to the upcoming premiere at 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

If anything, it will be an exciting debut since the Sports Tourer is bigger, bolder and lighter than the outgoing sedan. At this early, the new generation Insignia Grand Sport is already seen among other brands like the Skoda Superb Estate, Audi Q5 and Ford Mondeo. But these are just to name a few. Overall, car buyers looking for a big estate wagon for the family will have more choices other than the more expensive Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the BMW 2017 5-Series Touring.

Using GM’s global architecture, there are quite a few changes to help draw the line between the previous sedan and the new estate model. First, the size. The estate has grown bigger considering its 4,986 mm exterior dimension has gained an additional 73mm. Also, an extra 92 mm has been added down to its 2,829 millimeter wheelbase. As for the cargo capacity, the Sports Tourer now offers 100 liters more boot space while its overall weight has shed off at least 440 lbs. ---making it 200 kilograms lighter as compared with previous generation model.

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer revealed online before its premiere

We know how majority of concept vehicles only serve as the basis for upcoming designs and technologies. Some are several years away from the possibility of turning into reality. But have you at least thought about one amazing concept supercar and the endless possibilities it could bring in real life? Well, it would be good if the top players in the automotive industry focuses on turning their concepts into production models, thus, bringing the future a little bit closer. Maybe something from General Motors for a change?

The fact is, most companies only build one-off concept cars to showcase on annual automotive events. On the other hand, many concept artists are already aiming for Porches and Ferraris when rendering futuristic designs for high performance cars. But in case General Motors for instance happens to consider, say, an Opel supercar, we think we’ve found the right tandem.

An Opel Inspira Concept as designed by Insch Design and Sergey Rabchik from Belarus is probably the best front-engined supercar out there. Rendered only last August, the bodywork is highly futuristic as we can see from its aerodynamic fins that replaces the usual side mirrors. It also has this big set of wheels and LED tail lights with slim design that are more than enough to catch serious attention from fellow motorists.

Read the entire article Inspira Concept: An Opel supercar with an impressive design

After seeing spy shots only last year, what we thought was the new Meriva MPV turned out to be something else entirely. Opel welcomes the new Crossland X, its newest addition to the X lineup that also represents the company’s bestselling Mokka X SUV. Placed under the European B-segment, Opel’s latest crossover will be the new replacement to the Meriva model.

For safer and more pleasurable driving experience, the Crossland X is offered with the latest assistance and safety technologies such as Opel’s Side Blind Spot, Speed Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Drowsiness warning and Automatic Emergency Braking system. Drivers can also make use of its Forward Collision alert with pedestrian detection technology as well as the Advanced Park Assist for better convenience and safety.

Unfortunately, there are no exact details yet about its engine range. What we only know is that the Crossland X will come in different types of engine including gasoline, diesel and LPG as well as a choice between automatic and manual transmissions. But then, further details will surely come out before its official debut this coming March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show.

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Crossland X replaces Meriva in the B segment

The 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport, one of the newest members of the all- wheel drive set-up, is set to hit the roads this winter. Opel’s latest flagship model has yet to have its official public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But it seems the introduction of an all-wheel drive system will stir up excitement even more.

Having been introduced late last year, its engineers were quick enough to install a GKN Twinster AWD into the midsize sedan. Instead of placing a differential, Opel used a newly developed AWD arrangement with rear drive module and dual clutch system altogether.

Even so, the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport with all-wheel- drive is just as beautiful as its front wheel drive counterpart. At least now, you have more choices of variants to choose from. This new model is also a great alternative if you’re considering other AWD vehicles just like Ford Mondeo’s intelligent all-wheel drive as well as Volkswagen Passat’s 4MOTION technology.

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport now with AWD and torque vectoring

When Vauxhall-Opel unveiled its rear-wheel drive GT Concept at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, it became an instant star, with auto journalists even praising the study for its overall design. However, whether Opel would be able to bring the GT Concept coupe into production remains a big question, as the carmaker seems to be stuck in the planning phase.

According to the Vauxhall-Opel chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann, the carmaker really wants to build the GT Concept, but hasn’t decided yet on the approach to take. He added that Vauxhall-Opel is not reviewing different directions that could be taken with regards to the GT Concept. However, the company needs to be fast, since – as it believes – the GT Concept’s design appeal could only last for two more years.

Neumann disclosed that the main problem lies with the platform that would underpin the production version of the GT Concept. As a rear-wheel drive model, the production version GT Concept has to be underpinned by a rear-wheel drive platform. It has to be since if the production version has to retain the elegant proportions of the concept. But there is a problem. As Neumann admitted after the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Vauxhall-Opel has no rear-wheel drive platform.

Read the entire article Opel still on the planning stages for the production version of GT Concept

While Opel has earlier updated the Insignia Grand Sport with a much wider wheelbase and new engine line-ups, X-Tomi on the other hand has got something more interesting to show us.

As expected, a very handsome concept has been rendered for the new Opel Insignia Grand Sport. Proposed by X-Tomi Design, the Insignia Grand Sport OPC has additional features that differ from the regular sedan.

If only we could have it our way, we would love to see the rendering artist’s “performance version” in real life. To start off, X-Tomi’s redesigned front grille with bigger vents on the lower bumper gives the sedan a more powerful look. There is obviously an improved low centre of gravity with the new side skirts in place.

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport OPC gets rendered, looks amazing

Just a few short moments after it unveiled the new Insignia Grand Sport, GM is up for another astonishing revelation. Apparently, the 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport will be getting a new V6 engine version for Australia. So let’s all welcome the new generation Holden Commodore for the land down under!

