Monday, 14 June 2021

New Vauxhall Corsa Remains UK's Best-Selling New Car

  • New Vauxhall Corsa remains the UK’s best-selling new car in 2021
  • SMMT figures show 20,024 models registered so far this year
  • All-electric Corsa-e the best-selling all-electric supermini
  • Vivaro-e the best-selling all-electric Light Commercial Vehicle (e-LCV)
  • May was the first full month where showrooms across the UK were open to the public

New Vauxhall Corsa

New Vauxhall Corsa is the UK’s best-selling new car so far this year, according to the latest new car sales and registration figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).  

New Vauxhall Corsa has been the UK’s best-selling car so far this year, with 20,024 registered in the first five months of 2021. Vauxhall’s electric models, including the all-electric Corsa-e and Vivaro-e were also the highest selling models in their segments, as the brand continues its electric vehicle expansion with the goal of offering an electrified variant across its model line-up by 2024. 

All-electric Vauxhall Corsa-e has been the best-selling new electric car in the small Battery Electric Vehicle sector this year, with 2,204 registered, while the Vivaro-e remains the highest-selling electric Light Commercial Vehicle in the UK, with 874 registrations in 2021.

Vauxhall is now one of the few manufacturers able to offer fleets and buyers an electric van across its entire LCV line-up, following the announcement of its All-New Movano-e large van earlier in May.

Vauxhall also increased its passenger car market share by 0.4 of a percentage point, having sold 43,314 cars so far in 2021.

Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “As a British brand, it’s fantastic to see the Corsa remain the UK’s best-selling new car. With electric car and electric van sales continuing to grow at a rapid pace, we’re also very proud to see the new Corsa-e and the new Vivaro-e top the sales charts in their respective sectors and bringing affordable all-electric options to customers.”

May was the first full month where showrooms across the UK were allowed to reopen to the public following the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions by the Government.

Customers can also purchase new models using the Vauxhall Online Store, which brings the new car shopping experience to the comfort of buyers’ homes. They can arrange a live video viewing of a vehicle via the Vauxhall Virtual Showroom and proceed to the Online Store to configure their new model, personalise finance payments and place an order – all from the comfort and safety of home.

All-new fifth generation Corsa is available with a fully-electric powertrain or a choice of efficient petrol or diesel engines.Zzero-emissions-in-use Vauxhall Corsa-e was voted The Sun Car of the Year, thanks to its 209-mile WLTP range, affordable price and fun driving dynamics.  The Vivaro-e is the 2021 International Van of the Year. 

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

New Opel Grandland with Bold Design, Digital Cockpit and High-Tech Features

  • Fully digital cockpit: Intuitive Opel Pure Panel with widescreen displays
  • Modern brand face: Now with characteristic Opel Vizor, as on Opel Mokka
  • Compact SUV: Plug-in hybrid variants also with all-wheel drive
  • Class-leading light technology: Adaptive IntelliLux LED Pixel Light with 168 LEDs
  • Early detection: Night Vision makes pedestrians and wild animals visible in darkness
  • Extra safety: Highway Integration Assist maintains distance and position in lane
  • Good health: Ergonomic front seats with AGR certification

New Opel Grandland

Opel has today revealed the new Grandland – elegantly sporty with intuitive controls and innovative technologies. With the fully digital Pure Panel, the new model offers the driver a completely different cockpit experience. Opel SUV flagship also features additional technologies and assistance systems that until now customers only find in higher class vehicles. Especially the adaptive IntelliLux LED Pixel Light with a total of 168 LED elements. Technology from Opel’s flagship limousine, the Insignia, is making its debut in the German brand’s top SUV and sets new standards in the Grandland’s market sector. Same goes for Night Vision, which is celebrating its premiere at Opel. System detects pedestrians and animals in darkness at a distance of up to 100 metres and warns the driver. Semi-adaptive Highway Integration Assist keeps Opel Grandland in the middle of its lane and maintains the distance to the vehicle in front. Designed and produced in Germany, new Opel Grandland also features Opel Vizor, brand’s new face.

