Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Opel Astra: 500,000 Orders for the ‘European Car of the Year 2016’

  • Sought after: Innovative technologies go down well with customers
  • Smart: Almost 60 percent order front camera, 55 percent Navi 900 IntelliLink
  • Sophisticated: Dynamic and INNOVATION trims much in demand
  • Successful: Opel Astra second in compact car sales in Europe and Germany

Dynamic duo: Opel Astra Sports Tourer and Opel Astra five-door have convinced more than 500,000 customers from across Europe.

Lightweight vehicle architecture, highly efficient propulsion technologies along with trendsetting digital connectivity and driver assistance systems – these qualities of the Opel Astra, introduced at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, have already convinced more than 500,000 customers across Europe. The perennial bestseller currently holds second place in the European compact class market, while also being second in Germany and on other important markets.


Since this year, the Astra has managed to claim top spot in its segment in the Netherlands. Its technological highlights include Opel OnStar, the personal connectivity and service assistant, and the IntelliLux LED Matrix light, which enable permanent and glare-free high beam. Numerous international awards such as the ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ and ‘European Car of the Year 2016’ cement the athletic eye-catchers credentials.

“We are delighted that our latest generation Astra has already been able to convince over half a million customers. The high demand for leading innovations and equipment features along with ultra-modern assistance systems shows that our philosophy of bring trendsetting technologies into the compact class and thus making them available to a broad audience is paying dividends. This is what we understand by ‘the future is everyone’s’,” said Managing Director Sales & Aftersales Peter Küspert.

Bestsellers: Opel Eye front camera, Navi 900 IntelliLink and AGR seats

The orders for the Opel Astra reflect the outstanding reputation of the high-tech solutions. Almost 60 percent of all customers decide on the Opel Eye front camera, which in combination with numerous driver assistance systems, makes driving the Astra not just more pleasant but also safer. The driver assistance systems included Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indication along with Forward Collision Alert with Autonomous Emergency Braking. The latter actively helps avoid or mitigate rear-end collisions. If the gap shrinks below a safe distance, it warns the driver with a loud audible alarm, a visual warning in the instrument cluster and an LED projection on the windscreen.

Furthermore, Autonomous Emergency Braking is initiated when a collision threatens. Lane Keep Assist provides the driver with an audible and visual warning if he should unintentionally leave the lane while Lane Departure Warning softly acts again unintentional veering. Elsewhere, Following Distance Indication continuously calculates the distance to moving vehicles on the road ahead. This value is then displayed to the driver in seconds. A stylized green car symbolizes the vehicle ahead. If the distance is insufficient, the Headway Alert function is automatically activated and the symbol turns amber.

The Opel Astra is also available with the latest generation optional radar and based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which automatically maintains the pre-set distance to the vehicle ahead. ACC automatically adapts the speed and follows in accordance with the set safe distance; three distance settings (near – mid – far) are available. ACC behaves like conventional cruise control if there is no vehicle in the driving lane ahead, but it will additionally apply the brakes to maintain the set speed when driving downhill. Icons in the instrument cluster inform the driver about set speed, selected gap and if ACC has detected a vehicle ahead.

Around every third Astra customer chooses the LED tail lamps so that they are even easier to see in the dark. However, Opel Astra customer do not just look for safety. They are also want comfort and comprehensive infotainment. The second most popular equipment feature after the front camera package is Navi 900 IntelliLink. Around 55 percent of all Opel Astra models sold across Europe feature the ultra-modern infotainment system with eight-inch color touchscreen and integrated navigation. The maps cover all of Europe. Furthermore, the optional system is, depending on the device, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In order to enjoy an even more comfortable ride, around every fourth Opel Astra customer orders the AGR-certified (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.) and multiple award-winning ergonomic seats for driver and front passenger. They have a massage function, ventilation and side bolster setting – a unique combination in the compact class.

Upscale trim levels popular

Elsewhere, both the higher trims available for the Opel Astra, ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Innovation’, have also proved to be extremely popular with customers. Since the European “Car of the Year 2016” was launched, over 60 percent of Astra buyers have opted for the higher trim choices, giving them access to a lot more standard equipment and features that they subsequently do not need to order as an option. For example, Opel’s personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar comes as standard in both of the aforementioned trim levels. The personal connectivity and service assistant offers functions such as Automatic Crash Response, Vehicle Diagnostics or Stolen Vehicle Assistance and a 4G/LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot[1] for a stable internet connection. Up to seven devices can connect to the system simultaneously and use the high-speed mobile connection. Hotel bookings[2] and finding a suitable parking lot[3] are also no problem with OnStar. The driver can contact an Opel OnStar Advisor by pressing the blue button. The advisor will then look for a hotel in the desired price category and books a room or send the address of the closest parking possibility to the navigation system. Furthermore, the Dynamic and INNOVATION trims also include comfort features such as leather steering wheel, adjustable armrest or fog lamps.

