Saturday, 29 March 2014

!NEW! Extension of Opel GT ignition switch recall

In an extension of the previously announced recall concerning the ignition switch of the model year 2007 Opel GT, Opel will replace the ignition switch in all model year GT cars in Europe, since faulty switches may have been used to repair the vehicles. 

Opel GT
So far, around 2,300 units of the model year 2007 GT had been affected and the customers notified. Including the model years 2008 – 2010, this figure increases to 7,450 vehicles.

Opel is not aware of any incidents or injuries related to the ignition switch condition concerning the GT.

Other Opel models are not affected.

Until the condition is rectified, customers should only use the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring. 

Opel GT - Interior
Owners will be contacted a soon as possible. Opel dealers will replace their ignition switch free of charge.

!NEW! Buick Advances Connected-Car Convenience with OnStar 4G LTE

2015 LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, Encore to get high-speed connection

Starting this summer, owners of most 2015 Buick models can be connected by the high-speed data of OnStar 4G LTE. A built-in Wi-Fi hotspot will keep passengers connected on the go, allowing them to browse the Internet, download movies, play games or send email on up to seven devices at once.

2015 Buick Regal Adavanced 4G LTE connectivity
Buick announced today at the DENT Conference that the 2015 LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore would come standard with OnStar 4G LTE hardware, with data packages available for an additional charge. The 4G LTE technology in these four models is faster than the 3G connectivity offered by some competitors. Available in the U.S. and Canada, OnStar 4G LTE hardware will be in every Buick model by the 2016 model year.

“Today’s Buick lineup is full of technologies that help make our owners safer and more secure than they would be without them,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. “With the introduction of high-speed OnStar 4G LTE, Buick owners will be better connected as well.”

The Wi-Fi hotspot will allow passengers to connect their personal devices, such as compatible smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet. Business travelers can check and respond to emails from a rest area, families can play games between devices, and drivers can stream their favorite Internet radio apps via a new Buick AppShop.

Every 2015 model offered with OnStar 4G LTE will also come with Buick AppShop, a feature of IntelliLink. Through Buick AppShop, owners can use their 4G LTE connection to download apps and stream data – such as Internet radio playlists – through the in-vehicle interface.

Buick AppShop will continue to grow, and all apps can be updated to newer versions as they become available. While final content has not yet been determined, initial apps are expected to include iHeartRadio,, the Weather Channel, NPR, Slacker Radio, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse and Kaliki, with more coming throughout 2014 and beyond.

Buick AppShop is accessible through Buick IntelliLink on most 2015 MY Buick vehicles, and provides drivers with location-based information apps, like The Weather Channel.
Later this year, a Vehicle Health app will provide in-vehicle diagnostic reports and allow owners to schedule a maintenance appointment from the car. The Vehicle Health app pulls diagnostic data from the vehicle, providing a level of vehicle integration not possible with a smartphone.

The Vehicle Health Monitor displays vehicle data and provides on-demand diagnostic reports and maintenance notifications, and also provides contact information, appointment scheduling and, on properly equipped vehicles, navigation routing to the owners preferred dealer.

With OnStar’s 4G LTE connection, the vehicle provides a mobile hub, giving customers easier access to apps and services that require a high-speed cellular or data connection.

In collaboration with AT&T, the data connection in the car will be fast – and flexible. Current AT&T customers can add their vehicle to a shareable bucket of data through AT&T Mobile Share plans. All drivers can pay for data through OnStar, independently from their other mobile data accounts. Pricing and data packages for OnStar 4G LTE will be announced later this year.

Buick’s 4G LTE launch coincides with OnStar’s 10th generation hardware, an upgrade allowing voice and high-speed data services. 

“We are focused on constantly improving the OnStar service so that the system continues to remain a trusted value-add for GM customers,” said Terry Inch, chief operating officer, OnStar. “4G LTE will enable the most powerful OnStar connection ever.”

OnStar Advisors currently respond to about 185,000 calls every day or more than two calls every second. OnStar is standard across the Buick lineup, with a six-month Directions and Connections plan included on every vehicle.

Buick owners also get the OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob Services, which allows owners to lock or unlock doors, activate the horn and lights, and remotely start a properly equipped vehicle using the OnStar RemoteLink smartphone app. The Key Fob Services are included for five years for Buick vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. 

Friday, 28 March 2014

!NEW! Opel Invests 245 Million Euros in Ruesselsheim

  • Investment for additional vehicle for main German plant at end of decade
  • Additional production of a Buick model for North America 
  • Change of export strategy for Chinese market 

On top of four Opel Insignia variants and the Opel Zafira Tourer MPV, which will be produced as of January 2015, the Ruesselsheim plant will get two additional vehicles later in the decade. This was decided by the Opel Supervisory Board at its meeting this week.

A significant investment of 245 million euros will be made to build an additional model. Due to competitive reasons, details about this car will not be announced until the end of the year. The Supervisory Board also gave the green light for the future production of an additional variant of the Opel Insignia. The Ruesselsheim plant has been chosen for the assembly of a future model which will be sold in the US under the Buick brand name. Start of production will also be in the second half of the decade.

"With the investment in a new, additional model for Ruesselsheim, we will take another important step in our multi-billion dollar model offensive with which we will pave the way for Opel’s profitable growth,” said GM President and Opel Supervisory Board Chairman Dan Ammann. "And the Buick production in Ruesselsheim will further improve our capacity utilization," added Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann.

”The decisions of the Supervisory Board for the production of a Buick and for the investment in an additional model for the Rüsselsheim plant are based on the recently concluded collective agreement. They are part of our extended growth strategy and are further evidence of GM’s confidence in Opel," said Dr. Wolfgang Schäfer-Klug, Head of the Opel Works Council and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

In addition, Opel has decided to change the export strategy for the Chinese market. As of January 2015, sales of the Opel brand in China will cease. "This is a long overdue decision,” said Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “It would have cost hundreds of millions of euros to raise awareness of the Opel brand and to expand the distribution network. Buick, however, is one of the market leaders in China and we plan to intensify our future collaboration, with several projects currently under examination."

