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Opel/Vauxhall’s new minicar to make its debut in early 2013

The city car segment will soon receive a new entry – the Junior – from Vauxhall/Opel, General Motors Co.’s European unit, according to an Autocar report. Set to go on sale in early 2013, the Junior is expected to rival the MINI and the Fiat 500.

The Autocar report refers to Vauxhall but it’s believed to apply to Opel too. So far, no disguised Juniors have been spied but the model is said to be in the late development stages.

Opel and Vauxhall have a formidable task ahead of them as MINI and the Fiat 500 have a cult status aside from offering premium quality and having the support of an impressive marketing scheme and heritage.

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Opel will discontinue sales of Adam, Karl and Cascada by end of 2019

By the start of the new decade, customers won't be able to buy a new Opel Adam. Opel Karl and Opel Cascada won't also be available. This is because Opel will stop selling the Adam and Karl city cars as well as the Cascada compact convertible starting 2020 as the carmaker shifts its focus and comply with future emissions regulations.

According to Opel, it will not replace the current iterations of the Adam, Karl and Cascada when they reach the end of their life cycles. However, the Adam, Karl and Cascada will still be sold until the end of 2019. That gives customers planning to acquire any of these to-be-ditched models more than a year to make their plans a reality. Opel said the decision was meant to help the carmaker comply with future carbon dioxide emissions guidelines and to help it shift its focus to high volume segments.

This decision to discontinue the Adam, Karl and Cascada forms part of greater scheme at Opel -- the PACE! Plan. This PACE! Plan is essentially a new product offensive meant to meet the needs of customers while ensuring compliance with the stiff carbon dioxide guidelines that will take effect in 2020.

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Opel GT X Experimental Concept previews new theme and face of its next-gen model

After teasing last month a brand new concept that would preview its next generation models, Opel has finally lifted the veil off its newest study – the new Opel GT X Experimental Concept. Essentially a five-door all-electric compact sports utility vehicle with the charm of a coupe, the Opel GT X Experimental Concept provides a glimpse on how will the carmaker’s future models will look like.

Opel chose a compact SUV to represent its vision for its future vehicles as SUVs are currently the hottest-selling units on the market. Underpinned by a lightweight architecture, the Opel GT X Experimental Concept has dimensions of 4,063 mm in length, 1,830 mm in width and 1,528 mm in height (including antenna), with 2,625 mm of wheelbase.

Staying faithful to the promise of the PACE! plan to offer an electrified version of each Opel model by 2024, the new GT X Experimental is designed as a fully electric compact SUV powered by a 50 kWh compact next-gen lithium-ion battery that can be charged with inductive charging. In terms of autonomous driving technology, the GT X Experimental offers Level 3 functions. This means that the concept can drive itself on all aspect, but the driver has to intervene when requested to.

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2018 Opel Grandland X gets PSA’s new 1.5 liter diesel

The Opel Grandland X indeed has French roots, but we know that it also has taken some German lessons, especially now that Opel is positioned underneath PSA’s umbrella. Without a surprise, people from Rüsselsheim had just made an announcement regarding this.

Grandland X will now be powered by a 1.5 liter four cylinder turbodiesel that can be ordered from Peugeot 3008-based Grandland X, giving an output of 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts) and a maximum torque of 300 Newton metres (221 pound feet) which can be accessed from 1,750 rpm.

This engine could be paired with either of the two transmissions: a standard six speed manual transmission, that lets it burn 4.1 to 4.2 liters per 100 kilometers in the combined cycle, or an eight speed automatic transmission that burns a little less, at 3.9 to 4.0 liters for every 100 kilometers. The PSA-sourced mill now replaces the former 1.6 liter diesel, which offered less power (120 horsepower / 88 kilowatts), and used up more fuel (by 4 percent) too.

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After Opel’s launch of the Insignia GSi last year in a liftback and a wagon body styles, Opel is ready to add the “GSi” badge on the Corsa. This will probably be the last variant for the current generation of the supermini, and the hot hatch version will have a three door body style to make it stand out from the lesser models of the range. Standard features that it will get include larger air vents, a honeycomb front grille, red brake calipers, a chrome exhaust tip, and a new set of 18 inch wheels.

