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Labor unrest grows at Opel over output plans for Corsa and Karl

Opel, a European unit of American carmaker General Motors, is facing a labor conflict in Germany over production plans for the Corsa subcompact and the Karl minicar, according to a report by Bilanz business magazine. Opel’s unions are mad on plans to build the Karl and the Vauxhall Viva at a capacity-extended GM site in South Korea, instead of an underused plant in Germany.

The unions are also worried that Opel would build the sixth-generation Corsa entirely at a GM's site in Zaragoza, Spain, Bilanz said. Opel currently builds the Corsa both in Zaragosa and in Eisenach, Germany.

They are worried that Opel would skip Eisenach for the project since the site has no press shot. Workers at the German site are claiming that the Spanish plant is already producing more Corsas than agreed, the report said.

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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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2018 Opel Corsa GSi now has a sport chassis from OPC variant

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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2015 Opel Corsa E OPC unveiled with 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and 207 hp

This is it folks, the all-new 2015 Opel Corsa E OPC/Vauxhall Corsa E VXR were officially unveiled and were confirmed for the Geneva Motor Show. As expected, the models are powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine that produces 207 hp (152 kW) and 245 Nm of torque between 1,900 and 5,800 rpm, while an additional 35 Nm are available with the overboost functionality.

Power it transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and the Corsa OPC/VXR is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds, while top speed is 230 km/h or 142 mph. Despite these impressive performances, the hot hatch has a fuel consumption of 7.5 l/100 km/h or 37.7 mpg, while CO2 emissions are 174 g/km.

Compared with the standard Corsa E, the OPC/VXR versions are 10 mm closer to the ground, while the chassis features the new Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology that enables the damping forces to adapt to the frequency of the vehicle. Stopping power is ensured by the 308 mm braking discs on the front axle.

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Opel is planning to offer an electric version of the Karl minicar by end of 2018, according to a report by Autobild magazine. The Karl EV will be able to travel around 150 km (93 miles) before needing to recharge its battery. There have been reports suggesting that the Karl EV might feature a number of aerodynamic styling tweaks like a new front fascia with revised headlights.

Deliveries of the new Karl hatchback – the conventional version – will commence in June 2015. It will also be sold in the United Kingdom by sister brand Vauxhall rebadged as the Viva, replacing the Agila minicar its new entry-level model.

In July 2014, Opel announced plans for a development of an electric vehicle to replace the Ampera a plug-in hybrid that is derived from on the Chevrolet Volt. Opel decided to stop sales of the Ampera after the plug-in hybrid failed to gain satisfactory sales.

Read the entire article Opel to offer Karl EV version by end of 2018

The new Opel Karl entry-level car will have starting price of just EUR9,500 ($11,100), including sales tax. The pricing is aimed at winning over European customers of the Chevrolet brand General Motors has decided to stop offering in most markets in the region Europe by the end of the year.

The Karl, which will be sold as Viva by sister brand Vauxhall in the United Kingdom, will replace the Agila as Opel’s new entry-level model. According to the brand, Karl will feature safety and driver systems usually not found in minicars like lane departure warning, a reversing assistant, as well as heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

Opel chief executive Karl-Thomas Neumann said in a statement that the Karl is the ideal car for buyers who are not only price-conscious but also seeks comfort, fuel efficiency and modern technology. While the Karl is slightly shorter than the Adam (3,680mm vs. 3,700mm), it offers a more spacious interior and could carry one more passenger.

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Opel has just unveiled its all-new Karl, a small vehicle that promises to offer space for up to five people and which will be available for less than 10,000 euros. If you don’t know, the vehicle’s name pays homage to the son company’s founder Adam Opel and the name Karl reflects its strengths.

When it comes to design, the Opel Karl follows the same design philosophy seen on the Adam and the new Corsa E, featuring the typical Opel smile as well as the signature ‘blade’ body side on the doors.

The large headlights and taillights add to the vibrant appearance. Meanwhile, the stylish and roomy interior as well as the driver-focused cockpit will provide the driver and passenger with a feeling of quality. The Opel IntelliLink infotainment system will allow the passengers to integrate their Apple iOS and Android devices and bring their smartphone world into the car.

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Opel/Vauxhall plans to roll out a budget minicar in Europe in 2015 in a bid to capture customers of sister brand Chevrolet. General Motors will stop selling Chevrolet vehicles in Europe by the end of 2015 after the brand failed to gain track in terms sales in the region. As a result, GM will focus its efforts on Opel in Europe.

