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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.Read the entire article 2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer now available as taxis straight from the factory
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
Opel’s bid to throw away its sluggish image in Germany is finally working, so says marketing chief Tina Mueller. No thanks to bad publicity brought by job cuts and the shutdown of its Bochum site, Opel has seen its brand image dive down. But Opel is now capturing back the hearts of German consumers thanks to a major marketing campaign as well as new models like the Adam minicar and Mokka SUV.
She remarked that while bad publicity over job cuts failed to affect the brand in other markets in Europe, owning an Opel car in Germany had become a social stigma. She also partly attributed the growing dislike for Opel vehicles to an aging product lineup in the past.
She remarked that the Opel brand became “an invisible wall in the heads of customers,” with people saying that while the car is super, they wouldn’t drive an Opel. To patch up Opel’s tattered brand image, Mueller launched a marketing campaign called “Umparken im Kopf,” which roughly means “change parking spots in your head.”Read the entire article Opel gaining headway in casting away tarnished image in Germany
Back in September, Opel launched the Adam S at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Today, the manufacturer announced that the 2015 Opel Adam S will be priced from 18,690 euros including 19% VAT in Germany. If you still don’t know, the Adam S is powered by 1.4-liter Turbo Ecotec petrol engine that delivers 150 hp (110 kW) and 220 Nm of torque.
The engine pushes the small pocket rocket from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.5 seconds, while top speed is 200 km/h (124 mph). Fuel consumption is also impressive, just 6.4 l/100 km. When it comes to design, the Adam S arrives with a new front lip spoiler, side sills, a rear roof spoiler and 17-inch wheels.
As an option, the manufacturer offers 18-inch wheels, which hid the large OPC S brakes. What’s more interesting is that the small hot hatch is available with a choice of 10 exterior colours and four roof combinations available with the “Red ‘n’ Roll” roof design, reserved exclusively for this model.Read the entire article 2015 Opel Adam S priced from 18,690 euros in Germany
The 2015 Opel Corsa E will make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show but today, the German manufacturer announced the pricing for its latest entry. As a result, the entry-level Corsa E will start at 11,980 euros and we are talking about the three-door bodystyle with a 1.2-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine delivering 70 hp (51 kW).
If you want the new 1.0-liter EcoTec Direct Injection Turbo petrol engine with 90 hp (66 kW) as well as 170 Nm of torque, you have to pay 14,480 euros for the three-door version and 15,230 euros for the five-door version.
Opel also offers a more powerful version of the 1.0-liter EcoTec petrol engine, which delivers 115 hp (85 kW). Fitted with Start/Stop technology as standard, the 90 hp version of the 1.0-liter engine needs just 4.3 liters of gasoline to travel 100 km in the combined cycle.Read the entire article 2015 Opel Corsa E gets a starting price of 11,980 euros in Germany
Opel has inked a collective labor agreement with workers at its German sites in Ruesselsheim, Kaiserslautern and Eisenach. The agreement indicates smoother relations between Opel management and its workforce, who have previously fought over the methods of returning the General Motors unit to profitability by 2015.
"For the company and its employees this is an important step toward securing our future," Ulrich Schumacher, Opel's head of personnel, said in a statement. Around 7,150 workers man Opel’s three sites in German. As part of the deal signed Thursday, Opel's management vowed: to provide the Ruesselsheim site an additional model to build; to continue building the Corsa and Adam models in Eisenach; and to continue producing components in Kaiserslautern.
The General Motors unit is set to shut down its Bochum site by the end of 2014. GM's CEO Mary Barra last week urged Opel's employees to accelerate the brand's turnaround, saying that the US carmaker was committed to supporting its European unit.Read the entire article Opel inks collective labor agreement with German workers
Opel will shut down its Bochum plant in Germany earlier than planned after the site’s employees rejected a deal that would have resulted to saving over a third of the factory’s jobs. According to Opel, production of the Zafira Tourer minivan – the only model built by the Bochum plant – will be terminated by the end of 2014.
General Motors Co.'s European unit reached an agreement with national union leaders in February 2013 to continue production at the Bochum plant until 2016, and have part of the site remain open to serve as a parts and logistics center. Such a move would have saved around 1,200 of the site’s more than 3,000 jobs.
According to the IG Metall union, a vote on the offer resulted to 76% of employees rejecting it, a turnout of almost 70%. Knut Giesler, the regional head of IG Metall, remarked that he sees the results as a clear no-confidence vote for the management of Opel. He quipped, “too many mistakes, too many false promises for eight years."Read the entire article Opel to close Bochum factory in Germany by end of 2014, as workers reject deal
The top labor leader of money-losing Opel is confident that a deal with be reached with the automaker’s management with regards to the jobs in Germany by Christmas. Opel works council Chairman Wolfgang Schaefer-Klug also said that plans for General Motors' European unit will not be affected by the decision made by Ford Motor Co. to shut down three factories and cull 5,700 jobs in Europe.
