Tuesday, 31 May 2016

!NEW! Connected Travelling Lounge: New Opel Zafira

  • Online: New infotainment systems with phone integration and Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Relaxing: New ergonomic cockpit and versatile lounge seats for up to seven passengers
  • Innovative: New Adaptive Forward Lighting LED headlamps turn night to day
  • Characteristic: Sculptural chrome logo bar and double wing’ daytime running lights 

In addition to optimum connectivity featuring Opel OnStar and new IntelliLink infotainment systems, the new Opel Zafira also offers AFL LED headlamps.
A unique blend of exceptional versatility and optimum comfort has characterized the Opel Zafira ever since the Rüsselsheim-based company revealed its revolutionary integrated seven-seat system in the compact van segment in 1999. Opel has sold around 2.7 million units of the Zafira since, mainly to families and professionals who need a spacious and flexible vehicle for travelling long distances in high comfort. Soon available for sale and delivered as of September, the new Zafira will not only shine with all of the well-known virtues of its predecessors such as the Flex7® seating system, ergonomically-certified AGR front seats, the FlexFix® bicycle carrier or FlexRide adaptive damping – it also comes with an attractive new exterior and interior design that emphasizes the spacious ambience and an outstanding connectivity offering. Latest generation Opel IntelliLink infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility along with Opel OnStar (including 4G/LTE Wi-Fi hotspot where available) make sure the Zafira offers optimum connectivity to you, your friends or family while on the road. Furthermore, Opel will introduce Full LED Adaptive Forward Lighting headlamps to the segment – to make the classy new Zafira in total a comfortable travelling lounge for its driver as well as its passengers.

New Opel Zafira impresses with a dynamic, sporty exterior design and the latest generation technology under the skin.
Sporty exterior, up-market interior

The dynamic new headlamp design together with a completely new, more markedly sporty upper and lower grille set the tone for the design of the new Zafira. The front headlamps melt into the radiator grille to form a graphic unity. The sculptural chrome logo bar blends optically into the headlights enhancing the impression of width. In addition, the typical, precisely chiseled ‘Opel double wing’ daytime running lights characterize the new light cluster design. The wheels are housed under a muscular wheel arch. All of this gives the new Zafira front a solid, sporty and dynamic appearance.

“The front design of the new Zafira takes over the major characteristics of the one of the award winning new Astra, and anchors it in Opel’s new portfolio. Its sharp, precise double-winged daytime running lights convey a new level of sophistication, which is also reflected in the interior by a completely redesigned instrument panel. It is purer, clearer and easier to use,” said Mark Adams, Vice-President, GM Europe Design.

Opel double wing’ daytime running lights characterize the new light cluster design
On the inside, the new Zafira comes with a completely redesigned cockpit, now with a simpler, more elegant layout. The new design not only optimizes forward visibility, but also ensures the display and controls all sit within an optimal reach zone. The screen of the infotainment system that used to sit at the top of the center console has been replaced with a new, lower and integrated touchscreen that allowed for many buttons to be eliminated. The switches are now integrated precisely into the overall design. Framed by a galvanized u-shaped décor, the new 7 inch up-level touchscreen systems have been executed with quality inspired by top-of-the-range tablets. The new, three-dimensionally sculptured steering wheel with the small and efficiently packaged airbag cover is designed to not only look great, but to also put ergonomics in the forefront.

Controls of the new Opel Zafira are easy to reach in the neatly arranged, elegant cockpit.
Opel will offer two latest generation IntelliLink infotainment systems for the new Zafira. R4.0 IntelliLink will bring the world of smartphones to the travelling lounge, offering both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Furthermore, Opel will offer Navi 950 IntelliLink for customers looking for an infotainment system with on-board navigation. And of course, in addition, Opel OnStar is available in the new Zafira with Automatic Crash Response and many other features including Destination Download (with Navi 950) and 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot where available (enables connecting up to seven devices, one for each of the seven persons onboard). This results in a real plus for family travels or professionals who want to stay as connected as possible during their travels.

A friendly advisor from the connectivity and service assistant, Opel OnStar, is available at the push of a button in the rearview mirror of the New Opel Zafira.

Benchmark versatility combined with airy lounge atmosphere

Just like in the previous Zafira generations, the driver and passenger can look forward to a relaxing drive thanks to the optional 6-way adjustable ergonomically certified AGR sport seats and the multi-functional FlexRail® console system. This modular storage system includes a large storage box and cup-holders that slide on aluminum rails to the desired position, enabling flexible use of the generous storage space between the front seats – exactly where it is most accessible and useful. Passengers in the second row can enjoy the unique, optional Lounge Seating system. Thanks to a clever folding mechanism, the back of the middle seat in the second row folds down and rotates to offer comfortable armrests for the passengers in the outer seats. These also slide to the rear and towards the center of the vehicle, providing especially generous leg and shoulder room, and the comfortable seating space of a premium-class sedan. Furthermore, third-row seats can be folded down flush with the floor of the luggage compartment, thus creating a level load surface. This emphasis on personal comfort makes the Zafira much more than just a family vehicle – Opel designers have turned the flexible interior into a place to relax and enjoy the spacious atmosphere, be it on a business trip or a vacation.

 New Opel Zafira offers an optional panorama sunroof for an especially bright and airy ambience.
The feeling of comfort and space proposed by the new Zafira becomes even more impressive when combined with the optional panoramic windscreen and sunroof. The windscreen stretches from the engine hood up to near the B-pillar. The view upwards for the front occupants is there as unrestricted as possible. In addition, the panoramic sunroof flows directly out of the windscreen and stretches all the way to the rear of the vehicle. This boosts the light, airy lounge atmosphere throughout the interior.