The Opel Corsa GSi’s main highlight will be the Sport chassis that it borrowed from the hardcore OPC version that makes the hatchback feel more nimble around the corners. It had also been equipped with a beefier roof mounted spoiler that will boast the model’s visual appearance, while also generating extra downforce to keep the car close to the road when it is going fast.

At this moment, the automaker has not shared photos of the car’s interior cabin, but we do know that customers will be given the possibility to upgrade to Recaro seats if they are willing to spend a little more. There is also a leather wrapped sports steering wheel, as well as the leather wrapped sporty gearshift knob. An aluminum sport pedal set finishes off the upgrades in the Corsa OPC’s cabin.

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Several days ago, Citroën took the wraps off their all new family car, the Berlingo in the digital world. And now, its brother from Rüsselsheim has just unveiled what they describe as the family’s best friend. And that is the 2018 Opel Combo Life. The reason why it was given that nickname is because it features a spacious cabin that fits every member of the family (even your dogs), while having a high level of flexibility too.

In fact, customers who intend to purchase this vehicle will appreciate that it can come with either five or seven seats, one or two rear sliding doors, and a choice between a short (4.40 meters) and a longer (4.75 meters) version of it - this explains its flexibility.

The Combo Life is actually perfect for those of you who are not fond of the Berlingo’s eccentric style elements, as the former looks more conservative when looking at the exterior design. If you choose the shorter version, this will give you a cargo capacity of 597 liters beginning from the top of the back seat.

Read the entire article Family-oriented 2018 Opel Combo Life scores high on storage and safety tech

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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Have you been thinking of getting your hands on a Grandland X crossover, but you hesitate because it isn’t powerful enough for you? Well, you always have the option to head to an aftermarket tuner to have it modified or you can opt for Opel’s new solution. You could get the flagship 2.0 liter diesel in the model’s engine lineup, paired exclusively with an eight-speed automatic gearbox for a price of €37,320.

Let us get into its major details. First of all, the new trim is able to generate 177 horsepower (130 kilowatts) at 3,750 rpm, as well as a peak torque of 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-metres) at low 2,000 rpm. So far, it acts as the automaker’s most powerful engine available for the Grandland X. For the sake of comparison, it has 47 horsepower (35 kilowatts) more than the current Grandland X with the 1.2 liter turbo gasoline unit that carries out 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts) and 169 pound-feet (230 Newton metres) of torque. That should be enough power to give the freedom-loving crossover all the power it needs.

If you are a speed lover, like many of us are, this upgrade should keep you satisfied. It can do the 0-62 mile per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) sprint in 9.1 seconds. But as an SUV owner, what you would really prioritize is the maximum trailer load, and this model can carry up to two tons. When it comes to efficiency, the NEDC measured that the vehicles need about 4.8 to 4.9 liters for every 100 kilometers (48-49 miles per gallon) on average, combined with corresponding CO2 emissions of 126-128 grams CO2 per kilometer.

Read the entire article 2018 Opel Grandland X now gets a new range-topping diesel model, Ultimate trim

You can now get the Opel Crossland X that’s LPG-powered if you are not a fan of diesel. Recently, the company released their version of the Peugeot 2008 equipped with a 1.2 liter three-cylinder engine running on liquified petroleum gas, that is hooked to a five-speed manual gearbox only.

This version enables it to carry out 81 horsepower (60 kilowatts) and is marketed to budget-conscious buyers who want to save money on gas. The Rüsselsheim- based company, who is also part of the PSA Group, did not give any information regarding the crossover’s performance, but we do think that it is going to be exciting to try an overtake cars with its tiny engine.

But that’s not the main feature of this vehicle. What matters more with the LPG-compatible car is its fuel efficiency. To give you some numbers, the Opel Crossland X will be needing 8.4 liters in the city, 6.0 liter extra-urban, and 6.9 liter combined in the LPG mode. On the other hand, it will consume 6.8 liters in the city, 4.5 liters extra-urban, and 5.4 liters combined on gasoline mode - that is with CO2 emissions of 123 grams per 100 kilometers.

Read the entire article An LPG-powered Opel Crossland X is now available

Opel tuning specialist Irmscher Automobilbau GmbH and Co.KG are now offering body and tuning kits for the brand’s latest crossover lineup. The package consists of a new front grille with a minimalistic approach. Customers can also avail this without Opel’s signature badge along the middle which they can have either with carbon fiber or chrome accents.

