Friday, 31 May 2013

!NEW! First Opel Insignia ST in China Delivered to Customer

Opel recently delivered its first imported Insignia ST (Sport Tourer) sold in China to a customer through Shanghai Trading Co. Ltd. for Automobile Import CTCAI (Shanghai Trading).

The first Opel Insignia ST in China delivered to customer in Shanghai

The Insignia ST made its public debut in China at Auto Shanghai 2013 in April. It is now available at most Opel 4S stores in China.

"Opel is a German brand with a great reputation. Its newest model in China has received many positive reviews," said Mr. Zheng, the first local Insignia ST owner. "I took a test drive. It met my needs and its handling was superior. It is a value-for-money car."

"The Insignia ST, like the imported Antara SUV, is an eye-catching model in our Opel showrooms," said Mr. Gu, Opel Sales Manager at Shanghai Trading. "Many customers have expressed an interest in the Insignia ST. The number of pre-orders is growing."

Embodying Opel's proud heritage of German engineering and technology excellence, the Insignia ST represents the brand's forward-looking design. It is powered by an ECOTEC® 2.0 T Direct Injection Turbocharged engine that can take the Insignia ST from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.1 seconds. Its functional people-oriented amenities include an electric panoramic sunroof, Ergonomic Sport Seats (AGR), intelligent parking assist and Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL).

Two Opel Insignia ST variants are being offered in China: the Front-Wheel-Drive (FWD) Luxury and the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) Sports. They are priced at RMB 325,000 and RMB 375,000.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

!NEW! Opel and the Netherlands: Close Ties Since 1924

Dutch royal couple’s visit to Rüsselsheim carries on tradition 
When the Dutch royal couple Willem-Alexander and Máxima visit Opel in Rüsselsheim on June 4th as the head of a business delegation, the main topic of the day will be the future of mobility. The royal couple will meet with Opel experts, discuss electric mobility and visit the design center. Tradition also plays a large role in the connection between Opel and the Netherlands; the ties are many. 

Opel is getting ready for the visit of the royal couple from the Netherlands and is presenting the new Cascada convertible in orange. Next to the Cascada a vintage Opel Diplomat in front of the Adam Opel Haus.
Did you know that:
  • The first Opel dealerships opened their doors in the Netherlands in 1924 and Opel has been one of the most popular brands in the country ever since
  • The most popular Opel model in Holland at this moment is the Corsa, followed by Astra and Mokka
  • Opel sponsors the Dutch soccer club Feyenoord Rotterdam which has an ex-national player, Ronald Koeman, as a trainer and last season finished 3rd in the First Division
  • Today around 850,000 Opel vehicles are on Dutch roads – the second biggest total fleet in the Netherlands.
  • A member of the Dutch royal family already visited Opel in Rüsselsheim. In October 2010 King Willem-Alexander’s cousin, Prinz Maurits, came to learn more about the future of electric mobility and test drove the Opel Ampera and the HydroGen 3.
  • The ADAM store in Amsterdam was completely decorated in orange during King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima’s enthronement?
  • The Netherlands is a trailblazer in electric mobility. The government has introduced an incentive program that also includes tax benefits.
  • Today almost 10,000 electric cars are on Holland’s roads – which makes the Netherlands leading in Europe when it comes to introducing electric mobility
  • In 2012, almost 4,000 new electric vehicles were registered in the Netherlands, thereof around 2,700 Opel Ampera. That means around 67 percent market share in the last year.
  • Since its start of sales the Opel Ampera has been market leader in the Netherlands. More Ampera were sold there than in any other European country.
  • The several historic Opel clubs in the Netherlands have several thousands of members. There are many clubs, for a lot of Opel models, including the Kadett, Manta and GT.
  • There are currently 26 Dutch employees in Rüsselsheim. They are of course especially looking forward to the royal couple’s visit.

!NEW! Opel Astra Sports Tourer - Best Compact Ever in 100,000 Kilometer Endurance Test Conducted by Trade Journal auto motor und sport

  • 104,800 test kilometers without the slightest technical problem
  • Best car ever tested in highly competitive compact class
  • Driving comfort and long-distance performance impress the editors
Opel Astra Sports Tourer 2.0 CDTI

The respected trade journal auto motor und sport will publish the results of its endurance test with the Opel Astra Sports Tourer CDTI in tomorrow’s issue (12/2013). In the test article the author writes, “In terms of reliability, it completed the 100,000 km distance with flying colors and confidently stormed its way to the top of the defects index hit list for its class, easily claiming the number one position. Touché!“

The compact station wagon went into service for the Stuttgart editors on April 21, 2011 and covered exactly 104,800 test kilometers. During this time, the 2.0-liter diesel Astra only went into the garage for scheduled maintenance visits. In the summary, auto motor und sport thus certified the Sports Tourer’s especially high level of quality: “After almost two years and 100,000 demanding kilometers, the Astra Sports Tourer had no defects and only slight signs of wear. Opel deserves a lot of praise for that.”

The editorial office has a highest ranking list of all endurance tests. In the compact class, the Opel Astra Sports Tourer is now at the top, ahead of the VW Golf, the Mercedes A class and the Toyota Prius. Opel was the only car that did not need to make a non-scheduled garage visit during the long-term test. In contrast, the second-place car had to be repaired three times. With a defects index 2, the Astra Sports Tourer also achieves the second-best value ever of all cars tested by auto motor und sport. So fittingly the endurance test was headlined “Opel, the most reliable”.

