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

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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2017 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer revealed online before its premiere

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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Opel unveiled to the global auto market its latest compact class station wagon – the all-new Astra Sports Tourer – at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show alongside the hatchback version of the next generation Astra. Donning an athletic appearance, the Astra Sports Tourer is provided with the same innovative development features found on the Opel Astra.

Since the all-new Astra Sports Tourer is underpinned by lightweight vehicle architecture, it can be up to 200 kilograms lighter than the outgoing model but it is still as practical and as dynamic as it has always been. To achieve this, Opel implemented a compact design both in and outside of the Astra Sports Tourer.

Opel also used high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels and implemented modifications to the axles, to the front and rear of the vehicle. As a result, the entry-level Astra Sports Tourer – at around 1,263 kilograms (including driver) -- is some 130 kilograms lighter than its outgoing counterpart.

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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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Sales of Opel/Vauxhall's Astra compact car range are expected to rise steeply with the addition of the 2011 Astra Sports Tourer that will be launched in Europe this November, only a month after it debuted at the Paris Auto Show. The wagon, which has been dubbed by the General Motors Co. division as the Astra Sports Tourer, is the second model in the new Astra range.

The other vehicle in this lineup is a five-door hatchback that was launched last December. Several days ago, Opel disclosed that it has gotten over 160,000 orders for the latest-generation Astra hatchback since it was launched.

Opel data indicate that the station wagon version historically accounts for about 25 percent of all Astra sales in Europe -- much higher than the compact segment average of 17 percent. The new 2011 Astra wagon will have the same sleek, sculpted design as its larger counterpart, the Insignia Sports Tourer.

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Opel has revealed the 2011 Astra Sports Tourer at the Paris Motor Show, the second variant of its new version of the Astra. The German manufacturer aims for this compact wagon to match or surpass the success of the hatchback. The Sports Tourer will be available with eight diesel and gasoline engines, which deliver from 95 hp to 180 hp.

The Sports Tourer will be offered with the engines featured on the hatchback but will be getting one additional unit and a new engine-transmission combination. This new variant will be offered with the 1.4l turbo gasoline unit, which delivers 120 hp, coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. Opel also offers the 140 hp version of the same engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Interestingly, the Astra lineup will be offered with a start/stop technology, with the first use of the system to be the 1.3l CDTI ecoFLEX engine.

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The distinction of having the fastest street-legal Opel goes to Steinmetz in collaboration with Klasen Motors. Last October at the Italian Nardo circuit, the twin-tuned Opel Insignia Sports Tourer OPC reached 287.4 km/h (178.6 mph). The vehicle started as a turbocharged V6 with 325 hp and 435 Nm.

After which, Steinmetz lowered the suspension, optimized the aerodynamics (new grille, "pedestrian friendly" front spoiler and a custom rear spoilers) and installed a set of 20-inch rims.

Also added were new floor mats, a bespoke roof spoiled and chrome trim. At Klasen Motors, where the car was fitted with a bigger turbine, a new exhaust system and a larger intercooler were attached.

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This is the brand new 2011 Opel/Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer, the latest addition to the Astra range which will make its official debut in September at the Paris Motor Show. The new Sports Tourer will be the second model to join the Astra range and maintains the hatch's wheelbase (2685mm).

The maximum load length was increased by 28mm to 1835mm while its load volume was increased by 30 litres to 500 litres with the rear seats up (the car has a completely flat load floor and a maximum load capacity of up to 1550 litres).

Under the hood we find a choice of six engines with ultra-low emissions. First of all we have the 1.4i ECOTEC-4 engine capable to deliver 100 PS and featuring variable valve timing and sequential fuel injection.

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After the Opel Insignia OPC was introduced last month a wagon or Sports Tourer variant followed which is due to hit showrooms of Opel and Vauxhall in the second half of 2009. The OPC Sports Tourer, like its sedan sibling, is equipped with the same twin-turbo engine, refined AWD chassis and an acceleration rate from 0-60mph in under 6 seconds.

Power output is pegged at 325hp (242kW). OPC (Opel Performance Center) is the designation provided to models developed by GM's official European in-house tuner. The designation was previously used for models like the Astra and compact Corsa hatchbacks.

When sold under the Vauxhall brand of UK OPC models are rebadged as VXRs. The main distinction between the sedan and Sports Tourer is the additional storage area of the wagon body, which provides 540 liters of luggage space with the 40:60 split rear seats up and 1,530 liters when they are down.

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