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2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer now available as taxis straight from the factory

Taxi commuters in Europe may find themselves getting comfortable in Opel flagship estates – the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer. Yes, the German carmaker now part of the PSA Group is offering its flagship estates as a taxi unit for operators across Europe.

Both the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer have been proven to deliver a spacious and comfortable ride, with the benefit of added elegance and practicality. Now as taxi units, the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer will offer the same high level of passenger comfort and cargo practicality that taxi companies could take advantage of.

Opel is offering the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer as ex-works products. They are joining the carmaker’s ex-work taxi portfolio, which already include the flexible six-passenger Opel Zafira and the large Opel Vivaro van. As ex-work vehicles, the taxi versions of the Insignia Sports Tourer and the Insignia Country Tourer are already modified according to the specs of customer companies before they are picked up.

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German residents can now return their diesel-powered BMW, free of charge

Certain cities in Germany have been pushing to ban  diesel-powered vehicles. And to help ease the fears of people who currently own diesel based engines in Germany, particularly BMW, the automaker decided to offer a helpful solution.

According to statistics, more people are getting rid of their diesel vehicles to opt for a more environmentally friendly car. And in response to this, the automaker attempted to offer their customers something they could not resist, they call this the “diesel return promise”.

Basically, owners of diesel vehicles will be able to return their diesel car to the company. This will start as early as this week in Germany. At the same time, those who lease a new diesel engined BMW may return the vehicle, if driving restrictions on diesel cars are introduced in a nearby city that’s within 62 miles of where they live.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS is priced from €68,127, set to start selling in Germany this March

Mercedes-Benz has officially released the pricing details of the new 2019 CLS. The base variant is the CLS 350d 4Matic that’s equipped with the inline-six rated engine and comes with a displacement of 2,925 cc and an output of 286 hp with maximum torque measured at 443 lb.-ft. This has been priced at $80,176 (€68,127.50) for the German market.

Much like the base model, the CLS 400d 4Matic is fitted with the same diesel engine although it has been tuned to offer more power at 340 hp having peak torque of 516 lb.-ft. Acceleration from 0 to 62 mph is at 5.0 seconds, faster than the 5.7 seconds offered by the CLS 350d 4Matic. The CLS 400d 4Matic is priced beginning at $85,330 (€72,507.70).

Those who want a petrol-powered version can choose the CLS 450 4Matic with is equipped with a 3.0-liter engine. Maximum output is 367 hp with top torque of 369 lb.-ft. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. Mercedes-Benz has given this model a starting price of $83,445 (€70,906.15).

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VW T6 Multivan sales are halted in Germany due to high nitrogen oxide emissions

It has only been a few days since Oliver Schmidt, former Volkswagen executive, was handed a maximum possible sentence by US District Judge Sean Cox. He will have to spend seven years in prison and pay a fine of $400,000. And on December 8, Volkswagen has again been put on the spot. The German automaker urgently had to stop their sales of the T6 Multivan in Germany because it was discovered that the van emits way more nitrogen oxide than what is allowed by local emissions limits.

Der Spiegel magazine said that the findings have already been reported to the KBA, Germany’s motor transport authority. This had been quoted by Automotive News.

What happened is that Volkswagen set the “adjustment factor” too low when they submitted documents to the KBA to have the T6 Multivan’s sales approved, says the German publication. To defend their name, a Volkswagen spokesperson from the commercial vehicle division said that incorrect engine management software is ruled out as a possible reason for these uncertainties.

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BMW recently announced that the long awaited 2018 BMW M5 (F90) finally goes into production. The M5 is also known as the German automaker’s most powerful production high performance sedan in history. We saw it a couple of months ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show when it made it public reveal.

Apart from being the most powerful production vehicle by BMW, it was announced to be the most expensive M5 ever, earlier this week with a starting price of $102,600, plus an extra $995 destination and handling fee. That makes it $8,500 more expensive than the outgoing model. After months of waiting, BMW confirmed that the 2018 M5’s mass production has started at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Southern Bavaria.

Without a doubt, the very first batch of BMW M5s will be delivered to customers in Europe when it first rolls off the line. But United States customers should not take too long until they get their hands on the F90 generation of the sedan. If everything goes as planned during the production process, deliveries should begin by March 2018 to countries including Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. BMW also plans to beat the previous generation’s production record of about 20,000 units.

Read the entire article BMW starts production of new M5 (F90) at its Dingolfing, Bavaria plant

Good news for current and future Audi owners, as taking your car to the dealership for its regular maintenance won’t mean that you have to take a day off from work anymore. The automaker has just launched a new 24/7 digital service station that they named the Audi Service Station. You are probably wondering how this works. Basically, customers will simply have to drop off their cars for service and pick them up anytime they are free.