Clever stowage solutions

But the new Opel Zafira offers much more than “just” an extremely comfortable way to travel. The travelling lounge can easily double as a small transporter. In a 5-seat configuration, the Zafira can carry according to ISO 3832 a minimum load volume of 710 liters (increasing to 1,860 liters when the second-row seats are folded down).

Furthermore, it features more than 30 storage possibilities, including the aforementioned FlexRail® center console. Additionally, the FlexFix® rear-end carrier system offers an easy-to-use and practical solution for cycling enthusiasts. The integrated system slides out of the rear bumper like a drawer and can accommodate up to four bicycles. As the loaded bicycle carrier can be tilted, the tailgate can still be opened even when FlexFix is fully loaded.

Innovative, safe, customizable, dynamic

Elsewhere, Opel engineers have once again followed Opel’s strategy of making innovative technology available to a broad group of buyers by introducing new Adaptive Forward Lighting Full LED headlamps. The new AFL LED system automatically adapts the lighting patterns of the headlamps to the driving situation so that the optimum light performance is given without dazzling other drivers. It features nine different functions/lighting patterns such as town light, country light, a curve and cornering function, backing-up maneuvering light, a stop mode light (eco) and tourist mode.

New Opel Zafira brings the latest generation of AFL LED Adaptive Forward Lighting to the compact van market segment for the first time.
Furthermore, the new generation of the Opel Eye front camera has a positive impact on all the driver assistance functions it supports, including the High Beam Assist (HBA) of the AFL Full LED lighting system and the Traffic Sign Assistant (TSA). Following Distance Indication (FDI) also utilizes the front camera to detect moving vehicles ahead, whereas Forward Collision Alert (FCA) provides visible and audible caution alerts when the distance between the car and the vehicle ahead diminishes too quickly. Lane Departure Warning is activated automatically at speeds over 60 km/h and warns the driver, in case the lane is left unintentionally with a telltale in the instrument panel and an audible warning.

New generation of the Opel Eye front camera has a positive impact on all the driver assistance functions it supports, including the High Beam Assist (HBA) of the AFL Full LED lighting system 
Two further features available in the new Opel Zafira that increase comfort and reduce stress are Adaptive Cruise Control and FlexRide. Enabled by a radar located behind the front grille, the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) helps the driver to maintain the selected speed while keeping a pre-set distance to the vehicle ahead. In addition to speed, the desired gap to the vehicle ahead can also be selected by the driver – with three options available: far, medium, near. Elsewhere, the adaptive mechatronic FlexRide chassis continuously adapts vehicle behavior to the driving situation, driving style and the individual preferences of the driver. Potential Zafira buyers will also have a large choice of engines. Opel will maintain its current strategy of ensuring that the new Zafira is the only vehicle in its segment with a complete propulsion offering consisting of dynamic gasoline, diesel, LPG and CNG engines. 

Monday, 30 May 2016

!NEW! Available to Order: New Opel Mokka X for €18,990

  • Ready for adventure: Successful SUV with new looks and top technologies
  • Bright nights: New AFL LED headlamps improve visibility and safety
  • First-class comfort: AGR-certified ergonomic seats with premium leather in Brandy

The attractive prices for the new Opel Mokka X start at €18,990.
Top dynamics, sporty looks, 4x4 on demand and generous space in compact dimensions – the Opel Mokka is a real success story and one of the most popular SUVs in its segment. And now the new Mokka X, even more stylish and comfortable and featuring top new technologies, is available to order. The new edition of the bestseller comes as the Selection variant for an attractive €18,990 (all prices RRP including VAT in Germany), making the entry-level version of the new Opel Mokka X not one cent more expensive than before. From prices starting at €21,690, the Edition variant already offers a leather steering wheel, air conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels and top connectivity thanks to the personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar as well as the Radio R 4.0 IntelliLink.

Unmistakable: The double wing signature also features in the tail lamps of the new Opel Mokka X.

Top connectivity: Opel OnStar and IntelliLink with full smartphone integration

The neatly arranged cockpit of the new Opel Mokka X features new IntelliLink infotainment systems, large touchscreen and OnStar
Due to practical assistance and service functions like Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance and Destination Download via the myOpel smartphone app, driving with Opel OnStar is much more relaxed. The system also turns the new Mokka X into a powerful Wi-Fi Hotspot, enabling up to seven mobile devices to be used in and around the car at the same time. There are two latest-generation IntelliLink infotainment systems to choose from: the Navi 900 IntelliLink for €950 extra charge or the Radio R 4.0 IntelliLink that is already standard from the Edition variant. Both come with comprehensive smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This all can be operated over the intuitive seven-inch color touchscreen in the refreshed, clean and purely designed center stack as well as via steering wheel remote control or voice command.

Elegant: The center stack of the new Opel Mokka X has been redeveloped completely around the 7 and 8 inch touchscreens of the latest generation infotainment systems.

Top comfort: AGR-certified ergonomic seats with premium leather in Brandy

Driver and front passenger enjoy highest comfort in the ergonomic seats available for €685 (driver seat only €390) that boast the AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs led by independent back health experts) seal of approval – the only seats in the segment with the AGR certificate. They can optionally be combined with the premium leather package: for €1,620, Opel Mokka X passengers can then enjoy not only the soft, new leather upholstery Brandy in a rich cognac color, but also steering wheel heating and multi-stage seat heating in front.

