Thursday, 29 January 2015

!NEW! The Best Cars 2015: Opel ADAM Defends Pole Position

  • Opel ADAM wins mini car category for second year in a row
  • Over 112.000 readers of trade magazine auto motor und sport voted

The Best Cars 2015: The Opel ADAM wins the mini car category for the second year in a row. Peter Christian Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Opel Group, receives the award from Birgit Priemer, deputy editor-in-chief of trade magazine auto motor und sport and Ralph Alex, editor-in-chief (on right).

Opel ADAM is continuing to go from strength to strength. For the second year in a row, Opel’s individualization champion won the Readers’ Choice Award of respected trade magazine auto motor und sport in the mini car category. The Opel ADAM received 29.8 percent of the votes and even managed to beat the 24.2 percent it received last year.

The Best Cars 2015: Peter Christian Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Opel Group, proudly presenting the trophy for the ADAM at the award ceremony in Stuttgart.
“The ADAM is a real winner,” said Peter Christian Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Opel Group, at the award ceremony in Stuttgart. “That is not just our opinion. 112,000 auto motor und sport readers from 15 countries and 130,000 customers from all around Europe who decided to buy our lifestyle car obviously agree. And we have just added two new members to the Opel ADAM family in the Opel ADAM ROCKS and the sporty Opel ADAM S.”

According to the publisher Motor Presse Stuttgart, exactly 112,471 readers participated in the 39th edition of the Best Cars. They voted in eleven categories in both overall and import brand ranking, choosing from 386 models.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

!NEW! Shanghai GM Begins Vehicle Production in Wuhan

Shanghai GM today celebrated the start of manufacturing at its Wuhan Branch, as the first Buick Excelle passenger car rolled off the production line.

Shanghai GM Wuhan Branch starts production.
The new manufacturing base in central China’s Hubei province represents an initial investment of RMB 7 billion. It has an annual manufacturing capacity of 240,000 vehicles for sale across China by Shanghai GM.

The Wuhan Branch includes press, body, paint and general assembly shops as well as support facilities. It is leveraging world-class manufacturing processes and technology, with 452 robots and an automation rate of 97 percent in its body shop. In line with Shanghai GM’s Drive to Green strategy, the plant has also adopted environmentally friendly technology.

The facility is being supported by a parts supply zone and logistics support zone.

Shanghai GM also announced the start of construction of the second phase of the Wuhan Branch. The second phase will represent an investment of RMB 7.5 billion. It will include press, body, paint and general assembly shops. The second phase will double the plant’s manufacturing capacity when it starts production in 2017. Powertrain projects worth about RMB 10 billion are planned at the facility as well.

The Wuhan Branch is Shanghai GM’s fourth manufacturing base, joining its original Jinqiao facility in Shanghai; Shanghai GM Dong Yue Motors and Shanghai GM Dong Yue Automotive Powertrain in Yantai, Shandong; and Shanghai GM (Shenyang) Norsom Motors in Shenyang, Liaoning.

Shanghai GM is a joint venture between GM and SAIC that was established in 1997. It builds, imports and sells a comprehensive range of Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet products. It is fully supported by a network of sales, aftersales and parts centers. In 2014, Shanghai GM sold a record 1,710,025 vehicles in China.

General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 11 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, and Wuling brands. 

!NEW! True Eco-Champion: New Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX with only 82 g/km CO2

  • Frugal: 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX only uses 3.1 l/100 km, efficiency class A+
  • Comfortable: Easytronic 3.0 with outstanding fuel efficiency and smooth gear shifts
  • Exemplary: New Opel Corsa most economical diesel on the market 
Exemplary: New Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX most economic Opel on the market
The new Opel Corsa E is not only extremely good looking, it is also a real fuel saving champion. The three-door 70 kW/95 hp 1.3 CDTI ecoFlex with Start/Stop technology fitted as standard, braking energy recuperation and low-rolling-resistance tires combined with the new Easytronic 3.0 transmission can reduce CO2 emissions to 82 grams per kilometer. Fuel consumption is down to exemplary 3.1 liters per 100 kilometers for the combined cycle making the new Corsa the most economical Opel presently on the market and the most economical diesel available. The eco-champion will be available for in Germany from March.

“Our automated five-speed manual transmission in the new Corsa is a real highlight for price-conscious customers who do not want to miss the comfort of an automatic,” said Peter Christian Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Opel Group. “When combined with the frugal diesel the small car becomes an efficiency giant. Therefore, it is perfect for both short urban shopping trips and longer journeys.”

Economical: Standard consumption of only 3.1 l/100 km with 82g/km CO2

Frugal: Opel ECOTEC 1.3 CDTI four-cylinder only uses 3.1 l/100 km, efficiency class A+
The fundamentally revamped diesel engine with 70 kW/ 95 hp and maximum torque of 190 Nm at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm in combination with a latest generation turbocharger allows for superior drive and acceleration even at low revs while simultaneously being extremely quiet. A water pump, operational when required, and a variable oil pump contribute to the exemplary consumption and CO2 values. Furthermore, the specially developed low-rolling-resistance tires and the Opel braking energy recuperation system also play an important part. With these innovations the three-door Corsa with the new Easytronic 3.0 transmission only uses 3.1 liter per 100 kilometers and emits a mere 82 grams of CO2 per kilometer, three grams less than with a manual five-speed gearbox (according to regulation [EC] No. 715/2007), thus seeing it qualify for efficiency class A+.

Easytronic 3.0: Huge comfort – small consumption

The five-speed Easytronic 3.0 weighs less and has lower internal friction than a conventional automatic transmission. It combines the advantages of a comfortable automatic transmission with the efficiency of a manual transmission. Easytronic 3.0 automatically selects the most fuel-efficient gear based on a manual transmission optimized for smaller engines and enables economical driving. The automated transmission is combined with Start/Stop technology that reduces fuel consumption even further especially in urban areas.