Opel is also keeping to its electrification strategy with the new Grandland. Customers of the powerful, high efficiency plug-in hybrid variants can choose between front or electric all-wheel drive.

New Opel Grandland PHEV: Customers can choose between front or electric all-wheel drive

“Opel Grandland will excite new customers with its benchmark technologies and high-tech interior,” says Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller, “and, of course, it is also available with powerful hybrid drive. With the new Opel Grandland we maintain our course: clear and bold in design, highly efficient and, of course, electric. New Opel Grandland matches our flagship Opel Insignia for technology.”

New Opel Grandland: Flagship SUV also features additional technologies and assistance systems

Exciting technologies: Opel Vizor with IntelliLux LED Pixel Light

Sporty dynamics have characterised Opel's top SUV since its premiere in 2017. Now the Grandland features the unmistakable Opel Vizor brand face. Bold and clear, the Vizor sharpens the looks of the front and seamlessly integrates the grille, the Opel Blitz emblem and technologies such as the class-leading IntelliLux LED Pixel light into a single visual element.

 New Opel Grandland: IntelliLux LED Pixel Light

Opel’s SUV flagship is now equipped with adaptive IntelliLux LED Pixel Light. 168 LED elements – 84 per headlamp, as on the Opel Insignia – result in a seamless adaptation of the light beam according to the driving situation and surroundings, without glare for other traffic. The LED elements of each slim headlamp line up in a three-row matrix system where the functions flow seamlessly into the next level:

  • For the short range, a long row of pixels continuously adapts the light focus to every curve.
  • At the bright-dark border, a row of finely defined, dynamically adapting pixels ensures optimum range.
  • Actual Matrix function in the middle and upper rows precisely cuts out oncoming traffic in milliseconds. Other areas remain fully illuminated with main beam.

LED daylight running lamp integrated in each headlamp gives the characteristic Opel signature. This innovative light generation makes the new Grandland the clear leader of its market segment.

New Opel Grandland: Opel Vizor

Another technology in the new Grandland that further increases the safety of all road users, especially when driving at night on dark country roads, is Night Vision. The system’s infrared camera detects people and animals up to 100 metres ahead of the Grandland in the direction of travel, based on their temperature difference from the surroundings. Night Vision warns the driver and shows the position of pedestrians, for example, in the 12-inch digital Driver Info Centre.

Clear, intuitive, futuristic: New Opel Pure Panel cockpit

User-concept is futuristic and detoxed to the essentials. Two wide screens in a single unit form the Opel Pure Panel. This fully digital, driver-oriented cockpit is intuitive to operate and makes a multitude of buttons superfluous. It comprises the latest digital technologies and delivers the most important information. Two displays welcome the occupants and create a pleasant ambience. Up to 10-inch central touchscreen faces the driver, who can therefore concentrate on driving without needing to take his or her eyes off the road.

New Opel Grandland: Fully digital, driver-oriented cockpit 

Highway Integration Assist: Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function

Also new in combination with automatic transmission is Highway Integration Assist. Using a camera and radar sensors, the system combines various assistants for making driving even more relaxed. Adaptive Cruise Control maintains the distance to the vehicle in front according to the set speed and, in combination with the active lane positioning, keeps Opel Grandland in the middle of the lane. Opel’s speed increases or decreases to follow the vehicle ahead – without exceeding the set speed – and can brake to a standstill if necessary. Thanks to Stop & Go, Opel Grandland with Highway Integration Assist automatically resumes driving from a standstill.

New Opel Grandland

New Opel Grandland additionally features numerous other assistance systems. 360-degree panorama camera makes manoeuvring easier for the driver via a front and a rear camera. Area in front of and behind the car as well as a bird's eye view is displayed on the infotainment screen. Automatic parking assistant identifies longitudinal and transverse parking spaces and steers Opel Grandland in and out automatically. Blind spot warning system prevents potential collisions when turning or changing lanes. In case of danger, a vehicle symbol lights up in the respective exterior mirror. Standard equipment of every Opel Grandland variant includes front collision warning with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, drowsiness detection and cruise control.

