Monday, 30 September 2013

!NEW! Opel Introduces Meriva MPV in China Priced between RMB 195,000 and RMB 215,000

Opel officially introduced the new Meriva in China. The multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) is available in two configurations, Enjoy and Cosmo, and priced between RMB 195,000 and RMB 215,000. Buyers can also choose from three trim levels and five exterior colors.

Opel Meriva MPV
Dynamic Exterior and Easy Rear Access
The Meriva’s distinct exterior is characterized by a low, sweeping roofline and Opel’s signature blade side-body motif. Multiple U-shaped curved surfaces add to its dynamic stance. The Meriva also incorporates many of Opel’s signature design elements, such as a front feature line, an outward horizontal grille, and a combination of boomerang-like curved daytime running lights and “eagle-eye” headlamps.

The Meriva offers enhanced back-seat access with its innovative rear-hinged FlexDoors. The full-size doors can open up to 84 degrees, which is much wider than the usual 67 degrees of conventional doors. A high upper doorframe and low doorsill add to the ease of entry to the Meriva.

Opel Meriva MPV - FlexDoors

The MPV has a panoramic glass roof that extends two meters, which makes the whole interior light and airy. It also has a rear window line that is five centimeters lower than the front window line, improving visibility for passengers in back.

Spacious and Reconfigurable Interior
Inside, the Meriva has a wraparound wing-shaped instrument panel with matte metallic and chrome accents as well as leather amenities with exquisite European-style stitching. Its eight-way adjustable seats, which offer class-leading comfort, received the seal of approval from the Aktion Gesunder Rücken (AGR, Action for Healthy Backs).
Opel Meriva MPV - AGR Seats
The interior is spacious. With the Meriva’s innovative FlexSpace rear seating system, the central rear seat can be folded down to serve as a comfortable armrest. The flexible 4:2:4 split-folding rear seats provide a cargo compartment of 400 liters up to 920 liters. Using a simple strap system, the seats can be reconfigured with one hand.

Advanced Powertrain and Safety Features
The Meriva is powered by an advanced fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that delivers maximum power of 88 kW at 4,800-6,000 rpm. The engine is matched with an ActiveSelect® six-speed automatic transmission.

The Meriva is also equipped with a series of intelligent safety systems, including the electronic stability program, Adaptive Forward Lighting, and front and rear parking sensors. The ISOFIX system provides a strong link between a child safety seat and the vehicle.

In addition, the Meriva has a rigid passenger cell with a state-of-the-art energy-absorbing structure, providing maximum protection to all occupants. The Meriva was awarded a maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

Opel fully supports the Chinese government’s Three Guarantees Policy for the repair, replacement and refund of vehicles. The Meriva and other Opel models sold after October 1, 2013, including Antara, Insignia Sports Tourer and Zafira Tourer, will comply with this policy.

!NEW! General Motors Launches All-New Buick Regal and Regal GS in China

Shanghai GM launched the all-new Buick Regal and Regal GS upper-medium sedans today in the coastal city of Qingdao.

With its upscale interior and high-tech features, the new Regal is ideal for modern families with active lifestyles. The sporty new Regal GS delivers an exhilarating driving experience, making it the ideal car for those who enjoy pushing the envelope to achieve their goals.

"The Buick Regal family is a popular trendsetter across China. More than 400,000 Regals have been sold since 2008,” said Shanghai GM President Wang Xiaoqiu. “With their progressive designs and premium technologies, the new Regal and Regal GS will strengthen Buick’s established position in the high-end upper-medium passenger car segment."

The five variants of the new Buick Regal are priced between RMB 178,900 and RMB 245,900.
Both models adopt Buick's latest design characteristics and come equipped with the advanced Buick Intelligent Performance (BIP) system. They also have updated, more sporty exteriors, additional interior features and enhanced, spirited powertrains.

The three variants of the new Buick Regal GS are priced between RMB 239,900 and RMB 299,900.
Buick dealerships across China are now taking pre-orders for five variants of the new Regal and three variants of the new Regal GS. Deliveries will begin after China’s National Day holiday in mid-October.