Last year, 22 Opel dealers in China sold a total of 4,365 vehicles. In comparison, Buick – with 650 dealers – sold about 810,000 vehicles in China, including several that were co-developed with Opel.

Globally, Buick set an all-time global sales record last year, delivering 1.032 million vehicles worldwide. Buick was GM’s third largest passenger car brand after Chevrolet (4.984 million units) and Opel/Vauxhall (1.064 million units).

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

!NEW! Techno Classica: Opel Celebrates 50th Anniversary of KAD Models

  • 26th year of world’s largest vintage car show again records high visitor numbers
  • From classic to modern: Today’s top model Insignia OPC with 325 hp on exhibit
  • Experts from Opel and Alt Opel vintage car club on site
Techno Classica 2014: Opel celebrates 50th anniversary of KAD models (Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat).
KAD – this acronym defined Opel‘s upper class range in the 1960s and 1970s. The tradition-rich brand celebrates the anniversary of its ‘Big Three’ at the 26th Techno Classica in Essen (March 26 - 30): Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat are 50 years old. At the same time, Opel’s current top-of-the-line model builds the bridge to today: the 239 kW/325 hp Insignia OPC is also on display.

Automotive elegance in 1964: Opel’s premium class trio

Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat: the elegant trio from the 1960s and 1970s at the Opel booth in Hall 2 is sure to turn visitors’ heads. Opel presents eleven versions – some extremely rare – of these classic cars, including one of only four 4-door Diplomat V8 convertibles built as well as a Diplomat V8 with a long wheelbase which was used during the state visit of US President Gerald Ford in July 1975. A black Kapitän from 1969, a former Swiss police car in Bern, is also on exhibit.

Techno Classica 2014: Opel Kapitän, 1969 (former Suisse Police car).
“Vintage cars fascinate people more and more. That’s my impression when watching the crowds of visitors,” says Uwe Mertin, Manager Opel Classic Europe. “The vintage car enthusiasts also have a very high level of expert knowledge, the enormous amount of detailed know-how they possess is really impressive.” Especially popular with show visitors is the extremely rare convertible version of the ‘Diplo’. Stylized miniature models of various vehicles are also visitor favorites at the Opel booth. They are in the typical colors of the 1960s and 1970s and give a good idea of colors popular back then that car buyers preferred for their exterior vehicle lacquer.

Techno Classica 2014: Opel Diplomat Convertible, 1971

Performance that impresses: The Big Three from then and today’s most powerful

The full-scale eye-catcher at the Opel booth is the black Insignia OPC Sports Tourer. It shows Opel’s idea of what absolute top performance is, 50 years after the Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat. The Insignia OPC’s stylish bodywork encapsulates state-of-the-art technology including an enhanced OPC chassis, electronically controlled all-wheel drive system and a 239 kW/325 hp 2.8 V6 Turbo engine with 435 Nm maximum torque. The boldly 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, underline its power and evoke visions of high-speed laps around the Nürburgring. The cabin welcomes OPC drivers with pure motorsport ambience. Recaro performance seats, the OPC gearshift knob and a completely new main instrument panel and center console exude premium flair.

Techno Classica 2014: Opel Diplomat B with long wheelbase, 1976 and Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer.
It has become a tradition at the Techno Classica for Opel to present itself together with the Alt Opel IG vintage car club. The biggest Opel fan club in the world has been the Rüsselsheim automaker’s partner at the most important vintage car trade show for years, and once again provides expert discussion partners to answer visitors’ questions about the Opel brand vintage models.

!NEW! Opel’s Big Three: 50th Anniversary for Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat

  • Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat from 1964 for ‘travelers of class’
  • Opel shows premium models at 26th Techno Classica
  • Alt Opel vintage car club continues tradition of Opel booth presence
The “big three” from Opel - KAD model range A, 1964 - 1968
KAD – this acronym is not only familiar to Opel brand enthusiasts. In the 1960s and 70s, Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat were ‘The Big Three’ vehicles that defined Opel’s upper class range. The tradition-rich brand celebrates the anniversary of its premium class trio at the 26th Techno Classica in Essen (March 26 – 30): Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat are 50 years old.

The KAD range entered the market in March 1964. With identical bodies in a modern, linear form, the vehicles were distinguished by their equipment and engines. Five years later, they were succeeded by new, B-series models which set standards in their class with the introduction of state-of-the-art chassis technology and even sleeker styling. Opel builds the bridge to today at the Techno Classica with the Insignia Sports Tourer OPC – the top model from Rüsselsheim will also be on display in Essen. As in the past, Opel Classic presents itself together with the Alt Opel IG vintage car club, the biggest Opel fan club in the world. 

Opel Classic presents ten models from two generations

Opel KAD A and B model range 1964 - 1977
The ten KAD vehicles on show at Essen encompass the entire bandwidth of the A and B model series. With a 2.6 liter, six-cylinder engine, the Kapitän A marked Opel’s entrance into the premium class in 1964. Only 113 units of the least common model in the range, the Kapitän with the optional 4.6 liter V8 engine from the Diplomat, were built. In addition, a rare Admiral V8 from the Rüsselsheim Opel Classic collection will be exhibited in Essen. The Diplomat A V8 Coupé also on show was one of the fastest series production cars in Germany in 1965. Retailing at 25,500 Deutschmarks and built by the coachbuilder Karmann, this two-door car was intended for ‘travelers of class’ and had a top speed of 205 km/h thanks to its V8 engine with 5.4 liters displacement and 230 hp.

Representatives of the B-series include a Kapitän and an Admiral, each with a 2.8-liter engine, as well as a Diplomat 2800 E, which was one of the first German six-cylinder cars to feature electronic fuel injection. The KAD exhibition line-up is rounded off by a Diplomat V8 with a 5.4-liter engine, plus two very special variants of the flagship: a Diplomat V8 with a long wheelbase from the Opel Classic collection which was used during the state visit of US President Gerald Ford in July 1975, and a four-door Diplomat 2.8 E Convertible from a private collection which was one of four vehicles modified for representation purposes by Karmann in 1970.