Comfortable: Easytronic 3.0 with outstanding fuel efficiency and smooth gear shifts
The Opel engineers developed a special gearwheel set for the automated transmission. The wide gear ratio spread of the five-gear wheel set reduces engine running speed, for example during highway travel, to a pleasant noise level. Furthermore, Easytronic 3.0 also offers a ‘creep’ mode similar to that of an automatic transmission for slow maneuvers. The transmission has a special start function for rapid starts and sporty acceleration.

Reduces fuel consumption: The Easytronic 3.0 automated gearbox
The latest generation of Easytronic impresses with reduced reaction times enabling quicker and smoother gear shifts. This optimization was made possible by a new actuator along with improved sensor and control technology and by the completely revamped manual base gearbox. In addition to automatic mode with an electro-hydraulic actuator taking over shifting and clutching operations, Easytronic 3.0 also offers manual gear shifting via push and pull operation of the gearshift.

Friday, 23 January 2015

!NEW! GMSA Announces Competitive Pricing for Opel ADAM

·  New three-model ADAM range offers ultimate personalisation and customisation options
·  Keen pricing allows affordability to meet definitive style
·  Dealer sales commence towards the end of January 2015

Opel ADAM JAM 1.0T ecoFLEX
Following a highly-successful media launch in December 2014 and various activations which followed around the country, the all-new Opel ADAM reaches General Motors South Africa (GMSA) dealerships at the end of January 2015.

Amidst ongoing hype and excitement, official pricing reveals a fundamentally important Opel ADAM factor: affordable style.

“The new three-model Opel ADAM range enters the market below R190 000, with the feature-rich range-topping model available for less than R235 000 – personification of the fact that customisable flair and style does not need to break the bank,” comments Opel Brand Manager at GMSA, Christopher Cradock.

The new Opel ADAM range pricing is as follows:
· Opel ADAM 1.4                               R189 900.00
· Opel ADAM JAM 1.0T ecoFLEX     R209 900.00
· Opel ADAM GLAM 1.0T ecoFLEX  R232 900.00

With ADAM JAM and ADAM GLAM featuring a host of new-age Opel technologies – including the IntelliLink multi-media touch screen infotainment system with full smartphone support and downloadable apps, a brand-new and super-slick 6-speed manual gearbox, and the technologically-advanced new 1.0-litre ecoFLEX turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine, these flagship derivatives are also available with designated optional customisation packages to further enhance styling and expression.


Available for R1 500 on Opel ADAM JAM, the TWISTED PACK allows for the choice of either a white or black roof. The OPC-LINE PACK, available for R8 300, includes 17-inch Hurricane alloy wheels and the OPC-Line body kit for a sportier overall look.

These two packages are available as the combined TWISTED OPC-LINE PACK as well.

For the ultimate in racy expression, the R19 200 XTREME PACK, available for Opel ADAM JAM, includes a white or black roof, the OPC-Line body kit and striking 18-inch Twister alloy wheels which bring with them an innovative first – customisable and interchangeable colour-coded wheel clips.


Exploring the more glamourous side of life, the Opel ADAM GLAM is available as standard with either a panoramic sunroof or a segment first – the 64 Starz Headliner, which mimics a starry night’s sky with 64 individual LED elements to create a truly magical interior ambience.

Mix and match

Further customisation options will be available at GM dealers, where Opel ADAM owners can easily stand out even more with the availability of quick-fitment accessories – including items like interchangeable interior décor, dashboard panels, interior- and exterior mirror caps, front logo bars, wheel clips, aluminium sports pedals and exterior decal packs.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

!NEW! Ready: New Generation Whisper Diesels for Opel Mokka and Opel Insignia

  • More power and torque combined with outstanding consumption and noise levels
  • Successful Opel Mokka available with 100 kW/136 hp whisper diesel from euro 24,685
  • Opel flagship Insignia 2.0 CDTI with 125 kW/170 hp available from euro 29,895 

New generation Diesel: Opel Insignia and Mokka SUV now with more power and torque combined with outstanding consumption and noise levels.
Extremely quiet, high power, high torque all combined with low consumption and emissions – these are the key elements of the new generation Opel diesels for Mokka and Insignia. The successful models can now be ordered with the new high-tech four-cylinder engines. The 100 kW/136 hp 1.6 CDTI in the Mokka will deliver a lot of driving fun for an entry-level price of euro 24,685. The Insignia sedan will be available with a 125 kW/170 hp two-liter turbo from euro 29,895 (RRP including VAT in Germany). The smooth and refined engines are another important step in the roll-out of Opel’s new powertrain portfolio and set standards in efficiency and environmental friendliness. Their emissions already meet the Euro 6 standards that will be compulsory from September and they are therefore almost as clean as comparable gasoline engines.

Whisper diesel: 1.6 CDTI for Opel Mokka, 2.0 CDTI for flagship Insignia

The Opel Mokka can currently boast the fastest growth on the European car market. The modern chassis and propulsion technologies are obviously key to the success of the sub-compact SUV. The latest development is the new all-aluminum four-cylinder engine, which will replace the 1.7 CDTI. The new high-tech engine gives more power and torque – up six hp and 20 Nm, respectively – from a smaller displacement, as well as significantly lower fuel consumption.

All-New Opel ECOTEC 1.6 CDTI

The lively 1.6 CDTI in the 100 kW/136 hp version reaches 85 hp per liter – unrivalled in its displacement class – and delivers torque of 320 Nm. Acceleration and elasticity figures promise lots of driving fun: the Mokka 1.6 CDTI accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds, and makes the transition from 80 to 120 km/h in fifth gear in just 9.9 seconds. Maximum speed is 191 km/h. The whisper diesel is also extremely economical and kinder to the environment: with Opel’s precise six-speed manual transmission and standard Start/Stop system, the 1.6 CDTI Mokka consumes just 4.1 l/100 km over the combined cycle while emitting only 109 g/km CO2. This is almost 0.5 l/100 km less fuel and 11 g/km less CO2 than the predecessor 1.7 liter version. This new diesel engine complies with the stringent Euro 6 emissions standard, making it almost as clean as a comparable gasoline unit.