New Buick Regal Price (RMB)
2.4L Luxury Trend 245,900
2.4L Elite Trend 225,900
2.0L Elite Trend 193,900
2.0L Pilot Trend 178,900
1.6T Trend Tech 199,900

New Buick Regal GSPrice (RMB)
2.0T Bliss Sport299,900
2.0T Passion Sport259,900
2.0T Ambition Sport239,900

New Buick Regal: The Modern Family Car
New Buick Regal
The new Regal has an eye-catching design highlighted by its larger, sculpted new chrome waterfall grille. Buick's signature design features are evident in its wing-shaped LED daytime running lights, front bumper with integrated fog lamps, and rear styling with sweeping chrome accents between the taillights.

Newly designed 18-inch alloy wheels add to its sporty appearance. The new Regal’s aerodynamic “fast back” design provides a class-leading drag coefficient of 0.27.

The roomy interior has a new wraparound dashboard design that distinguishes the operator controls area from the display area for convenience and safety. Other clever design elements include easily reachable buttons on the central console and a multifunctional steering wheel.

The premium interior has classic European two-tone leather trim in black and brown. GM's latest IntelliLink system, which integrates user friendliness with practicality, includes the segment-exclusive second-generation BOSE® Centerpoint® stereo system.

The new Regal has a MacPherson front suspension and multi-link independent rear suspension mounted on isolated front and rear sub-frames. Its finely tuned chassis provides precise maneuverability and a tranquil driving experience.

A range of active safety systems are offered as standard equipment, including Electronic Stability Control, Cornering Brake Control, Hydraulic Brake Fade Assist, the EEPO brake override system, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System and the Hill Start Assist system. The model received maximum five-star safety ratings in both Europe and North America.

The new Regal is available with three energy-efficient engine options: the 2.4L SIDI, 2.0L ECO and 1.6T. The engines are matched with a new-generation six-speed automatic transmission.

New Buick Regal GS: The New Benchmark for Performance Cars

New Buick Regal GS
The new Regal GS is a performance car outside and inside. It has bold exterior styling with distinctive air intake slots, a sporty front bumper, new 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels, matte trim and a dynamic integrated rear wing. It also has iconic Buick chrome portholes featuring the GS badge.

The interior has tailor-made luxury sport seats, a new sporty multifunctional steering wheel with paddle shifters, and aluminum alloy sport pedals befitting an upscale sport sedan. The IntelliLink system includes an 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint ® Surround Sound system.

The new Regal GS’s technologically advanced performance chassis incorporates a unique HiPerStrut front suspension, imported Brembo four-piston calipers, FNC patented 18-inch ventilated disc brakes, and the FlexRide and Computer Damping Control systems.

The new Regal GS also comes with the class-leading IntelliSafe system along with full-speed-range Adaptive Cruise Control with start/stop technology, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert, and Front and Rear Park Assist.

Powering the model is a 2.0T direct injection turbocharged engine that was named one of Ward's 10 Best Engines. It produces maximum power of 187 kW, which is the highest power per liter in its class.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

!NEW! Opel to invest over 130 million euros in Kaiserslautern

  • Future looks bright for the West Palatinate plant thanks to Opel’s product offensive
  • New high tech sites for the manufacturing of modern engines and components
  • State Prime Minister Malu Dreyer and Minister of Economy Eveline Lemke pay a visit 

From left to right: Chairman of the Works Council of the Kaiserslautern site Lothar Sorger, Site Director Elvira Tölkes, Minister of Economy of the Rhineland-Palatinate Evelyn Lemke, Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Minister Malu Dreyer and Mayor of the town Kaiserslautern Dr. Klaus Weichel
The engine and component production plant in Kaiserslautern plays a seminal role in the implementation of Opel’s product offensive. This was a key message during Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann’s visit to the plant in Germany’s West Palatinate region. He was joined by Malu Dreyer, Prime Minister of the Rhineland-Palatinate and Eveline Lemke, Minister of Economy. Neumann announced an investment for the Kaiserslautern plant to the order of 130 million euros.

From left: Chairman of the Works Council of Kaiserslautern Lothar Sorger, Site Director Elvira Tölkes and Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann
The sum will go into the construction of bodywork components and front seat structures for the next generation Opel Astra, as well as axles and bodywork components for the next generation Opel Insignia. It will also be spent on engine manufacturing. As of October next year, Euro 6 generation of the 2.0 liter family of CDTI turbo-diesel engines will be coming off the production line. The engine will stand out through its high performance, low consumption and noise attenuation as well as reduced exhaust emissions.

