Opel begins production of 2017 Insignia Grand Sport

Article by Christian A., on March 23, 2017

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.

This model looks like it has a lot of potential to be another hit though. The design and quality of this car, both the exterior and interior, have significantly improved compared to the original Insignia. Specifically, the interior has much more space than it used to - with an extra 32 mm room at hip height, 25 mm more shoulder and knee room, 8 mm more head room.

There is now a distinction between the Astra and the Insignia in terms of the cabin. The Insignia Grand Sport is built with a five-seat layout, and offers 1,450 liters of trunk space when the rear seats are folded down. The Sports Tourer, on the other hand, comes with an extra 30 liters, adding up to a total of 1,638 liters at a two-seat configuration. This is quite more what the first generation offers. In fact, it’s a 108-liter increase. But even with more space, the 2017 Insignia will also be 200 kilograms (441 pounds) lighter.

Opel has already started taking orders of the new model for a little over a month now. The regular Grand Sport and the wagon type Sports Tourer are now available for preorders. However, if you’re eyeing the Country Tourer model, you’ll have to wait until the second half of the year. Moreover, the performance level OPC will be the top model in the range.

The entry-level unit of the Insignia (with a 1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine in 138hp or 164hp) will be priced at €25,590, making it a more affordable option for consumers - as its rival, the Volkswagen Passat costs €1,160 more (at € 26,690). Similarly, the Insignia wagon variant is also €1,135 cheaper than a Passat Variant, with a price tag of €26,690.

Press Release

Production-Start for Opel Flagship: The New Insignia

A new era begins today at Opel’s home plant in Rüsselsheim; the first Insignia Grand Sport produced to customer order officially rolled off the assembly line on Tuesday. “We have been looking forward to today for a long time; our new flagship has finally arrived. This is an important day for Opel and Rüsselsheim,” said Opel CEO, Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann during the celebrations for the start of production of the second generation Opel Insignia. We invested more than €500 million just to prepare for the production of our new flagship.” An Insignia Grand Sport in abalone white with 170 hp 2.0‑liter diesel engine stood in the spotlight at the end of the production line.

Deputy Works Council Chairman, Uwe Baum said: “The team here in Rüsselsheim has once again demonstrated that they can deliver smooth production start-ups enabling great cars to leave the assembly line. The Works Council is especially grateful to them today, because the new Insignia is an important part of the future for Opel, which would not be possible without the input of these colleagues.”

Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann also praised the work of the whole team in the Rüsselsheim plant and added: “The new Opel flagship is a core element of our product offensive, which will reach a new peak with seven new models this year alone.”

Plant Manager, Michael Lewald thanked his workforce for their great efforts in successfully preparing and executing the start of production during the last months. “Our team did another great job and superbly executed this highly complex production-start. I am proud of our new flagship and the performance of the Rüsselsheim team.”

The order books for the new Insignia Grand Sport and Sports Tourer opened on February 16. The first three production cars are destined for Poland, Denmark and Germany. The new Opel flagship just made its official world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. The car will be in dealer showrooms this summer.

Dr. Neumann is confident that the new edition of the Opel flagship will continue the success of its predecessor. Nine hundred and forty thousand (940,000) units of the first generation Insignia – the 2009 European Car Of The Year – have been sold in total, making it the fourth best-selling Opel model.

Based on an all-new vehicle structure, the new Insignia is up to 200 kilograms lighter than its predecessor as well as lower and more spacious inside. The design is athletic yet elegant. One of the technology highlights is the intelligent all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring – torque distribution to individual wheels within milliseconds. The new Insignia also offers a host of driver assistance systems that contribute to safety and make driving more comfortable and relaxing, such as the second-generation IntelliLux LED® matrix headlights, adaptive cruise control (ACC) and active lane assist.

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