Whisper diesel: 1.6 CDTI with 100 kW/136 hp and 320 Nm for Opel Mokka SUV
The same can also be said for the extremely quiet two-liter turbo diesel in the Insignia. Extracting as much energy from as little fuel as possible is key to both power and frugality, and with an exceptional specific output of 87 hp per liter – a slightly higher power density as Opel’s new-generation 2.0 CDTI – this engine is big on fun-to-drive but small in its impact on customers’ wallets. Impressive torque of 400 Nm is available from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, and maximum power of 125 kW/170 hp is accessed at just 3,750 rpm. The new powerhouse boasts around four percent more power and 14 percent more torque while maintaining exactly the same consumption as it predecessor and meeting Euro 6 emission standards. The Insignia with the new engine reaches a maximum speed of 225 km/h – an increase of 5 km/h. The sedan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 9.0 seconds – almost half a second quicker than its predecessor.

Powerplant: 2.0 CDTI with 125 kW/170 hp and 400 Nm for Opel Insignia

Pure high-tech: For strong performance and small ecological footprint

Two of the main contributors to the strong and environmentally friendly performance of both engines are the VGT (variable geometry turbine) turbocharger and the high-pressure, common-rail fuel injection system. Injectors capable of supplying fuel at 2,000 bar and of up to 10 injection pulses per cylinder cycle ensure high power, improved fuel atomization and efficient mixing with the air intake charge. The VGT in the Insignia features an electrical actuator for the variable aspect turbine, giving a 20 percent faster boost response than a vacuum actuator. Thus guaranteeing even more diesel fun.

Drivers will be able to enjoy the new engines without any regrets because Opel’s new generation whisper diesels deliver outstanding emission levels comparable to those of a gasoline engine. The big diesel weakness, the emission of nitrogen oxides, is history. The 1.6 CDTI in the Mokka uses a Lean NOx Trap (LNT), an exhaust after-treatment system upstream of the diesel particulate filter that captures and removes nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the exhaust gases without the use of additives.

The Insignia comes with Opel’s BlueInjection selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system, which removes nitrogen oxide from the engine’s exhaust gases. Tiny quantities of AdBlue®, a harmless fluid consisting of urea and water, are injected into the exhaust gas flow ahead of the SCR catalyst and downstream of the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). The solution is immediately converted into ammonia (NH3), which is absorbed by the SCR catalyst. Nitrogen oxide in the passing exhaust gas is then selectively reduced to harmless nitrogen and water vapor in a chemical reaction with the ammonia.

Smooth running: Diesel power with turbine-like refinement

Apart from increasing performance and efficiency, the improvement of running smoothness was a key requirement for the new engines right from the outset of their design. The engineers implemented several measures during construction and fine-tuning to reduce the noise levels and vibrations of the engine thus improving refinement. Architectural improvements focused on two main noise-emitting areas: the top and bottom of the engine and ranged from a decoupled, cam cover on the aluminum cylinder head over a newly designed oil sump to a new balancer shaft module for the two-liter diesel.

Opel ECOTEC 2.0 CDTI: Impressive torque of 400 Nm is available from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm, and maximum power of 125 kW/170 hp is accessed at just 3,750 rpm.
The result: The new 2.0 CDTI can boast reduced noise levels in every rpm range compared to its predecessor and is five decibels quieter when idling.

And the latest generation 1.6 CDTI previously known from the Opel Astra and Meriva MPV has not been nicknamed “whisper diesel” for nothing.

Opel ECOTEC 1.6 CDTI: With the new 100 kW/136 hp Turbo diesel, Mokka SUV boasts a fuel consumption of only 4.1 liters per 100 kilometers over the combined cycle, which is equivalent to a CO2 emission of 109 grams per kilometer.
The all-new 1.6 CDTI Opel Mokka is available with front-wheel drive and six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. The all-wheel drive (AWD) comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. Opel Insignia sedan, liftback and Sports Tourer with the new two-liter turbo diesel are available with a six-speed gearbox and front or four-wheel drive.

Opel Insignia Sports Tourer 2.0 CDTI and Opel Mokka SUV 1.6 CDTI

Monday, 19 January 2015

!NEW! 750,000th Opel Insignia: Jubilee for the Successful Flagship

  • Anniversary car in Rüsselsheim plant is an arden blue OPC Sports Tourer
  • Latest technology further increases appeal of Opel flagship

Anniversary car: The 750,000th Opel Insignia rolled off the production line in Rüsselsheim today.
A new chapter has been added to the success story of the Opel Insignia. The 750,000th car of Opel’s top-of-the-range model rolled off the assembly line at the Rüsselsheim plant. The final assembly team led by plant manager Axel Scheiben celebrated as an Insignia OPC Sports Tourer in OPC-exclusive Arden Blue made its appearance.

The anniversary car is the top-of-the-line Insignia model. The 2.8 liter V6 turbocharged engine has 239 kW/325 hp and sends 435 Nm of torque to all four wheels. The station wagon accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds.

Axel Scheiben says, “This is a special day for the entire team. We have every reason to be proud of the fact that we have already produced our successful Insignia model 750,000 times. Our team does an outstanding job day in, day out, manufacturing highly complex vehicles in top quality.” The Opel flagship is produced exclusively in the main plant in Rüsselsheim.

Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann pointed out the importance of the Insignia for the entire company: “The Insignia is our flagship and thereby our brand’s figurehead. With this car, we show what we are capable of in terms of design, technology and quality. The Insignia has played a key role in getting Opel back on track.”