All four of the competence centers that make up the Opel plant in Kaiserslautern will benefit from the investment: engine manufacturing, bodywork components and seat manufacture, the building of chassis components and the press shop.

Karl-Thomas Neumann stated: „Kaiserslautern delivers high tech products to our automobile production plants which are of the highest quality. In this way, the plant makes a significant contribution to the success of our automobiles and to our product offensive which will secure the launch of 23 new models and 13 new power units over the course of the coming years.”

 “I am delighted that a major employer of the region is investing in the future for the long-term and in doing so, securing employment. This is evidence of the attractiveness of Kaiserslautern and speaks for the strong skills base of our employees” said State Prime Minister Malu Dreyer.

„The investments in the Kaiserslautern plant are proof of the high quality of our manufacturing and our competitiveness” explains Site Director Elvira Tölkes. “We manufacture top-end products with a motivated team and are very well positioned as a center for component production in the Opel/Vauxhall manufacturing network.”

The West Palatinate plant with its 2,200 employees currently produces components and engines for the Opel models ADAM, Astra, Corsa, Meriva, Zafira and Insignia. More than nine million engines have been produced to-date.

Press conference: The management team of the Kaiserslautern site together with Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann (centre) announced on Wednesday the trailblazing investment in the Kaiserslautern site

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

!NEW! A small car with a large presence: Opel ADAM is star of the show

Opel’s urban success story is the winner of Autonis Readers’ Choice Awards 

Autonis Winner: Malcolm Ward, Design Director, with the Opel ADAM award in his hands

A 100% convincing vote: the Opel ADAM is with 39.4% of votes winner of the ‘small car’ category of Autonis, the highly esteemed readers’ choice awards of the magazine auto motor and sport judging the best design innovations of the year. Around

18 000 readers placed their votes for eight categories and a total of 104 models. The smart Opel ADAM received most votes across all categories and took a lead of more than 18 percentage points ahead of the second place candidate.

Prize-giving: Opel designer Malcolm Ward together with the editors-in-chief of auto motor und sport, Jens Katemann (on left) und Ralph Alex
The clear cut win by the ADAM is further evidence for the coherence inherent in Opel’s design philosophy. The attractive appearance, stylistic in-cabin room and the almost limitless possibilities for individualization of this urban model, meet the tastes of readers and Opel customers alike.

“This new win by our ADAM is a superb endorsement for Opel”, affirms Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, chairman of the board of Adam Opel AG. “I am very happy to be able to pass on the readers’ praise to our employees who have made the success of our current models possible.”

Friday, 13 September 2013

!NEW! Opel Monza GSE Shines at IAA Special Exhibit The Stars from 1983

  • Association of German Automotive Industry’s special classic cars exhibition in Hall 3.1
  • 1983 Opel Monza GSE now eligible for coveted German classic car H-plate
  • Three Opel legends spanning three decades on display

Star from 1983: The Opel Monza GSE is an exclusive automobile, with sporty equipment and trim, powered by a 180 hp, 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine.
The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) will hold a special exhibition of classic cars at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA: from September 12 – 22. The theme is ‘The Stars from 1983’ and the VDA invites all IAA visitors to its stand in Hall 3.1 to enjoy the legendary vehicles on display.

Star from 1983: Opel Monza GSE 3.0 V6
As the Opel Monza GSE turned 30 years old this year, it is now officially a member of the classic car club. This coupé ancestor of the Opel Monza Concept Car, also being presented at the IAA (Hall 8, Stand D09), is an exclusive automobile, with sporty equipment and trim, powered by a 180 hp, 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. One of its neat, functional highlights is an LCD display for data such as speed, rpm, fuel level and engine temperature. During the four years the Monza GSE was in production, 43,812 customers bought this Opel dream car.

Star from 1993: The Opel Calibra was the most successful sports coupé of the 1990s.
The special exhibition also features other iconic cars from Opel. The youngest is the 170 hp Calibra V6, introduced 20 years ago and built from 1993 to 1997. The Opel Calibra was the most successful sports coupé of the 1990s and 238,647 units were built during its seven-year production run. This popular model was widely praised for its progressive design and recycling-friendly construction. It also set standards in terms of aerodynamics, boasting a cd value of 0.26, which is one of the lowest ever registered for a series production vehicle. The Calibra is extremely popular as a modern-day classic and will surely become a genuine classic car of the future.