Opel brand values precision, efficiency, reliability
With this headline, auto motor und sport alludes to the slogan “Opel the reliable” used for the first time in 1936. The German automaker advertised its products like this until the early 1980s. Now this key phrase is again the focus of the QUALITY!2022 strategy, in which Opel has set itself the goal of becoming better with each new product in order to be an industry leader in quality by 2022. Not only the Opel Astra Sports Tourer endurance test result impressively confirms that Opel is on the right track. The number of warranty claims for new passenger cars has also fallen by 50 percent since 2000.

Vice President GM Europe for Quality Thomas Simon is very pleased with the Opel Astra’s spotless endurance test result. “Our quality offensive is in full swing – and it’s obviously a real success. Now we want to go a step further. Typical Opel values are precision, efficiency and reliability. These obligate us to develop and build all new vehicle generations, bodies and powertrains in the best-possible quality.”

First-class driving comfort ensures best long-distance performance
Quality is not only apparent in technical reliability, but also in everyday suitability. auto motor und sport describes this in the Astra endurance test as follows: “You get into the car and immediately feel perfectly at home in it.” The reasons listed for this include the excellent seats, great suspension comfort, large luggage compartment capacity and the powerful yet economical diesel engine with 350 Nm torque. So all told, the editors see a “convincing touring car” in the Sports Tourer that also gets plus points for good traction and effective heating in the winter. The author summarizes, “The Astra shows its best side on long journeys.”

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

!NEW! Red-White Opel ADAM Ideal Addition to Fire Brigades

  • Unlimited variants: Individualization champion also suitable as First Responder car
  • Long tradition: Opel models saving lives since early 20th century
  • Right-of-way for safety: Opel has had own professional plant fire brigade since 1911

  • New Opel ADAM Fire First Responder Concept and Opel Blitz Fire truck

    The Opel ADAM is the absolute individualization champion – privately and in future, maybe also for the fire department. The bold urban car now also shows its suitability for rescue services as a speedy fire brigade vehicle. The series production Opel ADAM offer encompasses 12 body colors and three additional combinable roof colors – as a fire brigade study it comes exclusively in red-white signal colors. The small lifestyle car continues the tradition of Opel lifesavers – which started over 100 years ago in the form of the “Doctor’s Car” – in an unconventional way.

    New Opel ADAM Fire First Responder Concept

    Fire brigade first responder Opel ADAM: Safety down to the smallest detail

    Opel Special Vehicles GmbH transformed the stylish urban Opel ADAM into a spectacular fire brigade first responder vehicle. The study sporting red-white applications of the emergency number 112 clearly visible on the hood, side doors and trunk lid as well as special alarm signals on the roof and two LED front flashing lights is a real attention-getter. In addition, the fire brigade ADAM features an interior push-pull-rotary alarm switch as well as a portable Tetra two-way radio in a holder on the center console. The special-use equipment joins high-tech innovations like the IntelliLink infotainment system that is compatible with iPhones and Android smartphones, and that makes the ADAM the best connected small car. The multi-award winning newcomer also features equipment and technology options including fully automatic park assist, heated steering wheel in combination with heated front seats, blind spot alert, hands-free docking station for smartphones called FlexDock, 18” wheels featuring red-white color clips and LED daytime running lights.

    An especially practical detail of the fire brigade ADAM is in the rear: a special design by the company Bösenberg ensures that emergency backpack, defibrillator, fire extinguisher and fire helmet stay securely in place even during high-speed travel on rescue calls.

    Life saver with the blitz: Rescue services vehicles have long tradition at Opel

    At just under 3.7 meters in length and with a host of innovative technologies, the agile urban car ADAM is ideal as a first responder vehicle in heavy city traffic. It leads Opel rescue services vehicles into the future while continuing an over 100 year-long tradition of Opel cars for emergency services.

    The first example of this was the “Opel 4/8 hp” from 1909. There was good reason the two-seater was soon known under the name “Doctor’s Car”. Smaller and more agile than conventional cars, it could maneuver much more easily in narrow streets – very useful for doctors, who could thus get to their patients easier and faster.

    The importance of professional rescue personnel and the corresponding equipment was something the automaker found out for itself just two years later. In 1911 a big fire destroyed large parts of the Rüsselsheim plant. As a direct result, a professional Opel fire brigade which supported the existing volunteer fire department was established and the “motorized fire pump” was developed for the plant fire brigade. Opel set new technical standards with its first models. The fire brigade vehicles quickly gained both national and international customers’ attention. A famous example of the brand’s rescue vehicles is the Opel Blitz. Various chassis layouts built the basis for personnel transport vehicles carrying up to nine occupants as well as for fire-extinguishing tank trucks.

    In 1952 a new Blitz was developed, and due to its popularity with fire fighters it quickly became market leader. Its lively and, if necessary, overloadable carburetor engine was extremely robust. For some smaller fire departments the fire truck 8 based on the Opel Blitz 1.75 t was their first motor vehicle – many of these models stayed in service until well into the 1980s.

    Today Opel subsidiary Opel Special Vehicles GmbH (OSV) builds special vehicles for police, ambulance and fire brigades from series production cars. These range from tailor-made Astra five-door and Sport Tourer versions, Insignia Sports Tourer, Corsa, Antara and the Zafira family to the spacious compact van Zafira Tourer. Together with certified conversion partners, the Opel models Vivaro and Movano are also available as multi-utility, crew, emergency medical services and small fire-extinguishing vehicles.