The Opel Insignia, which won the prestigious 2009 European “Car of the Year” award one year after its introduction, has become even more popular since the second generation was brought to market in late summer 2013. To date, the new version has been ordered more than 155,000 times. Last year alone, Opel sold more than 100,000 Insignias – an increase of around 19 percent. This made the flagship the fourth most popular Opel model. “With this, the new Insignia provides further proof of the success of our model offensive,” says Dr. Neumann.

Last year, Opel’s mid-size model was especially sought after in the UK, Germany and Spain, and achieved the largest percentage growth in the mid-size segment in Europe.

The Insignia family comes in five variants – hatchback, notchback, Sports Tourer station wagon, Country Tourer station wagon and OPC. The most popular colors in Europe include graphite black and snow white.

Insignia buyers can choose between gasoline, diesel or LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) propulsion. The entry-level version with a 140 hp, turbocharged 1.4 liter gasoline engine, Start/Stop and a low-friction six-speed manual transmission is already available from 24,515 euros in the well-equipped Business Edition.

The Insignia is now also available with the new 2.0 CDTI Euro 6 high-tech Turbo-diesel engine. The new, ultra-modern 170 hp, four-cylinder engine from Kaiserslautern impresses with its power, reduced fuel consumption, lower emissions as well as lower noise and vibration levels.

New Opel ECOTEC 2.0 CDTI: Euro 6 Turbo-diesel engine with 125 kW/170 hp and 400 Nm
The Insignia is poised to cause even more of a sensation internationally. Later this year, the Insignia OPC sedan will be exported to Australia and New Zealand as the Holden Insignia VXR. Furthermore, an additional Insignia variant will be produced in Rüsselsheim later this decade, and will then be sold as a new model from the GM brand Buick in the United States

2015 Buick Regal GS AWD

Thursday, 15 January 2015

!NEW! Opel KARL: World Premiere at the Geneva Motor Show

  • Economical: Latest generation three-cylinder engine emits 99 g/km CO2
  • Safe: With technologies and features from higher segments
  • Sound: Compact dimensions, low curb weight and room for up to five people 

Value for money: Numerous safety and comfort features are available for the five-door Opel KARL.
Its dimensions: extremely compact. Its engine: very frugal. Its name: simply KARL, Opel KARL. The five-door car with space for up to five people will celebrate its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show (March 5 to March 15). The new addition to the Opel family can be equipped with numerous safety and comfort technologies that are unrivalled in the microcar segment. At just 3.68 meters long and 1.48 meters high, the new Opel KARL offers the perfect combination of a spacious interior and compact exterior dimensions. KARL is powered by a modern, latest generation one-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine that emits 99 g/km CO2.

“KARL is Opel’s attractive entry-level model while it also completes the small car trio next to the ADAM family and new Corsa,” says Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “It is the ideal car for price-conscious customers who want to combine everyday suitability with comfort, high economy and modern technologies.”

Efficient: New 1.0 ECOTEC three-cylinder

Customers can choose from three equipment levels for the new Opel KARL – Essentia, Enjoy and Cosmo. It can be outfitted in ten different body colors from “Night Violet” to “Kiwi Green”. The newcomer from Rüsselsheim is not just good looking, it also impresses with its inner values. Under the hood, it boasts the latest generation in Opel powertrain technology: the new 1.0 ECOTEC with 55 kW/75 hp, an all-aluminum one-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine, is distinguished by its running smoothness and efficiency. Drivers can regulate the power perfectly via a five-speed manual transmission. Opel KARL’s chassis and steering have been developed to provide exceptional safety and comfort for top driving performance. But the most impressive feature is that with the ecoFlex package, consisting of an aerodynamically optimized front spoiler lip and roof spoiler, the small car emits just 99 g/km CO2. This can reduce fuel consumption down to 4.3 liters per 100 kilometers. The ecoFlex package includes further elements such as especially low-rolling-resistance tires.

Smart mini: The five-door Opel KARL with space for up to five people will celebrate its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.
Track width of 1,410 mm (front) and 1.416 mm (rear) together with the 2.385 mm long wheelbase offers a high level of comfort. Tipping the scales at 939 kg, the five-door Opel KARL is a real lightweight while offering plenty of room. The asymmetrical (40%:60%) split foldable rear seat back (optional with Enjoy, standard with Cosmo) enables ample loading space. With the rear seat backs folded down, Opel KARL offers almost 1,000 liters of stowage area up to the roof.

Intelligent Assistants

Opel KARL comes fitted with numerous safety and comfort features that customers do not expect in this price category. In addition to standard Hill Start Assist (HSA), which prevents the car from rolling back when starting on a slope, the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) integrated in the front camera is a further safety feature highlight. It alerts drivers with an acoustic signal and a blinking yellow icon on the instrument panel when they unintentionally stray out of their lane.

New entry-level model: The new Opel KARL combines everyday suitability with comfort, high economy and modern technologies.
Like the Opel ADAM and Corsa, KARL also features the City mode that reduces steering effort at the push of a button (from Enjoy), greatly facilitating maneuvering in heavy city traffic. Park Assist is also available and assists the driver during parking by issuing an acoustic warning as the car approaches obstacles when reversing. Standard from the Enjoy trim level, Cruise control with speed limiter regulates driving speeds, which is extremely helpful in complicated urban traffic and in residential areas with a 30 km/h speed limit. The fog lights guarantee improved illumination in adverse weather conditions whereas the integrated cornering light function ensures that turning maneuvers are safer for the driver and other road users. The Enjoy Plus package consists of fog lights and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) together with 15-inch design wheels and the asymmetrical (40%:60%) split foldable rear seat back. This package with 15-inch alloy wheels comes standard with the Cosmo equipment edition.  

The exceptional list of comfort, assistance and safety features available in the Opel KARL can be seamlessly continued. The Winter package ensures heated front seats along with the heated leather steering wheel for cozy warmth.

In its Cosmo trim level, Opel KARL includes the R300 BT radio with six loudspeakers, Aux-in and USB ports as well as Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming. It can be combined with DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting), substantially increasing program choice and sound quality.