Star from 1963: Opel Kapitän L – L stands for luxury. The 90 hp, six-cylinder in-line engine gave the elegant car a top speed of 150 km/h.
Already established as a true classic is the 1963 Opel Kapitän L (L stands for luxury), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and is the third, and oldest, Opel highlight on the VDA stand. Straight lines and a stretched form are the Kapitän’s main bodystyling themes, while the slightly arched roof appears to hover over its large glass surfaces. Thanks to a full-view panorama windshield and the sloping panorama rear window, all-round visibility is superb. The 90 hp, six-cylinder in-line engine gave the Kapitän a top speed of 150 km/h. The 145,616 satisfied customers who bought this variant made it not only the most successful Kapitän ever, but also the best-selling six-cylinder sedan in Germany. 

Three V6 Stars from three decades: Opel Kapitän L, Opel Monza GSE, Opel Calibra at the historic Opel facility at Rüsselsheim.

!NEW! Opel Ampera Wins "eCar Award 2013" As Best Overall Concept

  • Opel Ampera wins award in the new category "First Evergreens"
  • Opel CEO Dr. Neumann accepts prize at the IAA in Frankfurt

The price has been handed over to Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann by the editors-in-chief Bernd Wieland (on left) and Olaf Schilling. 
In 2010, the revolutionary Opel Ampera won the newly introduced "eCar Award” as the "Innovation of the Year"; in 2011 the series production vehicle was voted "eCar of the Year". And not even two years after its launch, the electric car with the clever range extender concept is already one of the first evergreens in the electric car segment: more than 13,000 readers of Auto Bild and Auto Test chose the Ampera over 15 competitors as the "best overall concept" among the "first evergreens" of electric mobility. At the IAA in Frankfurt the initiators of the "eCar Award", editors-in-chief Bernd Wieland (Auto Bild) and Olaf Schilling (Auto Test), congratulated Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann on this success.

"The trendsetting propulsion concept of our Ampera was convincing from the very start," said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann at the award ceremony. "The fact that the Ampera is now already regarded as an 'evergreen' and the readers have selected it as the best overall concept shows us that the technology combining electric drive and a range extender is not only well received, but also that it has proven itself in real-world mobility."

As an important boost for the further proliferation of electric mobility, Opel has just lowered the entry-level price for the Ampera to 38,300 Euro (RRP incl. VAT in Germany) – 7,600 Euro less than before. The automaker is thus again making innovative mobility solutions accessible to a broader customer base.

Opel Ampera: Electric mobility suitable for everyday use

The Opel Ampera is the first electric vehicle that does not require any changes in habit or attitude. A unique 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack feeds an advanced, 111 kW/150 hp electric drive unit to deliver between 40 and 80 km of pure electric operation with zero emissions – depending on terrain, driving technique and temperature – when fully charged. In extended-range mode, which activates whenever the battery has reached its minimum state of charge, power is seamlessly inverted to the electric drive unit from a generator driven by a gasoline engine. This enables a total driving range of more than 500 kilometers without refueling. The Ampera’s electric propulsion system delivers instant torque of 370 Nm that enables zero to 100 km/h acceleration in under ten seconds and a top speed of 161 km/h.

!NEW! Peter C. Küspert New Opel Management Board Member for Sales

Peter Christian Küspert- Board Member for Sales GME Vice President Sales and Aftersales

The Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board today named Peter Christian Küspert (52) new Board Member for Sales and GME Vice President Sales and Aftersales, effective November 1, 2013. Küspert will take over the reins from Duncan Aldred, who was Acting GME Vice President Sales and Aftersales and will now turn all of his attention back to his role as Chairman and Managing Director of Opel’s British sister brand Vauxhall. Aldred will also become a member of the Opel/Vauxhall Leadership Board, the company’s extended leadership team.

Peter Christian Küspert has gathered extensive experience in the automotive industry over the last two decades. He worked at Daimler AG from 1990 to 2009, including as Head of Sales and Marketing Germany for the Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and Smart brands. Most recently the MBA graduate was Managing Director of Johann Hay Automobiltechnik, an automotive industry supplier.