The Big Three from Rüsselsheim

In the spring of 1964, Opel restructured its premium class offer and, after a break of 20 years, again set its sights on buyers of luxury sedans. Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat were its "Big Three", as the company referred to them in its advertisements. The vehicles adopted linear design inspired by the stylistic role models of Opel’s US parent, General Motors. Designers and critics alike called this type of styling "new objectivity", a marked departure from ornamental, baroque-like bodywork.

The “big three” from Opel: KAD model range A,1964 - 1968
The bodywork of the stretched and progressively designed trio from Rüsselsheim was identical and, with a length of 4.95 meters and a width of 1.90 meters, the body of the Opel premium class contenders reached a new dimension. Opel displayed its greatness!

While the Kapitän, already Germany’s best-selling six-cylinder car, was appearing as a new edition, and the luxuriously equipped Admiral continued the success of the famous pre-war model of the same name, the Diplomat became Opel's new top model. By extending its model range upwards, Opel was the only German manufacturer able to offer customers a complete product portfolio: from the Kadett to the Rekord, Kapitän and Admiral, right up to the Diplomat, every buyer could find a suitable car.

The ranking order in the premium class was determined by equipment and engine size. The Kapitän was the only car in the series with a bench seat up front, giving it a six-seater designation, while the other two models had individual front seats.

The Kapitän and Admiral came with the familiar 100 hp, 2.6 liter, six-cylinder engine, which was fitted with maintenance-free hydraulic tappets for the first time. Another new feature was the fully synchronized, four-speed manual gear shift at the steering wheel. A sporty central shift, or the two-speed automatic transmission, was offered at extra cost. A modern, dual-circuit braking system with front disc brakes came as standard.

The Diplomat’s engine was sourced from the United States: a V8 unit with 4.6 liter displacement and 190 hp powered this flagship of the model series. While the Kapitän and Admiral had a top speed of 155 km/h, the Diplomat achieved 200 km/h and accelerated from zero to 100 km/h in 11 seconds. Luxury, elegance and character were the Diplomat’s distinguishing features: the interior was dominated by deep-pile carpets, plush upholstery and a real-wood veneer dashboard, as well as a band speedometer going up to 250 km/h. A vinyl roof, reclining seats, four electric windows, side mirrors adjustable from the inside, and foot-well lights in the rear passenger compartment were additional exclusive equipment details. Hydraulic steering and braking systems, as well as fog lights, were fitted as standard.

Expansion and upgrading of model portfolio

Just one year after launch, Opel extended the appeal of the KAD model series. From spring 1965, the Kapitän and the Admiral were optionally available with the 4.6 liter V8 engine and the automatic transmission from the Diplomat. An upgraded chassis with reinforced cardan shafts, axles, wheels, tires and brakes was included in the price of 14,740 and 15,950 Deutschmarks respectively for Kapitän and Admiral V8 models, which retained their special status: only 113 Kapitän and 622 Admirals were built.

A short time later the standard versions were upgraded. They received a newly-developed, camshaft-in-head (CIH), six-cylinder engine with 2.8-liter displacement. This quiet, short-stroke, in-line engine shared its CIH design with the four-cylinder engine introduced in 1965 in the Rekord B. As the S version, the new engine delivered 125 hp and reached a top speed of 170 km/h. For model year 1968, a stronger, 140 hp version was also available as an option.

In 1965, Opel gave the Deutsches Museum in Munich a very special Admiral 2.8 S. Converted to a cutaway model in 5,000 hours of work, the exhibit provided insight into the car’s body structure and technology, replacing the Kapitän model on display since 1952. A Diplomat convertible, built by Karmann on a coupé base, and a long, seven-seat version built by the coachbuilder Vogt remained individual showpieces.

For travelers of class

In July 1965, Opel's premium class got an addition in its most elegant form. The Diplomat V8 Coupé rolled off the assembly lines at coachbuilder Karmann in Osnabrück. The most exclusive vehicle in the model range was intended for ‘travelers of class’ according to the advertisements. The price/performance ratio made it one of the top cars in Germany. The 5.4-liter V8 engine, which was also fitted in the Chevrolet Corvette, was reserved for the Coupé up to September 1966. In conjunction with a "Powerglide" two-speed automatic transmission and 427 Nm torque, the 230 hp V8 engine accelerated the four-seat Coupé from zero to 100 km/h in less than 10 seconds, while top speed was 206 km/h.

There was hardly any other car produced in Germany that was faster, and no Opel was more expensive. The Diplomat Coupé cost 25,500 DM, the sedan 17,500, and the lowest price on the price list was 6,980 Deutschmarks for the Opel Rekord. The circle of buyers thus remained small: by 1967 only 304 models of the Diplomat V8 Coupé left the assembly halls of Karmann in Osnabrück. From 1966 the sedan was also optionally available with the 5.4 liter V8.

Up to the model change in 1969, 24,249 units of the Kapitän A were produced, including the variants equipped with the V8 engine. The Admiral and Admiral A V8 were also quite successful, with 55,876 units produced, while production of the exclusive four-door Diplomat totaled 8,508 units.  

The second generation sets technical standards

The “big three” from Opel: KAD model range B, 1969 - 1977
In February 1969 Opel set new technical standards in the premium segment with the new generation KAD models: fundamentally reworked stylistically and technically, they made clear statements in terms of comfort, safety and economy. Kapitän, Admiral and Diplomat had a sophisticated, completely newly developed chassis; body and interior were designed with an emphasis on passive safety. Compared with the predecessor models, the dimensions of the KAD B series were smaller, while the six and eight-cylinder engines were thriftier.

As before, the Kapitän marked the entry level into the new KAD class. Its 2.8 liter, camshaft-in-head, in-line six-cylinder engine delivered 132 hp. Right above this was the comfortably equipped Admiral, which delivered 145 hp in the 2800 S variant and 165 hp in the most powerful Admiral 2800 E version. The electronic Bosch fuel injection was an innovation and was developed especially for the six-cylinder. The modern, smooth-running 165 hp engine was also available in the top Diplomat model. Combined with a three-speed automatic transmission, the 230 hp, 5.4-liter V8 from Chevrolet was reserved for the Diplomat that reached a top speed of 205 km/h. This model distinguished itself with vertical headlamps and rear lights from the Kapitän and Admiral with their horizontally arranged lamps.