So Opel’s smallest model that rounds off the company’s small car segment offer from next summer is simply everything – practically pretty and pretty practical, all for an entry-level price of under 10,000 euros.

Exciting offer: The Opel KARL will be available for order for an attractive euro 9,500 in German from January 19. 

New Corsavan Celebrates World Premiere at Brussels Motor Show

  • Economical 1.3 CDTI ecoFlex engine and more payload capacity than predecessor
  • Excellent connectivity with IntelliLink Infotainment System
  • Numerous safety features thanks to close relationship with passenger car
Exciting combination: The new Opel Corsavan combines the comfort, safety features and performance of a passenger car with the transport capacity of a small van.

Following the successful launch of the new Opel Corsa at the Paris Motor Show in October of last year, the new Corsavan will make its debut at the Brussels Motor Show (January 16 to 25, 2015). The small but capable van will be on show at the Opel stand in Hall 9 of the Brussels Expo and is part of Opel’s new light commercial vehicle strategy. Based on the new three-door Corsa, the nippy city delivery van, which combines the comfort, safety features and performance of a passenger car with the transport capacity of a small van can be ordered now and will be at dealerships in the first quarter of this year.

The new Corsavan is even more practical than its predecessor, offering 21 kilograms more maximum payload. Furthermore, it also comes with numerous safety features such as the award-winning Side Blind Spot Alert or the second-generation Opel Eye front camera, with Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Warning. To top things off, the optional IntelliLink Infotainment System guarantees excellent connectivity. Compatible with Android and Apple devices it makes the Corsavan the best-connected city delivery van on the market.

“The Corsavan offers small businesses the comfort and practicality of a van combined with the most up-to-date safety and connectivity features of its passenger car sibling at an extremely attractive price,” said Steffen Raschig, Director of Opel Commercial Vehicles. Raschig expects the Corsavan to be especially popular in Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, where the predecessor model also enjoys great success.

Dynamic and practical

Economical advantage: The servicing intervals guarantee that the vehicles spend even more time on the road. 
From the outside, the Corsavan barely looks like a commercial vehicle at all. It shares the new Corsa’s dynamic appearance and fits easily into tight parking spaces thanks to its compact dimensions (4021 mm long, 1944 mm wide including exterior mirrors and 1479 mm high, turning circle 9.9 meters) and speed sensitive power steering. Its spacious and modern interior offers generous leg and headroom. The ergonomic design puts every switch and control within easy reach. The cabin feels more like an office and allows owners/drivers to get some paperwork done between appointments. Contoured, supportive seats provide ample comfort throughout the day.

More payload: New Opel Corsavan’s large, flat loading area provides a capacity of 920 liters with a maximum payload of 571 kilograms.
The compact proportions in no way detract from the agile city van’s great transport capacity. The Corsavan’s large, flat loading area provides a capacity of 920 liters with a maximum payload of 571 kilograms. Standard features such as a solid steel floor and half-height steel bulkhead along with half-height sidewall paneling and load restraint lashing eyes all serve to protect and stabilize cargo. Additionally, upper load restraint mesh, fitted rubber floor mat and four-piece load compartment cover are optional for even more load protection.

New Opel Corsavan: Safe transportation: Load restraint lashing eyes serve to protect and stabilize cargo.

Economical and lively

The engine lineup consists of 1.4 liter gasoline engines and 1.3 liter diesel aggregates with outputs ranging from 70 to 95 hp. The 1.3 CDTI ecoFlex engine with 95 hp is the pick of the diesel aggregates and has undergone comprehensive redevelopment for use in the new Corsavan. It delivers 190 Nm torque, comes with Start/Stop as standard and is Euro-6 compliant. While delivering a lively drive it also keeps fuel consumption at an outstanding 3.3 liters per 100 kilometers for the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions down to an impressive 88 grams per kilometer.

The servicing intervals also represent an economical advantage. Main services intervals have been set to every two years or 60.000 km (whatever comes first) with an interim service interval of every 30.000 km or yearly. This guarantees that the vehicles spend even more time representing the client on the road.

Outstanding connectivity

Elsewhere, the optional IntelliLink infotainment system’s 7-inch color touchscreen is located on the center stack. Opel’s award-winning infotainment system offers optimum connectivity opportunities. It is compatible with Apple and Android devices and makes the Corsavan the best-connected small van on the market. The driver can use apps like BringGo for navigation as well as Stitcher and TuneIn for worldwide radio and podcast reception. With IntelliLink, a driver can plan his entire day without having to return to the office. Emails, contacts or the personal calendar are all easily accessible. The integration of Apple iOS devices within IntelliLink enables Siri Eyes Free voice control. This makes it possible for drivers to hear an incoming SMS read aloud or dictate an SMS and emails – all while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road ahead.

Comprehensive Safety & Comfort Package

When it comes to safety, the Corsavan benefits greatly from its close relationship with its passenger car sibling and comes with a generous package of safety features. The highlight is Opel’s award-winning Side Blind Spot Alert, which uses ultrasonic sensors to warn the driver of an imminent collision when changing lanes, overtaking or turning a corner. The sensors have a range of three meters to the left and right of the vehicle, and detect objects or other vehicles in the driver’s blind spots. Whenever another vehicle comes within range of the sensors, a warning LED illuminates in the relevant exterior door mirror. Side Blind Spot Alert works in speeds ranging from 10 km/h to 140 km/h.

The second-generation Opel Eye front camera, with Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist, Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Warning, also further increases driving safety. Traffic Sign Recognition reads speed limit- and no-passing signs and displays them on the instrument panel. Lane Departure Warning alerts drivers when they unintentionally stray out of their lane. High Beam Assist offers a considerable safety advantage when driving in the dark automatically activating the high beam light for better road illumination and improved visibility. Following Distance Indication, which is activated automatically at speeds from 40 km/h, not only helps to prevent collisions, but also helps to avoid possible fines for not maintaining sufficient safety distance to the vehicle in front. If the vehicle gets into a critical situation where a collision with the preceding vehicle is imminent, Forward Collision Warning alerts the driver with a loud alarm as well as a visual warning on the instrument cluster.