Top technology: New AFL Full LED headlamps

The new Opel Mokka X’s cleanly elegant and extremely comfortable interior is wrapped in a bold, athletic exterior design. With a wider, more solid and masculine stance, the chiseled elegance of the new front shows strong character. The eye-catching feature of the Opel Mokka X face is the dominant, sharp double wing signature of the LED daytime running lights.

Full LED technology: Daytime Running Lights (DRL) with sharp double wing signature, Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL+ )
Adaptive Forward Lighting AFL+ with Full LED headlamp technology is also introduced in the Opel Mokka X. The new AFL LED system adapts the headlight lighting patterns automatically to the driving situation, ensuring best possible light performance. Advantages of the AFL LED technology include lighting patterns that react more quickly and precisely than before, and the LEDs show a ‘truer’ color of illuminated objects than conventional headlamps. This increases driving safety and especially improves night-time driving visibility for drivers. The system features nine different functions/lighting patterns such as town light, country light, curve and cornering light, tourist mode from right to left-hand driving for the trip to England as well as a reversing/maneuvering light, and the stop mode light activates the energy-saving mode when stopped at a red light, for example. The new lighting system is available from the Edition variant for €1,250 – it is already standard in the INNOVATION and Color INNOVATION variants. In addition, numerous enhanced safety systems such as Traffic Sign Assistant, Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Alert based on the Opel Eye front camera are available.

New top powertrain: 1.4 liter Direct Injection Turbo with automatic gearbox and 4x4

In future, the segment identifier X emphasizes Opel SUV and crossover vehicles’ more adventurous and rugged looks and personality. As can be expected, the Mokka X’s off-road qualities are powered by high-torque yet economical gasoline, diesel and LPG units with 81 kW/110 hp to 112 kW/152 hp (NEDC combined cycle fuel consumption: 7.6-3.9 l/100 km; 159-103 g/km CO2; energy efficiency class E-A+ in Germany).

The new top-of-the-line engine in the expanded powertrain portfolio is the 112 kW/152 hp 1.4 Direct Injection Turbo that comes exclusively with six-speed automatic transmission and adaptive all-wheel drive. The 1.4 Direct Injection Turbo accelerates the Opel Mokka X from zero to 100 km/h in 9.7 seconds and takes the new compact SUV to a maximum speed of 193 km/h (NEDC combined cycle fuel consumption with Start/Stop and low-rolling-resistance tires: 6.5 l/100 km; 144 g/km CO2; energy efficiency class C in Germany). Opel Mokka X drivers can enjoy all-wheel driving fun with the top-of-the-line engine from €26,690.

All-aluminum: Opel 1.4 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo with central direct fuel injection 

                      Opel Mokka X Price List (GER)

Thursday, 26 May 2016

!NEW! Rallye Hessen-Thüringen: Opel Showcases its Rich Cabriolet Heritage

·         From 8/25 hp to Cascada: Lineup of convertibles spans 100 years of company history
·         Prominent contender: Opel VP Sales Peter Küspert in Super 6 Gläser cabriolet
·         Fast combination: Racing ace Joachim Winkelhock with Rekord C Deutsch cabriolet

Large convertible tradition: Opel shows on the Rallye Hessen-Thüringen open-air models from 100 years of company history.
The first Opel in 1899 – the Patent Motor Car “System Lutzmann” – was a convertible. While an open body was standard during the early days of automotive engineering, it later came to signify luxury and a chic lifestyle. At this year’s 22nd ADAC Opel Classic Hessen-Thüringen rallye, five classic Opel cabriolets and one current convertible model give an overview of the evolution of open-air driving. Opel Vice President Sales and Aftersales Peter Christian Küspert is participating in a strikingly beautiful Super 6 Gläser Cabriolet. The classic car rallye takes place from May 26 – 28 through the romantic Werratal region that straddles the former East-West German border. Classic and historic automobile and motorcycle owners have already been exploring the most beautiful areas in Hessen and Thuringia since 1995. The center of operations for the rallye that covers 350 kilometers is Hessen-Hotelpark Hohenroda.

History and modernity: Sportiness anno 1920 exudes the Opel 8/25 PS. Opel Cascada that accompanies the classic models during the historic car rallye through the Rhön Mountains and Thuringian Forest
Five open-air stars from Rüsselsheim are taking part in this year’s action. The Opel 8/25 PS from 1920 was a sporty tourer with four seats; the Super 6 Gläser Cabriolet from 1937 a premium-class, elegant, sporty two-seater. The 1950 Opel Olympia as a cabriolet sedan was a popular body variant, while the 1964 Rekord A and 1967 Rekord C were a case for the specialists: coachbuilder Deutsch transformed series production sedans into shapely convertibles. The Opel Cascada that accompanies the classic models during the historic car rallye through the Rhön Mountains and Thuringian Forest embodies the contemporary interpretation of the large, luxurious cabriolet with canvas roof and space for four people. 

The beginning was open

Opel’s tradition in open-body automobiles goes back to the brand’s beginnings: like all cars built at the dawn of the automobile age, the Opel Patent Motor Car, System Lutzmann from 1899, followed traditional carriage design principles and had a body without an integral roof. 