Still boasting an impressive appearance, the smooth-surfaced, no-frills body of the "Big Three" was now shorter and slimmer than the previous model series whose design was largely influenced by American tastes. Now the motto was "European with functional design and modern technology."

With the exception of the engines, the new KAD series represented a completely new design. Body structure and interior were characterized by passive safety. The high-tech, coil-sprung De Dion rear axle was the most important innovation on the chassis side. After test drives, car tester icon Fritz B. Busch summarized the qualities of the new premium model as follows: "Opel has outdone itself with this model. Engine, chassis, steering and braking are among the best I have ever come across." 

Just one year after the debut of the second KAD generation, Opel streamlined the model range. In April 1970 the Kapitän was dropped and replaced by the Admiral N. The Diplomat, on the other hand, continued to grow: a long version of the Opel flagship was launched in August 1973 for top managers, ministers and heads of state. The wheelbase grew by 150 millimeters and rear seat passengers enjoyed the full benefit of the additional space.

One model range, many faces

Coachbuilders such as Karmann and Vogt produced other special versions based on the KAD models. Working as a sub-contractor for Karmann, in 1970 the Italian specialist Fissore in Turin converted four Diplomat 2.8 E models to convertible sedans with an open roof and fixed window frame. Until the summer of 1979, the Diplomat convertibles were used as prestigious shuttle service vehicles at major events to transport prominent athletes, actors, politicians and other celebrities.

The Vogt company in Bad Neuenahr took a different approach. As commissioned by Germany's second public-service television broadcaster ZDF, the specialized company converted various Admiral and Diplomat models to fast and spacious camera cars. Thanks to the large trunk lid, even bulky equipment could be easily transported.

Possibly the most attractive Opel Diplomat was launched on the market as a sporty coupé. In 1973 former racing driver Erich Bitter presented the Diplomat CD, modelled on the CD (Coupé Diplomat) study developed by Opel for the IAA car show in 1969. The body of the 2+2-seater was designed by Bitter in collaboration with the Opel Design Center. Built by Baur in Stuttgart, the luxury coupé was based on the Diplomat B.  

After a successful career in the automotive elite, the end came for the "Big Three" of the B series in July 1977 after sales of 11,017 (Kapitän), 31,827 (Admiral) and 18,725 (Diplomat). In 1978 Opel's premium models for travelers of class were replaced by the completely newly designed Senator and Monza models.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

!NEW! Huge Success: Already 200,000 orders for Opel Mokka SUV

  • 200,000 orders across Europe in just 18 months for first German sub-compact SUV
  • In February highest number of orders received since launch

Opel Mokka SUV has received 200,000 orders across Europe in just 18 months since launch.
Opel Mokka continues to ride the wave of success, once again making it to European bestseller just 18 months after its arrival at dealerships. Opel already boasts a total of 200,000 orders for its innovative sub-compact SUV. What’s more, February 2014 saw the best order intake ever.

Sales have doubled across Europe less than one year after the Mokka hit its sales target of 100,000 in April 2013. It currently comprises some 11.3% of segment share in Europe, making it the No.3 sub-compact SUV. In northern Europe, the Mokka is a frontrunner in the Scandinavian region. In both Finland and Norway, it has become the clear segment leader, owning a 24% and 21% segment share respectively, in the UK it owns a 17% segment share. In Germany, the Mokka is at the top of the overall SUV segment: almost 12 percent market share in the first two months of 2014 makes it number one, according to the German Federal Office for Motor Vehicles (KBA).

Peter Christian Küspert, Member of the Management Board and GM Europe Vice President Sales and Aftersales said: “The Opel Mokka has once again proven its resilience and success in winning additional customers in a challenging market. We are very pleased to see that our small-SUV champion is one of the frontrunners in the SUV market and plays a key role in energizing the Opel brand and bringing it right into the winners’ spotlights.”

High-level features appeal to wide customer base

Opel’s popular SUV has already received many accolades and was elected All-wheel car of the Year by the German magazine ‘Auto BILD’ just to name one of them. Opel Mokka brings innovation to the SUV segment by making features from higher vehicle classes available to a larger customer base. These include Adaptive Forward Lighting AFL+, ergonomic seats with the Aktion Gesunder Rücken AGR e.V. (Campaign for Healthier Backs) seal of quality and the second generation of the integrated FlexFix bicycle carrier – all features Opel Mokka introduced into this SUV segment. With its 4.28 meters in length, it offers plenty of room for five occupants and a higher seating position, making it suitable for diverse daily needs. And its sporty interior as well as exterior design make it ideal for adventure-packed weekends.

Furthermore, its top-of-the-range technologies ensure optimal driving conditions and safe travel with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC), the second-generation Opel Eye front camera with Forward Collision Alert (FCA) as well as enhanced Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR II) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Opel Mokka is available with either front or All-Wheel Drive (AWD). The 4x4 system detects when traction is needed on all four wheels and ensures it is provided at maximum levels.

Prices for the front-wheel drive model with 85 kW/115 hp 1.6 liter gasoline engine, Start/Stop and five-speed manual transmission start at 18.990 euros (RRP. Incl. VAT in Germany).

New Modular ECOTEC Engines are More Adaptable, Efficient

  • Modular architecture streamlines powertrain portfolio, reduces manufacturing complexity
  • Global design and manufacturing processes enhance adaptability, with 11 engine variants ranging from 1.0L to 1.5L
  • Up to 2.5 million annual production at five global plants by 2017

  • Ecotec 1.0L Turbocharged three cylinder engine (right), Ecotec 1.4L Turbocharged engine (left) and the Ecotec 1.5L engine (center).

    A new generation of Ecotec small-displacement engines streamlines General Motors’ global powertrain portfolio with a modular architecture that broadens its adaptability to global markets and reduces manufacturing complexity – while offering customers leading-edge efficiency, refinement and durability.