Okay, that may not sound new to you as some automakers already provide after-hours drop off box for keys. Simultaneously, they accept payment over the phone and lock keys in the car when the service is done. So you can pick up your car as long as you have an extra key fob.

But with Audi’s Service Station, it is much more convenient. That is because the service station is not just about servicing the cars. It’s also perfect when you require a loaner car, or when you drop by the service station which has a long queue on your lunch break. How does it work? The new service center is like a huge vending machine or an ATM that acts like a computerized service advisor.

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After a somewhat successful fray into the automotive market in China, the resurrected German automobile brand Borgward is finally heading to Europe, bringing along with it the Borgward BX7 sports utility vehicle.

Borgward’s first stop is Germany, where it plans to start sales of its BX7 SUV in the first quarter of 2018. Commencing sales in Germany would signal its homecoming in Europe. The company was founded in 1929 by Carl Borgward. However, Borgward ceased to exist in 1961 when it was forced into liquidation by its creditors. In 2008, the company was revived by the founder’s grandson, Christian Borgward, with some investment from China. The carmaker unveiled its first car since 1961 – the BX7 and its sporty TS version – at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Since then, Borgward has concentrated its sales efforts in China. Now, the carmaker is fully intent into re-launching the brand in Europe, starting with Germany. As disclosed to Auto Express by Tom Anliker, Borgward’s Vice President for marketing, the Borgward BX7 is just the first step of the European re-launch, and it will be followed by its smaller sibling –a right-hand drive version of the BX-5 compact SUV. The company also plans to offer the Borgward BX5 in the United Kingdom.

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Despite being less powerful than its predecessor, the latest Opel Insignia GSi proved it can run quicker by twelve seconds at the Green Hell. While not everyone was expecting this from the new sedan’s 260hp (193kW) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque, the new GSi proved itself to be much lighter and a more performance-focused version of the former OPC variant.

The new Opel Insignia GSi offers an updated version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine which is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and runs with an all-wheel drive system. To test its performance, Opel brought the sports sedan to Nurburgring with the help of Volker Strycek, a former DTM racecar driver and Director at Performance Cars and Motor Sport.

The result was beyond exceptional after the new GSi was able to outperform the old OPC variant on the tracks. It is rather unfortunate that Opel had not provided an official lap time but being 12 seconds faster is nonetheless pretty impressive and very promising.

Read the entire article 2018 Opel Insignia GSi beats outgoing OPC version at Nurburgring

Potential customers in Hamburg, Germany who want to a good look at one of Bugatti’s prized offerings could now do so at the French super sports car brand’s latest showroom in the city. Bugatti Hamburg is now opened with a new showroom design and with a new Bugatti Chiron in tow.

Located at 222 Weg beim Jager or just near the Hamburg airport, Bugatti Hamburg is an exclusive outlet that the super sports car maker has established along with sales partner, Kamps in Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG. Hamburg Bugatti is the carmaker’s fourth dealership in Germany featuring the new showroom design and the 12th in Europe. It is one of Bugatti’s 34 dealerships in 17 countries around the world. Kamps in Hamburg GmbH has been an official dealer partner of Bugatti since 2009.

While Bugatti Hamburg only has a floor space of almost 100 square meters, the vehicle in display is certainly not ordinary. A brand new Bugatti Chiron in silver finish is the main attraction of the Hamburg showroom, and is currently the centerpiece of the luxury brand’s product offensive. Aside from the Chiron display, the new Bugatti Hamburg showroom also features a heritage section dedicated to the Bugatti brand values of “Art, Forme, Technique” with three wall-mounted steles expressing each of them.

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Earlier this week, Opel introduced us to their new biturbo four-cylinder 2.0 liter diesel engine which is already being used in the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer that was unveiled on September 7. At 4,000 rpm, it has the exact same output of 210 horsepower (154 kilowatts) an and a pretty generous maximum torque of 354 pound-feet (480 Newton-metres) attainable at 1,500 rpm.

The two-stage turbocharging diesel engine in the sporty midsize wagon from Opel can let the Insignia sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in just 7.9 seconds before continuing to its top speed of 144 miles per hour (231 kilometers per hour).

If a powerful torque isn’t what you look for in a car, and instead prefer a smoother ride, you can always opt for the 2.0-liter gasoline engine from the hatchback revealed back in July, as this will also be available in the Sports Tourer. This engine has as much as 260 horsepower (191 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-metres) of torque. Not only does this make the Sport Tourer a much faster car as it can now complete the sprint in 7.5 seconds, but it will now achieve a top speed of 152 miles per hour (245 kilometers per hour).

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Several days ahead of its world debut, Opel throws in a surprise by adding a new range–topping biturbo diesel as part of Insignia’s 2nd generation lineup. The 210 hp (154kW) 2.0-liter biturbo diesel variant, which will come paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive system will be sharing the stage with Opel Insignia’s GSi and Grandland X compact crossover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show this coming week.