Modern motor car anno 1920: Opel 8/25 PS with four seats and characteristically pointed front radiator .
When the Opel 8/25 hp with the characteristic V-shaped radiator front came onto the market 20 years later as an open, four-seat tourer, it was the epitome of the modern motor car. It had a canvas roof but no side windows; motorists in the post-World War I era wore season-appropriate weatherproof clothing. The Opel 8/25 hp four-cylinder engine delivered 25 hp at 1,600 rpm from 2-liter displacement, enough for a maximum speed of 65 km/h. Its model name reflected its tax class and output: according to the federal law introduced in 1906 that first regulated the taxation of automobiles, an “hp tax” was due per one-half liter displacement. 

As painted: In 1937 Opel 75th anniversary of the company, the Beautiful Super 6 Gläser Cabriolet 
In 1937, the company’s 75th anniversary, it presented the new Opel Super 6 featuring an advanced short-stroke 2.5-liter, overhead-valve, straight-six engine with 55 hp that already had a top speed of 115 km/h. A two and four-door sedan as well as a convertible version were available ex-works. Special wishes were fulfilled by coachbuilders such as Hebmüller, Autenrieth, Buhne, Deutsch and Gläser from Dresden, who designed a 2+2 seat, roadster-like convertible based on the Super 6 – open-air driving was now a luxury, no longer the norm. Whoever wants to ride in the Gläser cabriolet driven by Opel VP Sales Peter Christian Küspert better have some acrobatic skills: passengers climb into the rear jump seat over a small step on the side of the car.

Ex-works and per order

The 1950 Opel Olympia was a more comfortable ride. Abundantly adorned with chrome ornaments, it was a symbol of post-war rebuilding and the economic miracle. But as a cabrio-sedan it still wore pre-war fashion. Unlike a full convertible, this open-air model had fixed window frames that were connected to the windshield frame in front and that constituted the C-pillar in the rear. In between, the large roof rolled open, letting in light and air. In 1956, the last car with this design in the Olympia Rekord model line rolled off the assembly line in Rüsselsheim.

Chrome flashing: 1950 Opel Olympia convertible sedan - with fixed window frames and large rolling roof
Then it wasn’t until 1976 that Opel once again offered a convertible ex-works. In the 20 year interim, it was coachbuilders such as Karl Deutsch in Cologne who made the dream of Opel cabriolets come true. Upon request, Deutsch converted the Rekord A of 1963 into a cabrio, as it did the Rekord C in 1966. The entry-level price for a two-door Rekord C base model was 7,590 German marks, and the conversion cost another 4,000 marks. Deutsch’s exclusive creations remain attractive, special and rare, as only around 30 open-air Rekord A and B models were built. 

Case for the specialists: 1964 Opel Rekord A  - Fancy convertible built by coachbuilder Karl Deutsch
About 50 Rekord C and Commodore A – the Rekord’s sporty sister model – cabriolets were produced before the model change in 1972. The red Rekord C Deutsch cabriolet in the Opel Classic Collection is driven by former racing car driver, Opel DTM driver and brand ambassador Joachim Winkelhock.

Shapely transformed: In 1967 followed the convertible version of the Opel Rekord C made by Karl Deutsch 
Today the four-seat Cascada continues Opel’s nearly 120-year heritage of open-air driving. With the new Cascada, Opel offers a spacious four-seater with a high-quality soft-top otherwise only seen in selected premium brand vehicles. It features superior acoustic and thermal insulation for first-class, all-season driving comfort. The Opel Cascada is a seductive whirlwind with its top down and a quiet Gran Turismo when the top is up. It is a year-round cabriolet thanks to its sophisticated soft-top that opens in just 17 seconds while driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h – all for prices starting at just €26,650.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

!NEW! Buick Cascada Launch Leads Buick’s Perception - Shifting 2016

Convertible attracts new customers ahead of three more launches

2016 Buick Cascada Convertible 
Shattering expectations has led to three consecutive years of Buick global sales growth, and that momentum is carrying through into 2016. Last month, Buick reached an all-time high in conquest sales, or customers trading in models from competitive brands. Two models — the new Cascada and the popular Encore — have been growing the Buick community the fastest. In 2016 alone, more than 35,000 new customers have switched to the brand.

2016 Buick Cascada Convertible 

Through April, 64 percent of Cascada buyers traded in vehicles from outside Buick or any other General Motors brand. Previous Audi, Toyota and Honda customers have been among the most common. Demand for the Cascada has outpaced supply with 2,487 sales year-to-date through April and 1,090 sales in April alone.

“The lasting impact of the Cascada will be a change in perception that only a sexy, sleek convertible can provide,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick Global Sales, Service and Marketing. “It’s changing minds and attracting customers in the country’s biggest convertible markets, with nearly half of sales coming from New York, New Jersey, Florida, Texas and California. These are all key markets for Buick’s continuing success.”

The Cascada is the first of four new vehicles arriving in U.S. showrooms for Buick and one of two in new segments for the brand. The first-ever Envision is now arriving at dealers and will have a 2017 model year starting price of $34,990. In the industry’s most popular segment, Envision will offer the longest available list of standard safety and a starting price $1,300 below the Acura RDX and $6,000 less than an Audi Q5.

More than 57 percent of Encore customers in 2016 have come from competitive brands, with customers citing value, quality and exterior styling as the top reasons for purchase. Priced to offer a premium entry point into the brand, the Encore now represents 40 percent of Buick sales.

As some competitors prepare their first entries into the small SUV segment, Buick is already doubling down on the Encore with an updated 2017 model available later this year. In addition to more sophisticated styling, it offers the connectivity features customers want most, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to seven devices.