    !NEW! Opel Zafira Tourer wins two Titles in the election for Taxi of the Year

    Comfort and efficiency are paramount virtues of compact vans

    Opel Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG Turbo wins Taxi of the Year 2013

    The Opel Zafira Tourer is the ideal taxi. When choosing the "Taxi of the Year 2013," to bring the elegant and spacious Opel compact van in two evaluation criteria the winner's trophy: The Opel Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG Turbo ecoFLEX (CNGCompressed Natural Gas) wins in the compact and mid-size vans economical car, in addition, he has been voted the most comfortable member of his profession.

    Eleven automakers, with a total of 19 models at Europe's largest taxi-comparison test of the journal "taxi today" in Fulda at the start. Taxi operators from all over Germany tested the vehicles for two days in the points cost, functionality, comfort and emotion through their paces.

    Opel Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG Turbo - CNG gas tank storage 

    With a consumption of just 4.7 kg H gas per 100 kilometers in the combined cycle of 110 kW/150 hp Opel Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG Turbo ecoFLEX emits only 129 grams of CO2 per kilometer - values ​​that are just for the environment as expected for the taxi company. Due to the low fuel thirst and a tank volume of 25 kg as a range of 530 kilometers in pure natural gas is in it - without time-consuming refueling stops. In addition to the cost of a taxi operator counts above all the comfort for the guests. Here the variable Opel compact van shines with either AGR-certified ergonomic seats for driver and front passenger, an extraordinary degree of flexibility is guaranteed by the Flex 7 seating system plus with exclusive lounge function. So that the driver can be used with little effort to address the individual needs of its passengers and the carriage of passengers in the second row enjoy as much space as never before. The Opel Zafira Tourer is a taxi model from 20,630 euros (RRP excluding VAT in Germany).

    Wednesday, 22 May 2013

    !NEW! Opel FlexFix: Easily Carries up to Four Bicycles

  • Opel-Exclusive bicycle carrier system available for nine model variants
  • Second generation of rear bicycle carrier now also for newcomers ADAM and Mokka
  • Sophisticated construction ensures simple, back-friendly operation
  • Trunk space and access remain undisturbed even when bikes are mounted on carrier
  • Up to 20 percent fuel savings compared to roof rack systems

  • Opel ADAM with second-generation FlexFix bike carrier

    Opel’s fully integrated FlexFix bicycle carrier system makes taking your own bike with you on vacation a breeze. Families and active vacationers can transport up to four bicycles on their trip – with FlexFix it’s easy, space-saving and safe. Opel offers the patented system for nearly all models ranging from the Astra, Corsa, Antara and Meriva all the way to the “Lounge on Wheels” Zafira Tourer. The newest members of the FlexFix club are the sub-compact Mokka SUV and the urban lifestyle car ADAM.

    Opel Corsa with FlexFix bike carrier

    Opel is the only automaker to offer this user-friendly transport system that is fully integrated in the rear of the vehicle and so is always on board. The bicycle carrier can be effortlessly pulled out and disappears invisibly back into the rear bumper when not in use. It is always ready to use everywhere, for instance to pick up the children and their bikes when they get caught in an unexpected rainstorm. Another major advantage of the second-generation FlexFix system is that even when fully loaded, it can be tilted so that the tailgate of the vehicle can be opened easily. So the luggage compartment remains easily accessible, even with four bikes mounted on the rear of the car.

    Opel Astra 5-door  with FlexFix bike carrier

    Second-generation FlexFix – Bicycle vacation with the whole family
    The second-generation Opel FlexFix system for the versatile compact Astra Sports Tourer station wagon and the compact Zafira Tourer van can carry up to four bikes, while for the sub-compact Mokka SUV it can transport up to three bicycles. The enhanced Opel FlexFix system offers increased load capacity: the first and second bikes can now weigh up to 30 kilograms each (previously 20 kilograms max.), which is also practical for transporting most e-bikes. Even the chic urban car ADAM can carry a bicycle weighing up to 30 kg, and with an additional adapter a second bike for the ADAM co-driver. 

    Opel Astra ST with second-generation FlexFix bike carrier

    Opel Zafira Tourer MPV with second-generation FlexFix bike carrier

    On larger Opel models, the second-generation FlexFix is available with an extension kit including a clip-on adaptor so that a further two bicycles up to 20 kilograms each can be transported. The entire loading capacity is 80 kilograms (Mokka: 60 kg). Special holders with rubber inlays ensure that the bikes are held securely in place.

    Opel Mokka SUV with second-generation FlexFix bike carrier

    Flexible, easy, back-friendly – exceptional Opel technology
    With FlexFix Opel remains the only car maker to offer a bicycle carrier system that is fully integrated and always on board. The user-friendly bicycle carrier is very easy to operate as it can be adjusted by hand without the need to use tools, and offers a host of practical functions. When not in use it disappears invisibly into the rear bumper like a drawer. This is another example of typical onboard flexibility á la Opel.

    Opel Antara SUV with FlexFix bike carrier

    Another big plus point of the Opel FlexFix system is its outstanding ergonomics. In contrast to other systems such as roof racks where you have to twist and lift the bicycle high over your head, the FlexFix carrier is located close to the ground, making cumbersome lifting superfluous and mounting bicycles on your car nearly effortless and back-friendly. The back experts at Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (AGR – Campaign for Healthy Backs) praised this when they awarded their highly coveted seal of approval to the Meriva for its overall ergonomic concept including the FlexFix carrier. The Meriva was the first production car in the world to receive this distinction.