Supervisory Board Chairman Steve Girsky says: “Strengthening Opel and Vauxhall is a top priority for GM. With our multi-billion Euro model offensive, we are taking the right approach in a challenging market. And with the sales expert Peter Christian Küspert, we will bring additional momentum to this offensive. With Duncan Aldred’s focus now solely on Vauxhall and the UK Market, this further demonstrates our commitment to win in Europe.”

Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann adds: “As our new Board Member for Sales, Peter Christian Küspert has a good foundation to build on, as we were able to defend our position as the third-largest passenger car brand in Europe this year. We even grew our market share in many countries. Duncan Aldred played a major role in this success, and we would once again like to thank him for his outstanding work and commitment.”

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

!NEW! World Premiere for Everyone – Opel puts the IAA on the road

Opel parades exhibition highlights on a car transporter through the city of Frankfurt am Main 

Opel parades exhibition highlights on a car transporter through the city of Frankfurt am Main 

No time to visit the IAA? Then Opel can lend a helping hand. For those unable to attend this year’s International Motor Show in Frankfurt (September 12-22), Opel is putting the brand’s world premieres and most important innovations from the exhibition on the road. To mark the occasion of the “world’s most automobile show”, the new Insignia, Insignia Country Tourer, ADAM and Cascada – to name just a few – are being paraded from morning to night on two fully loaded car transporters through Frankfurt’s city center.

The only piece of bad news is that the Monza Concept is not on board. The only single model will remain on the IAA exhibition grounds the whole time. Anyone who wants to see the exciting specimen and get a taste of future Opel models should definitely plan a visit to the Opel booth D09 in hall 8, where visitors are of course able to experience the brand’s other new innovations live and up-close – including the opportunity to test the driver’s seat.

Visitors are greeted by Opel when they arrive at the multi-story car park and the free parking areas where our friendly helpers are handing out booth plans and raffle tickets: One of the tempting prizes is free tickets to the derby between Opel’s partner club Mainz 05 and Eintracht Frankfurt on the Bundesliga’s twelfth day of play.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

!NEW! Opel Insignia OPC, Country Tourer, ADAM Black Link and White Link: Prices for IAA World Premiere Models are Set

  • Stylish technology fun in Opel ADAM Black Link and White Link from 16,190 Euro
  • Adventure with the new Opel Insignia Country Tourer from 36,990 Euro
  • Powerhouse Opel Insignia OPC for 48,435 Euro
New Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer
Curtain up for the Opel Insignia OPC, Insignia Country Tourer as well as ADAM Black Link and White Link: right on time for their world premieres at the 65th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, prices for these models have been announced.

Opel ADAM special models : Black Link and White Link
The new Opel ADAM special models Black Link and White Link fulfill the wish for even more individuality together with technically-inspired design. They come with the IntelliLink infotainment system and Siri Eyes Free voice control fitted as standard. Both variants’ interior and exterior also reflect typical smartphone looks in black or white, embodying a perfect blend of ultra-modern infotainment and connectivity technology. The ADAM White Link in Saturday White Fever lacquer with sport chassis, 18-inch alloy wheels, roof spoiler, electronic climate control as well as LED daytime running lights, rear and brake lights is available from November for 16,190 Euro (all prices RRP incl. VAT in Germany). Its black counterpart, the ADAM Black Link, has identical equipment wrapped in metallic I’ll be Black lacquer for 16,650 Euro.

New Opel Insignia Country Tourer 4x4 
The Opel Insignia Country Tourer turns heads with a very distinctive look. While its Sports Tourer sibling is an elegant family and business station wagon, the new Insignia Country Tourer expresses an innate desire for adventure. With its under-ride décor elements front and rear, characteristic prominent wheel-arch and lower body cladding as well as robust styling, the athletic all-rounder provides freedom beyond the constraints of city limits and asphalt roads. It also comes with a standard high-strength protective guard under the engine compartment. State-of-the-art all-wheel drive with the FlexRide premium chassis and powerful turbo engines such as a 184 kW/250 hp, 2.0-liter SIDI direct injection gasoline unit or a high-performance 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI – both generating impressive maximum torque of 400 Nm – ensure grip and sure-footed handling in all driving conditions. The new Insignia Country Tourer 2.0 CDTI with six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive is now available for an entry price of 36,990 Euro. The 120 kW/163 hp turbo diesel generates up to 380 Nm of torque on overboost.

New Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer
With 239 kW/325 hp and 435 Nm maximum torque, the Opel Insignia OPC is the ultimate top-of-the-line performer among Opel models. It features a re-styled front and rear, with signature OPC design elements such as distinctive saber-tooth detailing at the front and the tailpipe trim integrated in the rear as well as state-of-the-art technology under its powerful, eye-catching bodywork. The OPC chassis is enhanced, and noise and vibration behavior is improved through numerous fine-tuning measures. New ESP software enables even more precise dynamics tuning, especially in reaction to understeer tendencies. Modified damper software for the FlexRide chassis with its adjustable shock absorbers ensures optimum roadholding. Opel Insignia OPC sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds (Sports Tourer: 6.3 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). In unrestricted specification, the OPC with manual transmission goes on to a maximum speed of 270 km/h (Sports Tourer: 265 km/h). Prices for the Opel Insignia OPC 2.8 V6 turbo with six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive start at 48,435 Euro. It comes standard with a host of features including Adaptive Forward Lighting AFL+, the infotainment system Navi 900 IntelliLink with 8-inch touchscreen, touchpad and steering wheel controls as well as Recaro sport seats and the high performance Brembo braking system.

!NEW! Trendsetting IAA Start with the Opel Monza Concept

  • Press conference on Opel stand at start of Frankfurt Motor Show
  • German manufacturer with seven world premieres at the 65th IAA
  • Monza Concept showcases design and connected mobility of future
  • New Opel Insignia family with OPC and Country Tourer on the IAA stage
  • Small lifestyle car Opel ADAM now even more versatile and better connected
Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann (on left) and Vice President Design Mark Adams with the world premiere Opel Monza Concept.
Opel opened its exhibit at the 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt today with the spectacular unveiling of the Opel Monza Concept. To a flurry of flashbulbs at the press conference, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann presented the concept car that showcases Opel’s vision of future mobility. Neumann: “The Monza Concept is our vision of connected and efficient mobility. It impressively shows that we at Opel have a very clear idea of the direction in which we are developing our technology and design. It is the model that will drive us forward. And it is also a symbol of our brand’s regained strength!”

Designer Mark Adams presents new Opel Monza Concept
While the Monza Concept offers a glimpse into the future, Opel already stands strong with innovative, leading-edge products and technologies today. From September 12 – 22, the brand will present seven world premieres at its Stand D 09 in Hall 8 covering over 3,200 m2

 Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann presents new Opel Insignia
One big highlight for the public is the new Opel Insignia OPC with a fresh look, re-worked chassis and innovative infotainment. The 239 kW/325 hp 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine catapults Opel’s top athlete from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds. Just as spectacular as the OPC version of the brand’s flagship are world premieres for Opel Insignia Country Tourer, the adventure-loving member of the new Insignia family, as well as the hatchback, notchback and Sports Tourer models – all with a new design, trendsetting infotainment and best-in-class engines.

Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann presents new Opel Insignia Country Tourer
At the same time, Opel showcases what modern day driving has to offer with innovative models and infotainment solutions such as the Opel ADAM with Siri Eyes Free functionality and new engine generations. A new, 200 hp 1.6 SIDI turbo for the Cascada convertible and the new family of small gasoline engines, coupled with a new six-speed transmission, also make their debuts in Frankfurt.

“We have strong products that will lead Opel back onto the road to success, as well as innovative concepts which show the future direction of the automobile. We are now better positioned than ever before with our broad portfolio of attractive models and trendsetting technologies. Come see for yourself at the IAA,” says Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, inviting all trade show visitors to stop by the Opel stand and see the brand’s products up close.

It’s not only the cars that are attention-getters – the Opel booth, an exciting Media Arena, is also a real eyecatcher. It almost completely surrounds visitors, who can get better acquainted with Opel, its cars and company philosophy via five large LED screens and other LCD displays. Regardless of where the visitors look, a 360-degree experience is guaranteed. So they’re not merely spectators on the sidelines, but will feel part of the action like being right in the middle of a stadium.