Positioned as attainable luxury, Buick’s pricing strategy gives customers the refinement and technology expected in the luxury market with starting prices closer to that of mainstream competitors. This approach has earned Buick recognition as Kelley Blue Book’s “Best Value Luxury Brand” four years in a row.

“With the 2017 Encore, along with an all-new LaCrosse sedan, the Envision and the Cascada, Buick will have four new vehicles this year in U.S. showrooms alone,” said Aldred. “It’s a year in which we’ll stop asking customers to question their preconceptions of the brand and instead make a strong statement about what the brand is today.”

Friday, 13 May 2016

!NEW! Opel at RETTmobil 2016: Car of the Year for Emergencies

  • New Astra Sports Tourer heads Opel’s emergency vehicle line-up
  • Movano-based rescue and multi-purpose vehicle for fire brigades
  • Wide range of Opel conversions at 16th show for emergency vehicles  

Mobile HQ: New Opel Astra Sports Tourer makes its debut at RETTmobil 2016 as a command vehicle for the fire service.
Insignia Sports Tourer, Zafira Tourer, Mokka and ADAM – Opel now extends its broad portfolio of emergency vehicles with the new Astra Sports Tourer. The 2016 Car Of The Year celebrates its premiere as an emergency vehicle at the RETTmobil show in Fulda, Germany, May 11-13. The Opel Mokka on show in Fulda is designed for the same purpose. Equally wide is the range of commercial vehicle conversions from Opel. The Movano, for example, appears at RETTmobil as a rescue and multi-purpose vehicle for fire brigades. On stand 505 in hall 5, Opel shows how it tailors production cars and light commercial vehicles to the special needs of the police, fire brigades and ambulance services.

Help is on its way:  Opel Astra Sports Tourer mobile HQ

The new Opel Astra Sports Tourer is ready for action, not only as Car of the Year for private and fleet customers, but also as a future mobile headquarters for emergency services. Opel already equips its new station wagon in the factory with a signal system and front flashing blue lights, as well as blue warning lights at the rear – all in LED technology. The accompanying BT 220 controls sit close-at-hand in the center console. Additional equipment includes digital radio complete with multiple roof-antennas, a microphone for making public announcements and an engine relay system. Opel will start taking orders for the Astra Sports Tourer with bright red decals from the design112 company this fall.

Compact station wagon for emergencies: New Opel Astra Sports Tourer makes its debut at RETTmobil 2016 as a command vehicle for the fire service.
The youngest generation of Opel’s compact station for emergency services delivers a lively performance, thanks to the up to 190 kg lighter vehicle architecture and lively engines – such as the 100 kW (136 hp) 1.6 CDTI diesel with six-speed automatic gearbox (4.6-4.5 l/100 km fuel consumption NEDC combined; 122-119 g/km CO2 emissions NEDC combined). Prior to conversion into an emergency vehicle, the Astra Sports Tourer already brings state-of-the-art communications and safety technology, including the OnStar personal connectivity and service assistant with Wi-Fi hotspot for multiple mobile devices, NAVI 900 IntelliLink and the pioneering, glare-free IntelliLux LED Matrix lights.

Specialized: Variety of Movano conversions

Opel’s “commercials” are also ready for action. In cooperation with approved conversion specialists, Opel shows how the Movano can become a lifesaver in various forms. Hensel Fahrzeugbau has converted a Movano Trabus (L3H2) into a multi-purpose vehicle for fire brigades, capable of bringing the crew and their tools quickly to the scene of the emergency. The Movano L2H2-based rescue vehicle provides rapid transport from accident-scene to hospital. The conversion with high-tech equipment is from Binz Ambulance- und Umwelttechnik. When RETTmobil is over, this particular Movano will travel to Rüsselsheim, where it will go into service with the plant fire brigade.

All-rounder: As multi-purpose vehicle for fire brigades, Opel Movano Trabus is capable of bringing the crew and their tools quickly to the scene of the emergency.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

!NEW! Strong Opel Display at the Bodensee-Klassik

Only flying is better: Opel GT trio with well-known drivers thrill spectators

Opel GT trio sparkles in the sun.
Actor Benjamin Sadler in an Opel GT, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Peter Christian Küspert also in a GT and touring car legend Joachim Winkelhock at the steering wheel of Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann’s perfectly restored personal GT – what an impressive formation flight of the Opel classic cars at the drive around Lake Constance.

 Touring car legend Joachim Winkelhock at the steering wheel of Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann’s perfectly restored personal GT
In addition, the Opel Classic rescue team was also in action with fashion star Peyman Amin in an Opel Kadett Caravan of the German road service ADAC, a fire service Opel Rekord E and an Opel Commodore ambulance.

Opel Kadett Caravan of the ADAC with fashion star Peyman Amin behind the wheel, fire service Rekord E and a Commodore C ambulance.
The exciting mixture of well-known drivers and cars with a lot history delighted the fans lining the roads along the picturesque course through Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Colorful mix of well-known driver and classic cars from the vaults of Opel Classic.
Day one saw the classic car armada complete a trip from Bregenz to Wangen via Friedrichshafen and back. On Friday, the Bodensee-Klassik became an alpine express with special tests in the Allgäu and Tyrol. Final day will see the 184 classic cars cruise back to the finish in Bregenz. 