    Opel Meriva MPV with FlexFix bike carrier

    Studies have shown that additional fuel consumption with bicycles mounted on the rear is around 20 percent lower than when they are mounted on the vehicle’s roof. So the integrated Opel FlexFix system saves fuel costs while it reduces impact on the environment. In contrast to those with roof rack systems, the vehicle is not subject to a 120 km/h speed limit, as the bikes are stored at the rear. This stable arrangement is particularly secure during a sharp braking maneuver or an impact. If a park pilot is on board and the gearbox in reverse, an acoustic signal warns the driver that the bicycle carrier is still fully extended.

    The prices for the FlexFix carrier start at 420 euros in the five-door Astra, at 590 euros in the Corsa and Meriva and 650 euros in the Antara. The newly enhanced FlexFix system can be purchased for 570 euros for the Astra Sports Tourer, for 590 euros for the ADAM and Mokka and for 790 euros for the Zafira Tourer. The adaptor kit which provides space for a third and fourth bicycle with the new system is available from 106.50 euros (all prices RRP in Germany including VAT). The integrated FlexFix system often costs less than other rear bike carriers that also need a trailer hitch as a base.

    Tuesday, 21 May 2013

    !NEW! Opel Expects Royal Visit from the Netherlands

    • One of the first visits abroad for Willem-Alexander and Maxima
    • Business delegation to discuss future of mobility in Rüsselsheim
    • Technology exhibition in Adam Opel Haus

    Opel Ampera EV
    On June 4th Opel will be ready: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will lead a business delegation visit to Rüsselsheim. Enthroned just one month ago, the royal couple will gather information on the future of the automobile during their working visit to Opel. Participants from the Dutch delegation and Hessian business managers will discuss electric mobility. Focus will be on the Opel Ampera, the first fully electric car suitable for everyday use. For the occasion, an Opel Ampera and the new Cascada convertible will be painted in orange, matching the color of the royal house.

    Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann will welcome the royal couple during their visit to Rüsselsheim. The CEO of Opel is looking forward to his celebrity guests, who will be accompanied by Volker Bouffier, Prime Minister of the State of Hesse: "We are honored that the visit to Opel is among one of the first official acts of the new King and Queen. This is also due to Opel’s pioneering role in the development of environmentally friendly drive concepts. Our electric car Ampera is on the Dutch market and already market leader in Europe."

    Opel Ampera EV at Adam Opel Haus in Rüsselsheim
    Following the welcome, the royal couple will visit the design center and the technology exhibition “Green & Smart Mobility” in Adam Opel Haus.

    !NEW! Opel is back! – Also at World’s Biggest Opel Fan Festival in Oschersleben

    • Race track in Saxony-Anhalt again hosts brand fans from May 29 – June 2
    • Annual brand gathering draws over 70,000 visitors
    • Many events and activities for Opel fans

    Timeless: Opel GT still looks absolutely modern 

    Opel is back: from May 29 – June 2, 2013, the brand will welcome around 70,000 people with more than 20,000 cars to the world’s biggest annual Opel fan gathering in the motorsport arena in Saxony-Anhalt. The automaker will exhibit sporty Opel models as well as classic vehicles from long ago during the five-day festival, and visitors can also enjoy diverse activities with lots of music, parties and athletic challenges.

    Open: All the work has to be finish for this special event to show the golden oldie like this beautiful Opel Ascona A

    “The Opel gathering in Oschersleben will this year more than ever be an unforgettable experience,” says Dr. Thomas Sedran, Board Member for Strategy at Opel. “Our fans are among the most loyal that a brand can wish for – this hugely popular annual ‘family gathering’ clearly underscores this. So we are especially pleased to be able to be there with the most attractive and sporty model portfolio we have ever had in our over 150-year history. Together with our return to motorsports and the German National Soccer League, this gives us more than enough reason to say: Opel is back!”

    Opel is back in sports: Rallying, circuit racing, OPC and German Soccer League
    The spotlight is on Opel sports activities at the 18th annual fan festival at Germany’s northern-most race track. For the first time, visitors can get a glimpse of the ADAM in its rallye outfit off of ADAC Opel Rallye Cup racetrack. The 800 square-meter exhibition space will showcase eye-catching high-performance models from Opel Performance Center – Insignia OPC, Astra OPC and Corsa OPC, and the youngest Opel family members Cascada and Mokka are also sure to turn heads.

    Hot: The burnout contest belongs to Oschersleben 
    Opel fans also have the opportunity to prove their prowess behind the wheel. In competitions like the one-eighth-mile drag-race style sprint or the Drift Challenge they have to give it their all to win one of the coveted prizes. Exceptional finesse is also required on the Opel/OPC driving dynamics course.

    But experiencing pure, intense emotions is not limited to the motorsports arena. This season Opel revived its soccer activities, becoming an official premium partner in the German National Soccer League and supporting the teams of Champion League finalist Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Mainz 05, SC Freiburg and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Internationally, Opel also supports the top Turkish club Galatasaray Istanbul and the Dutch team Feyenoord Rotterdam; our British sister brand has partnered with the national teams of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Oschersleben, visitors can take part in goal-scoring contests and demonstrate their accuracy against the “robo-goalie”.

    Perfect union: Motorsports meet tradition and show
    The “Old Opel Get-together” revives the automotive glamor of times past – for the last 12 years, Opel classic car enthusiasts have gathered in Oschersleben with their historic models to celebrate the brand’s extraordinary automobile history. Opel Classic provides extra thrills with two special highlights: a 1983 Commodore C ambulance and an Opel Blitz fire truck from the 1960s. Both models are in active use in Oschersleben, with the Blitz offering a “cool down” with the fire hose in case some visitors need a respite from summer temperatures.

