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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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2018 Opel Insignia GSi beats outgoing OPC version at Nurburgring

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.

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2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer is now available with biturbo diesel engine

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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Frankfurt: 2018 Opel Insignia receives new 2.0 Biturbo diesel

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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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.

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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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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.

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At the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, Opel unveiled the Monza Concept, a vehicle that showed a new design language which will be used on future models. According to Opel’s head designer Mark Adams, the first vehicle to be inspired by the Monza Concept will be the Insignia. In fact, according to Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neuman, when we will see the new Insignia we will see the Monza.

This also means that the upcoming Buick Regal, which is a rebadged version of the Opel Insignia, will also resemble the Monza Concept when it comes to design.

Still, there are no details regarding the launch date of the future models, but several sources said that the new Buick Regal will arrive sometime in 2017. In addition, the next-generation Opel Insignia/ Buick Regal will be more premium as General Motors wants to add polish to the brand.

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The 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The facelifted Insignia features not only an appealing interior and exterior styling but also new engines that are powerful. Its front fascia has been redesigned and has a wider and lower chromed grille, new headlamps with bi-xenon lamps such as the safety lighting system AFL+ as an option, new lower front fascia inserts, new fog lamps that come with black inserts and chrome accents and new tail lamps that have slim-look reverse functions.

The sedan and hatchback variants feature tail / stop functions of the split 2-piece tail lamps that are executed as LEDs. Upgrades to the interior include a center console that has a totally new feeling of subtlety and refinement, black piano lacquer and chrome control panel significantly simplified and holds only a few buttons for the infotainment system and air conditioning.

Controlling the new infotainment system is easy with an 8-inch color display with touch operation. The touchpad, a new feature, is ergonomically positioned in the center console and comes with a new method of quickly and intuitively getting access to the infotainment system. Those who buy the new Opel Insignia can choose from three propulsion alternatives gasoline, diesel and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).

Read the entire article 2013 IAA: 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift shines in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

The 2014 Insignia OPC Facelift from Opel was presented at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Making the sporty all-wheel drive model more interesting are its redesigned front bumper, new headlights, a restyled rear bumper and signature OPC design elements like saber-tooth detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim incorporated in the rear.

In addition, the 2014 Insignia OPC has a re-worked rear axle, where engineers revised about 60% of its components. Furthermore, Opel decreased its noise and vibration. Opel utilized new ESP software that allows for more precision in dynamic tuning. Roadholding is improved thanks to the new damper software for the FlexRide chassis with adjustable shock absorbers.

2014 Insignia OPC is powered by the same 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine that has an output of 325 hp and 435 Nm of torque, sent to the road via an all-wheel drive system that offers Haldex coupling and an electronic limited slip differential. This enables the Insignia OPC to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds (with the Sports Tourer doing the sprint in 6.3 seconds) and to hit a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

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Opel keeps it interesting with the debut of the Insignia Country Tourer, which is actually an off-road version of the Insignia Sports Tourer. It was last June that Opel presented the 2014 Insignia Facelift. The 2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). It features protective under-body guards front and rear, bold wheel-arch and lower body cladding, and new dual exhaust tailpipes.

Its ground clearance is 20 mm higher than the standard figure. There are three engines offered for the 2014 Insignia Country Tourer. These include 2.0-liter SIDI (Spark Ingnition Direct Injection) Turbo gasoline engines, which offer 250 hp and 400 Nm of torque. In addition, it is available with the 2.0-liter BiTurbo CDTI diesel engine that delivers 195 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Opel also offers a 163 hp 2.0-liter CDTI (with a single tailpipe) that has a maximum torque of 350 Nm (380 Nm on overboost).

Buyers can choose between the 2.0 SIDI Turbo and the 2.0 CDTI that could be coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. However, the 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI is only comes with an automatic transmission.

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After we saw the 2014 Insignia Facelift, Opel decided to introduce the 2014 Insignia OPC Facelift ahead of its public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The sporty all-wheel drive model now comes with a redesigned front bumper, new headlights, a restyled rear bumper and signature OPC design elements such as saber-tooth detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim integrated in the rear.

Moreover, the 2014 Insignia OPC features a re-worked rear axle, where engineers modified around 60 percent of the componentry. In addition, the German company reduced the noise and vibration behavior through numerous fine-tuning measures. A newly developed ESP software now enables even more precise dynamic tuning.

The new damper software for the FlexRide chassis with adjustable shock absorbers ensures optimum roadholding. The 2014 Insignia OPC comes with the same 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine developing 325 hp and 435 Nm of torque, delivered to the road to an all-wheel drive system that features Haldex coupling and an electronic limited slip differential. As a result, the Insignia OPC sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds (Sports Tourer: 6.3 seconds) and reaches a top sped of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

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Back in June, Opel unveiled the 2014 Insignia Facelift but today, the German manufacturer came with something more interesting: the Insignia Country Tourer or an off-road version of the Insignia Sports Tourer. Set to make its debut this autumn at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2014 Opel Insignia Country Tourer comes with protective under-body guards front and rear, proeminent wheel-arch and lower body cladding as well as new dual exhaust tailpipes.