The exciting atmosphere generated by Opel Arena’s fan zone promises to be a further IAA highlight, with Opel’s activities in soccer and motorsport to be spotlighted daily. Players from German football clubs Borussia Dortmund (Sept 15), Mainz 05 (Sept 17) and other teams will be on site, as well as motorsport legend and Opel brand ambassador Joachim “Jockel” Winkelhock (Sept 12 and 14) and Lovelyn, winner of this year’s “Germany’s Next Top Model” TV show.

!NEW! Opel Monza Concept in Spotlight at Summit on Future of Mobility

  • Exclusive preview of IAA concept car at ZEIT newspaper conference in Frankfurt
  • Opel CEO Neumann keynote speaker of panel of renowned experts
Opel  CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann with new Opel Monza Concept
Prior to the 65th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, manufacturers, politicians, scientists and association representatives gathered for the “Future Summit” hosted by the Zeit, a leading German weekly newspaper. The keynote speaker at “The Squaire” at the Frankfurt Rhein-Main Airport was Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, CEO of Adam Opel AG.

In his presentation “Environment, Safety and the Preservation of Individual Mobility”, Neumann outlined the challenges the automotive industry faces in the future. The highlight was an exclusive preview of the Opel Monza Concept, a visionary concept that will be trendsetting for new Opel models. Karl-Thomas Neumann: “The Monza Concept is a concept car that will have a long-term impact on our future. As we move forward, the two major subjects of efficiency and connectivity are at the very top of our list of priorities.”

During the presentation with GME Vice President Design Mark Adams, the Monza Concept impressed with its light, athletic look, unique 3D projection technology in the interior together with user-defined connectivity possibilities and its modular design that enables the fitting of sustainable propulsion systems ranging all the way to fuel cell solutions.

Designer Mark Adams presents Opel Monza Concept
Under the direction of Dr. Rainer Esser, Managing Director of the ZEIT Publishing Group, the congress also addressed industry policy topics with presentations by Matthias Wissmann (President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry) and Günther Oettinger (EU Commissioner for Energy).

ZEIT publisher Dr. Josef Joffe provided the conference framework. According to Joffe, “What is necessary is continued reduction of consumption and higher safety as well as increasingly intelligent traffic and energy management. We are still in the early days of alternative propulsion and traffic control technologies. The mobility of the future can and will revolutionize the automobile.”

Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann underlined that Opel is making every effort to remain a trendsetter: “With over 150 years of company history, Opel stands for high innovative strength and the commitment to make high-tech affordable for a wide customer base. With the Opel Ampera, we are the first European automaker to have an electric vehicle fully suitable for everyday use on the road, and with the Monza Concept we are presenting another trendsetting car.”

Monday, 9 September 2013

!NEW! Opel Ampera Electric Vehicle Now At Low Price of 38,300 euros

  • Clear signal: Price reduction gives electric mobility new boost
  • Clear statement: Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann announces E-initiative
  • No compromises: Fully-fledged four-seater without range limitation
Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann at the ZEIT Conference with the Opel Ampera.
The Opel Ampera is unique. No other European electric car can transport four people up to 80 kilometers on pure electric power and more than 500 kilometers in bi-fuel operation without making a stop to re-charge. In the framework of the model offensive that is now in full swing, Opel is making another clear statement and investing in the future of electric mobility. The German automaker is significantly reducing the Ampera’s purchase price in selected markets – as a boost for this environmentally friendly type of mobility that is still not widespread enough. In Germany the innovation leader Opel Ampera is now available from just 38,300 euros, a substantial reduction of 7,600 euros.

Opel is one of the pioneers in trendsetting electric mobility. Since its market launch at the beginning of 2012, Opel has made significant progress with its first electric car. By streamlining series production processes, leveraging savings in components purchasing and maintaining an unwavering commitment to making electric mobility affordable for everyone, Opel is now able to considerably reduce the Ampera’s price. In doing so, the automaker strengthens a new, trendsetting technology – for the general benefit of the customers and much to the delight of the Opel CEO. Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann: “The Opel Ampera was the first electric car on the market from a European manufacturer. With our new pricing, we show our straightforwardness and continue to pursue our strategy for sustainable mobility. We at Opel remain committed to investing in electric propulsion and believe in an emission-free automotive future – not in the future, but today.” The Opel CEO announced this good news today at the ZEIT Congress in Frankfurt, a conference for experts on the subject of mobility of the future.