Legendary racing driver Joachim Winkelhock drives the GT belonging to Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. 
“The slogan ‘Only flying is better’ is just as current now as it was back in the day. Taking part in the Bodensee-Klassik with an Opel GT was a very special experience,” said Benjamin Sadler. “You could literally feel Opel’s heartbeat. The classical GT or the new GT Concept – two cars, two icons and both ahead of their time.”

Actor Benjamin Sadler is delighted with the legendary Opel GT.
“I am delighted that we could once again demonstrate that Opel is a strong, emotional and approachable brand. We have this tradition in mind even when creating new models. Opel Astra Sports Tourer, the Car of the Year, is the prime example,” said Vice President Sales & Aftersales Peter Christian Küspert.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

!NEW! Opel Astra 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI Hatchback: The Spicy One

  • Powerful: 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI with 118 kW/160 hp
  • Major plus-point: Maximum 350 Nm torque from only 1,500 rpm
  • Agile and efficient combination: Lightweight architecture and latest diesel technology

New Opel Astra is one of the lightest cars in its segment and with the new 1.6-liter twin-turbo engine, few cars can match the Astra 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI for power, performance, refinement and fuel economy
If you are the kind of person who likes hot chili sauce on his toast and you are in the market for a sensible yet spicy five-door hatchback, the Opel Astra with the all-new 1.6-liter BiTurbo diesel engine is the car for you (NEDC combined cycle fuel consumption: 4.1-4.0 l/100 km; 109-106g/km CO2). The Astra 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds; accelerates from 80 to 120 km/h in 7.5 seconds; and keeps loping on to a maximum speed of 220 km/h. This blend of high performance and modest fuel consumption makes the twin-turbo Astra one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the compact class.

Despite the high performance, the modest fuel consumption of the twin-turbo engine makes the new Opel Astra 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the compact class.
In addition to outstanding fuel efficiency, flexibility (or pulling power) is the major plus-point of the top-of-the-line 118 kW/160 hp engine. The maximum 350 Newton meters of torque are available at only 1,500 rpm. In combination with low mass – the new Astra is up to 200 kg lighter than the previous model – and good throttle response, the BiTurbo gains speed quickly from low rpm. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the four-cylinder engine with sequential, two-stage turbocharging revs smoothly and progressively up to the maximum power output at 4,000 rpm. The engine is also very refined, making the Astra’s passenger compartment a particularly quiet, comfortable and roomy space in which to travel.

“When we launched the Astra last year, its combination of space, equipment, comfort and connectivity shook up the competition in the compact class”, says Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel CEO. “The new Astra is one of the lightest cars in its segment and with the new 1.6 liter twin-turbo engine, few cars can match the BiTurbo’s unique blend of power, performance, refinement and fuel economy.”

In addition to outstanding fuel efficiency, flexibility is the highlight of the new 118 kW/160 hp Opel Astra 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI engine. The maximum 350 Newton meters of torque are available at only 1,500 rpm
An all-new lightweight architecture provides the basis for both the five-door Astra hatchback and the Sports Tourer.

Smartphone integration and the groundbreaking personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar enable ultra-modern connectivity. The Astra also continues Opel’s tradition of bringing features previously only available in higher market segments into the compact class, such as IntelliLux LED Matrix lights.

These qualities have already won the Astra many prizes. In addition to the 2016 European Car Of The Year title, the new Astra has picked up international awards such as SAFETYBEST 2015 and the 2015 Golden Steering Wheel. It also received the maximum five stars for its performance in the Euro NCAP crash test. Opel Astra BiTurbo hatchback is a winner of important comparison tests in the automotive media too. In Germany, Auto Zeitung (edition 10/2016) headlined, “Opel Astra beats the premium league” after the new Astra’s victory over the Mercedes A 220d and BMW 118d ; and Europe’s biggest car magazine, AutoBild (edition 17/2016) announced that the Opel Astra “even leaves BMW behind.”

Prices for the new five-door Astra 1.6 BiTurbo CDTI begin at € 27,310.

Monday, 9 May 2016

!NEW! Opel Astra Sports Tourer: Successful Station Wagon Rich in Tradition

Tenth generation: Opel Caravan and Sports Tourer characterize the compact class 

New Astra Sports Tourer: Successful tenth generation Opel compact class station wagon.

Over 24 million Opel Kadett and Opel Astra cars sold is an impressive number and a notable achievement. Lined up one behind the other, all Opel compact models built so far would surpass the magical 100,000 kilometer mark and create a column of cars that could circle the equator two and a half times. In short, one could say that Opel compact cars have successively made mobility accessible to new social classes, and not only that. The latest generations have made technologies and innovations from higher segments such as outstanding lighting technologies, AFL+ in the Astra J and IntelliLux LED in the new Astra, accessible. Now Opel is starting a new chapter in the history of its bestseller – continuing the idea of democratizing innovations from upper classes and combining them with an expressive, dynamic design. The Astra Sports Tourer is based on an all-new lightweight vehicle architecture, is powered exclusively by newest generation engines and offers features previously only available in the upper class. Its lean design makes the Astra Sports Tourer look more athletic than ever before. In short, it combines efficiency with elegance and redefines the compact class with its top innovations. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that is was named European “Car of the Year 2016” in March.

Everything started with the Kadett A Caravan in 1963. Opel presented its first compact class station wagon and quickly became the market leader in this segment. From that day on a car with the practicality of a van – i.e. a car a van – has been part of every new Kadett and Astra generation. The Astra H (2004-2010) was the last Opel compact station wagon to carry the name Caravan. In the meantime, station wagons had completed their transformation from workhorses to lifestyle companions.