[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.

[2] Via Booking.com. E-Mail address and credit card required.

[3] Via Parkopedia

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Opel CEO Announces First Plug-In Hybrid from Opel at IAA

  • Three world premieres: Opel Grandland X, Opel Insignia GSi and Country Tourer
  • Efficient propulsion: Grandland X to be Opel’s first plug-in hybrid
  • Opel stand opened: Press conference with Opel boss Michael Lohscheller and Groupe PSA CEO Carlos Tavares

World premiere: Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller announced the arrival of the first Opel plug-in hybrid at the IAA – Grandland X SUV

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller opened the Opel stand (D09 in Hall 8.0) at the 67th International Motor Show in Frankfurt (open daily until September 24) with a press conference today. With 300 journalists and Groupe PSA CEO Carlos Tavares in attendance, the Opel CEO presented three world premieres.

Strong showing: World premiere for sporty Insignia GSi with Group PSA CEO Carlos Taveres and Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.

The Rüsselsheim-based carmaker is bidding to take the booming SUV segment by storm with the compact Opel Grandland X. Lohscheller also announced that the newcomer will soon be available with a new top-of-the range diesel and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the Grandland X will be the first Opel to be offered as a plug-in hybrid.

“Our new Opel Grandland X as plug-in hybrid is the next big example of the opportunities that await us as a member of the PSA group,” said Lohscheller at the press conference. “We will follow this path closely.”

Elsewhere, the new top-of-the-line Opel Insignia models also took center stage. The dynamic GSi continues Opel’s long tradition of sporty limousines with that certain something while the all-wheel drive Country Tourer is the right choice for adventurers.

“We are continuing the biggest model offensive in Opel’s history with these three world premieres. We have made decisive additions to our portfolio this year with the electric range champion, the Ampera-e, the Opel Crossland X crossover, the Vivaro Life recreational vehicle and the Opel Grandland X SUV,” explained Lohscheller in Frankfurt. “We at Opel are proud to be part of the PSA Groupe now. Together we will create a European champion. We will do so by continuing to make technology ‘made in Germany’ available to as many customers as possible, thus staying true to our brand credo the future is everyone’s.”


Thursday, 7 September 2017

!NEW! Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer: The sporty, powerful station wagon

  • Powerful torque: New BiTurbo diesel with 154 kW/210 hp and 480 Nm
  • True top model: Always with FlexRide chassis and adaptive all-wheel drive
  • Sharp sports machine: Extra-sporty front and rear design, 20-inch wheels
  • Premium factor: Newly developed Opel integrated sport seats with AGR certificate
  • For the whole family: Ample space for five people, up to 1,665 liters load volume

Extra sharp, extra precise and extra powerful: New Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer has everything a sporty driver wants.
Extra sharp, extra precise and extra powerful with a new top-of-the-line engine: the new sporty Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer station wagon wins over not only the driver, but also the entire family. Because it sparks an unrivalled scope of driving fun without compromising on space and practicality. It is simply uncompromising.

The new Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer offers everything that sporty drivers wish for: the sharp station wagon can now also be powered by the engine tailored for the Opel flagship, the 154 kW/210 hp two-liter BiTurbo diesel with powerful torque of 480 Nm (official fuel consumption 2.0 BiTurbo according to the New European Driving Cycle: urban 8.9 l/100 km, extra-urban 6.1 l/100 km, combined 7.3 l/100 km, official specific CO2 emissions combined 192 g/km). Standard features include an especially dynamically tuned FlexRide chassis, innovative all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, high-grip tires and a new eight-speed automatic transmission that can also be operated via shift-paddles at the steering wheel – almost like a racing car.

All these features ensure an extremely active driving experience. Opel designers have given the Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer a sporty look to match its driving performance. Large chrome air-intakes at the front and a neat rear spoiler unmistakably show that this is the flagship station wagon with sporty ambitions. In the interior, the driver settles in behind the sport leather steering wheel in an optional integrated sport seat specially developed by Opel for the GSi. The rest of the occupants enjoy the familiar high level of comfort in the Sports Tourer – with generous space also in the second row, up to 1,665 liters load volume as well as all-round infotainment and connectivity with Opel IntelliLink and Opel OnStar. This makes the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer the efficient Opel flagship station wagon that brings more excitement and fun into every day.

Top powertrain, chassis, brakes: GSi is a solid athlete through and through

Just like with the Opel Insignia GSi Grand Sport, the engineers fine-tuned the Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. Here in the Eifel mountains Opel runs a test center for setting up its performance cars.

Opel has equipped the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer with a top engine for powerful performance with a punch: the new two-liter BiTurbo diesel features sequential two-stage turbocharging, delivering 154 kW/210 hp at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 480 Nm from only 1,500 rpm. The GSi Sports Tourer BiTurbo accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 231 km/h.