    In line: The classic cars parade is real highlight at Oschersleben

    Shining: A real fan has been working hard on his car – preparing, painting, polishing the beloved Opel

    In addition to a host of contests and automotive showpieces, there is lots of entertainment off the track – after all, sharing this experience is what the world’s largest Opel gathering is about for most visitors. A special fan corner is available in the exhibition hall for those who want to share ideas and car talk undisturbed. In the evenings party fun is guaranteed by DJs and entertainers like Olaf Henning with “Hüttengaudi”, the “Deutschrock Party”, “House Night” and the “89.0 RTL Adam Opel Party Night”; and of course the “Miss Opel 2013” beauty pageant will take place on Friday night. The explosive highlight of the evening events is on Saturday at around eleven o’clock p.m., when a stunning fireworks show will light up the sky.

    Lovely: The most beautiful ladies will compete for the Miss Opel 2013.

    Information about the five-day Opel event can be found online on:

    Monday, 20 May 2013

    !NEW! Opel celebrates with his fans comeback at the Endurance classic

    • 210,000 spectators enjoy Opel comeback at the Nürburgring
    •  Fritzsche / Fritzsche / Wolter / Gusenbauer win the Class Cup 1
    • 54th Class victory for the Opel brand in the 24-hour race
    The Opel traditional racing colors of white and yellow.
    Opel Astra OPC Cup - Team Kissling Motorsport with starting number 110
    The Opel brand is back in motorsport 210,000 spectators around the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, the brand celebrated with the flash at the 41 ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race a great comeback. In the endurance classic in the Eifel proved the used Opel cars - from the brand new Opel Astra OPC to iconic Manta - perseverance to the end. Support for the hunt by the 'Green Hell' were the racers of the many fans of the brand, the camp at the Nürburgring for days. So fans can easily follow the race from the best seats at the Nordschleife, Opel has approached the tent and storage spaces and distributed 1,000 Opel folding chairs.

    Longtime partners: Opel and Kissling Motorsport Motorsport with drivers starting number 110 (from left to right). Rear: Michael F. Meyer (Opel), Alex Hofmann, Stefan Kissling, Kroher Thomas, Thomas Sedran (Opel board), Hannu Luostarinen, front: Gerry Diel, Helmut Kissling, Jörg Schrott  (Opel Motorsport).
    "The Opel fans at the Nurburgring are just great," says Alex Hofmann, who has gone into a prepared Kissling Motorsport Opel Astra OPC at the start. "The most emotional moment for me was the introduction round with the many fans along the way. In the dovetail I felt like in, Opel Country '-. Those who cheered me and the other riders everywhere people with yellow T-shirts "

    Opel is back in motorsport. With well over a dozen privately inserted Opel cars, the brand is celebrating its comeback with the flash in the 24-hour race
    Inspired by the racing comeback at the Nürburgring is also Dr. Thomas Sedran, Strategy Management Board of Adam Opel AG, who followed the race on the spot and the team pressed the thumb. "This is my first 24-hour race and I'm really impressed. The atmosphere is unique and the whole atmosphere authentic. The atmosphere in this race is comparable to any other event. "

    Opel Astra OPC Cup - Team Motorsport Düchting with starting number 305
                       Background: The legendary Opel Manta in the box.
    "The 24-hour race is a fascinating event and it is important that in this great Opel Motorsport Festival where", Sedran said. "Our numerous Opel teams offer viewers great motorsport. Our commitment to the grassroots is the private teams possible at a manageable budget. This combination is also reflected in our brand philosophy. The racing cars of Opel show our guests and the many fans around the Nurburgring Opel's sporty image and promote our series products. "

    With experience and routine to Victory

    Great joy after 24 hours: The victory in the Cup Class 1 won the Opel Astra OPC with the starting number 303 Appointed by the Union Race Teichmann Racing Cup racer with the driver and crew Hans-Jürgen Otto Fritzsche, Thorsten and Werner Wolter Gusenbauer crossed after 76 rounds the finish line as the winner. For the Opel brand, it is the 54th Class victory in the history of the 24-hour race, the twins Fritzsche it is the sixth. "We've already been run many victories, but is particularly beautiful," said Otto Fritzsche was happy at the finish. "In the end, 'Green Hell' conquered 'experience in the most difficult conditions in the. Without a doubt this race will still remain long in your memory. "

    This was preceded thrilling door-to-door duels, some long battles every few seconds, and many lead changes. One of the biggest competitors were Alex Hofmann, Thomas and Hanno Luostarinen Kroher. The trio in the yellow-white Astra, the traditional colors of Opel Motorsport, with the starting number 110 came in second to the finish - and former MotoGP rider Hofmann not only delighted with the podium. "I've driven a few 24-hour race, but never finished the race. The race was great fun and the finish is a dream come true. Thanks to the team of Kissling Motorsport who made this possible. "

    The third place Maximilian Hackländer, Christian Gebhardt, Pierrehumbert and Daniel Bohr counted. The driver line-up of the Opel Astra OPC with the starting number 305 had led the class for a long time and was thrown back by an accident. At the end they lacked 8.484 seconds in second place.

    The checkered flag after the 24 hours also saw the very popular with the fans Opel Manta. In the SP3 class Olaf Beckmann, Volker Strycek, Peter hatred and Jürgen Schulten occupied sixth place. Dr. Thomas Sedran: "It's great that the 24-hour race sporty models from our current product range at the start are - above all the vehicles out of the Opel Astra OPC Cup. A contrast to this is the manta. The Manta has always been a very emotional car with all the fun. This is now our motto. "

    The next performance by Opel Astra OPC at the third round of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring 22 June 2013.