Schaefer-Klug added that there will be cuts to be made at Opel but that they will not be as severe as with Ford. It’s expected that in the next two years, mass-market automakers Ford, Opel, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Fiat anticipate huge losses in Europe. The auto demand in Europe is predicted to fall to its lowest levels in almost two decades amid the agonizing economic reforms in the region.
GM recently reported a third-quarter loss of $478 million, compared to a loss of $292 million for the same period the previous year. GM now expects total losses this year in Europe of between $1.5 billion to $1.8 billion.Read the entire article Opel labor leader confident that a deal on German jobs will be reached
After having survived a very bad sales drought in Germany, Opel is now preparing to increase its market share to over 10% with the aid of new models like the Mokka SUV and Adam minicar, according to Imelda Labbe, Opel’s sales chief for Germany. Opel is General Motors' European unit. Labbe said that with the upcoming models, Opel will be able to enter new segments, enabling it to increase its market share by more than 10% in the mid to long term.
Opel needs to achieve higher sales. The KBA federal transport agency said that Opel’s registrations have fallen by 11% in May to slightly higher than 23,000 in a total market that dropped by 4.8%.
The five-month registrations have fallen by almost 10% to 96,400. Labbe thinks that the downward trend has come to a stop. He said that May was a “good month” with an increase in market share to 7.9%.Read the entire article Opel aims to increase its market share to over 10% in Germany
Opel/Vauxhall denied reports by German media that hundreds of employees at the company’s engineering center in Ruesselsheim, Germany, are at risk of losing their jobs. The Spiegel magazine and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, both German publications, said that jobs are at risk on plans to transfer development of the next Zafira minivan to General Motors Co.’s new partner, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, in France.
Opel chief executive Karl-Friedrich Stracke gave assurances that its employees at the Ruesselsheim engineering center will not lose their jobs due to the GM-PSA alliance. In a statement, Stracke said the plan to transfer the Zafira development was part of the agreement between parent company GM and PSA to cooperate in several areas including product development.
Stracke remarked that any decision made on the split of common projects will not affect the jobs in the engineering center in Ruesselsheim, adding that the nature of the GM-PSA alliance is a balanced one.Read the entire article Opel dismisses reports of job cuts being planned at German plant
Opel is considering shifting some production of its Astra compact car to Poland from one of its plants in Germany, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports, citing source privy to the works council and labor unions. According to the report, Opel is planning to shift an annual production of 10,000 Astra cars from its Ruesselsheim factory in Germany to Gliwice site in southern Poland.
Opel currently builds 30,000 Astra cars annually, as well as the Insignia mid-sized model, Ruesselsheim. With the transfer, Opel would effectively reduce the capacity of the Ruesselsheim plant to 20,000 cars annually. Opel is under heavy pressure from parent General Motors Co. to reduce costs and excess capacity to cope with falling sales and massive losses in Europe.
GM’s European units, which consist of the Opel and Vauxhall brands, posted $747 million in losses before interest and tax in 2011. In the first quarter, Opel/Vauxhall car sales dipped 15.8 percent to 227,590 in the countries that are members of the European Union and the European Free Trade Association, according to industry body ACEA.Read the entire article Opel may move production of Astra from Germany to Poland
Opel intends to slash hundreds of jobs in product engineering in Germany, according to an internal letter obtained by Automotive News Europe and drawn up by the IG Metall union. Specifically, the company will cut at most 1,420 product engineering posts at its international technical development facility in Ruesselsheim, near Frankfurt.
The reduction come as parent company General Motors Co. pushes its European subsidiary to cut costs even more to make sure that the money-losing unit returns to profitability despite the European market going on a recession.
However, a spokesperson for Opel informed ANE that the figure disclosed by IG Metall is "factually wrong and excessively high" because the numbers include those who are not on the company's payroll such as employees of service providers and supplier staff.Read the entire article Opel to reduce product engineering positions in German facility
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is asking General Motors Co. to clarify reports that it was thinking of putting Opel up for sale again. Last Friday, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said that the chancellor empathizes with Opel workers who are feeling insecure due to rumors like this.
Sources inside GM told Reuters that at this junction, no formal sales process has started for GM’s European arm.
There have also been reports that GM CEO Daniel Akerson is studying options for the European unit because it is frustrated with Opel's inability to become profitable once again.Read the entire article German Chancellor Angela Merkel asks GM to clarify reports regarding Opel sale
The head of General Motors Co.’s works council told German newspaper Rheinische Post that 1,200 jobs at its Opel plant in Bochum, Germany, will be cut and that workers will be notified on May 1, 2011.