The Euro-spec 2.0 biturbo diesel version should be able to take off at 0-60mph (0-100km/h) in 7.9 seconds before hitting a top speed of 145mph (233km/h). Offered within the entire range of Insignia variants such as the Country Tourer, Sports Tourer and Grand Sport, the newest addition to the diesel range should be ready for taking orders any day now as it is slated for production shortly after the premiere.

Opel places the 2.0 biturbo at the top of the line, meaning it’s also more expensive while offering more benefits than the single turbocharger. The two-stage turbocharging technology or BiTurbo provides better output and lower fuel consumption as compared to the existing 125kW/170PS 2.0-liter diesel unit. The Biturbo version packs a powerful output of 154kW/210hp at 4000 rounds per minute and 480 Newton Meters of torque from 1500 rpm. Other than the Insignia model range, Opel’s biturbo diesel is being offered with the Movano midsize van, the Vivaro minibus and the Astra C-segment model line.

Read the entire article Frankfurt: 2018 Opel Insignia receives new 2.0 Biturbo diesel

Emissions, emissions, emissions. We have been hearing a lot about this issue lately, and we know that automakers dread it too, as it is the worst thing that could happen right now for their business.

This time, the victim of emissions would be Mercedes-Benz and now they have to halt the production of their E350d in Germany. This is because they have to implement some changes to the 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel so it produces less NOx emissions. The company's plan is too fit in a selective catalytic reduction system with more surface area, maximizing the company's AdBlue after-treatment fluid, but Mercedes will still inject the same amount of AdBlue in the system.

Autocar said that it will take a few weeks for Mercedes to do the engine tweaks. Currently, the 3.0 liter V6 produces 258 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 457 pound feet (620 Newton metres) of torque. The company makes it clear that the only affected engines are the ones on sale in the market since May.

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Now under PSA, German carmaker Opel will make its presence ultimately felt at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Barely three weeks before the 67th International Frankfurt Motor Show starts, Opel already disclosed its lineup of new vehicles that will make their world debut in Frankfurt.

According to Opel, its presence in the Frankfurt Motor Show will be marked by unveiling new offerings that will signify the brand’s new credo “The future is everyone’s.” These vehicles include: the Opel Grandland X sports utility vehicle; the Opel Insignia GSi sporty limousine or station wagon; the Opel Insignia Country Tourer rugged all-rounder; the Opel Vivaro Tourer passenger van; and another version of the Vivaro space shuttle. These new vehicles would be displayed at the Opel Stand D09 in Hall 8.0 of Messe Frankfurt.

Opel hopes to capture a chunk of the booming SUV market with the new Opel Grandland X. Measuring just 4.48 meters and being impressively equipped, the new Grandland X will be the third member of the Opel X, competing in the compact SUV segment. Designed to comfortably accommodate up to five people, the Grandland X would feature an off-road appearance, an elevated seating position, and good all-round visibility as well as be fitted with a host of top technologies that includes Advanced Park Assist, Automatic Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Alert, and the 360-degree camera. It also features Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) LED headlamps and the optional electronic IntelliGrip traction for best traction and stable handling on snow, mud, sand or wet surfaces.

Read the entire article Opel to unveil Insignia GSi plus four other models at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Incentives of up to EUR10,000 can be had by Audi customers who are willing to trade-in their older diesel vehicles to new Audi units that are compliant with the Euro 6 standard. This comes as Audi offers enticing trade-in incentives to clients owning diesel cars compliant only with emission standards Euro 1 through Euro 4.

Audi’s delicious trade-in bonuses come as the premium carmaker, along with other German carmakers, agreed to a series of environmental measures with the government of Germany, which are all aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from diesel vehicles by the end of 2018.These German carmakers were also urged to employ self-financed competitive measures to provide incentives for the shift from pre-Euro-5 diesel vehicles. As for Audi, its program was created to help accelerate the replacement of older diesel vehicles with modern and more eco-friendly cars.

In compliance with recent National Diesel Forum, Audi is offering incentives to all drivers of diesel cars with the emission standards Euro 1 through Euro 4, regardless of the model or brand, as long as the customer trades in for an Audi vehicle. Attractive conditions are also being offered for customers who are changing over to a late-model used Audi. Financed by Audi AG, these incentives are granted directly through the Audi dealerships, with customers not needing to make separate applications. The incentive offer is only available through December 31, 2017.

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On July 19, Mark Adams, Opel Design’s Vice President announced that the GSi badge will be returning to one of their current models. Initially, you would think that it would be an Astra GSi. But the company unexpectedly revealed that it would be an Insignia GSi, which looks even sharper and sportier than it already is as the standard model. The company has also released a teaser photo of the car dressed in red.