Opel/Vauxhall will start selling the five-door minicar – badged as Opel Karl in mainland Europe and as the Vauxhall Viva in the United Kingdom – at a base tag of EUR10,000 ($12,926). It will be slightly smaller than the Opel Adam minicar and shorter than the Opel Corsa subcompact.

The Karl/Viva will be underpinned by the same platform that underpins the next-generation Chevrolet Spark, a source at Opel/Vauxhall told Reuters. It will be powered by a three-cylinder 1.0-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine.

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We wrote about the Opel Corsa E OPC back in July, when we revealed you the fact that it will arrive next year with a brand new design. Still, it appears that the 2015 Corsa E OPC is ready and it is already produced. Two models have been spotted after they rolled off the factory line, wearing the well-known Blue Flash colour created for its OPC department.

As you can see from the photos, the vehicle has a brand new design and comes with stylish front bumper with satin grey inserts but what’s more interesting is that the hood features a air scoop. We still don’t know if this is only a design feature or is functional and delivers more air to the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine.

Moreover, at the rear there is a new roof spoiler, as well as a bumper fitted with an air diffuser, while the central exhaust system was ditched in favor of a new one featuring two chromed tailpipes. In addition, new bi-color alloy wheels were added.

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Yesterday we revealed you the fact that Vauxhall is planning a new vehicle called Viva, which will roll out next summer. What’s more interesting is that its sister model from Opel will not carry the same name, in fact it will be called Karl. That’s right folks, the 2015 Opel Karl was officially hit the dealerships next summer.

If the Viva brought an iconic name back, the Karl pays homage to one of Adam Opel’s sons. Opel Adam turned Opel into the largest bicycle manufacturer while his sons Carl, Wilhelm and Friedrich started the automobile adventure in 1898.

The new Opel Karl will not be a large vehicle as it will have a length of 3.68 meters, while the Adam is 3.70 m long and the Corsa E measures about 4 meters.

Read the entire article 2015 Opel Karl is company’s new entry-level model

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

Earlier this month Opel unveiled the all-new 2015 Corsa E, a model that showed up with a new design inspired by the smaller Adam. Besides the new design, the 2015 Corsa E also revealed its 1.0-liter three-cylinder Ecotec Direct Injection Turbo engine that is available in two output configurations, delivering 90 hp (66 kW) and 115 hp (85 kW) as well as 170 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm.

Still, there are lots of customers waiting for the OPC version of the brand new Corsa. This new model will arrive in 2015 and will be powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that will generate around 200 hp.

As a result, it will be capable to achieve a top speed of over 225 km/h (140 mph). Those who don’t know, its predecessor was powered by the same engine that delivered 192 hp and was capable to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds, while top speed was 225 km/h or 140 mph.

Read the entire article Opel Corsa E OPC will debut in 2015, receive the 1.6-liter engine with 200 hp

This is it folks, the fifth-generation Opel/Vauxhall Corsa became official today showing a new design inspired by the smaller Adam. Set to make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the 2015 Opel/Vauxhall Corsa E will be rolling off the assembly lines in Zaragoza and Eisenach before the end of the year.

As we said, the 2015 Corsa E comes with a new design inspired by the smaller Adam and is design is characterized by the ‘wing’ shaped headlights, a low sporty trapezoidal grille and the ‘wing’ LED daytime running lights.

The sides feature company’s typical dynamic blade body signature, while at the rear we find the wide horizontal split taillights. The interior was overhauled too and features elongated shapes as well as a mix of sophisticated materials.

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[UPDATE: 2015 Opel Corsa E made its official debut, read all about it here! ] - Opel will probably unveil the 2015 Corsa at the 2014 Paris Motor Show but until the official debut, the German manufacturer decided to reveal some “official” spy shots with its brand new car. In addition, Opel also revealed several details of the fifth-generation Corsa, which is currently doing some fine-tuning tests.

So, for the 2015MY, the Corsa E comes with a new-generation 1.0-liter Ecotec petrol engine bolted to a new six-speed manual transmission, but also with a newly developed chassis and tuned steering.

The Corsa prototypes tested by Opel engineers are powered by the new 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo engine that develops 115 hp (85 kW) and feature both Sport and Comfort chassis.

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Opel will commence kit production of its Corsa subcompact car in Belarus for sale in Russia and nearby markets. Opel, along with joint-venture partner Unison JSC, plans to assemble 7,000 cars in 2014 at Unison's Minsk site in Belarus. The partners will assemble the Corsa subcompact from semi-knockdown kits sourced from Opel's site in Germany and Spain.

Assembling vehicles in this manner allows carmakers to skirt import duties without incurring much costs. The Belarus site will only have to perform a little work since much of the production process was already carried out at Opel’s manufacturing sites in Eisenach, Germany, and in Zaragoza, Spain.