Rainer Einenkel told the newspaper that Opel had previously planned to slash the Bochum workforce by 1,800 posts through voluntary departures but only 600 accepted the proposal, adding that such move resulted in GM ''asking me seriously to approve'' the firing of 1,200 workers. GM had sought to reduce staff voluntarily by offering severance payments and helping to find other employment.
Opel, GM’s European unit, is now offering some workers the possibility of relocating to its Ruesselsheim plant, where there are 300 vacant positions, together with cash incentives of up to EUR25,000 ($35,481). An Opel spokesman told the newspaper that talks on the subject were ongoing with personnel and employee representatives.Read the entire article Opel to cut 1,200 jobs at its Bochum plant in Germany
From South Korea, development of the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Antara will be transferred to Opel's Ruesselsheim headquarters. Production of the compact SUV will also be moved to Germany.
In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Opel/Vauxhall sales and marketing boss Alain Visser said that the Antara’s successor, which will arrive in the market in 2014-2015, will be based on Opel’s global compact architecture for the first time.
He said that the technical development center in Ruesselsheim is tasked to develop the successor to make sure that the Antara successor will be “a very true Opel."Read the entire article Development of next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Antara moved to Germany
Opel/Vauxhall will design a successor to the Calibra, a two-door that was very popular in the 1990s. Recently, Ford announced that the Capri will be revived as a Focus-based coupé, making it a highly exciting year indeed for the carmaker. GM Europe chief Nick Reilly, who is also the overall boss of Vauxhall and Opel, has the last word on what gets the go signal for production.
In an interview with Auto Express, Reilly simply said, “I believe we should have one, so we will have one.” Reilly said that the inspiration is the GTC (Gran Turismo Concept) coupé displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007, saying that it will be “exactly this type of car.” He said that the concept has gone on to become the Insignia, which is anticipated to become the basis for the new sports machine.
The GTC had been equipped with a 2.8-litre V6 turbo and the VXR version of the production car could build on the 320bhp of the hottest Insignia to produce a lower-priced version of Audi’s S5 coupé.Read the entire article Opel to revive Calibra coupe, GM Europe chief Nick Reilly confirms
General Motors Co. said in a statement that its German unit, Opel, kept a promise to its union by applying to change its legal form back to a stock corporation from its current limited liability designation.
The move allows employees share in the Company's future profits and gives Opel management board more work on key decisions regarding its products.
The change satisfies a demand by the union, which agreed to EUR265 million ($353 million) in annual wage saving in part as GM promised to change Opel to an Aktiengesellschaft (AG in German) from a Gesellschaft mit beschraenkter Haftung (GmbH in German).Read the entire article Opel applying to change its legal form back to a stock corporation, keeps promise to unions
Opel’s works council chief said that if not for German co-management rights and the board-level influence of employee representatives, it’s likely that Opel would have gone bankrupt and left the market.
According to Klaus Franz, deputy chairman of Opel's supervisory board, employee representatives were fighting for more than keeping jobs and maintaining job security after Opel parent General Motors Co. chose not to sell the automaker and sister UK brand Vauxhall to a consortium led by Magna International Inc.
Actually, the works council members also pushed for upcoming products such as the Junior minicar and a new Opel convertible.Read the entire article Opel would have disappeared if the unions didn’t exist, labor boss Franz says
In Rita Forst’s role as chief engineer at General Motors Co.'s unprofitable Opel brand, she is advocating the bridging of a cultural gap between the US and Germany to overhaul the European model lineup.
Whether it’s her role as executive at the powertrain unit or heading GM's diesel engine development center in Turin, Italy, she has always made it a point to set up exchanges between employees of different nationalities.
She said that working in a globalized environment will only succeed if each knows, accepts and adapts to various cultures. Forst, the only female chief engineer at a major carmaker, was tasked in January to develop models for GM's European unit to stop customers from moving to rivals such as Volkswagen AG.Read the entire article Opel chief engineer belted out German drinking songs to loosen people up
Opel/Vauxhall won’t be teaming up with Suzuki Motor Corp. as it builds a new Agila small minivan, according to its head of sales and marketing Alain Visser.
In an interview at the Geneva Motor Show, Visser said that the existing contract with Suzuki will expire pretty soon and that while Suzuki now has “different plans,” it will continue to work with Suzuki on the current Agila.
Speculations that the partnership would end had spread ever since Volkswagen AG agreed in December to buy a 20% stake in Suzuki Motor Corp. Suzuki and Opel cooperate in the production of the Agila and its sister model, the Suzuki Splash.Read the entire article Opel will build its new Agila without Suzuki
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