The Opel Ampera is a fully-fledged, four-seat sedan which can cover up to 80 kilometers on pure electric power, meaning completely emission-free in urban areas. When the 16-kWh lithium battery is charged with electricity from renewable sources, its environmental footprint is impeccable. And when the on-board range extender – a 1.4-liter gasoline engine – is used, the Opel Ampera can cover distances up to 500 kilometers without stopping for a battery re-charge.

!NEW! 2014 Buick Regal Priced at $30,615

New sedan arrives with fresh styling, new technology and improved performance

2014 Buick Regal Turbo in Ashen Gray exterior color and equipped with 18” wheels
The 2014 Buick Regal goes on sale later this year with a suggested retail price of $30,615, including a $925 destination charge.

2014 Buick Regal Turbo - Light Neutral interior seating with Cocoa accents is offered with Soleil Keisel leather seats and Rhythm wood décor
Standard equipment includes next-generation IntelliLink connectivity with an eight-inch color touch display, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear vision camera, leather-appointed seating surfaces, heated front seats and a new 2.0L I-4 Turbo delivering better power, refinement and fuel economy.

2014 Buick Regal Turbo - LED tail lights
Regal is available with two powertrains. A new standard 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder is SAE-rated at 259 horsepower and delivers 18 percent more power over the 2013 MY Regal Turbo. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, it delivers EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, a 17 percent improvement in city fuel economy over the 2013 Buick Regal Turbo.

A 2.4L 4-cylinder with eAssist is available starting at $32,485 and delivers 36 mpg hwy.

Also new for 2014 is an advanced all-wheel-drive system that incorporates electronic limited-slip differential to help make the most of traction in all driving conditions and comes standard with HiPerStrut front suspension. Buick Regal AWD is available starting at $32,790.

2014 Buick Regal GS in Copper Red Metallic exterior color and equipped with 20”wheels and sunroof
A new Buick Regal GS also goes on sale later this year with a suggested retail price of $37,830, including a $925 destination charge. In addition to standard Regal content, GS includes high- intensity discharge head lamps; sport seats with leather seating surfaces; eight-inch full color reconfigurable driver information cluster and display; navigation; Bose premium audio; HiPerStrut front suspension; Computer Damping Control; Interactive Drive Control with Sport and GS modes; Brembo four-piston front brake calipers; and 19-inch aluminum wheels with all-season tires. Also available are 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with summer rated tires.

2014 Buick Regal GS - LED tail lights
Buick Regal GS also features a new 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder rated at 259 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of peak torque from 2,500 rpm to 4,000 rpm. The 2.0L Turbo is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and earns an EPA rating of 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, an 11 percent improvement over 2013 Regal GS highway. A six-speed manual is available on FWD GS models at no additional cost.

2014 Buick Regal GS - Ebony interior with Soleil Keisel leather seats, contrast stitching and Diamo black deco

2014 Buick Regal GS - 8 inch digital Driver Information Center (DIC) in Sport Mode
Buick Regal GS AWD starts at $40,195 and alters characteristics to support performance-oriented driving when the Sport or GS driving modes are selected.

2014 Buick Regal GS - 8 inch digital Driver Information Center (DIC) in Touring Mode
“Regal represents a more sporty expression of Buick today,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. “The 2014 model’s advanced technology, powertrain improvements and dynamic handling characteristics deliver the attributes consumers seek in today’s premium sport sedans.”

2014 Buick Regal GS - Ebony interior with next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system
Every 2014 Buick offers a full suite of active safety technologies, and two available package groups comprise the offerings for Regal and Regal GS.

2014 Buick Regal GS - Interactive Drive Control System and Lane Departure Warning, buttons
The Driver Confidence I package includes Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Following Distance Indicator for $1,090.

The Driver Confidence II package includes full-speed Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Preparation. It is a $2,295 option that must be paired with Driver Convenience I.

Additional equipment, including rear park assist, passive entry and passive start, a heated steering wheel,120v outlet, remote start, high-intensity discharge lamps, and rear seat thorax airbags are standard equipment in various Regal equipment groups.

Every 2014 Regal comes standard with two years or 24,000 miles of regular maintenance and five years of OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob services. Regular maintenance includes oil and filter changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections. OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob services allow owners to lock and unlock the vehicle’s doors or activate remote start (on certain models) using a smartphone app.

Downloads: 2014 Buick Regal Brochure