Those who prefer a lively turbo gasoline engine for the GSi are right on target with the 191 kW/260 hp two-liter turbo gasoline unit that delivers maximum torque of 400 Nm from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm (official fuel consumption in New European Driving Cycle: urban 11.5 l/100 km, extra-urban 7.1 l/100 km, combined 8.7 l/100 km, official specific CO2 emissions combined 199 g/km). This takes the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer from zero to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and to a top speed of 245 km/h.

The foundation for maximum driving fun and effective performance output is the all-new GSi chassis: shorter springs lower the sporty station wagon by 10 millimeters compared to the normal Sports Tourer; special sports shock absorbers reduce body movements to a minimum. The standard FlexRide chassis adapts shock absorbers and steering in fractions of a second. The system also optimally adapts the calibration of the accelerator pedal and the shift points of the eight-speed automatic gearbox to driving performance. Subject to the chosen mode – Standard, Tour or Sport – steering and throttle-response are softer (Tour) or even more direct and further sharpen the driving experience (Sport). Exclusive to the GSi is the Competition mode, which is activated via the ESP button. A double-press allows skillful drivers more yaw and switches off traction control. And if the Opel Insignia GSi driver really wants to have direct control of everything, he can shift gears via paddles at the steering wheel on the standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Twinster all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, unique in this class, is a perfect match to the sporty chassis. A twin clutch system replaces the conventional differential on the rear axle and ensures more precise, individual power transmission to each tire. This means the Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer drives exactly the line the driver wants (and understeer, when the front wheels push towards the outside of the corner and can cause the car to drift out of its lane, is practically banished).

To bring the performance onto the road with optimal traction, engineers have fitted the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer with extra high-grip Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires – on large 20‑inch wheels. And for superb deceleration at high speeds, powerful Brembo four-cylinder brakes (diameter 345 millimeter) take over. All of this together with the familiar light-weight design of the Insignia Sports Tourer ensures an incomparably direct, sporty driving experience that one does not normally expect from a station wagon.

Sharp design and lots of comfort: Everyday hero in racing car look

The same is true of the interior: here the GSi station wagon model combines generous space and high Sports Tourer comfort with distinct racing car flair. This makes the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer as much fun for passengers as for the driver, who takes it all in in the comfort of a bucket seat specially designed for the GSi by Opel. The AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) certified optional premium performance seat with a tall seatback and integrated head restraint – with the GSi logo proudly embroidered – offers superb lateral support during fast cornering as well as excellent long-distance comfort for extended journeys. This is ensured by the combination familiar from the Sports Tourer: ventilation, heating, massage function and adjustable side bolsters. The flat-bottom leather sports steering wheel and aluminum pedals enhance the sporty feeling in the cockpit even more.

Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer’s wheelbase of 2,829 millimeters ensures a superb sense of space. This is particularly noticeable in the second row, where three passengers travel in comfort and the two outer rear seats are also heated. All occupants enjoy best entertainment and top connectivity with the latest generation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems. Also on board is the groundbreaking personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar, which now also offers additional new services such as booking hotel rooms1 and searching for parking2.

Thanks to the 4G LTE WLAN-Hotspot3 all Insignia Sports Tourer occupants have fast and easy internet access with their mobile devices.

Opel Insignia GSi Sport Tourer’s eye-catching sporty looks featuring chrome-edged front air-intakes and exhaust pipes as well as a distinctive rear spoiler for the necessary downforce on the rear axle envelop an extremely practical car. Just like its series counterpart, its luggage compartment offers an exemplary 560 to 1,665 liters load volume and the optional 40/20/40 foldable rear seats enable flexible loading space configurations. In order to make loading as easy as possible, the sensor-controlled tailgate is opened and closed without having to touch the car by a simple kicking motion under the rear bumper. Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer drivers also benefit from more top technologies ranging from groundbreaking IntelliLux LED Matrix light to Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. This all makes the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer as sharp as it is practical, and above all makes it a safe and comfortable station wagon for the whole family.

33-year tradition: the GSi models from Opel

The Insignia GSi continues a long tradition of sporty Opel cars named GSi. The first to stir up excitement were the Manta GSi and the Kadett GSi (115 hp from 1.8-liters) in 1984.

Only four years later the 2.0-liter DOHC 16 Valve engine in the Kadett 2.0 GSi 16V delivered 150 hp.

The first Astra also featured this engine and in 1993 there was a 1.8-liter 125 hp alternative in the Astra GSi. There was also a GSi with various generations of the Corsa, beginning with the 100 hp Corsa A (1988) that has become a much sought-after classic. At the (provisional!) end of the line was the Corsa D in August 2012.