At the touch of a button, the City mode of the steering system, fitted as standard except when the Opel Eye front camera is chosen, increases power assistance at lower speeds, which is particularly useful when maneuvering in congested urban areas. Hill Start Assist also comes as standard. It maintains the brake function for about two seconds. This prevents the Corsavan from rolling back when starting on a slope. On cold days, owners benefit from the heated ThermaTec windscreen that ensures perfect visibility and the heated steering wheel.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

!NEW! GM Expects Improved Profitability in 2015

  • Expects higher EBIT-adjusted and EBIT-adjusted margins in 2015
  • Reaffirms previously announced 2016 targets and plan to achieve 9- to 10-percent margin by early next decade

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) expects its total earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) adjusted and EBIT-adjusted margin to increase in 2015, compared to 2014, after adjusting 2014 for the impact of recall costs. The company also anticipates improved automotive results in all regions.

This outlook is based on modest global industry growth expected in 2015, which will result primarily from continued growth in China, Europe and the United States, and ongoing launches of key vehicles.

CEO Mary Barra, President Dan Ammann, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens shared this outlook with investor analysts attending the Deutsche Bank 2015 Global Auto Industry Conference in Detroit. 

GM reiterated it is on track to meet its previously announced 2016 financial targets to achieve EBIT-adjusted margins in North America of 10 percent; to return to profitability in Europe, and to maintain strong margins in China.

The company also said its plan puts it on the path to achieve 9- to 10-percent margins by early next decade. The strategic plan, shared during the Global Business Conference in October 2014, includes several major initiatives: lead in product and technology; grow the Chevrolet and Cadillac brands globally; continue growing in China; continue growing GM Financial, and deliver core operating efficiencies.

“We had a pivotal year in 2014, outlining a customer-focused strategic plan for the company and delivering on our commitments by achieving strong core operating performance,” Barra said. “We’ll build on this momentum in 2015 and continue executing our plan to become the most-valued automotive company.”

Among key accomplishments for 2014, Barra noted the following:
  • Earned the most J.D. Power Initial Quality Study awards for second consecutive year in the United States.
  • Launched more models in North America with 4G LTE mobile broadband than all other automakers combined.
  • GM and its joint ventures sold a record 3.5 million vehicles in China, up 12.0 percent from 2013.
  • Opel/Vauxhall market share in Europe grew for the second year in a row, including increases in 12 European markets.
  • Achieved five straight quarters of EBIT-adjusted margin growth in North America through the third quarter of 2014 (excluding recalls).
  • Standard & Poor’s upgraded GM and GM Financial to investment grade.
  • Returned $2.0 billion to common stock shareholders through dividends.

To support its future growth, GM plans to increase capital expenditures to approximately $9 billion in 2015, reflecting increased investments in products and technologies.

“Overall, 2014 was a very solid year in which we met expectations on core operating performance, despite a number of significant headwinds,” Stevens said.

“Importantly, improvements in 2015 will keep us firmly on track to meet our near-term objectives and demonstrate solid progress toward our targeted margins of 9 to 10 percent by early next decade.”

!NEW! GM Delivers its Second Consecutive Year of Record Global Sales

  • Record China sales and market share
  • Global Cadillac sales up 5 percent
  • Record global Buick sales
  • Opel/Vauxhall sales outpace European industry

General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) is reporting its second consecutive year of record global sales. In 2014, the company and its dealers delivered 9,924,880 vehicles around the world, surpassing by 2 percent the record set in 2013.

“GM is making solid progress and has good momentum. Our customer focus, the new cars, trucks and crossovers we launched in China and North America, technologies like OnStar with 4GLTE and the revitalization underway at Opel helped us achieve another record year, despite very challenging market conditions in different parts of the world,” said GM CEO Mary Barra.

Among GM’s major launches are the new Opel Corsa E, which arrives in European showrooms later this month and the Chevrolet Trax small crossover in the United States, which began arriving in showrooms in December 2014. In addition, GM is increasing U.S. production of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickups, which launched late last year. Launches in China include three Chevrolets, two Buicks and two Cadillacs. OnStar is also expanding into Europe and launching 4GLTE service in China.

Deliveries in North America rose 6 percent in 2014 to 3,412,714 units and the company’s estimated market share of 16.9 percent was equal to 2013. 

The redesigned full-size pickups and large SUVs introduced by Chevrolet and GMC starting in the second half of 2013, along with the Cadillac Escalade, were major contributors to the company’s success in North America. Dealers delivered almost 1 million units in the United States alone, up 11 percent year over year, which helped drive average transaction prices to a full-year record of nearly $33,900, up about $2,600 from 2013, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates.

Deliveries in China rose 12 percent to a record 3,539,972 and the company’s estimated market share increased 0.6 percentage points to 14.8 percent. Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, Wuling and Baojun all set annual sales records.

GM and its joint ventures expanded their lineup with several new and refreshed models in China, including the Buick Envision premium midsize SUV, Chevrolet Trax and Sail 3 family car, Cadillac ATS-L luxury sport sedan and Baojun 730 family vehicle.

Global Sales Highlights (vs. 2013)
  • Chevrolet sales in China were up 10 percent to a record 717,007 units, sales in the United States were up 4 percent to more than 2 million units and the brand was the market leader in South America. Global sales were down 4 percent, reflecting Chevrolet’s repositioning in Europe and weak industry conditions in a number of the brand’s major markets.
  • Cadillac increased its sales 5 percent on the strength of a 47 percent increase in China, where sales reached a record 73,500 units.
  • Buick delivered nearly 1.2 million vehicles, with sales in North America and China both up 13 percent. In the United States, the Buick Encore has become the industry’s best-selling small crossover. On a global basis, the Encore ended 2014 with sales of 138,218 units, up 42 percent.
  • Opel/Vauxhall delivered almost 1.1 million vehicles in Europe in 2014, and had its highest sales and market share since 2011. Sales in the region were up 3.4 percent, which nearly doubled the industry’s 1.8 percent increase. Sales were up in 16 European countries.
  • In the United States, Chevrolet and GMC increased their combined share of the retail market for large pickups by a full percentage point to 38.9 percent. The brands’ retail share in the large SUV segment was up 7.8 points to 74.7 percent.  