Top levels of comfort: Ergonomic seats and high-end infotainment

New Opel Grandland meets the highest standards not only with assistance systems but also when it comes to comfort. Ergonomic active seats for drivers and front passengers certified by the “Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.” (campaign for healthy backs) support good posture behind the steering wheel. Award-winning seats are unique in the Grandland’s class and offer a wide range of adjustments, from electric seat tilt to electro-pneumatic lumbar support. In the leather trim they offer heating and even ventilation. Comfort is further increased by “Keyless Open & Start” and the sensor-controlled tailgate that can be opened and closed by a movement of the foot under the rear bumper.

Connectivity and entertainment are provided by infotainment systems that are also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In combination with the services from OpelConnect, the top-of-the-line Multimedia Navi Pro makes travelling especially relaxing with real-time traffic information, online map updates and predictive navigation. Wireless charging in the centre console provides neat and tidy “refuelling” without cables for compatible smartphones.

Self-confident appearance: With plug-in hybrids and clear Opel Compass design

Opel Grandland Hybrid4

Class-leading technologies and high comfort are complemented by the new Grandland’s strong performance and pure, bold design. Continuing Opel’s electrification strategy, the plug-in hybrid versions deliver not only sports car-like acceleration but also emissions-free driving, thanks to their electric motors or motor and regenerative braking. Thanks to the flexibility of the multi-energy platform, Opel Grandland customers can choose their preferred propulsion system – from efficient diesel and petrol engines to electrified plug-in hybrids.

Opel Grandland Hybrid4: Propulsion system

Design displays typically clear lines. Opel Vizor stretches across the front, while the compass philosophy is also reflected at the rear. Grandland name and the Blitz brand logo stand in the middle of the tailgate.

Further accents are set by the bumpers and side panels, now painted in body colour, as well as the underbody skid-plates in high-gloss black and silver. New Opel Grandland is also available in the characteristic two-tone paint for the roof.

Opel will announce the prices and open the order books for the newly developed SUV flagship in a few weeks’ time. Deliveries of the new Grandland – “Made in Germany” at the Eisenach plant – will begin in the autumn.

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Electrifying: Opel Gives First Glimpse of Future Astra

  • Bold and pure: Next generation Astra newly interprets Opel design philosophy
  • Driving force: Continuation of Opel product offensive and electrification strategy
  • Made in Germany: Designed, engineered and produced in Rüsselsheim

Opel today released dramatic images that offer the first glimpse of the future Astra – the first generation of the German brand’s compact car to be electrified. Photographs reveal the extreme precision and high attention to detail of the eagerly awaited all-new model, which newly interprets the brand’s pure and bold design philosophy and shows the way forward for its up-coming passenger cars.

“Future Astra will open an exciting new chapter in the 30-year history of our compact class model”, says Opel CEO, Michael Lohscheller. “We are confident that the next generation Opel Astra will make a powerful impression and attract many new customers to the brand.”

Opel Vizor will seamlessly integrate cutting-edge technologies

Central exterior design element is a further development of the Opel Vizor first seen on the new Mokka. Face of the brand stretches across the front, seamlessly integrating technologies such as the ultra-slim IntelliLux LED headlamps that will once again bring cutting-edge innovation to the compact market segment. At the rear, the all-new Astra nameplate is centrally placed on the sheer, taut surface of the tailgate.

Next generation Pure Panel with fully glazed displays

Same German precision applies throughout the interior. Next generation Pure Panel digital cockpit with fully glazed surfaces echoes the seamless integration of the Opel Vizor with two widescreen displays delivering detoxed information in a horizontal driver-oriented format. Physical controls are reduced to the minimum in the form of finely crafted keys. High quality of the interior customer experience is further emphasized by the shape, textures and materials used in the newly designed steering wheel and the exceptionally ergonomic front seats – a typical strength of the Opel brand.

Electrified next generation Astra continues Opel’s ongoing product offensive

Designed and engineered in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the next generation Astra will be available as a dynamic five-door hatchback and versatile Sports Tourer estate, continuing Opel’s ongoing product offensive and adding considerable impetus to the electrification of the brand’s entire product portfolio. Production will begin this year at the plant in Rüsselsheim.