Wednesday, 14 February 2018

First Fully Electric Opel / Vauxhall Corsa Will be Made in Zaragoza

  • Next generation Opel/Vauxhall Corsa will be produced exclusively in Zaragoza as of 2019, plus electric variant by 2020
  • Social framework agreement paves the way for sustainable future at Zaragoza site

From A to E: To date, five generations of the Opel Corsa have been produced in Zaragoza since 1982.

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller today announced that the next generation of the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa will be produced exclusively in Zaragoza as of 2019. In addition, the electric variant of the bestselling sub-compact car will also roll off the Zaragoza production line by 2020.The Spanish plant will therefore be the first Groupe PSA plant to produce a fully electric Opel/Vauxhall model in Europe.

In front of an Opel Crossland X: Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller, Plant Manager Zaragoza Antonio Cobo and Jonathan Akeroyd, Director Sales, Marketing & Aftersales Opel Iberian Cluster (from left)

“This is an important step forward for the Zaragoza plant and marks the beginning of a new era,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. A major prerequisite for future investments is the social framework agreement that was concluded with the unions at the end of January. This is enabling the plant to significantly increase its competitiveness, allowing further investment in the manufacturing site. “This result is significant and shows the mutual trust and confidence of all involved stakeholders. Zaragoza will continue to play an important role in the industrial footprint of Groupe PSA,” added Lohscheller.

The Corsa will be one of four electrified models in the Opel/Vauxhall portfolio by 2020. According to the strategic plan PACE!, all European Opel/Vauxhall passenger car models will have an electrified version by 2024.

The Zaragoza plant started building the Opel Corsa in 1982. Since then almost thirteen million cars have been built in the plant, thereof more than ten million units of the bestseller Corsa. Groupe PSA is also currently building the Opel Mokka X, the Opel Crossland X and the Citroën C3 Aircross in the plant. With this additional Groupe PSA investment in Spain, the company confirms its commitment and strengthens its leading position with a total output of 876,672 vehicles in 2017.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Black is Beautiful: Opel Models with Special Style

  • Sporty sophisticated eye-catcher: Opel Astra now in two-tone paintwork with roof, wing mirrors and light alloy wheels in black
  • On trend: Models from Opel Corsa to Mokka X also feature black accents

Sporty, sophisticated, very stylish: Roof, exterior mirrors and light-alloy wheels in black make Opel models such as the Corsa, Astra and Mokka X especially eye-catching. Two-tone color schemes are highly popular.

The Opel Astra is now even more athletic, sophisticated and individual than ever before. For the first time, the successful compact model is also available in two-tone paintwork with the roof, wing mirrors and light alloy wheels in black as an eye-catching contrast to the body colour. The small car all-rounder Opel Corsa and SUV bestseller Opel Mokka X can also be ordered showcasing ‘Black is beautiful’ with the roof, wing mirrors and wheels in optional stylish black accents. Opel thus introduces the trend to individualising exterior car design started by the Opel ADAM into the popular compact class as well as small car and SUV model lines. Last year the Opel Crossland X and recently the Opel Grandland X newcomer just as successfully came to market with the characteristic two-tone paintwork.

Since its launch two years ago, the current Opel Astra generation has impressed with top technologies, digital connectivity, high comfort and above all with its dynamic design. Now it can be even further refined with “Black Roof” trim. This is perfect for Astra drivers who love special style, because the bestseller becomes an unmistakable eye-catcher with its contrasting Onyx black roof and wing mirrors as well as 17-inch light alloy wheels in five-spoke design also in black. This attractive design option is available for the trim lines Astra ON, Dynamic, INNOVATION and Ultimate for an additional cost from €300 (all prices RRP incl. VAT in Germany).

The SUV star Opel Mokka X can also be equipped with the optional black accents. As the Opel Mokka X Colour INNOVATION, it is available with a high-gloss black roof and wing mirrors from €26,375. The 18-inch ten-spoke design tyres gleam in the same shade, underlining the sporty, muscular adventurer’s striking look.