Included too are the new side steps that are offered with two choices of finish whether matte black or stainless steel polish. Irmscher also brings to its customers a stainless steel rear protector, a new set of 20 inch alloys with twisted spoke design while the 17-inch to 19-inch wheels come with several different styles.

The German tuning company is not only good at enhancing the Grandland X’s exterior but it can also do wonders to its performance as well. The tuning kit it provides an additional 25hp (19kW) output on both diesel and gas engines. Irmscher can adjust the ride height by at least 30mm or 1.2 inches down for those who want their crossovers to look a little bit closer to the ground.

Read the entire article Irmscher-tuned Opel Grandland X receives subtle upgrades and 25 hp boost

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

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.

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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

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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Earlier this year, German automaker Opel revealed their largest SUV to date, the Grandland X as it made its debut online. The SUV, a European exclusive, comes in a sophisticated new look and shares some of its genes with the Peugeot 3008.

Having said that, the Opel has pretty impressive measurements of 14.7 feet (4.48 meters) with a cargo space of 18 cubic-feet (514 liters) to fit all your extra large luggage. That’s very close to the Peugeot’s 18.3 cubic-feet (520 liter) cargo capacity and its length of 14.5 feet (4.42 metres). With these specs, you're probably expecting a hefty price tag that comes with it. The good news is that the Opel Grandland X actually costs less than its Peugeot counterpart, with a starting price of €23,700 (£20,890) including VAT versus the €25,995 (£22,910) Peugeot.

That price comes with a 1.2 liter turbocharged gas engine that can carry out 130 horsepower (96 kilowatts) and 169 pound-feet (230 Newton-metres) of torque. If you are not keen on getting a gasoline engine, you can opt for the 1.6 liter diesel option producing 120 horsepower (88 kW), and 221 pound-feet (300 Nm) of torque for a starting price of €26,500 (£23,335). But if neither of those options are up to your liking, then that is not a problem as Opel is developing a variant that has "more power" that should be out in the market soon.

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In today’s world, a lot of people are making money with the use of social media, through blogs, YouTube vlogs, and Instagram posts as they get paid by billion-dollar companies. Yes, people make a huge amount of money from this, but it takes work too - and I mean tons of time and effort, and followers of course.

So, speaking of YouTube videos, a guy named Yuri Schuurkes is the first person to buy an Opel Astra with the money he earned solely from the video-sharing website. You’ll probably ask how he did that so quickly. Here it goes, he joined an ongoing campaign called “Pay by View” which lets anyone upload a video with an attempt to gain a number of views. The more views you get, the more chance you’ll get to win one of the six prizes, with three of those being cars. Not a bad contest to join, huh?

It can’t just be any video you wish to upload though. Like any other contests, there are requirements they have to fulfill before their video gets qualified. In this case, participants are meant to produce a video that shows them taking one of the Opel Online Editions for a test drive. So what Yuri Schuurkes decided to do was to dress up as Spiderman, how timely as Spiderman: Homecoming is scheduled for release early next month. Anyway, so dressed up in a superhero outfit, the guy managed to reach a 922,800 view count, which gave him the privilege to take home a car worth €23,070 ($25,800) - a brand new Astra five-door hatchback. He first uploaded the video on May 7, and as of today, he has reached up to 1.3 million views - thanks to Spidey!

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Everyone in the world probably knows how Pope Francis prefers simple living. Thus, it would be impossible to see the Pope in luxury and opulent models. As such, his holiness generally prefers to be in a Fiat 500L or a Renault 4.

Currently, the Vatican has disclosed that it is implementing plans to be the first ever country in the world to be CO2-free. It is important then to make the shift to electric models or ones that are powered with renewable energy.

Opel's latest gift to the Pope falls in line with the overall ambition of the Vatican. The brand gave him the keys to the latest Opel Ampera-e and this was presented to the Pope by CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann himself. This was at the sidelines of the "Laudato Sì: the Sustainability of Communication and Innovation" conference. The conference was attended by various entrepreneurs, experts, institutions, and opinion leaders. The objective of the conference was to discuss certain issues related to environmental sustainability and hopefully answer questions when it comes to what the future of mobility is. At the same conference, the brand, Vatican, and Enel, an energy company based in Italy, made a commitment to develop a sustainable mobility program for this all important city state.

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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

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.

Read the entire article New Opel Grandland X SUV gets the OPC treatment