    The new engines were developed for GM’s global vehicle portfolio and will power many of the company’s highest-volume small cars and compact crossovers – including the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze specifically tailored for China, which launches in 2014 as a 2015 model.

    By 2017, more than 2.5 million new Ecotec engines are projected to be built annually in at least five manufacturing locations around the globe: Flint, Michigan (U.S.); Shenyang, China; Szentgotthárd, Hungary; Toluca, Mexico; and Changwon, South Korea. The Flint facility alone represents an investment of more than $200 million in technology and tooling to support the engines’ production.

    “Transportation solutions vary around the world and GM is committed to developing engines matched to the needs of the regions where they’re sold,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Powertrain Engineering. “The new engine family is designed to achieve segment-leading refinement and efficiency, and will make its way into five GM brands and 27 models by the 2017 model year.”

    The new Ecotec portfolio will include 11 engines, with three- and four-cylinder variants ranging from 1.0L to 1.5L – including turbocharged versions – and power ratings ranging from 75 horsepower (56 kW) to 165 horsepower (123 kW), and torque ranging from 70 lb-ft (95 Nm) to 184 lb-ft (250 Nm). The architecture is also designed to support hybrid propulsion systems and alternative fuels.

    The first production applications include a 1.0L turbocharged three-cylinder for the Opel ADAM in Europe, and 1.4L turbocharged and 1.5L naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines for the 2015 next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in China.

    The new Ecotec 1.5L naturally aspirated engine will debut in the 2015 next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in China.
    The turbocharged variants enable the engines to deliver the power and torque of larger-displacement engines with the efficiency of smaller engines. For example, the turbocharged 1.0L three-cylinder used in the Opel ADAM makes as much power as the naturally aspirated 1.6L four-cylinder it replaces – with an estimated 20-percent improvement in efficiency.

    The all-new Ecotec 1.0L turbo, three-cylinder gasoline engine will debut in the Opel ADAM and make as much power as the naturally aspirated 1.6L four-cylinder it replaces while offering an estimated 20 percent improvement in efficiency.
    In fact, the new Ecotec family is on the leading edge of efficiency, with the new 1.4L turbo up to five percent more efficient than the 1.4L turbo engine it will replace. The new Ecotec engines also deliver segment-challenging refinement. Noise intensity is up to 50-percent quieter than Volkswagen’s EA211 1.4L four-cylinder and up to 25-percent quieter than Ford’s 1.0L turbo three-cylinder.

    The new Ecotec 1.4L turbo will be up to five percent more efficient than the 1.4L turbo it will replace.

    Clean-sheet design

    The new Ecotec engines represent a clean-sheet design and engineering process, leveraging the diverse experience of GM’s global resources. Technologies such as central direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing, turbocharging and variable intake manifold airflow help achieve efficiency goals with broad power bands, for an optimal balance of strong performance and lower fuel consumption.

    “The new Ecotec architecture represents the most advanced and efficient family of small-car gas engines in GM’s history,” said Tom Sutter, global chief engineer. “Along with performance and efficiency targets, we’ve also aimed for segment-leading refinement with low noise and vibration – and we’ve hit the bulls-eye.”

    Modularity in parts – such as four-cylinder and three-cylinder blocks – that share bore spacing, bore diameter, liners and other dimensions, reduces complexity while increasing the flexibility to quickly adapt the architecture for new applications.

    The new Ecotec engines are calibrated to run on regular unleaded gas – even the high-output turbo variants.

    The new 1.4L turbo for the 2015 next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in China is estimated at 148 horsepower (110 kW) and 173 lb-ft of torque (235 Nm). The 1.5L is rated at an estimated 113 horsepower (84 kW) and 108 lb-ft of torque (146 Nm).

    In China, Cruze models with the 1.4L Turbo engine will also feature an all-new dual-clutch gearbox.

    Tuesday, 18 March 2014

    !NEW! Opel has Most Creative Booth at Geneva Motor Show 2014

    • Creativity Award for demonstration of Opel’s digitally connected automotive world
    • Opel hostess Chantal Breitinger elected Miss Auto Salon 2014
    Most attractive booth at Geneva Motor Show 2014: Creativity Award for demonstration of Opel’s digitally connected automotive world.
    Opel made a real impression in Geneva with its vehicles, technologies, exhibit and staff. Connectivity was the predominant theme of Opel’snew ADAM ROCKS, the ADAM S at the 84th Geneva Motor Show. The German automaker is already a market leader with its IntelliLink infotainment system featured in models from the ADAM to the Zafira Tourer. And from 2015, Opel will introduce the carefree, all-round vehicle services system OnStar in Europe. OnStar is the leading brand of connected safety and security solutions, value-added mobility services and advanced information technology. This announcement was one of four Opel world premieres in Geneva. In addition to OnStar, these were the new ADAM ROCKS, the ADAM S, as well as the Astra OPC EXTREME.

    Most creative booth and most beautiful hostess: Opel premieres perfectly staged

    The 1,544 m2 Opel booth in Geneva projected high-tech from every direction. The dark black, shiny glass floor reflected the spotlights, and one million LEDs showed Opel vehicles and technology in action in sharp HD quality on the 36-meter-wide video wall. Visitors were able to learn more about OnStar and IntelliLink on terminals and even become part of the motor show. Some 300 Opel fans used the opportunity to have their photos taken, which were then on show on the multimedia wall throughout the event. Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann was also interactive: he presented Opel’s Geneva exhibit to his Twitter followers with a booth tour – broadcast live via Google Glass. With so many innovations made so accessible to the public, Opel was honored with the Creativity Award.

    New Opel ADAM ROCKS and Opel ADAM S at Geneva Motor Show 2014
    The Creativity Award, founded by the Club de publicité et de communication de Genève (CPG), invites a panel of communications experts to the International Motor Show in Geneva every year. Benjamin Feijo is chairman of the award. After visiting all booths and discussing them, the panel decided to grant the Creativity Award to the automobile brand that fulfilled almost all the selection criteria: this year the 11th Creativity Award went to Opel.