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

!NEW! Connected Car Award for Opel’s new OnStar Connectivity

Award presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit

Stars in Detroit: Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann (left) receives the Connected Car Award from Tomas Hirschberger, deputy editor-in-chief of Auto Bild, in front of the new Buick Cascada.
For the second year running, Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann was able to accept a Connected Car Award for the digital connectivity of the company’s vehicles. Opel won the Pioneer Award for especially trendsetting innovations with OnStar, the comprehensive carefree package of connected safety, high-class mobility services and progressive information technology. Opel will initially introduce OnStar in selected European markets by the middle of the year. Each vehicle will be fitted with 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. “Presently, internet is normally a premium topic but Opel have made an expensive technology mainstream,” explained magazines Auto Bild and Computer Bild in the reasoning for the award. Opel already won a Pioneer Award last year for the IntelliLink infotainment system in the Opel ADAM.

Opel ADAM: IntelliLink infotainment system
“OnStar and Opel will make driving in Europe safer and more relaxing,” said Karl-Thomas Neumann at the award presentation in Detroit. “With OnStar 4G/LTE, Opel drivers will enjoy high-speed mobile connectivity. With this, we take a major step towards realizing our vision of connectivity.”

Award presentation: Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann (left) receives the Connected Car Award for Opel OnStar from Tomas Hirschberger, deputy editor-in-chief of Auto Bild.
In addition, OnStar will offer automatic emergency services after an accident, it will allow for remote diagnostics in case of breakdown, can open accidentally locked doors via a mobile app and can locate a stolen vehicle. Drivers can also contact the call center at the touch of a button.

Monday, 12 January 2015

New Opel ADAM Models: Now with Swing Top and Easytronic 3.0

  • From 14,990 euro: Open air fun with Swing Top canvas roof for the Opel ADAM
  • Easytronic 3.0: Automated transmission for more efficiency and comfort
  • Cool interior: New Extreme Package ‘Hashtag’ for Opel ADAM GLAM 

New appearance: Opel ADAM with the extraordinary Swing Top canvas roof is available in new colors such as ‘Greenfellas’.
The individualization champion Opel ADAM will be even more unique from now on. Impossible? Wrong! New technologies and features will extend the motley ADAM family: The Swing Top canvas roof, previously exclusively premiered in the mini-crossover ADAM ROCKS, is now also available for the ‘standard’ version of the urban lifestyle car. The new ADAM SWINGTOP will offer an unrestricted view of the sky as standard at the push of a button. New ADAM owners will have even more options to personalize their vehicle with the new ADAM GLAM Extreme Package ‘Hashtag’. Opel has also increased the options for transmissions and now offers Easytronic 3.0, the latest in automated transmission technology, for drivers who no longer want to shift themselves permanently. The new system not only allows for quicker and softer automatic gear changes but also helps reduce consumption and emissions by around eight percent.

“These new attractive possibilities will further strengthen our large ADAM family and give everybody the opportunity to configure their personal ADAM favorite,” explained Peter Christian Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Opel Group. “The choice of colors is growing too. We have added new colors in ‘Forget about Grey’ and ‘Greenfellas’. Therefore, customers can choose from 19 different bodywork colors now.”

Opel ADAM with Swing Top roof: Pure open-air pleasure  

Fresh air fanatics now have a further option at their disposal alongside the mini-crossover Opel ADAM ROCKS with the ‘standard’ Opel ADAM now being available with the extraordinary Swing Top canvas roof. Opel ADAM with Swing Top canvas roof is based on the Opel ADAM JAM configuration and offers occupants an unrestricted view of the sky in a mere five seconds. The roof retracts to the C-pillar at the touch of a button. It can be closed up to speeds of 140 km/h. The layers, including a central neoprene layer, make the Swing Top extremely robust and durable. Furthermore, the entire roof module is acoustically tuned for good noise insulation inside the cabin.

Fresh air in a flash: Opel ADAM with Swing Top canvas roof offers occupants an unrestricted view of the sky in a mere five second
Opel ADAM with Swing Top roof offers pure convertible feeling without the typical convertible disadvantages for an entry-level price of euro 14,990 (RRP including VAT in Germany). Neither trunk capacity nor all-round vision suffer under this roof design, no matter whether the roof is open or closed.

Easytronic 3.0: Great comfort – small price

Furthermore, the immediate introduction of the newly developed Easytronic 3.0 will complete the Opel ADAM transmission portfolio. The automated gearbox combines the advantages of a comfortable automatic transmission with the increased efficiency of a manual gearbox. The third generation of Easytronic promises shortened response times, resulting in gear changes that are unrivalled by any other automated transmission in terms of smoothness and speed.

Reduces fuel consumption: The Easytronic 3.0 automated gearbox
Apart from increasing driving comfort, improving efficiency was key during the development of Easytronic. In combination with the 64 KW/87 hp 1.4-liter naturally aspirated engine, Easytronic 3.0 cuts fuel consumption by up to 0.4 liters per 100 kilometers for the combined cycle compared to a five-speed manual transmission. This is equivalent to a reduction of CO2 emissions by 10 grams per kilometer. In this arrangement, Opel  ADAM 1.4 ecoFLEX with Start/Stop consumes 4.7 liters per 100 kilometers and emits 109 grams of CO2 per kilometer, meaning that it makes the leap from efficiency class C to B. However, the key factor is affordability. Therefore, Easytronic is available for a very reasonable euro 600 (RRP including VAT in Germany).