The GSi variant is not an all-out performance variant. However, it does come with a handful of upgrades ranging from the design, suspension, brakes, to the interior. On the outside, the five-door GSi looks significantly different from the standard model with the new bumpers with larger intakes, a set of 20-inch wheels, stylish rear spoiler, red brake calipers, and a sportier side skirt.

2018 Opel Insignia GSi’s cabin will be equipped with state-of-the-art sports seats that will ensure support and comfort over long distance driving, according to Opel. Similar with the range topping model of the standard Insignia, the GSi’s front seats offer ventilation, heating and massage functions, as well as adjustable side bolsters. Customers can customize the interior with the choice of two exclusive leather upholsteries, with the GSi emblem of course.

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Have you been wondering how much you have to produce to acquire a 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Facelift? Wonder no more, as Mercedes-Benz has already divulged the pricing – at least in Germany -- of the latest iteration of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which underwent a mid-cycle facelift for the 2018 model year.

Mercedes-Benz has now opened its order books for the new 2018 S-Class. Interested customers could choose from four versions: S350d, S400d, S560, and S63. All of these versions are 4Matic models, which mean that they are all-wheel drive premium vehicles.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the 2018 S-Class Facelift could be purchased for a little as EUR88,446.75 in Germany, and that goes for the Mercedes-Benz S 350 d 4Matic, which is powered by a 2,925-cc inline-six diesel engine that develops 286 hp (210 kW) of max output and 600 Nm of peak torque. For those who wanted to avail of the long-wheelbase version, they need to cough out EUR91,719.25. All are recommended retail prices in Germany and include 19-percent VAT.

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Facelift is now available in Germany for as low as EUR88,446.75

People who want to learn more about the automotive industry and its history can always head out to Germany. This is because not only is it where many of the world’s leading auto brands are based, but it is also where one can visit the best when it comes to museums decided to the automotive world.

With the opening of the Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey, it adds a new reason to visit Germany. Dedicated mainly to the Japanese automaker, it is also the first such collection of models to be displayed outside Japan. The museum is in Augsburg, Bavaria, and is seen as an excellent location as it is between Munich and Stuttgart. For the uninitiated, Munich is currently where BMW is headquartered with Stuttgart serving as the home not only of Porsche but even for Mercedes.

In addition, the location of the museum is about four hours from Oberursel, Augsburg, which is the same area where Mazda’s Research & Development center is based. Oberursel is also where you can find Auto Frey, which not only sells Peugeots but is considered to be the largest Mazda dealer in Europe. Augsburg is also five hours away from Leverkusen, where the European headquarters of Mazda is located. For the museum itself, it was made possible through a joint venture entered into by Mazda and the family that owns Auto Frey. The latter in particular also loaned a number of models from its private collection to the museum.

Read the entire article Mazda Classic Car Museum by Auto Frey opens doors in Germany

How would it look if you turn an Opel Insignia into a fire truck? Well, not really a truck, but with the livery of one. Recently, photos of the wagon have surfaced online, and it looks like it is about to report for duty.

No doubt the Insignia is one of the hottest mid-sized wagons out in the market right now, and it’s looking extra fiery with its new livery. If you are interested to see this model in person, it is displayed at the 2017 RETTmobil rescue and mobility exhibition in Fulda, Germany until Friday, 12th May. And the Insignia isn’t the only once copping a fire department uniform, as the Vivaro is on display as well wearing a similar outfit.

Opel gave the Insignia a bit of an upgrade here and there, but it doesn’t look way different from the production version. To complete the firefighting look, Opel had to add LED front flashers to the wagon, as well as a signal system to ensure that the public notices its presence. Inside the spare tire well, you’ll find a house radio and other firefighting equipment, in replacement of the spare tire that was originally there.

Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer looks hot and is ready to report for duty for fire department

In time for the official market launch of the new generation E63 and E63 S models, pricing for Mercedes-AMG’s E63 Estate Edition 1 has also been announced in Germany. Let’s just say the equivalent price in US dollars comes at approximately $152,575.

For starters, the standard E63 wagon boasts a 0-62 acceleration under 3.6 seconds and a top speed reaching 155mph (250 kilometers per hour). With 571hp (420kW) and 553 lb-ft (750Nm) of torque under the hood, the entry level variant can be had for the price of 112,907 euros. Clearly there’s nothing “ordinary” about its performance.

Next, the E63 S comes with a starting price of € 124,688. With its mightier engine, the Mercedes E63 S can deliver a much more powerful 612hp (450kW) and 627 lb-ft (850Nm) torque than the standard version. Even more impressive is the output that has enough punch to push the vehicle by tenth of a second before topping off at 155mph (250kph).

Read the entire article 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 Estate Edition 1 comes with record-breaking price of 139,980 euros

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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