Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Already Over 100,000 Orders for Opel Crossland X

Bestseller in the making: More than 100,000 customers have already ordered the Opel Crossland X since the start of sales about one year ago.

Just one year after the order books opened and already a bestseller: 100,000 customers across Europe have chosen the Opel Crossland X. Extremely crisp on the outside, really spacious and extra variable on the inside, with a cool two-colour finish and a casual SUV look: the Crossland X hits the bull's eye in the SUV-B market.

Crisp, spacious and versatile: Qualities like these have already convinced more than 100,000 customers to order the Opel Crossland X.
"With typically Opel technology such as ergonomic AGR front seats, which are unique in this market segment, the Crossland X plays a key role in our ongoing product offensive”, said Peter Küspert, Managing Director Sales and Marketing, Opel Automobile GmbH. “Together with its X- family siblings, the Mokka X and the Grandland X, it will be available in 2018 for the first time over a full calendar year and make an important contribution to growth.”

The Crossland X was the first joint project between Groupe PSA and Opel in the cooperation that began between both companies in 2012. The car shares its architecture with the Citroën C3 Aircross and both cars are produced in the Zaragoza plant in Spain.

The Crossland X offers a host of state-of-the-art driver assistance systems such as Driver Drowsiness Alert and Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, high-tech Full LED headlights, 180-degree Panoramic Rear View Camera and Side Blind Spot Alert.

The car is powered by a portfolio of efficient diesel, petrol and LPG engines from 1.2 to 1.6 litres in displacement with outputs ranging from 55 kW/75 hp to 96 KW/130 hp, combined with a choice of five and six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions (official fuel consumption in accordance with the New European Driving Cycle urban 8.4[1]-4.11 l/100 km, extra-urban 6.01-3.31 l/100 km, combined 6.91-3.61 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 123-931 g/km; efficiency class C-A+).

The Crossland X is the third member of the Opel X-family of trendy sport utility vehicles, alongside the robust Mokka X and the larger compact-class Grandland X. The X-family enjoys increasing popularity. In Germany, for example, the trio took first place in the SUV segment statistics of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) in the first two months of the year.

[1] With low rolling resistance tyres.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Opel Strengthens Overseas Business with Assembly in Namibia

  • Assembly of Opel Grandland X in new Groupe PSA JV facility in Walvis Bay starts already this year
  • Further impetus for business in Southern Africa
  • Growth outside Europe major pillar of PACE! strategy plan

New frontiers: Assembly of the Opel Grandland X in the new Groupe PSA plant in Namibia will start later this year.

Export offensive: Opel will further strengthen its presence in Southern Africa by assembling the Grandland X SUV in the new Groupe PSA plant in Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Opel continues to pursue its export offensive in markets outside Europe, capitalising on the global production footprint of Groupe PSA. Already this year, Opel models will also be produced in the plant in Namibia that was announced today. With this step, Opel will further strengthen its presence in Southern Africa.

Opel Grandland X will be assembled at the new Groupe PSA plant in Walvis Bay, Namibia, later this year.

“Increasing profitable sales significantly in markets outside of Europe is one of the key pillars of our strategic plan PACE! and we are making great progress in this area,” said Opel/Vauxhall CEO Michael Lohscheller. “Today’s decision also demonstrates how much Opel benefits from being a part of the Groupe PSA. We leverage the global presence of our parent company to gain a fast foothold in growth markets.”

In a first step, Opel will produce its SUV Grandland X in Walvis Bay/Namibia in the so-called SKD (Semi Knocked Down) assembly starting in the second half of 2018. Other products will follow at a later stage.

Groupe PSA and Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) signed a joint-venture to assemble both Opel and Peugeot brand vehicles in Walvis Bay. The annual targeted volume is more than 5,000 units by 2020.

“This very fast decision and implementation demonstrates the excellent cooperation with our different brands,” said Jean-Christophe Quémard, Executive Vice-President, Africa-Middle East of Groupe PSA. “This project is also the illustration that the Opel brand has a real potential in the region.”

A comprehensive export offensive is part of Opel/Vauxhall’s strategic plan PACE! which will pave the company’s way back to sustainable profitability. Opel targets doubling overseas sales by 2020. The goal is to generate 10 percent of the Opel sales volume outside of Europe by the mid-2020s. To reach this, the brand will further strengthen its presence in 15 export markets in Asia, Africa and South American where it is already present today and will enter more than 20 new export markets by 2022.

The decision to also assemble Opel vehicles for the African market in Namibia in the future is not the first step with which Opel is fulfilling this promise: In recent months, the car manufacturer from Rüsselsheim has already named renowned new trading partners in South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia. This will set the course for growth in these important markets of the future.

Friday, 9 March 2018

IntelliGrip: Optimum traction at all times for Opel Grandland X

  • Five adaptive traction control modes: From normal and snow to mud and sand
  • Power where it’s needed: Torque distribution automatically adjusted
  • Ready for anything: Perfect balance between grip and wheel-spin

Safe journeys through snow and mud: IntelliGrip electronic traction control ensures that the wheels of the Opel Grandland X always find sufficient grip.

Drivers who want a compact SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) offering cool style and efficiency, especially if they frequently encounter loose surfaces or slippery roads, need look no further than the new Opel Grandland X with the optional IntelliGrip adaptive traction control system.

Outstanding traction on ice and snow: With the IntelliGrip electronic traction control in the Opel Grandland X.

IntelliGrip enables optimum traction and stability on all kinds of surface. Depending on the driving conditions, the driver of the front-wheel drive Opel Grandland X simply selects the appropriate traction control mode via the rotary dial on the centre console. The electronics then immediately adapt torque distribution to the wheels and the ESP settings (Electronic Stability Program) to the selected mode.

“The Opel Grandland X SUV offers numerous innovations such as 360-degree camera, adaptive full-LED headlights and certified ergonomic seats, which make driving safer and more fun. And thanks to IntelliGrip technology, drivers can enjoy these benefits at any time, on a variety of road surfaces”, said Peter Küspert, Managing Director Sales and Marketing.

IntelliGrip features the following five modes:
  • Normal / On-road: ‘Normal mode’ is activated as soon as the Opel Grandland X is started. ESP and traction control are calibrated for normal driving conditions downtown, on the motorway or in the countryside.
  • Snow: ‘Snow mode’ enables optimum traction on icy and snowy surfaces at speeds up to 50 km/h. Traction control regulates the slip of the front wheels, slowing down the spinning wheel and transferring the torque to the other front wheel.
  • Mud: This mode allows more wheel slip. This intentional spinning of the wheel with the least traction when the vehicle is launching enables the removal of mud from the tire, which can then regain traction. Meanwhile, the wheel with the most grip is provided with the highest torque. This mode is active up to 80 km/h.
  • Sand: This mode allows a small amount of simultaneous spin of both the front-driven wheels, enabling the vehicle to move and reducing the risk of sinking.
  • ESP Off: This deactivates ESP and traction control at speeds up to 50 km/h. For safety reasons, IntelliGrip automatically returns to ‘normal mode’ at speeds above 50 km/h.
IntelliGrip thus adapts torque distribution to the front wheels according to the selected mode, allowing slip when necessary and thus creating the optimum balance between grip and wheel-spin.

The ideal mode for every surface: IntelliGrip can be operated from the dial in the Opel Grandland X cockpit.

The innovative IntelliGrip technology is available with all powertrain combinations of the Opel Grandland X as part of the option “Grip & Go”, together with five-spoke 7.5J x 18-inch light alloy wheels and 225/55 R18 tyres, on Enjoy, INNOVATION and Ultimate model variants.