    New Opel Astra OPC EXTREME at Geneva Motor Show 2014

    But there is more: Opel’s winning presence in Geneva with its trendsetting vehicles and corresponding booth concept also included its staff, which impressed visitors and journalists alike. For the 16th time, the trade publishing house AUTO&Wirtschaft and the automobile platform organized the selection of Miss Auto Salon. The jury of experts chose Opel’s Chantal Breitinger as the most beautiful motor show hostess in 2014 at a ceremony attended by 400 guests. The attractive law student was one of a total of 82 staff who manned the Opel booth and perfectly staged its innovative products.

    Opel hostess Chantal Breitinger elected Miss Auto Salon 2014

    Wednesday, 12 March 2014

    !NEW! Opel Zafira Tourer: Powerful Compact Van now with IntelliLink

    • Best infotainment: IntelliLink turns compact van into networked travel center
    • Top performer: New 1.6 liter gasoline direct injection Turbo with 200 hp and 300 Nm
    • Powerful duo: Opel Zafira Tourer with top engine and IntelliLink from 29,655 euros

    Opel Zafira Tourer now combines its 147 kW/ 200 hp new generation 1.6 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo with Opel’s cutting-edge IntelliLink system.
    Powerful performance and class-leading infotainment: the Opel Zafira offers a compelling combination of talents. The new generation 1.6 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo, with 147 kW/200 hp and 300 Nm of torque on overboost, makes the Zafira Tourer one of the most powerful compact vans on the market. The versatile van now also features individualized infotainment with Opel’s cutting-edge IntelliLink system, which integrates numerous smartphone functions inside the vehicle, connecting the driver and passengers to the world around them. This most powerful Zafira Tourer with its advanced CD 600 IntelliLink system is available for an affordable 29,655 euros (RRP incl. VAT in Germany). In addition, every Zafira Tourer can now be ordered with IntelliLink.

    All clear: High resolution color monitor and voice-controlled navigation

    Thanks to smartphone integration, Opel’s innovative IntelliLink technology guarantees first-class infotainment which can be tailored to each user’s personal priorities. The IntelliLink system in the Zafira Tourer features a CD drive, AM/FM radio, AUX/USB interfaces, iPod/mp3 and smartphone control via steering wheel remote controls, Bluetooth hands free phone connectivity and audio streaming. It also includes voice control for many functions, including the navigation system and smartphone, while both Radio CD 600 IntelliLink and Navi 950 Europe IntelliLink systems can read SMS messages out loud. In addition, images can be shown via a USB device when the vehicle is parked. The large, high-definition, seven-inch color monitor also offers a new interface with IntelliLink graphics, making commands even easier to read.

    Navigation is embedded in the Navi 950 IntelliLink system which is extremely fast and precise to use. Destinations can be entered easily, either via the traditional control button or voice recognition using a rapid ‘one shot entry’ (request navigation, say ‘enter address’, followed by the address in a single phrase). Zooming in and out of the map is now literally instantaneous, and updates can simply be downloaded via USB. The top-of-the-line Navi 950 Europe IntelliLink contains maps for the whole of Europe, including Russia and Turkey.

    Opel Zafira Tourer MPV with Navi 950 Europe IntelliLink
    Opel Zafira Tourer drivers who place a premium on a wide variety of radio programs and high sound quality can also upgrade their infotainment with DAB+ - Digital Audio Broadcast. This option raises the bar in terms of the range of radio stations reached, reception reliability and sound quality, while offering a listening experience comparable to that of a CD.

    Top performance in the cabin – top performance under the hood

    The Zafira Tourer now offers superb performance that goes beyond the close connectivity of advanced infotainment. Under the hood, it boasts impressive power from the new generation, 147 kW/200 hp 1.6 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine, enabling Opel’s compact van to outshine many of its competitors for high power and torque figures. With an impressive 300 Nm of pulling power (using overboost) on tap from just 1,700 up to 4,700 rpm, the Zafira Tourer offers superb performance that exceeds typical compact van levels.

    High low-end torque gives strong acceleration and exemplary elasticity. With this new engine, the Zafira Tourer accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, while the transition from 80 to 120 km/h in 5th gear is achieved in just 8.3 seconds – a top value for a seven-seat compact van. Top speed is 225 km/h and combined cycle fuel consumption with Start/Stop is 7.0 l/100 km (according to NEDC test procedure) with emissions of 164 g/km CO2. Smooth running characteristics with very low levels of noise and vibration are a real forte of Opel’s high quality engine, which comes with a new generation, six-speed manual gearbox offering smooth and fast shifting with minimal effort.

    The 1.6 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo with 147 kW/200 hp is part of Opel’s extensive model and powertrain offensive. As the most powerful engine in the Zafira Tourer range, it extends a powertrain portfolio that includes: the 2.0 BiTurbo CDTI top-of-the-range diesel, with 143 kW/195 hp and 400 Nm; the new generation 1.6 CDTI whisper diesel with 100 kW/136 hp and 320 Nm and fuel consumption of only 4.1 l/100 km (109 g/km CO2); and the 125 kW/170 hp version of the 1.6 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo. In addition to this wide gasoline and diesel choice, the Zafira Tourer offers alternative propulsion options with the 103 kW/140 hp 1.4 LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) and the 1.6 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) models.

    The high performance Opel Zafira Tourer is visually distinguished by dual exhaust tailpipes, with red ‘turbo’ lettering on the rear added as a discreet understatement for those with a keen eye for detail. Opel’s adaptive FlexRide chassis puts the Zafira Tourer’s power onto the road, and wheel choices range from 17 to 19 inches in size.

    Tuesday, 4 March 2014

    !NEW! Opel with Three World Premieres in Geneva

    Opel at the 84th International Motor Show in Geneva

    New Opel ADAM ROCKS and new Opel ADAM S at the Geneva Motor Show

    Stylish, sporty, spectacular: Opel presents three hot new models at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Making their public debut are the cool and charismatic ADAM ROCKS, the racy ADAM S and the super sporty Astra OPC EXTREME. Opel also announces the next level of vehicle connectivity in Geneva: the introduction of OnStar in 2015 will make driving in Europe safer and more comfortable.

    Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann presented those two world premieres at the Geneva Motor Show – the sporty ADAM S in Red ‘n’ Roll and the cool crossover ADAM ROCKS.

    ADAM ROCKS and the ADAM S as predecessor of the series production version enrich the ADAM family and make it even more attractive. ROCKS also showcases another debut in Geneva: the 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine. ADAM is the first car to feature the small powerhouse, which will gradually become available in other models. Opel’s major powertrain offensive is also making strides on the diesel front: visitors to the Opel booth in Geneva can for the first time take a close look at the Astra with the 81 kW/110 hp version of the new generation 1.6 CDTI Turbo diesel. The exceptionally economical and clean whisper diesel is now available in the Opel high-volume model range. But the Astra is not only very quiet, it can also be extremely loud, as evidenced by the OPC EXTREME Concept. The super sporty car is the fastest Astra ever and will soon make its way from the race track to the road – visitors to the Geneva show can enjoy the preview of this performance car.

     Dan Ammann, GM President and Chairman of the Opel Supervisory Board, presenting the Astra OPC EXTREME. From the racetrack to public roads: Fastest-ever Astra on its way.

    Mini crossover with maximum charisma: Opel ADAM ROCKS

    New Opel ADAM ROCKS
    Cool and tough, chunky and funky: Opel ADAM ROCKS combines the joy of driving under an open sky with all the fun of an adventure-loving mini-crossover. Making its world debut in Geneva, ADAM ROCKS is the next addition to the ADAM family. The newest model in Opel’s urban lifestyle family is a 3.74-meter short car with huge zest for life – inside and outside the city. Featuring an electrically operated, retracting, Swing Top canvas roof as standard, signature body cladding all-round and a 15 mm raised ride height, ADAM ROCKS opens a new market niche; it is the first three-door urban pocket-crossover under 4.00 meters in length. ADAM ROCKS will hit the market as soon as this summer.

    New Opel 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo with 85 kW/115 hp and 166 Nm max. torque 
    ROCKS not only introduces new looks and muscles, but also new generation powertrain technologies into the ADAM. It will accommodate Opel’s all-new 1.0-liter ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo three-cylinder engine. This high-tech pocket powerhouse that already complies with tough Euro 6 emission standards raises the bar for three-cylinder engine refinement with outstandingly low noise and vibrations and superb comfort. Two versions are available, with 66 kW/90 hp and 85 kW/115 hp, both delivering impressive low-end torque of 166 Nm. Fuel consumption is as low as 4.3 l/100 km (according to NEDC test procedure; preliminary data). The new generation transmission is a highly efficient, compact six-speed manual gearbox, which features superbly smooth, precise and fast shift operation.

    Trendy and seductively sporty: Opel ADAM S

    New Opel ADAM S - 1.4 Turbo ECOTEC with 110 kW/150 hp and 220 Nm max. torque
    But the ROCKS is not the end of ADAM diversity by a long shot. The close-to-production ADAM S version showcases the hot new performance model that will top Opel’s super-cool small car family. Featuring a 110 kW/150 hp, 1.4 liter Turbo ECOTEC engine, sports-tuned suspension, OPC braking system and distinctive ‘Red ’n Roll’ styling, ADAM S impeccably blends punch and power with zestful, sharp-edged responses. The turbo engine propels the racy lifestyle ADAM S to a top speed of 220 km/h. With its sharp Red ‘n Roll styling inside and out, the ADAM S makes no secret of its unique character. The cabin features Recaro Performance seats in front, and occupants in the ADAM family’s top sporty model can enjoy optimum connectivity: Opel’s award-winning, sophisticated IntelliLink system is of course available as an option to have on board.

    Performance without compromises: Opel Astra OPC EXTREME

    New Opel Astra OPC EXTREME 
    Opel’s next Geneva premiere is also an attention-getter: the Astra OPC EXTREME. Developed on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the most challenging race track in the world, it is powered by a 2.0 liter turbo engine with over 221 kW/300 hp and equipped with all the key high-tech components from its racing peer. The Astra OPC EXTREME was developed directly from the OPC Cup version and brings pure racing technology to the road. The super sporty car is 100 kilograms lighter than a conventional Astra OPC thanks to its high-quality, carbon fiber components. With its technology and design, the OPC EXTREME stands for uncompromising performance and the pure joy of driving. If public reaction is as positive as expected, Opel plans a low-volume production run for the super sporty, street-legal EXTREME.

    2.0 liter Turbo engine with over 221 kW/300 hp

    Very economical: Opel Astra 1.6 CDTI with 81 kW/110 hp and 100 kW/136 hp

    New Opel ECOTEC 1.6 CDTI Euro 6 engine with 81 kW/110 hp 
    But Opel is much more than extremely sporty, it is also very economical: this is shown by the new 1.6 CDTI whisper diesel. After debuting in the Zafira Tourer, the all-new turbo diesel now also ensures powerful and clean drive in the heart of the Opel model portfolio. The 1.6 CDTI with 100 kW/136 hp and 320 Nm maximum torque is now also available in the high-volume Astra hatchback, Astra notchback and Astra Sports Tourer models. It boasts superb performance and minimum noise generation while consuming just 3.9 liters diesel per 100 km in the combined cycle (according to NEDC test procedure). The 81 kW/110 hp version of the whisper turbo diesel debuting in Geneva is even cleaner and more economical. The top fuel-saving engine needs just 3.7 liters diesel for 100 km and with CO2 emissions of 97 g/km, undercuts the 100 gram mark.