!NEW! Buick Explores Future with Avenir Concept

New design proportion, device integration, rejuvenating interior push brand forward

The Avenir is distinguished by its premium sports proportions and all-new interpretations of traditional Buick cues.

The Avenir – French for future – is distinguished by its premium sports proportions and all-new interpretations of traditional Buick cues. It is the creation of a global team of Buick designers and sculptors who were inspired by historic Buick concepts, which pushed traditional boundaries, shaped future Buick models and influenced the entire auto industry.

2015 Buick Avenir Concept 
“Avenir embodies Buick design, which centers on effortless beauty and presence without pretense,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of General Motors Global Design. “It demonstrates the growing international reach of Buick and offers an exciting vision of where it can go.”

The Avenir’s sculptural surfacing, expressive proportion and Buick’s signature sweep-spear bodyside visually cue an exceptional driving experience that awaits inside.

“The interior is designed with the driver and passengers’ comfort and well-being in mind,” said Welburn. “Technology is seamlessly integrated and builds on the features that have become hallmarks for today’s production models – helping drive a new generation of customers to Buick.”

Additional vehicle highlights:
  • Personal seating for four

  • Full light-emitting diode (LED) exterior lighting

  • Twenty-one-inch wheels

  • Next-generation direct-injected V-6 engine with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and stop/start technology

  • Nine-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission

  • Driver-selectable suspension damping

  • Twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system

  • Next-generation Buick IntelliLink infotainment with large, 12-inch-diagonal color touch screen

  • Driver-recognition features that automatically sync infotainment preferences

  • Ionic cabin air filtration

  • Mobile device wireless charging

  • OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot

A new design direction with a nod to the past

A long hood, wheels-at-the-corners stance and a sloping, rear deck that pays homage to historical models, such as the Riviera, distinguish the Avenir’s proportion.

“Simply put, Avenir is a beautiful piece of sculpture, delivered on a premium proportion that acknowledges the Buick design heritage in a very progressive way,” said Michael Simcoe, vice president of design, GM International Operations. “The vehicle remains unmistakably Buick with a modern take on the traditional Buick cues such as the sweep spear and boattail. The result is a piece of artistry that is precise in its character, beautifully proportioned. It really takes your breath away.”

The most striking departure from contemporary Buick models is a new grille design that puts a new face on the brand. It features a large opening accented by a return to the three-color – red, silver and blue – Buick tri-shield insignia, accented by wing-shaped elements. The grille is flanked by bold headlamps featuring full LED lighting.

“The new grille is a modern interpretation of a design introduced on the landmark 1954 Wildcat II concept, which shattered expectations of what a Buick was supposed to be,” said Simcoe. “On the Avenir, it represents a break from convention and progressiveness in technology.”

Sculptural surfaces, taught lines, short overhangs and a broad-shouldered stance stretches 204.5 inches (5,195 mm) in length and 76 inches (1,931 mm) in width. Its reimagined sweep-spear element complements the long body lines and conveys a sense of motion, as does tapered rear-end styling.

Avenir’s sophisticated color palette, including a Crystalline exterior color and strained use of bright work accent the Avenir’s body lines and sets up the interior for a combination that takes Buick’s contemporary style to a higher level.

“It’s a sculpted design with a lot of snap in the character lines – with a classic long, low proportion,” said Simcoe. “Its length enables exceptional spaciousness inside, but just as importantly, a presence that speaks to luxury and the importance of style. In short, it’s the befitting proportion for a Buick flagship.”

A soothing environment with unprecedented integration

The Avenir’s four-place interior rewards the senses, makes managing technologies easier and enhances the feelings of personal space and well-being.

“A flowing, sculptural quality in the interior forms, deco trim, premium leather and ambient lighting, create an environment that is inviting and comfortable,” said Liz Wetzel, Buick interior design director.

The Avenir’s four-place interior rewards the senses, makes managing technologies easier and enhances the feelings of personal space and well-being.
Interior surfaces - inspired by nature and sea waves receding on a beach - flow seamlessly through the cabin. It is a motif featured on the seats and carried through in other trim components – even the carpet. In fact, a patterned insert for the carpet carries the motif in silk and bamboo.  

“There’s an almost-three-dimensional or bas-relief effect to the design motif that adds depth and heightens the sense of place,” said Wetzel. “Layered and floating elements such as the center console enhance the perception of lightness, efficiency and dynamism.”

A color palette of light and natural tones blended with oiled and buffed wood trim, and Galvano satin-chrome accents, enhance the Avenir’s ambience.

“They’re rich, premium materials and warm colors innovatively executed to enhance the soothing effect of the interior environment,” said Wetzel.

Functionality is manifested in the Avenir’s device-integration technologies, which are designed to lift the user’s mood and make the details associated with daily life a little easier. It starts the moment the vehicle is started, synchronizing information and devices within seconds. The Avenir instantly configures gauge cluster and infotainment screen displays based on prior customization while also recognizing the user’s music preferences, calendar schedule and recently visited locations from a cellphone’s GPS. It can even pick up a podcast the user was listening to at the moment it was interrupted.

Buick’s user experience designers are also pushing the Avenir’s technologies for home integration, which would allow accessing home security cameras or the capability of turning on outside lights and closing a garage door that was inadvertently left open.

“The Avenir’s integration features build on the technologies already available or coming soon in smartphones and streamline them in a system that makes accessing and interacting with them easier,” said Wetzel.

Personal connectivity extends to rear-seat passengers, where USB ports and video screens allow occupants to plug in to their favorite media and slip into complete relaxation, arriving at their destination refreshed and rejuvenated.

“The use of color, material, form and amenities can affect a person’s mood and feeling,” said Wetzel. “The Avenir is a showcase of thoughtful and modern design with the capacity to anticipate and facilitate the personal needs of its occupants. It’s absolutely its own getaway destination.”