The production agreement lasts until 2017, with an option to include more vehicle models. In a statement, Opel's manufacturing chief Peter Thom remarked that with the production of the Corsa in Belarus, the carmaker is implementing a strategy of building vehicles where they are planned to be sold.

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Several sources said that the appearance of the Opel-Vauxhall’s fifth-generation Corsa is inspired by the much-admired Vauxhall Astra GTC. Production of the new supermini will begin in April 2014. It will be available with a variety of efficient new engines and could be lighter than one ton in entry-level form as part of its weight-saving plan.

Its Astra GTC-derived styling may be the key to the success of the Corsa. The car’s style has become more dramatic and rakish but it still keeps its present ‘grown-up’ dynamics, says Autocar. A rendering of the three-door model shows that its design is more daring than the five-door with a profile that almost looks like a coupé.

However, the two cars will have the same GTC-inspired front end with big headlights and a slim chrome grille. It’s also expected to feature the ‘blade’ surfacing that Vauxhall uses in the doors. The new Corsa, internally known as ‘Corsa E’, will be built on GM’s global Gamma II platform for small cars. It was used on the latest Chevrolet Aveo and will also be used for Vauxhall’s forthcoming Mokka compact SUV.

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General Motors Co.'s Opel unit is thinking about selling its Eisenach plant in Germany, where it currently manufactures its Corsa subcompact, according to German newspaper Handelsblatt, citing a source. Handelsblatt’s source said that there’s a significant possibility that Opel would sell its Eisenach to another investor.

Opel’s Eisenach plant built 139,185 Corsas in 2011, and is due to add another vehicle, a minicar codenamed the Junior, on its production lines. Opel recently slashed production at its Eisenach site by cutting the working hours from 38 hours per week to around 30 per week until the summer, when the company slowly commences the pre-launch production of the Junior.

Opel is currently under pressure from GM chief executive Dan Akerson to reduce excess capacity, as the unit prepares itself for another restructuring measure aimed at making profits. The current economic crisis in Europe has had a big impact on car sales and Akerson estimates that manufacturers across the continent have 10 plants too many.

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Opel is offering a new sporty and stylish Kaleidoscope edition of the Corsa. Two upmarket metallic exterior colors -- pepperdust and technical grey – are available for the three or five-door Corsa model to achieve a stunning and distinctive look. The exterior features include a glossy black roof, black mirror housings and a black grille bracket that’s currently available for the first time.

For the Corsa’s interior, its seats are given a youthful and dynamic twist with a pattern that may remind you of a kaleidoscope. The fabric offers a luxurious feel with either silver or aztek gold stitching, perfectly matching the car’s look.

These seats use Top Tec material coating, which makes them easy to clean and maintain. It has brightly colored air vent rings with matching door inserts in either curry or matt chrome, giving bold accents to the interior as well as a new stealth-black colored center console and denim fabric on the inside of the door panels.

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Opel will be manufacturing its new-generation Corsa model in Spain by 2013, GM Europe President Nick Reilly told Spanish newspaper Expansion. By that time, Opel will resume full capacity at its Zaragoza plant in northern Spain. He further stated that it is GM's plan for the facility to be kept at full capacity.

Moreover, Reilly stated that he expects GM Europe to reach breakeven in 2011 and achieve a profit in 2012, compared with a $637 million loss in 2010.

Additionally, he disclosed that Opel's orders are "still very strong" just like the rest of the carmakers. Even thought the market is "weak," there are no indications that the company will have a "bigger crisis," Reilly added. The workers at Opel are pushing GM to transfer additional production to Europe by manufacturing the next-generation of several models there.

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Opel seeks to address the difficulties that consumers have had with fluctuating fuel prices and has decided to offer tempting alternatives with its LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) models. The German auto brand will first offer the Corsa LPG ecoFLEX. Variants of the Meriva, Astra, Zafira Tourer and Insignia will follow.

Opel asserts that this complete LPG solution has numerous advantages. It represents a 40% drop in fuel costs and its CO2 emissions level is lower by 15% when compared to gasoline models. For example, the new Corsa 1.2 LPG ecoFLEX delivers 83 hp in LPG mode (but produces 85 hp in gasoline operation).

In three-door form, it produces just 110 g/km of CO2 emissions. A five-door version only has 115 g/km of CO2 emissions. The four LPG ecoFLEX models that are slated to follow are based on the 1.4-liter turbo gasoline engine.

Read the entire article 2011 Opel Corsa LPC ecoFLEX: details, photos and specs