    Best connectivity today and tomorrow: Opel to introduce OnStar in 2015

    Opel takes another major step forward on the road to connecting cars with their digital environment. At the Geneva Motor Show, Opel announces the introduction of OnStar, its satellite-based system that connects drivers and their vehicles to rescue coordination centers and many other contacts. OnStar also offers 4G-LTE high-speed internet access and connectivity possibilities for up to seven devices such as smartphones and tablets. With the launch of OnStar in Europe next year, the automaker underlines its pioneering role as the brand for mobile connectivity. The core feature is the multi-award-winning, state-of-the-art IntelliLink infotainment system which enables drivers of Opel models such as ADAM, Insignia, Cascada, Meriva and Zafira Tourer to bring a wide range of smartphone content into their car.

    !NEW! Opel with OnStar Connectivity: All-Round Vehicle Services Solution

    Opel and OnStar: The next level of vehicle connectivity

    Automaker preparing launch of OnStar in Europe in 2015
    Powerful 4G LTE wi-fi connection
    State-of-the-art connectivity possibilities increase safety and comfort

    Opel and OnStar: Today Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann announced the introduction of OnStar at the Geneva Auto Show 

    Opel launches the next level of vehicle connectivity at the Geneva Motor Show. At today’s press conference, Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann announced the introduction of OnStar. “OnStar and Opel will make driving in Europe safer and more relaxed from 2015,” said Neumann. “With OnStar 4G/LTE, Opel drivers will enjoy high-speed mobile connectivity, and with this we take a major step towards realizing our vision of connectivity – the Opel Monza Concept that we presented last fall.” OnStar is the leading brand of connected safety and security solutions, value-added mobility services and advanced information technology.

    Opel also presents three hot new models at its booth in Hall 2. Karl-Thomas Neumann unveiled the cool and charismatic ADAM Rocks, the racy ADAM S and the super sporty Astra OPC EXTREME. ADAM ROCKS also showcases another debut in Geneva: the 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine. ADAM is the first car to feature the small powerhouse, which will gradually become available in other models. Opel’s major powertrain offensive is also making strides on the diesel front: visitors in Geneva can for the first time take a close look at the Astra with the 81 kW/110 hp version of the new generation 1.6 CDTI Turbo diesel.

    More than 6.5 million customers in the U.S., Canada, China, and Mexico already use OnStar connected services. Opel is planning to introduce OnStar across its passenger car range in selected European markets beginning in 2015. Karl-Thomas Neumann explained which services will make driving easier and more carefree:

    1. 4G LTE connection: With OnStar 4G LTE, the car becomes a powerful, mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, giving easier access to apps and services that require a high-speed cellular or data connection, for up to seven mobile devices.

    2. Emergency services: No matter what kind of trouble a driver encounters out on the road, OnStar is there to help. If the airbag deploys, OnStar can be alerted automatically. Even if it's a medical emergency, or you witness a crash, just press your emergency button and OnStar can request help.

    3. Remote link: Drivers can remotely connect to their vehicle with the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app. They can view oil life and tire pressure info on their smartphone, and lock or unlock their vehicle via smartphone. Destination addresses can be sent immediately to the on-board navigation system.

    4. Stolen vehicle assistance: If a vehicle is ever stolen, OnStar can work with the police to recover it quickly and safely.

    5. Roadside assistance: If drivers find themselves stranded, they are never alone. Whether it is an empty gas tank or a flat tire, a push of the emergency button is all it takes for OnStar to request that help be sent.

    6. Vehicle diagnostics: OnStar sends a monthly Vehicle Diagnostics email with the most important vehicle data and information. A diagnostic check can be requested at any time at the push of a button.

    7. Remote services: Drivers never have to worry about locking their keys in the car again. They just have to call OnStar, where an advisor will verify their account and send a signal to their vehicle to unlock the doors. Destination addresses can be sent immediately to the on-board navigation system by pressing the OnStar button, or via the RemoteLink app.

    Additional information about availability of vehicles sold in Europe with OnStar and pricing will be announced closer to the launch.

    Top connectivity today: IntelliLink in ADAM, Insignia, Meriva and Co.

    Opel already offers ultra-modern connectivity possibilities today – with the innovative infotainment system IntelliLink. The IntelliLink version in the urban lifestyle car Opel ADAM is especially sophisticated. The advanced and yet affordable system makes the small individualization champion the best connected small car on the market. The German trade magazines Auto Bild and Computer Bild recognized the IntelliLink infotainment system in the Opel ADAM with the “Connected Car Award“. A major benefit is that IntelliLink is compatible with both Apple iOS and Android software-operated smartphones. The full scope of options IntelliLink offers with its seven-inch color touchscreen in the ADAM also includes TuneIn, a global radio access app, BringGo, a full function navigation app, and Stitcher, a global podcast internet radio app. The onboard infotainment system’s various functions can be tailored to individual needs and preferences, bringing the smartphone owner’s personal environment into the Opel ADAM.

    Also supported by Opel ADAM’s IntelliLink is the Stitcher App, a free global podcast internet radio app which enables users to listen to programs live or after they have been broadcast.
    Opel ADAM also offers comprehensive Siri Eyes Free support over the iPhone. To activate Siri in Eyes Free mode, drivers connect their iPhone with IntelliLink via Bluetooth and then press the voice activation button on the steering wheel. Siri Eyes Free can be called up while other apps, such as BringGo Navigation, are running in the background. Music and navigation information is automatically muted during this time. The following functions are available with voice command over Siri Eyes Free.

    Opel ADAM IntelliLink - Siri Eyes Free Modus
    The high-tech IntelliLink system is not a privilege limited to ADAM. In various infotainment variants, it upgrades the new Insignia and Meriva as well as many other Opel models including the Astra, Mokka, Cascada and Zafira Tourer. The system impresses with direct, pleasant and user-friendly operation. While keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, drivers enjoy a broad spectrum of information and entertainment. Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming are available, as is the display of images via USB connection, whereby the latter requires the vehicle to be parked. Fast and precise navigation is standard with the Navi 950 Europa IntelliLink system. Destinations can either be entered over the familiar control button or by voice command. The typical IntelliLink monitor surface guarantees excellent readability. In addition, the driver can also have the Navi 950 IntelliLink system read out incoming text messages.

    Opel Insignia with completely new infotainment generation incl. 8-inch color-touchscreen, touchpad, steering wheel controls and voice operation.