Ground clearance is 20 mm higher than standard. The 2014 Insignia Country Tourer offers a choice of three engines, led by a 2.0-liter SIDI (Spark Ingnition Direct Injection) Turbo gasoline engines, delivering 250 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Moreover, we find the 2.0-liter BiTurbo CDTI diesel engine which has a maximum output of 195 hp and 400 Nm of torque.

A 163 hp 2.0-liter CDTI (with a single tailpipe) is also available with a maximum torque of 350 Nm (380 Nm on overboost). The 2.0 SIDI Turbo and the 2.0 CDTI can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI is available only with an automatic transmission.

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Opel/Vauxhall unveiled today the facelifted Insignia and as expected, the new car made its debut with attractive interior and exterior styling but also new and powerful engines. Set to make its debut this autumn at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2014 Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift comes with a redesigned front fascia featuring a wider and lower chromed grille, new headlamps with bi-xenon lamps including the safety lighting system AFL+ as an option, new lower front fascia inserts, new fog lamps that are combined with black inserts and chrome accents and new tail lamps with slim-look reverse functions.

The tail / stop functions of the split 2-piece tail lamps are executed as LEDs on all levels for sedan and hatchback. As we said, the interior was also upgraded and as a result we find a center console that has a completely new feeling of subtlety and refinement, black piano lacquer and chrome control panel drastically simplified with just a few buttons for the infotainment system and air conditioning.

The new infotainment system can be controlled via an 8-inch color display with touch operation. A new addition is the touchpad that is ergonomically integrated in the center console and offers a new way of quickly and intuitively accessing the infotainment system. The new Opel Insignia offers the choice between the three propulsion alternatives gasoline, diesel and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas); power output ranges from 81 kW/110 hp to 239 kW/325 hp.

Read the entire article Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Facelift debuts with new exterior styling, updated interior

Within the next year, Opel/Vauxhall will give facelifts to the Insignia and Astra. The Astra will first be unveiled at the Paris this autumn. On the other hand, the Insignia will be seen at the Geneva show next spring it starts selling at around September 2013. The Insignia will get the following: a new 1.6-litre turbodiesel, a ground-up new design that will replace the admired 1.7-litre unit across the Vauxhall range.

The new 1.6 diesel is more quiet has smoother 
power delivery and quieter operation, according to Autocar. This engine is likely to reduce CO2 emissions and improve its fuel efficiency.

The prototype comes with several primary changes such as the aesthetic modifications to the nose and tail. The new design also has the new-look headlamps and tail-integrate the LED running lights, a revised grille and redesigned front and rear bumpers. In 2011, Vauxhall made major chassis and engineering revisions to the Insignia. But for the 2013 model, there would be minor underskin changes.

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It is rumored that Opel is building an Insignia Sports Tourer Crossfour to rival Audi's A4 Allroad and VW's Passat Alltrack cross variants. Opel tuning arm Irmscher, which designed the vehicle, released official images of this simple new Insignia Crossfour variant. What it is basically is an Insignia wagon with contrasting gray body trim, front and rear faux skid plates, and optional height adjustable suspension.

It is available as an all-wheel drive vehicle with FlexRide (Adaptive Stability Technology) and a rear locking differential. A special Sportive trimline is available exclusively for the soft-roader.

In Germany, it is priced at 35,155 euros for 160 PS (158 bhp / 118 kW) 2.0-liter CDTi with Start/Stop. Meanwhile, a price tag of 37,971 euros is attached to a 6-speed automatic transmission with the same engine. For just 37,655 euros, the buyer gets the 2.0-liter biturbo petrol engine with 195 PS (192 bhp / 143 kW) that features Start/Stop.

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The Insignia BiTurbo, Opel/Vauxhall’s most powerful diesel engine ever, is now available in the Insignia range. It is capable of delivering 195PS and 400Nm of torque and it has low CO2 emissions of 129g/km. This engine, which is currently on sale, is available in five-door Hatch and Sports Tourer versions in SRi, SRi Vx-line and Elite trim, with a starting price of £27,120 (33,405 Euro in Europe) on the road.

This powerful, twin-sequential turbocharged diesel is based on the existing 1956cc unit that is featured on key models in the Insignia and Astra and new Zafira Tourer range. But when in BiTurbo form, the engine can deliver as much as 35PS more power while its torque has been boosted by 50Nm.

This enables the vehicle to reduce its 0-60mph acceleration time by almost one second to 8.2 seconds (Insignia FWD Hatch). But with the help of a package filled with eco features (which include standard Start/Stop across the range), the FWD Hatch can provide a combined 57.6mpg.

Read the entire article 2012 Opel Insignia receives new biturbo diesel engine

Insignia OPC buyers have gotten what they’ve wished for: an ‘Unlimited’ version of the most powerful Insignia. The vehicle is its usual 325 hp, all-wheel drive self. It even still has the OPC badge on the back.

The big difference is that it doesn’t have an electronically-restricted top speed, which means that it can attain a stop speed of 270 km/h (accomplished by the sedan with manual transmission). Alain Visser, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Adam Opel AG, said that the company decided to give in to what customers frequently ask for.

Visser said that these customers are “generally experienced and responsible drivers” who seek to explore and take advantage of the car’s full technical possibilities. What distinguishes the ‘Unlimited’ version are a blue Brembo logo and new designs on the tachometer and speedometer.

Read the entire article ‘Unlimited’ version of Insignia OPC can go as fast as 270 km/h