Blame it on the different time zones. Others have thought that Holden was the first to reveal their V6. Whatever the case may be, we think both are sure winners. Hyped as the “most advanced Commodore” yet, Australia’s rebadged Insignia Grand Sport will be powered by a 308 hp V6 3.6 litre naturally aspirated engine with up to 273 lb-ft of torque.

In that case, there may be a slight difference from the current Commodore’s engine specs. The new version gets an additional 27hp and 15 pounds feet of torque aside from the standard AWD layout and GM’s first ever 9-speed AT gearbox.

Read the entire article 2018 Holden Commodore comes with a V6 just like its Insignia Grand Sport

Nearly a decade after Opel and sister brand Vauxhall introduced the Insignia large family car, these companies are now getting ready to unveil the second generation of this offering from General Motors. The second generation Insignia – now dubbed as the Insignia Grand Sport -- boasts of a new design marked by elegant lines and best-in-class aerodynamics as underpinned by a new platform and loaded with new systems and technologies.

For now, Germany-based Opel and United Kingdom-exclusive Vauxhall have only released images of the new Insignia, and the second generation model is no less than awesome. Full details will likely be disclosed when the new Insignia Grand Sport is formally unveiled to the global public at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Some details, however, have been released together with the official images of the Insignia Grand Sport.

Derived from the 2013 Monza Concept, the new Insignia Grand Sport is as long as the first generation Insignia. However, thanks to a wheelbase that is 92 mm (3.6 inches) longer, the Insignia Grand Sport offers more legroom for those sitting in the rear cabin. However, the Insignia Grand Sport looks sleeker and more imposing than its predecessor, simply because its track has been widened by 11 mm (0.4 inches) and its roof has been lowered by 29 mm (1.1 inches).

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport impresses with new elegant design, technologies

2017 Opel Insignia model will come with 16 LEDs for each side of the headlamps. That’s about double the number of light-emitting diodes being offered in the Astra if you can just imagine. The IntelliLux LED headlamp (initially came with 8 LEDs) was introduced in the Astra K production model in the previous year. For the second generation Opel Insignia, a total of 32 diodes will be available with the latest optional matrix.

Like the Astra, the adaptive LED will self-adjust to the surroundings. That way, the light beam’s range and light distribution will suit the current traffic condition. This highly advanced lighting technology doesn’t need help when switching to different modes of traffic. It doesn’t matter when you’re out on the highway, on a country road or just cruising around town. Night-time driving will seem like a morning drive with the matrix headlamp’s latest functions. Plus, you don’t have to worry about dazzling other motorists with these bright new headlights, as it knows what to do.

The optional matrix LED was initially visualised in the Opel Monza Concept. That was almost three years ago. The 2017 Opel Insignia has better illuminating effects as it can go as far as 1,312 feet. It is more intuitive in a way that it can adjust the intensity of light coming from the high beam according to the angle of the steering wheel. This would significantly improve visibility when taking turns at the corner.

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia will arrive with IntelliLux LED headlights, boasts twice the number of LEDs in Astra

Opel has revealed that it is preparing to upgrade its line-up and it is expected to start with the Crossland X and six other models. Much like the Mokka, the upgraded model will continue to end with the “X” in its name. This ensures that it will be part of the brand’s crossover program.

Opel has scheduled the official debut of this model in the early part of 2017. Through the Crossland X, the Germany-based automaker believes that this will start the move to crossovers that offer more space and are more athletic. In simple terms, Opel hopes that the Crossland X will be the larger alternative for the Mokka.

In addition to the Crossland X, Opel hopes that at next year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, it will present its newest compact crossover. This will be sold at the same time as the Zafira, a model that Opel created while working with PSA. Since the Zafira is considered as the Peugeot 3008’s sibling, it will have the same look with the difference being that it carries Opel badges. The other models that will be part of the upgrades include the new Insignia and even the three body variants, cross-country, estate, and sedan, of the Country Tourer, Grand Sport, and Sports Tourer.

Read the entire article Opel confirms new Crossland X crossover

Opel revealed that the 2017 Insignia Grand Sport has entered the final stage of development. While the brand continues to hide this five-door sedan from prying eyes, there is no doubt that the new model brings with it a unique greatness. Since this new model utilizes a new architecture, the proportions have been changed resulting in the new Grand Sport having an appearance that is not only more striking but sportier as well.

The track for example is now wider by 1 centimeter and when paired with the roofline being lowered by 3 centimeters, Opel’s new flagship acquires a more spirited presence. Meanwhile, even if the overhangs, for both the front and the rear, were made shorter, by making the wheelbase longer by at least 9 centimeters, the overall result is that the new Grand Sport is longer when compared to the previous version by 5.5 centimeters.

However, the athleticism of the Grand Sport is all for show and it offers some practical benefits as well. The engineering team made sure that it would not only have lower weight but be space efficient as well. Thus through the use of an optimized packaging, it made it possible for the interior to offer ample space in addition to having a wide selection of excellent technologies. In terms of weight, the use of lightweight materials resulted in the Grand Sport being lower by 175 kilograms.

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport announced, shows up in 'official' spy shots

The new 2016 Opel Astra has been hailed "Car of the Year (COTY) 2016" as it has received 309 points from a competent jury of 58 automotive journalists coming from 22 European countries. The Volvo XC90 and the Mazda MX-5 lagged behind the Opel Astra with 294 and 202 points respectively.

Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann received the award presented by COTY President Hakan Matson on the first press day of the most-awaited 86th Geneva International Motor Show. The Opel Astra emerged victorious from seven finalists and over 40 contenders from various car segments.

According to Neumann, the Opel Astra signifies a new era for Opel and its victory indicates that things are going well for the company, saying that receiving such recognition is an honor. In its past eight editions, three Opel vehicles have won the prestigious award.

Read the entire article Opel Astra is named 2016 Car of the Year at Geneva Motor Show

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