Carrying the load: New Opel Astra Sports Tourer and its nine compact station wagon predecessors. 

Kadett A to Astra K – A success story spanning ten generations

1963-1965: Opel Kadett A

As spacious as a bus: The first CarAvan

Opel Kadett A Caravan 1963-1965: The first CarAvan – a car with the spaciousness of a van. 
The Opel Kadett A Caravan revolutionized the compact class in 1963. A large trunk and plenty of room for six people thanks to a third row of seats plus a new, lively engine and low maintenance costs made up the recipe for success for the Kadett A. Opel built nearly 650,000 up until 1965. The contours were businesslike and modern. The beltline was low down, the panoramic windows made for good visibility and a decorative strip running along the side accentuated the stretched form. Front fenders tapered off into the headlamps. The interior space deeply impressed owners of conventional small cars. The trunk was a real baggage compartment and the fuel tank cap was outside! “Opel Kadett, in brief: O.K.,” wrote Opel’s advertising team, unable to also resist a dig at their competitors in Wolfsburg. “You never have the smell of gasoline in the trunk,” they said with a wink. With its modern, water-cooled front engine, the Kadett had another major design advantage over the Beetle. The 993-cc four-cylinder unit developed a lively 40 hp.

1965-1973: Opel Kadett B Caravan

Strength in numbers: Kadett is an export success-story

Opel Kadett B Caravan 1965-1973: A big hit – the Kadett becomes an export success. 
B follows A, and already in 1965 a new series replaced the first model. The new version was more than four meters long and thus a good deal bigger than its predecessor. The caravan with its 1.57-meter long loading area is available from start of sales with a choice of two or four doors. As for its fashionable figure – their colleagues overseas inspired the designers. Not only was the length increased – so, too, was the horsepower. Opel engineers enlarged the bore of the four-cylinder unit by 3 mm. The base 1,078-cc unit developed 45 hp. Also available was a higher-compression 1.1 S engine with 55 hp. The Kadett quickly became a success, with over 2.6 million units produced from September 1965 to July 1973. And its success was certainly not limited to its country of birth. In 1966, the export quota reached 50 percent as customers from 120 countries around the globe snatched up the Kadett.

1973-1979: Opel Kadett C

Solid as a rock: Quality in every shape

Opel Kadett C Caravan 1973-1979: Perfectly suited - chic station wagon and neat family car. 
The Kadett C family had many faces: a smart family car, a chic station wagon with a practical rear tailgate, or a competitive sports coupé (GT/E) in war paint. The Caravan came first as a two-door, and then a four-door in 1976. A total of 1.7 million of them were built between 1973 and 1979. The rear-wheel drive Kadett C made its debut in August 1973 with a cleanly designed body and a new double-wishbone front axle. The most popular engine was the 1.2 with 60 hp and a modest 88 Nm of torque. Characteristic design features included a flat radiator grille, an engine hood with the brand’s signature crease, and a front apron in spoiler form. “The Kadett not only drives exceptionally well, but is also conscientiously designed and cleanly made. It requires little maintenance, is repair-friendly and economical to run,” praised the car-testing experts at “auto motor und sport” in the 20/73 edition.

1979-1984: Opel Kadett D Caravan

Remake/remodel: Space galore

Opel Kadett D Caravan 1979-1984: The space wonder – completely rethought and reworked. 
The fourth generation of the post-war Kadett introduced a new compact class era at Opel. At the 1979 IAA, Opel’s first front-wheel drive model with transverse four-cylinder engine debuted as the modern-looking Kadett D. The packaging was truly convincing. The 4.20-meter long newcomer was only slightly longer its predecessor, but offered significantly more space than many of its rivals. But it was not only the powertrain layout and the chassis with a torsion-beam axle at the rear that broke with tradition: the Kadett was given a new 1.3-liter OHC engine that generated 60 or 75 hp. In addition to the spacious station wagon with a load volume of up to 1,425 liters, Opel offered only fastback versions. For families there was a very plush Caravan “Voyage Berlina”. Other technical modifications included a tighter and lower chassis, new steering dampers and internally ventilated disk brakes at the front. A total of 2.1 million Kadett D units were produced from 1979 to 1984.

1984-1991: Opel Kadett E Caravan

Out of the wind-tunnel: Car of The Year

Opel Kadett E Caravan 1984-1991: “Car of the Year“ and a real aerodynamics champion
The second front-wheel drive Kadett, built from 1984 to 1991, was named “Car of the Year 1984” and was an absolute winner. Selling a grand total of 3,779,289 cars in its lifetime, it was the bestselling Opel so far and a real aerodynamics world champion. Based on the engineering of its predecessor, the Kadett E was set for a stellar career. With a drag coefficient of 0.39, the Kadett D was already best in its class, but this figure paled in comparison to its successor. After spending 1,200 hours of fine-tuning in the wind tunnel, the five-door variant achieved a sensational 0.32 (Caravan 0,35). Buyers took to the new form after only a few months, paving the way for a new success story that provided the Kadett E with 625,000 new registrations across Europe in 1987. By this time, the two and four-door station wagon versions had already climbed to the top of the class. In 1987, two 54 hp Caravan diesels set out on a 30,000-kilometer trip from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego – both of them safely reach the final destination. From April 1989 onwards, all gasoline-engined Kadetts were sold with catalytic converter in Germany.