    Wednesday, 15 May 2013

    NEW generation 1.6 SIDI Turbo now powers Opel Astra model range

    Opel Astra 5-door hatchback 1.6 SIDI Turbo
    • Best-in-class: SIDI Turbo gasoline unit with strong low-end torque and high refinement
    • Three body styles: Available as 5-door hatchback, 4-door sedan and Sports Tourer
    • More torque: Up to 280 Nm from just 1,650 rpm
    • Greater economy: Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions cut by up to 14 percent
    • Refined transmissions: Smooth six-speed manual and automatic transmissions
    Opel Astra 4-door sedan 1.6 SIDI Turbo
    An all-new gasoline engine in three Astra variants: the new-generation 1.6 SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) Turbo unit now makes its debut in the Opel best seller. The 125 kW/170 hp, direct injection engine leads the newly-launched Opel powertrain offensive and takes the Astra five door hatchback, four door sedan and Sports Tourer models to the top of their segments for superb low-end torque and refinement.

    Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 SIDI Turbo
    This new-generation engine tops the gasoline offer in the Astra family and replaces the previous 1.6 Turbo. It generates exceptional maximum torque of up to 280 Nm (50 Nm more than its predecessor), which is available from just 1,650 rpm (previous generation: 2,200 rpm). It does more than just beat its predecessor: it also delivers 12 percent more torque than its closest competitors from the compact class with 150 - 180 hp output, even those from German premium brands.

    Opel ECOTEC 1.6 SIDI Turbo engine

    At the same time, with NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) fuel consumption of just 5.9 liters/100 km 
    (five door and sedan), the new Astra models powered by the 1.6 SIDI Turbo also require up to 14 percent less gasoline than their predecessors. Refined transmissions also play a role in delivering better fuel economy as well as enhanced comfort and performance.

    Opel Astra 5-door hatchback 1.6 SIDI Turbo

    The five door Astra, the sedan and Sports Tourer 1.6 SIDI Turbo come with next-generation six-speed manual gearboxes distinguished by especially high shifting comfort and substantially lower friction. A new, low-friction six-speed automatic transmission can also be combined with the new 1.6 SIDI Turbo engine in the Astra models. It features an Active Select function to provide manual shifting for a sportier driving experience.

    Opel Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 SIDI Turbo

    The five door Astra 1.6 SIDI Turbo can now be ordered, with prices starting at 23,385 euros (RRP incl. VAT in Germany) and 24,485 euros for the similarly equipped Astra Sports Tourer. The Astra four-door sedan with the 1.6 SIDI Turbo engine will be available this fall.

    Opel Astra 4-door sedan 1.6 SIDI Turbo

    Top of segment: Higher torque than all direct competitors
    While most competitors provide maximum torque of 240 - 250 Nm, the Astra five-door, sedan and Sports Tourer 1.6 SIDI Turbo impress with powerful low-end torque of up to 280 Nm between 1,650 and 4,250 rpm. The all-new engine combines excellent refinement and a smooth power delivery with lower fuel consumption. It boasts up to 22 percent more torque than its predecessor engine and a reduction of up to 14 percent in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, diminishing impact on the environment and drivers’ wallets.

    Opel ECOTEC 1.6 SIDI Turbo engine
    With Start/Stop technology and a six-speed manual transmission, the Astra five-door and sedan 1.6 SIDI Turbo models have an NEDC combined fuel consumption of just 5.9 l/100 km and emit only 139 g/km CO2. The five-door Astra 1.6 SIDI Turbo accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 8.7 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 220 km/h, while the sedan achieves two km/h more. Both variants also boast impressive elasticity in fifth gear, with acceleration from 80 to 120 km/h in just 8.8 seconds, nearly two seconds faster than the predecessor model.

    The new Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 SIDI Turbo also easily joins the ranks of exemplary performers: it accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h (fifth gear) in nine seconds – 1.5 seconds faster than the previous 1.6 Turbo model– and from zero to 100 km/h in 8.8 seconds, with a maximum speed of 220 km/h. The flexible Opel station wagon consumes 6.1 l/100km (NEDC combined) and emits 144 g/km CO2.

    Music to the ears: Running smoothness par excellence
    Strong pulling power, exemplary elasticity and excellent running refinement were the key development objectives for the new 1.6 SIDI Turbo. To achieve low overall levels of radiated noise and vibration, engineers optimized the induction and exhaust systems. This included decoupling the cam cover from the cylinder head via specific fasteners and the sealing system. In spite of direct injection and pulsed combustion, engineers were able to substantially reduce noise levels compared to the previous engine. As a result of these ‘sound-engineering’ measures, occupants of the new Astra 1.6 SIDI models will appreciate quiet, smooth idling and a pleasant sound quality even at high road speeds, engine speeds and loads.

    Opel Management Board Member for Engineering Mike Ableson says, “Following the introduction of the all-new 1.6 SIDI Turbo in the Cascada and Zafira Tourer, we are now delighted to make this state-of-the-art engine available for our customers in our best seller, the Astra, in three very popular body styles. With this powerful and quiet new-generation Turbo, we are heading towards the top of the class – three times over with the five-door Astra, the Astra sedan and the Astra Sports Tourer.”

    The new 1.6 SIDI Turbo gasoline engine is the start of Opel’s huge powertrain offensive. Through 2016, the automaker will introduce three completely new engine families and 13 new engines. Many new transmissions will also be introduced in the same time frame. As a result, Opel will renew 80 percent of its engine portfolio within the next four years.