Last but not least the small car all-rounder Opel Corsa is also turned into an elegant attention-getter. As the Opel Corsa Colour Edition, the roof, wing mirrors, grille and 16-inch light alloy wheels in four double-spoke design shimmer in black. On top of the normal Edition trim, aluminium sport pedals, chrome exhaust tailpipe and darkly tinted Solar Protect heat-absorbing glazing in the rear passenger compartment enhance the sporty flair of Opel’s success story for prices starting at €15,045.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

100,000 Orders Already Taken for New Opel Insignia Flagship

  • State-of-the-art equipment and options
  • Moderate running costs
  • Marketplace popularity matched by media success

Less than one year after the start of sales, Opel has already taken more than 100,000 orders for the new Insignia from all over Europe.

Manufactured at the Rüsselsheim plant in Germany, the new Insignia flagship is available as the Grand Sport limousine, the Sports Tourer estate and the all-wheel drive Country Tourer estate, in trim levels ranging from the already highly equipped Selection to the top-of-the-line Ultimate Exclusive.

The new Opel Insignia model line-up is crowned by the dynamic GSi – a sports-machine for those who like something special, a driver’s car for maximum fun on all kinds of roads.

The new Opel Insignia is powered by a portfolio of turbocharged, four-cylinder, diesel and gasoline engines from 1.5 to 2.0 litres in displacement, combined with a choice of six-speed manual or six and eight-speed automatic transmissions. The most powerful diesel and gasoline engines are also offered with innovative torque vectoring all-wheel drive.

The new Opel Insignia is extremely attractive for both private as well as fleet customers – it most recently picked up the “Company Car Today CCT100” award (Company Car Today) in the United Kingdom. Buyers not only benefit from numerous state-of-the-art technologies such as adaptive cruise control (which automatically adjusts the speed to follow the vehicle in front according to the selected following distance), IntelliLux LED matrix headlights (which automatically adapt to every traffic situation) and ergonomic seats certified by the back-specialists from Aktion Gesunder Rücken e. V. The new Opel Insignia also offers moderate cost of ownership compared with its competitors in the high-volume and premium segments.

Nine in ten of the new Opel Insignia cars ordered so far come with the optional Navi 900 IntelliLink top-of-the-range infotainment system. The integrated navigation system features an eight-inch capacitive colour touchscreen. Navi 900 IntelliLink is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, thus bringing the world of smartphones into the car. If OnStar is on board, smartphones can also connect to the car’s powerful 4G/LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot[1] – for example for flawless online audio streaming.

The popularity of the new Opel Insignia in the marketplace is matched by its success in the international media. The new Opel flagship has won prestigious awards from authoritative publications such as the “Golden Steering Wheel” 2017 in Poland (Auto Swiat) and Slovenia (Auto Bild) as well as “Best Car 2017” (Fleet Cars & Vans, Fleet Auto Premium) in Poland and “Fleet News of the Year” (FLEET Magazine) in the Czech Republic.

The new Opel Insignia has also proved its mettle against tough competition in comparison tests carried out by automotive magazines across Europe. To date, the Insignia has won 23 of 40 comparison tests: four wins in Germany (Autostraßenverkehr July 26 and September 20, Auto Zeitung July 26, Auto Bild August 4); three wins in the Netherlands (AutoWeek 29/17 and online July 21, AutoVisie July 6) and the Czech Republic ( September 29, AutoTIP October 2, auto motor und sport October 17); two in Portugal (Auto Hoje August 24, Auto Foco December 21), Belgium (Le Moniteur Automobile November 27, AutoWereld December 1), Poland (Auto Świat July 10 and July 17), Sweden (Teknikens Värld August 27, Vi Bilägare January 2018),and the United Kingdom (What Car? August 4, Auto Express January 17, 2018); and one each in France (, Slovakia (auto motor und sport October 10) and Norway (Motor November 4).

[1] OnStar Services require activation and account with OnStar Europe Ltd. Wi-Fi Hotspot Services require account with nominated network operator. Charges apply after expiry of applicable trial periods. All services subject to mobile network coverage and availability. Check [LOCAL SITE] for service limitations and charges.