1991-1997: Opel Astra F Caravan

Reborn: Opel Kadett becomes Astra

Opel Astra F Caravan 1991-1997: A new name – Opel Kadett becomes an Astra.
Some 4.13 million Astra F were built between 1991 and 1997, making it the bestselling Opel model ever. Development work focused on combining modern design with more interior space, enhanced comfort and greater emphasis on environmental protection.

The successor to the Kadett assumed the name of its British sister model (the fourth generation of the Kadett had been sold in the UK as the Vauxhall Astra since 1980). The Caravan is a popular variant from the start. Private buyers prefer the highly-equipped Caravan Club with up to 115 hp. Opel also launched a safety offensive with its new star. All Astras offered an active belt system with tensioners on the front seat belts, height-adjustable belts and seat ramps as well as side protection including double steel tube reinforcements in all the doors. For the first time, all engines came with catalytic converters.

1998-2004: Opel Astra G Caravan

Fully galvanized: Into the new millennium

Opel Astra G Caravan 1998-2004: Fully galvanized – the leap into the new millennium. 
In spring 1998, the Astra was offered from the start as a three and five-door hatchback and as a station wagon. Progressive independent design, dynamic chassis and powertrain technology as well as nearly twice the torsional and flexural rigidity of its predecessor were just some of the characteristics of the completely new, second-generation Opel Astra. The new model’s fully galvanized body played a key role in its high value retention. Active safety was enhanced with a 30 percent increase in the light output of the H7 halogen headlamps and the completely redesigned Dynamic Safety (DSA) chassis. It combined comfort with agile and safe handling, even under full load. The wheelbase was around eleven centimeters longer, enabling more interior space, in particular more rear knee room in the rear. The fastest compact station wagon ever – the Astra OPC Caravan – hit the road in 2002; the modest family wagon caused many surprises as it hurtled along the Autobahn at 240 km/h.

2004-2010: Opel Astra H Caravan

Adaptive headlights and suspension: A winning concept

With 12 engines ranging from 90 to 240 hp and seven body variants, the choice of models for the Astra H that sold over 2.7 million units was exceptional. When it was launched in March 2004, the third-generation Opel Astra boasted a progressive design, high driving dynamics and plenty of technical innovations, immediately winning numerous comparison tests in specialist automotive publications. The Astra’s technological highlights included the adaptive IDSPlus chassis system with electronic Continuous Damping Control (CDC), otherwise only found in luxury class and exclusive sports cars, as well as the Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) Bi-Xenon headlamp system with dynamic curve light.

Opel Astra H also boasted high levels of safety. The consumer protection organization Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) awarded the Astra the highest rating of five stars for adult passenger protection. With a 2.70 meter-long wheelbase the Caravan offered passengers plenty of space.

2010 – 2015: Opel Astra J Sports Tourer

Beauties can be useful too: The first Sports Tourer

Sculptural artistry combined with German precision – the dynamic station wagon is launched one year after its five-door sibling and for the first time carries the Sports Tourer nameplate.

The Opel Astra J not only embodies the brand’s new design philosophy, it also retains the clever FlexFold system, up to 1,550 liters of useful space, and assists drivers with a range of technologies that already made an important contribution to the success of the best-selling mid-size Opel Insignia.

The front camera recognizes traffic signs and informs the driver of speed limits or overtaking bans. It also warns drivers if they are in danger of veering out of lane.

With the AFL+ headlamp system, the Astra can look around the corner and, if necessary, even automatically dim the lights or switch to high beam. With a chassis that can be enhanced by the FlexRide adaptive technology, the Astra Sports Tourer can play out its dynamic talents to the full. Astra drivers also benefit from a new generation of front seats developed according to the latest findings in safety ergonomics which have been awarded the seal of approval from the independent medical and back experts of the AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) organization.

From 2016: Opel Astra K Sports Tourer

Pure efficiency: Lean but not mean

Up to 190 kg lighter, significantly more spacious inside despite almost identical dimensions, and more efficient thanks to exclusive use of new-generation engines – the new Opel Astra Sports Tourer is a quantum leap in development and made its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in September 2015. The station wagon has been at Opel dealers across Europe since April 2016. Prices for the new Astra with the 1.4-liter gasoline engine start at just €18,260 (RRP including VAT in Germany; Astra Sports Tourer 1.4 with 74 kW/100 hp, fuel consumption (combined) 5.7-5.5 l/100 km, CO2 emissions (combined): 131-127 g/km). Over half a century after the Kadett A, an engine with 1.0-liter displacement makes its return under the hood of an Opel compact model. Almost twice as powerful with a three-cylinder unit producing77 kW/105 hp thanks to Direct Injection and Turbo technologies. This engine also makes the new Astra one of the cleanest and most economical gasoline-powered model on the market in the compact class (fuel consumption combined 4.5-4.3 l/100 km, CO2 emissions (combined): 103-100 g/km).

The new Sports Tourer also stands out with its award-winning lighting technology. It is the first car to introduce the adaptive, Full LED Matrix technology IntelliLux LED – so far reserved for luxury and premium models from higher classes – into the compact segment. New-generation driver assistance systems also include Traffic Sign Assist, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning along with Following Distance Indication and Forward Collision Alert with Collision Imminent Braking. In addition, the new Astra K once again delivers on wellness with newly engineered ergonomic front seats, also certified by the AGR organization, being introduced. These new front seats can even be enhanced with a ventilation and massage function. Convincing arguments that helped the latest Astra generation win the 2016 Car of the Year award in March.