    !NEW! ADAM for Firefighters: Opel at RETTmobil 2013

    • Eye-catching: Agile city car Opel ADAM in Fire Dress
    • Opel Special Vehicles (OSV): Opel Zafira Tourer for the Emergency (NEF)

    Opel ADAM in its fire brigade outfit will be the eye-catcher of Opel’s exhibit at the RETTmobil 2013. From May 15 - 17, the automaker will show the versatility of its models for their use in police and emergency services operations. At the leading European trade show for rescue and mobility in Fulda, Opel will present the study of its agile urban small car as well as modified versions of the Zafira Tourer and Movano. Together with the company’s subsidiary Opel Special Vehicles GmbH (OSV) and certified conversion partners, Opel will present the special use vehicles on all three trade show days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Company experts are available at the Opel stand 505 in Hall 5 to answer any questions on individual special equipment and conversion possibilities.

    Made by OSV: Fire brigade first responder ADAM and ambulance Zafira Tourer

    Opel ADAM Fire First Responder
    Opel Special Vehicles GmbH transformed the stylish urban Opel ADAM into a spectacular fire brigade first responder vehicle. The study sporting red-white applications of the emergency number 112 clearly visible on the hood, side doors and trunk lid as well as special alarm signals on the roof and two LED front flashing lights is a real attention-getter. In addition, the fire brigade ADAM features an interior push-pull-rotary alarm switch as well as a portable Tetra two-way radio in a holder on the center console. In the rear, a special design by the company Bösenberg ensures that emergency backpack, defibrillator, fire extinguisher and fire helmet stay securely in place even during high-speed travel during rescue calls.

    Opel Zafira Tourer NOTARZT (Ambulance)
    Opel Zafira Tourer modified by OSV as an emergency medical services vehicle can already be ordered. The vehicle markings in bright red, the blue lettering “Ambulance” on the front doors and hood, two LED front flashing lights as well as two rear warning lights and orange blinkers on the rear roof identify the flexible compact van as a special model. In the interior, the 230-volt electrical system, ignition override unit, preliminary setup for analogue and digital radio as well as accident data storage are all part of the rescue vehicle base equipment. Two variants of the special alarm signals from Hella are available. The Zafira Tourer is not only equipped for use as an emergency medical vehicle – it is also in use as a fire department or civilian command vehicle supporting the police and firefighters.

    !NEW! Opel crasht VW GTI Meet

    Many visitors of this year's GTI Meet at Wörthersee was still the "Leider Geil" Aviator of Opel from the previous year in memory - now the brand had with the flash again ready for a surprise: Just in time for the nightly fireworks display, 6,000 glasses with the inscription "experience fireworks in 3D "distributed to expectant VW fans.

    As the fireworks went off, could not believe the 6,000 lucky her eyes: Each point of light was through the eyes of an Opel logo. Thus, a total of millions Opel lightning poured over the lake.

    Reactions were. Besides cursing the glasses were also disposed of in accordance hostile. Some were burned, Opel hostile rituals were completed, while others have passed away early on other violent manner.

    Despite all the heated atmosphere there was also appreciative words of the fan base: "Horny Action unfortunately of Opel" - The previous year's motto was quoted almost friendly.

    Thursday, 9 May 2013

    !NEW! Opel Mokka storms to the top of the SUV segment in Germany

  • Recent figures from KBA show growing popularity of the Opel bestseller
  • Market leadership well ahead of established competitors

  • Opel Mokka SUV
    The Opel Mokka has taken in the past month, the peak position of the vehicle SUV segment. Thus, the automaker sold recently of the "Auto Bild Allwheel" to the "Allroad vehicle of the year 2013", crowned newcomer alone in Germany in April 2850 with the segment share of 14.5 % in this period it is clearly established before the BMW X1 (9 ,8 %) and the two third-placed cars, the Skoda Yeti and Nissan Qashqai, each with 8.7 %. This is clear from the current overview of the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), which was expanded at the beginning of the SUV category. Among the Mokka buyers were therefore 74.8 % residential customers.

    During this year, Opel Mokka moved up to second place in the SUV segment

    Opel Mokka SUV - AFL Bi-Xenon lights and Opel Eye front camera
    German engineered Opel Mokka SUV is developed for success throughout Europe. Testify about 100,000 orders were received in just seven months. A new drive version now gives an additional attraction: the trendy Subcompact SUV is also available as front-wheel drive in combination with a six-speed automatic with the 103 kW/140 hp 1.4 liter turbo gasoline engine immediately.

    Opel Mokka SUV - Navi 950 IntelliLink
    Moreover, from now orderable new Infotainment systems CD 600 IntelliLink and Navi 950 IntelliLink for the Opel bestseller. The high-resolution, seven-inch color screen displays the image of the optional rearview camera available. Phone calls and audio streaming via Bluetooth connection and voice control are also possible thanks IntelliLink. Perfect for enjoying music, the new BOSE Premium Sound System with six  speakers, subwoofer and digital sound processor provides.

    Exclusive Safety and Comfort technologies

    The Mokka has a length of 4.28 meters, five people generous space and a high seating position. He makes innovative technology from higher vehicle classes accessible to a wider circle of customers. These include the Adaptive Forward Lighting system (AFL +),  ergonomic seats with the approval of the Healthy Back (AGR) , the Opel Eye front camera of the second generation with front collision warning and further developed road sign and Lane Assist and the Electronic Stability Program (ESP Plus) including Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Assist (HDA). Furthermore, can the mocha-wheel drive system with adaptive equip. The 4x4 system automatically detects what levers to just the most traction is needed - for the ultimate active safety.

    Opel Mokka SUV - Bi-Xenon Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL)
    The multiple comparison test winner will be available from 18,990 euros (RRP incl VAT) in Germany.

    Tuesday, 7 May 2013

    !NEW! Opel is back in the "Green Hell"

  • Brand with the flash emblem shows the flag at the festival of Motorsport
  • Seven Astra OPC Cup teams take part in 24-hour challenge

  • Opel Astra OPC Cup 
    Opel is back "is the motto at the 41st series of the 24-hour race (May 17 - 20, 2013) at the Nürburgring. In one of the official return to the rally and circuit shows the brand with the flash also the festival of motorsport flag. Around 200,000 visitors expected may Opel to about a dozen privately employed - including the all-new Astra OPC Cup racer and the Foxtail Manta cult status - happy.

    One of the Astra OPC racing touring car is used by long-time Opel partner Kissling Motorsport in the traditional racing colors of white and yellow. Thanks to on-board camera TV viewers come (Sport 1) to enjoy pictures from the cockpit. For exclusive information from the racing scene provide the live commentary of the Astra OPC pilot Alex Hofmann. The ex-motorcycle GP pilot has experience with this kind of live coverage: "I am looking forward to use in Astra OPC at the 24 Hours on the ring. The car can be driven to great and is still really fast. I will do my best to resist the many spectators back the racing atmosphere directly from the cockpit unfiltered. "

    VLN Endurance Championship in Nürburgring is the most popular endurance racing series in Europe.

    Also around the two-storey hospitality over the NGK chicane where Opel dealers, their partners, employees and guests receive the Hofmann Astra will be 110 main topic of conversation with the starting number. In addition to an entertainment "around the clock" with permanent information on racing events also ex-DTM driver and Le Mans winner Joachim Winkelhock will be available for interview rounds and autograph actions. Another highlight is the "place in the front row" action: Opel transporter control during the 24 hours the tent and camp sites of many Opel fans in the "Green Hell". Her cargo, 1,000 Opel folding chairs will be distributed free to the fans.

    The customer cars will compete in all ten rounds of the VLN season and there's a brand trophy - Astra OPC Cup - extend each other. As a highlight of the season participation is provided at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.

    "Such performances as here the engagement at the 24-hour race play a very important role in the restructuring of our company. We shape our brand profile, "says the strategy board of Adam Opel AG, Thomas Sedran. "Especially in width and sports clients, we build on a successful tradition. No other brand has so many enthusiastic fans at the track as we at the Nürburgring. These people are all in performance and quality orientation down to earth, honest and authentic - just like Opel ".

    A total of seven teams go from the new Astra OPC Cup at the start. The use of the 300 hp Astra OPC are the loyal Opel fans on the "natural stands" around the Nordschleife as well with cheers and flag-waving reward as the pass-by of the legendary Foxtail Manta B, which already for the endurance classic 13 Takes time to attack.

    The racetrack is a Opel's always been. The tour car sport the brand with the Lightning celebrated mainly on their "home track," the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, countless successes. Was in the professional field from 1993 driven by Manuel Reuter Calibra V6 an icon of fans, first in the DTM and eventually winning the title in 1996 in the successor series ITC. Other highlights: the brand championship in 1998 in the DTM / ITC series STW successor to the Vectra and the overall victory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in 2003 with an Astra V8 Coupe.

    Monday, 6 May 2013

    !NEW! Opel Financial Services to create more attractive financing options for Opel customers

    Since April, Opel got an own captive financial services provider in Europe again: Matthias Schäfer, Managing Director Opel Versicherungs Service, Michael Lohscheller, Chief Financial Officer of the Adam Opel AG, and Erhard Paulat, Chief Operating Officer, GMAC Bank, explained how Opel now makes even more attractive financing offers.

    For the past couple of weeks, Opel and Vauxhall customers in a number of Western European countries have been able to get access to more attractive financing options for their vehicle purchases. This is thanks to the creation of Opel Financial Services, a new European captive finance brand under the direction of GM Financial, one of the world’s largest automotive lenders.

    Opel CFO Michael Lohscheller said: “The creation of Opel Financial Services in early April was a very important step for our brand. It will bring additional momentum to our product offensive, with 23 new models and 13 new powertrains on the way through 2016. A captive financial service entity strongly supports our sales growth plan and thereby will contribute to our strategic plan DRIVE! 2022. This US$1.7 billion investment in GM’s European business once again shows GM’s commitment to the European continent and to growth here.”

    Jaap Timmer, Chairman of the European Opel Dealer Association (Euroda), said: “For us as dealers, this is a real advantage in terms of competitiveness. We now have the opportunity to even better tailor our financial offers to our customers’ needs and maintain close customer interaction throughout the entire ownership experience.”

    Timmer added: “On an industry average, around 50 per cent of retail customers finance their cars through manufacturers’ house banks. The close relationship between manufacturers and their financing houses allows for even more attractive joint offers at the point of purchase – ones in which the dealer, manufacturer and bank can collectively develop strong incentives.”

    For Opel and Vauxhall customers in Germany, the U.K., Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Sweden, Switzerland and Austria, the creation of this new financing service means more attractive purchasing options. Opel Financial Services networks will be added in other European countries at a later stage.

    The investment is part of a global acquisition that was announced in early April when General Motors Financial bought Ally Financial Inc. financing operations in Europe and  Latin America. With this initiative, GM Financial will – once all approvals from authorities are received – be in the position to serve customers and dealers in markets that account for around 80 percent of GM sales worldwide through brands such as Opel, Vauxhall, Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac.