Tuesday, 17 October 2017

New Opel Grandland X Reaches AUTOBEST 2018 Final Six

  • Recently tested, now already in the final: Opel Grandland X amongst “Best Buy Cars of Europe” according to jury
  • Convincing qualities: New Opel compact SUV impresses with design, leading technologies and functionality
  • Success story: Opel multiple award winner in prestigious international competition

European AUTOBEST 2018 Finalist: New Opel Grandland X has impressed the jury and been included in the final six.

Despite only having recently celebrated its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show and having just been tested by members of the media, the new Opel Grandland X has surpassed many of its rivals and been named one of the finalists for the European AUTOBEST 2018. The jury of the prestigious international competition announced this today. A jury consisting of journalists from 31 European countries tests new models eligible for the coveted award. The winner is named “Best Buy Car of Europe 2018”. By reaching the final, the dynamic Opel compact SUV is one of six remaining strong contenders for the title. The AUTOBEST jury evaluates the candidates in various categories such as flexibility, design and new technologies along with the service network, availability of parts and price.

The new Opel Grandland X excels in many areas: Modern, athletic lines, cool off-road look along with typical SUV qualities such as elevated seating position and good all round visibility. Furthermore, the adventurous newcomer comes with numerous leading technologies such as IntelliGrip electronic traction control along with plenty of space and comfort for up to five passengers.

All this is offered at an attractive price-performance ratio and has helped the new challenger in the SUV segment qualify for the AUTOBEST 2018 final. The decisive evaluation will take place during numerous test drives along with further assessments on the test track in Vairano (Italy). The winner – the “Best Buy Car of Europe” – will be announced in mid-December.

Opel’s latest contender, the Grandland X, is following a good Opel tradition. The Rüsselsheim-based carmaker has celebrated multiple honours in various categories of the prestigious AUTOBEST awards in recent years:

In 2007 and 2015, the Opel Corsa won the AUTOBEST award, enabling both generations of the small car all-rounder to carry the title of “Best Buy Car of Europe”.
  • In 2009, the first generation Opel Insignia wowed the jury with its styling and took the DESIGNBEST award.
  • Elsewhere, the Opel Ampera and the Opel Ampera-e demonstrated environmentally friendly mobility with both winning the ECOBEST award in 2011 and 2016 respectively.
  • Furthermore, the current Opel Astra generation won the 2015 SAFETYBEST award for its trendsetting IntelliLux LED Matrix headlights.
  • And as the Opel credo “Sculptural artistry meets German precision” is valid for both the models as well as the entire company according to the jury, Opel was presented with the COMPANYBEST award in 2016.

Monday, 16 October 2017

!NEW! Opel Crossland X with Innovative Factory-Installed LPG Version

  • Attractive: Trendy crossover for climate-conscious customers
  • LPG benefits: Cheaper than gasoline, lower CO2 emissions
  • Unique: Opel Crossland X first LPG car with electronic tank multivalve

Attractive offer: The stylish and functional Opel Crossland X is now also available as an LPG version.

The stylish yet functional Opel Crossland X is now available with the benefits of low fuelling costs and a tax concession for using LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas). The urban crossover with SUV looks is also the first LPG vehicle with an innovative electronic multivalve system that improves the low-fuel driving experience compared with conventional LPG cars.

Opel Crossland X is powered by an especially efficient 60 kW/81 hp 1.2-litre LPG engine (New European Driving Cycle fuel consumption LPG: urban 8.4 l/100 km; extra-urban 6.0 l/100 km; combined 6.9 l/100 km, 111 grams CO2/km; gasoline: 6.8 l/100 km; extra-urban 4.5 l/100 km; combined 5.4 l/100 km, 123 grams CO2/km). The economical three-cylinder comes with a five-speed manual transmission. In bivalent mode this enables a range of up to 1,300 km before refuelling is necessary (based on NEDC).

The LPG version of the Crossland X is produced at the Opel factory. With hardened valves and valve seat-rings the engine is designed for the highest durability. The electronic multivalve features an optical sensor in the LPG tank, which makes measurement of the remaining fuel much more precise, improving the low-fuel driving experience compared with conventional LPG cars.

The 36-litre LPG tank is located in the spare-wheel well, so that interior space is unaffected. An LED in the instrument panel shows when the Opel Crossland X is in LPG mode; it goes out as soon as the mode switches to gasoline. The driver can also see the remaining range according to gasoline or LPG.

Tax concession for LPG extended until 2022

In comparison to gasoline, LPG users can save a lot of money at the fuel pump. Long-distance drivers benefit especially. The German government also gives a tax concession for LPG until 2022. Cars that run on LPG, which consists of the gases butane and propane, have less effect on the environment than conventionally fuelled automobiles because they emit lower amounts of carbon dioxide. LPG is available throughout Europe at around 25,000 petrol stations. Germany also has a good LPG infrastructure with 6,200 fuel stations.

Generous driver assistance systems offer

The new Opel Crossland X offers numerous technologies that make driving more comfortable and relaxing, including Full-LED headlights, Head Up display, 180-degree Panorama Rear View Camera, and Driver Drowsiness Detection. The Crossland X with LPG engine can be ordered in Germany as an “Edition” model variant for €21,200 and as an “INNOVATION” for €22,400 (RRP including VAT).

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

New Opel Insignia GSi Conquers the Nürburgring Nordschleife

  • Best time: Up to twelve seconds per lap quicker than previous Opel Insignia OPC
  • In the best hands: Volker Strycek and team put finishing touches to GSi at the Ring
  • Best ingredients: Lightweight construction, mechatronic FlexRide chassis, all-wheel drive

Familiar territory: New Opel Insignia GSi shows what it is made of on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring.

The new Opel Insignia GSi is a precision instrument. Ten millimetres closer to the road than a normal Insignia and at least 160 kilogrammes lighter than a previous generation Insignia OPC. With intelligent all-wheel drive, that sends a perfectly dosed amount of power to each individual wheel thanks to torque vectoring. This improves handling even further and annoying understeer is eliminated. Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres on 20-inch rims ensure an outstanding level of grip while the powerful Brembo brakes guarantee short braking distances and maximum safety. Furthermore, the direct steering, adjustable shock absorbers along with the engine and transmission control are interlinked and react sharply when the Sport Mode is activated. Briefly, the GSi is an automotive foil for aficionados of modern, highly efficient sports limousines. A “Connoisseur’s Choice” edition with the “Tested on the Nürburgring” seal of approval – because every sporty Opel is fine-tuned on the legendary Nordschleife.

“The toughest place in the world to test a car to the max” (Volker Strycek)

On June 18, 1927, the original 28 kilometre long “mountain, racing and test track” at the foot of the Nürburg was inaugurated. The founding fathers attached great importance to the Nürburgring containing sections with country road characteristics so that the booming automotive industry could test its cars accordingly. The first race in the Eifel was won by superstar Rudolf Caracciola, who later admitted that he found the course “really tough”, in 1927. Three-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart later gave the hilly course, which is surrounded by forest, its legendary nickname – “The Green Hell”. Today, one of the leading experts on the Nürburgring is Opel Director Performance Cars and Motor Sport, Volker Strycek. In 2003, he won the 24-hour race in an Opel Astra V8 Coupé. More recently, Strycek and his team developed the set-up of the Insignia GSi on the Nürburgring.

“The lightweight architecture, the excellent chassis configuration with uprated damper hydraulics and software adjustment, the unique all-wheel drive along with the performance tyres make the GSi as precise and sharp as we wanted it to be,” said Strycek after his test drives. “The results speak for themselves. I can complete a lap of the Nordschleife in the new Insignia GSi up to twelve seconds faster than in the more powerful OPC predecessor – but I obviously push the car every inch of the way.

As soon as the course becomes more demanding such as in the corners or stretches with low friction, i.e. when the car needs to react in an especially agile and precise manner, the GSi is definitely faster and easy to control.”

“This is precisely the efficiency I expect from a modern sports car.”

The Opel engineers have treated the GSi to a new chassis compared to the new Insignia. Shorter springs lower the GSi by ten millimetres and special sports shock absorbers reduce body movements to a minimum. The powerful Brembo four-piston brakes (diameter 345 millimetre) and the already direct steering were adapted accordingly. The Insignia GSi is equipped as standard with the mechatronic FlexRide chassis. It adapts shock absorbers and steering in fractions of a second; the control unit also changes the calibration of the accelerator pedal and the shift points of the eight-speed automatic. The driver can choose between Standard, Tour and Sport modes. Subject to the chosen mode, steering and throttle-response is then even more direct. Exclusive to the GSi is the Competition mode, which is activated via the ESP button. A double-press allows skilful drivers more yaw and switches off traction control – for a fast lap of the Nordschleife, for example.

Nürburgring expert: Opel Director Performance Cars and Motorsport Volker Strycek pushed the new Opel Insignia GSi to the limit on the Nordschleife.

The sports-chassis, developed in combination with the extra grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres and big 20-inch wheels, offers almost limpet-like levels of adhesion. A major contribution comes from the all-wheel drive with torque vectoring fitted as standard, which is unique in this segment. In this high-tech system, a conventional differential on the rear axle is replaced by two clutches, which can accelerate each rear wheel individually in fractions of a second, depending on the driving situation.

“The all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring is truly unique in the Insignia segment. It banishes the tendency to understeer known from more conventional systems,” said Strycek.

The sports sedan is powered by an impressive gasoline turbo engine that combines fuel efficiency with performance. The powerful 2.0-litre turbo produces 191 kW (260 hp) and develops generous torque of 400 Nm (NEDC fuel consumption: 11.2 litres per 100 km urban; 7.1 l/100 km extra-urban; 8.6 l/100 km combined; 197 g/km CO2). Alternatively, the GSi is also available with the 154 kW/210 hp 2.0-litre BiTurbo diesel (Official fuel consumption 2.0 BiTurbo in accordance with New European Driving Cycle: urban 8.9 l/100 km, extra-urban 6.1 l/100 km, combined 7.3 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 192 g/km) – a unit that is tailor-made for the Opel flagship and delivers torque of 480 Nm. Both four-cylinder units are mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The driver has the option of shifting gears via paddles at the steering wheel without taking his hands off the steering wheel or his eyes off the road. In addition, the shift points of the automatic transmission can be preselected via the Standard and Sport modes.

The new Opel Insignia GSi is available as either a sports limousine or an even more family friendly estate – then called the Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

“Opel Banks on Eisenach”: The Thuringian Plant Opened 25 Years ago

  • After reunification: Opel one of the first manufacturers in the new federal states
  • Large anniversary celebration: Open day on September 30 from 10:00 CET
  • Behind the scenes: How Opel ADAM and Opel Corsa are built 

September 23, 1992 was a special day in Opel’s history because on this day the company opened its plant in Eisenach. With former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in and the employees in attendance, the first ever Opel Astra “made in Eisenach” drove off the production line. Today, the plant located in the direct vicinity of the famous Wartburg is one of the most modern in the world in terms of environmental sustainability, manufacturing technology and production systems. And it is also an integral part of the city and the region. Around 1,800 employees produce the Opel Corsa, the Opel ADAM along with its ADAM ROCKS and ADAM S sibling here. The carmaker will celebrate the anniversary with an open day on September 30. Employees with their families, Opel aficionados and all interested parties from the Eisenach region are invited to attend.

“The Opel plant in Eisenach has been setting standards ever since its opening 25 years ago,” said plant manager Pieter Ruts. “We have developed a new production system and established a sophisticated logistics system. Then as now, the Eisenach plant stands for team spirit and top production quality.”

New beginning with Opel

Two years before the first Astra from Eisenach left the plant, Opel started manufacturing the Vectra in Thuringia, thus becoming the first West German carmaker to commit itself to the new federal states. Simultaneously the company laid the foundations for the revitalization of automotive production in the region by opening the new plant and investing more than one billion Deutsch Mark. Furthermore, Opel also created numerous new jobs, also within the supplier industry.

Only eight months after start of production of the Opel Astra, the first Opel Corsa drove off the production line in 1993. The first Opel Corsa “made in Eisenach” is also the first ever Opel Corsa “made in Germany”. Previously, it had only been built in the Spanish plant in Zaragoza. In 2012, the small car welcomed a brother to its home – the stylish Opel ADAM.

Democratic decision

The two founding fathers behind Opel’s Eisenach plant are Dr. Wolfram Liedtke and Louis Hughes. Liedtke, managing director of the Automobilwerk Eisenach (AWE) and former Opel Chairman Hughes battled significant opposition to make a case for the location. Originally, the Automotive Combine of the German Democratic Republic had other plans for the AWE. However, as these plans remain vague for a long time and the future of the people in Eisenach is thus uncertain, Opel decided to present a convincing concept. Liedtke then managed to take AWE out of the combine and Eisenach could forge its own destiny.

The workforce gets behind Liedtke, determined to safeguard the plant and their own future. A democratic decision follows during a staff meeting in 1990. Opel Chairman Hughes travels to Eisenach especially and answers the employee’s questions. In the end, a vast majority votes for a future with Opel.

Then things happen really fast, always under the motto “Opel banks on Eisenach”. The company is the first European manufacturer to introduce completely new manufacturing methods when the new Opel production system was implemented. It is based on five guided principles: employee involvement, continuous improvement, quality control from the start, standardization and short throughput times thanks to smooth logistics.

The Opel plant in Eisenach has also been setting standard in environmental management for its opening. The consistent use of water-soluble paints in the modern paint shop along with recycling loops to re-use production residues in all areas are just two examples of the sustainable system.

But automotive production is not the only thing Opel is concentrating on in Thuringia. A training facility for dealership employees was opened in Eisenach in 2001, where experienced coaches deliver sessions on technical and commercial topics.

Look behind the scenes

On September 30, visitors will be able get close to the eventful history of the plant. For example, when founding fathers Liedtke and Hughes along with Harald Lieske, who was chairman of the works council for many years, receive a special distinction and will talk about their experiences. Furthermore, Opel fans will get the chance to look behind the scenes in production and find out how ADAM and Corsa are built and test or even buy one of the bestsellers from the company’s current product portfolio.

In addition to the central stage, numerous clubs, association and institutions from the region will set up stands. And obviously, there will be an entertaining program for visitors of all age groups. Doors will open for the public at 10:00 CET.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Opel Astra: 500,000 Orders for the ‘European Car of the Year 2016’

  • Sought after: Innovative technologies go down well with customers
  • Smart: Almost 60 percent order front camera, 55 percent Navi 900 IntelliLink
  • Sophisticated: Dynamic and INNOVATION trims much in demand
  • Successful: Opel Astra second in compact car sales in Europe and Germany

Dynamic duo: Opel Astra Sports Tourer and Opel Astra five-door have convinced more than 500,000 customers from across Europe.

Lightweight vehicle architecture, highly efficient propulsion technologies along with trendsetting digital connectivity and driver assistance systems – these qualities of the Opel Astra, introduced at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, have already convinced more than 500,000 customers across Europe. The perennial bestseller currently holds second place in the European compact class market, while also being second in Germany and on other important markets.


Since this year, the Astra has managed to claim top spot in its segment in the Netherlands. Its technological highlights include Opel OnStar, the personal connectivity and service assistant, and the IntelliLux LED Matrix light, which enable permanent and glare-free high beam. Numerous international awards such as the ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ and ‘European Car of the Year 2016’ cement the athletic eye-catchers credentials.

“We are delighted that our latest generation Astra has already been able to convince over half a million customers. The high demand for leading innovations and equipment features along with ultra-modern assistance systems shows that our philosophy of bring trendsetting technologies into the compact class and thus making them available to a broad audience is paying dividends. This is what we understand by ‘the future is everyone’s’,” said Managing Director Sales & Aftersales Peter Küspert.

Bestsellers: Opel Eye front camera, Navi 900 IntelliLink and AGR seats

The orders for the Opel Astra reflect the outstanding reputation of the high-tech solutions. Almost 60 percent of all customers decide on the Opel Eye front camera, which in combination with numerous driver assistance systems, makes driving the Astra not just more pleasant but also safer. The driver assistance systems included Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indication along with Forward Collision Alert with Autonomous Emergency Braking. The latter actively helps avoid or mitigate rear-end collisions. If the gap shrinks below a safe distance, it warns the driver with a loud audible alarm, a visual warning in the instrument cluster and an LED projection on the windscreen.

Furthermore, Autonomous Emergency Braking is initiated when a collision threatens. Lane Keep Assist provides the driver with an audible and visual warning if he should unintentionally leave the lane while Lane Departure Warning softly acts again unintentional veering. Elsewhere, Following Distance Indication continuously calculates the distance to moving vehicles on the road ahead. This value is then displayed to the driver in seconds. A stylized green car symbolizes the vehicle ahead. If the distance is insufficient, the Headway Alert function is automatically activated and the symbol turns amber.

The Opel Astra is also available with the latest generation optional radar and based Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which automatically maintains the pre-set distance to the vehicle ahead. ACC automatically adapts the speed and follows in accordance with the set safe distance; three distance settings (near – mid – far) are available. ACC behaves like conventional cruise control if there is no vehicle in the driving lane ahead, but it will additionally apply the brakes to maintain the set speed when driving downhill. Icons in the instrument cluster inform the driver about set speed, selected gap and if ACC has detected a vehicle ahead.

Around every third Astra customer chooses the LED tail lamps so that they are even easier to see in the dark. However, Opel Astra customer do not just look for safety. They are also want comfort and comprehensive infotainment. The second most popular equipment feature after the front camera package is Navi 900 IntelliLink. Around 55 percent of all Opel Astra models sold across Europe feature the ultra-modern infotainment system with eight-inch color touchscreen and integrated navigation. The maps cover all of Europe. Furthermore, the optional system is, depending on the device, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

In order to enjoy an even more comfortable ride, around every fourth Opel Astra customer orders the AGR-certified (Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V.) and multiple award-winning ergonomic seats for driver and front passenger. They have a massage function, ventilation and side bolster setting – a unique combination in the compact class.

Upscale trim levels popular

Elsewhere, both the higher trims available for the Opel Astra, ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Innovation’, have also proved to be extremely popular with customers. Since the European “Car of the Year 2016” was launched, over 60 percent of Astra buyers have opted for the higher trim choices, giving them access to a lot more standard equipment and features that they subsequently do not need to order as an option. For example, Opel’s personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar comes as standard in both of the aforementioned trim levels. The personal connectivity and service assistant offers functions such as Automatic Crash Response, Vehicle Diagnostics or Stolen Vehicle Assistance and a 4G/LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot[1] for a stable internet connection. Up to seven devices can connect to the system simultaneously and use the high-speed mobile connection. Hotel bookings[2] and finding a suitable parking lot[3] are also no problem with OnStar. The driver can contact an Opel OnStar Advisor by pressing the blue button. The advisor will then look for a hotel in the desired price category and books a room or send the address of the closest parking possibility to the navigation system. Furthermore, the Dynamic and INNOVATION trims also include comfort features such as leather steering wheel, adjustable armrest or fog lamps.

[1] OnStar Services require activation and account with OnStar Europe Ltd. Wi-Fi Hotspot Services require account with nominated network operator. Charges apply after expiry of applicable trial periods. All services subject to mobile network coverage and availability. Check [LOCAL SITE] for service limitations and charges.

[2] Via Booking.com. E-Mail address and credit card required.

[3] Via Parkopedia

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Opel CEO Announces First Plug-In Hybrid from Opel at IAA

  • Three world premieres: Opel Grandland X, Opel Insignia GSi and Country Tourer
  • Efficient propulsion: Grandland X to be Opel’s first plug-in hybrid
  • Opel stand opened: Press conference with Opel boss Michael Lohscheller and Groupe PSA CEO Carlos Tavares

World premiere: Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller announced the arrival of the first Opel plug-in hybrid at the IAA – Grandland X SUV

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller opened the Opel stand (D09 in Hall 8.0) at the 67th International Motor Show in Frankfurt (open daily until September 24) with a press conference today. With 300 journalists and Groupe PSA CEO Carlos Tavares in attendance, the Opel CEO presented three world premieres.

Strong showing: World premiere for sporty Insignia GSi with Group PSA CEO Carlos Taveres and Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.

The Rüsselsheim-based carmaker is bidding to take the booming SUV segment by storm with the compact Opel Grandland X. Lohscheller also announced that the newcomer will soon be available with a new top-of-the range diesel and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the Grandland X will be the first Opel to be offered as a plug-in hybrid.

“Our new Opel Grandland X as plug-in hybrid is the next big example of the opportunities that await us as a member of the PSA group,” said Lohscheller at the press conference. “We will follow this path closely.”

Elsewhere, the new top-of-the-line Opel Insignia models also took center stage. The dynamic GSi continues Opel’s long tradition of sporty limousines with that certain something while the all-wheel drive Country Tourer is the right choice for adventurers.

“We are continuing the biggest model offensive in Opel’s history with these three world premieres. We have made decisive additions to our portfolio this year with the electric range champion, the Ampera-e, the Opel Crossland X crossover, the Vivaro Life recreational vehicle and the Opel Grandland X SUV,” explained Lohscheller in Frankfurt. “We at Opel are proud to be part of the PSA Groupe now. Together we will create a European champion. We will do so by continuing to make technology ‘made in Germany’ available to as many customers as possible, thus staying true to our brand credo the future is everyone’s.”


Thursday, 7 September 2017

!NEW! Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer: The sporty, powerful station wagon

  • Powerful torque: New BiTurbo diesel with 154 kW/210 hp and 480 Nm
  • True top model: Always with FlexRide chassis and adaptive all-wheel drive
  • Sharp sports machine: Extra-sporty front and rear design, 20-inch wheels
  • Premium factor: Newly developed Opel integrated sport seats with AGR certificate
  • For the whole family: Ample space for five people, up to 1,665 liters load volume

Extra sharp, extra precise and extra powerful: New Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer has everything a sporty driver wants.
Extra sharp, extra precise and extra powerful with a new top-of-the-line engine: the new sporty Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer station wagon wins over not only the driver, but also the entire family. Because it sparks an unrivalled scope of driving fun without compromising on space and practicality. It is simply uncompromising.

The new Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer offers everything that sporty drivers wish for: the sharp station wagon can now also be powered by the engine tailored for the Opel flagship, the 154 kW/210 hp two-liter BiTurbo diesel with powerful torque of 480 Nm (official fuel consumption 2.0 BiTurbo according to the New European Driving Cycle: urban 8.9 l/100 km, extra-urban 6.1 l/100 km, combined 7.3 l/100 km, official specific CO2 emissions combined 192 g/km). Standard features include an especially dynamically tuned FlexRide chassis, innovative all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, high-grip tires and a new eight-speed automatic transmission that can also be operated via shift-paddles at the steering wheel – almost like a racing car.

All these features ensure an extremely active driving experience. Opel designers have given the Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer a sporty look to match its driving performance. Large chrome air-intakes at the front and a neat rear spoiler unmistakably show that this is the flagship station wagon with sporty ambitions. In the interior, the driver settles in behind the sport leather steering wheel in an optional integrated sport seat specially developed by Opel for the GSi. The rest of the occupants enjoy the familiar high level of comfort in the Sports Tourer – with generous space also in the second row, up to 1,665 liters load volume as well as all-round infotainment and connectivity with Opel IntelliLink and Opel OnStar. This makes the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer the efficient Opel flagship station wagon that brings more excitement and fun into every day.

Top powertrain, chassis, brakes: GSi is a solid athlete through and through

Just like with the Opel Insignia GSi Grand Sport, the engineers fine-tuned the Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. Here in the Eifel mountains Opel runs a test center for setting up its performance cars.

Opel has equipped the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer with a top engine for powerful performance with a punch: the new two-liter BiTurbo diesel features sequential two-stage turbocharging, delivering 154 kW/210 hp at 4,000 rpm and maximum torque of 480 Nm from only 1,500 rpm. The GSi Sports Tourer BiTurbo accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 231 km/h.

Those who prefer a lively turbo gasoline engine for the GSi are right on target with the 191 kW/260 hp two-liter turbo gasoline unit that delivers maximum torque of 400 Nm from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm (official fuel consumption in New European Driving Cycle: urban 11.5 l/100 km, extra-urban 7.1 l/100 km, combined 8.7 l/100 km, official specific CO2 emissions combined 199 g/km). This takes the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer from zero to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and to a top speed of 245 km/h.

The foundation for maximum driving fun and effective performance output is the all-new GSi chassis: shorter springs lower the sporty station wagon by 10 millimeters compared to the normal Sports Tourer; special sports shock absorbers reduce body movements to a minimum. The standard FlexRide chassis adapts shock absorbers and steering in fractions of a second. The system also optimally adapts the calibration of the accelerator pedal and the shift points of the eight-speed automatic gearbox to driving performance. Subject to the chosen mode – Standard, Tour or Sport – steering and throttle-response are softer (Tour) or even more direct and further sharpen the driving experience (Sport). Exclusive to the GSi is the Competition mode, which is activated via the ESP button. A double-press allows skillful drivers more yaw and switches off traction control. And if the Opel Insignia GSi driver really wants to have direct control of everything, he can shift gears via paddles at the steering wheel on the standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Twinster all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, unique in this class, is a perfect match to the sporty chassis. A twin clutch system replaces the conventional differential on the rear axle and ensures more precise, individual power transmission to each tire. This means the Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer drives exactly the line the driver wants (and understeer, when the front wheels push towards the outside of the corner and can cause the car to drift out of its lane, is practically banished).

To bring the performance onto the road with optimal traction, engineers have fitted the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer with extra high-grip Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires – on large 20‑inch wheels. And for superb deceleration at high speeds, powerful Brembo four-cylinder brakes (diameter 345 millimeter) take over. All of this together with the familiar light-weight design of the Insignia Sports Tourer ensures an incomparably direct, sporty driving experience that one does not normally expect from a station wagon.

Sharp design and lots of comfort: Everyday hero in racing car look

The same is true of the interior: here the GSi station wagon model combines generous space and high Sports Tourer comfort with distinct racing car flair. This makes the Insignia GSi Sports Tourer as much fun for passengers as for the driver, who takes it all in in the comfort of a bucket seat specially designed for the GSi by Opel. The AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) certified optional premium performance seat with a tall seatback and integrated head restraint – with the GSi logo proudly embroidered – offers superb lateral support during fast cornering as well as excellent long-distance comfort for extended journeys. This is ensured by the combination familiar from the Sports Tourer: ventilation, heating, massage function and adjustable side bolsters. The flat-bottom leather sports steering wheel and aluminum pedals enhance the sporty feeling in the cockpit even more.

Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer’s wheelbase of 2,829 millimeters ensures a superb sense of space. This is particularly noticeable in the second row, where three passengers travel in comfort and the two outer rear seats are also heated. All occupants enjoy best entertainment and top connectivity with the latest generation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems. Also on board is the groundbreaking personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar, which now also offers additional new services such as booking hotel rooms1 and searching for parking2.

Thanks to the 4G LTE WLAN-Hotspot3 all Insignia Sports Tourer occupants have fast and easy internet access with their mobile devices.

Opel Insignia GSi Sport Tourer’s eye-catching sporty looks featuring chrome-edged front air-intakes and exhaust pipes as well as a distinctive rear spoiler for the necessary downforce on the rear axle envelop an extremely practical car. Just like its series counterpart, its luggage compartment offers an exemplary 560 to 1,665 liters load volume and the optional 40/20/40 foldable rear seats enable flexible loading space configurations. In order to make loading as easy as possible, the sensor-controlled tailgate is opened and closed without having to touch the car by a simple kicking motion under the rear bumper. Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer drivers also benefit from more top technologies ranging from groundbreaking IntelliLux LED Matrix light to Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. This all makes the new Insignia GSi Sports Tourer as sharp as it is practical, and above all makes it a safe and comfortable station wagon for the whole family.

33-year tradition: the GSi models from Opel

The Insignia GSi continues a long tradition of sporty Opel cars named GSi. The first to stir up excitement were the Manta GSi and the Kadett GSi (115 hp from 1.8-liters) in 1984.

Only four years later the 2.0-liter DOHC 16 Valve engine in the Kadett 2.0 GSi 16V delivered 150 hp.

The first Astra also featured this engine and in 1993 there was a 1.8-liter 125 hp alternative in the Astra GSi. There was also a GSi with various generations of the Corsa, beginning with the 100 hp Corsa A (1988) that has become a much sought-after classic. At the (provisional!) end of the line was the Corsa D in August 2012.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Dream Team: New Top BiTurbo Diesel Engine for Opel Insignia Flagship

  • Really strong: Sequential turbocharging for 154 kW/210 hp and high torque
  • Ideal combination: Always with eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive
  • Very efficient: Combined NEDC fuel consumption 6.9 liters, equivalent to 183 g/km CO2
  • Made in Germany: Engine from the Kaiserslautern plant for all Insignia variants

Dream team: The new top-of-the-line 2.0-liter diesel engine for the Opel Insignia BiTurbo always comes with all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission.

Production-start for the new top-of-the-line engine and the Opel Insignia Country Tourer from Opel: With the summer slowly drawing to an end, the first 2.0 liter BiTurbo diesel engines will roll off the production line. They are tailored for the Country Tourer along with all other variants of Opel’s flagship. With the Grand Sport, Sports Tourer and Country Tourer the second generation Insignia can be ordered with the new top-of-the-range diesel this year. The Country Tourer appeals to all Insignia fans looking for stylish and practical station wagon with off-road looks. The newcomer will celebrate its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (September 14-24).

The newly designed 2.0-liter diesel engine produces 154 kW/210 hp at 4,000 rpm and develops strong torque of 480 Nm from only 1,500 rpm thanks to sequential two-stage turbocharging (Official fuel consumption Grand Sport 2.0 BiTurbo in accordance with New European Driving Cycle: urban 8.7 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.7 l/100 km, combined 6.9 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 183 g/km). The new Insignia BiTurbo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.9 seconds with a maximum speed of 233 km/h.

Such strength must be transferred to the road intelligently, which is why the top-of-the-line engine always comes in combination with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and high-tech all-wheel drive with torque vectoring. In addition to the power output, the drivability (turbo power in every situation) and the refinement of the new common rail engine are also further improved compared with the existing extremely popular 2.0 liter unit with single turbocharger (125 kW/170 PS; official fuel consumption Grand Sport with front-wheel drive in accordance with NEDC urban 6.7 l/100 km, extra-urban 4.3 l/100 km, combined 5.2 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 136 g/km).

In addition to the legally required NEDC Data, Opel also determined values in accordance with the Worldwide Harmonized Light-Duty Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) which are officially required as of this autumn for the newly developed four-cylinder BiTurbo. The WLTP values (Insignia Grand Sport 2.0 BiTurbo WLTP fuel consumption range 12.2-6.2[1] l/100 km, combined 8.0-7.5 l/100 km, 209-196 g/km CO2) are much more realistic than the hitherto officially applicable NEDC figures (Official fuel consumption Grand Sport 2.0 BiTurbo in accordance with NEDC urban 8.7 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.7 l/100 km, combined 6.9 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 183 g/km). The WLTP figures also take different driving styles into consideration, which enables customers to get a better estimate of their own fuel consumption[2]. An overview of the more realistic consumption figures in accordance with the WLTP cycle can be found on opel.de.

Like the existing 125 kW/170 hp 2.0 liter engine with single turbocharger, the new top-of-the-line diesel also features highly effective Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) exhaust after-treatment technology with AdBlue injection, which removes nitrogen oxide (NOx) from the engine’s exhaust gases. The watery urea solution which contains ammonia (NH3) reacts with the nitrogen oxides in the SCR catalytic converter and creates harmless nitrogen and water vapor.

New top-of-the-line diesel with sequential two-stage turbocharging

Opel has pulled out all the stops for maximum fuel efficiency and maximum fun-to-drive. The new diesel features two turbochargers functioning sequentially. The intake air enters the first turbocharger where it is compressed and passed to the second turbo. This is driven by Variable Geometry Turbine vanes in the exhaust gas, which increase torque at low engine speeds and raise power at higher engine speeds. VGT then adjusts the vanes to parallel with the gas flow, thus reducing back pressure and lowering fuel consumption. The now highly compressed and very hot intake air then passes through an intercooler on the way to the combustion chambers. Diesel fuel is then injected through seven-hole jets in up to ten sequences at 2000 bar. The boost-pressure is controlled, according to engine-speed and load, by three bypass valves and an electrically actuated variable turbine geometry.

Apart from increased efficiency, higher power output and torque, refinement and noise attenuation were priorities in the design of the new engine. The Opel engineers therefore gave the engine a cast-iron crankshaft, balance shafts, a stiffened flywheel and a two-piece oil sump, in order to reduce diesel-typical vibrations and acoustics to a minimum. In order to further lower fuel consumption, the water pump is only switched on when temperatures require it. Just like the well-known 2.0 liter diesel, the new BiTurbo diesel is built in Opel’s Kaiserslautern plant.

Power of two turbos: BiTurbo diesels now with Opel Astra, Insignia

A 2.0 liter BiTurbo diesel with 143 kW/195 hp and maximum torque of 400 Nm already made its debut in the first-generation Insignia in 2012, and was then offered in the Astra, Cascada, GTC and Zafira Tourer. 

The new 154 kW/210 hp and 480 Nm engine for the Insignia fits perfectly into the range of current Opel power units with two-stage turbocharging.

Opel Astra, the European Car of the Year 2016, is available as hatchback and Sports Tourer with a 118 kW/160 hp 1.6 BiTurbo. The four-cylinder engine develops maximum torque of 350 Nm at only 1,500 rpm (Official fuel consumption Astra hatchback in accordance with NEDC, urban 5.0 l/100 km, extra-urban 3.4 l/100 km, combined 4.0 l/100 km, official specific combined CO2 emissions 106 g/km CO2). The fastest Astra diesel thus accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds and reaches a maximum speed of 220 km/h.

Full package: The diesel engines for the new Opel Insignia

Below please find an overview of the diesel engines currently available for the Opel Insignia. All figures relate to the Grand Sport limousine.

Official Fuel Consumption[3]

Official Specific Combined CO2 Emissions[4]
Engines Output Torque Urban Extra-urban Combined Combined
1.6 Diesel 81 kW (110 hp) 300 Nm 4.9 l 3.8 l 4.2 l 110 g/km
1.6 Diesel
81 kW (110 hp) 300 Nm 4.6 l 3.6 l 4.0 l 105 g/km
1.6 Diesel 100 kW (136 hp) 320 Nm 5.2 l 4.0 l 4.5 l 118 g/km
2.0 Diesel 125 kW (170 hp) 400 Nm 6.7 l 4.3 l 5.2 l 136 g/km
2.0 BiTurbo 154 kW (210 hp) 480 Nm 8.7 l 5.7 l 6.9 l 183 g/km

[1] The ranges mentioned can be explained as follows: The lower value represents the lowest value of the four phases of the WLTP cycle driven with the version of the specified vehicle with the most favorable consumption figures with the respective mentioned engine/transmission combination. The upper value represents the highest value of the four phases of the WLTP cycle driven with the version of the specified vehicle with the most unfavorable consumption figures with the respective mentioned engine/transmission combination. The values obtained this way provide a good overview and indication of the everyday consumption that can be expected.

[2] The values mentioned are based on the WLTP cycle. They have been determined according to a standardized driving cycle conducted on a dynamometer. Everyday values can differ based on driving style, usage and other factors.

[3] All consumption data refer to diesel fuel in accordance with NEDC. All data refer to the EU base model with standard equipment. The stated data were determined according to regulation 2007/715/EC, taking into consideration the vehicle curb weight, as stipulated by the regulation

[4] All consumption data refer to diesel fuel in accordance with NEDC. All data refer to the EU base model with standard equipment. The stated data were determined according to regulation 2007/715/EC, taking into consideration the vehicle curb weight, as stipulated by the regulation

Monday, 28 August 2017

Opel Grandland X: Eye-Catching Design Marks New SUV Out from Rivals

  • Robust but sporty: New Opel Grandland X with dynamic lines and crisp proportions
  • Cool but practical: SUV features an attractive harmony of style and functionality
  • New challenger: Exceptional presence combined with high quality interior

The vision: Goals for the new Opel Grandland X were to create a rugged yet dynamic design, with the optimum interaction of harmonious, sculptural surfaces and very sharp crease lines.

A key player in Opel’s “7 in 17” product offensive, which will see the brand launch no less than seven automobiles this year, is the Grandland X. The SUV from the German carmaker perfectly matches the active lifestyle of today with its irresistible off road appeal, raised seating position, good all-round visibility, easy ingress/egress and plenty of space for luggage. The styling cleverly combines ruggedness with elegance and the interior design concept offers plenty of comfort paired with a high level of practicality. The Grandland X is a new challenger in the hotly contested market for compact sport utility vehicles. The designers have given their new creation an exceptional presence, fully in line with the Opel design philosophy of German precision meets sculptural artistry – making it an absolute eye-catcher among the competition. 

“Our goals for the Grandland X were to create a rugged yet dynamic design, with the optimum interaction of harmonious, sculptural surfaces and very sharp crease lines, as well as a good balance between style and functionality” says Vice President of Design, Mark Adams. “We also aimed for an elegant, upmarket feel with carefully crafted surfaces and interfaces, plus the consistent use of high quality materials throughout.”

In order to achieve the sporty appearance, for example, the designers made the winglets in the upright front grille flow out from the Opel emblem into the double wing LED signature light in the slim headlamps, giving the Grandland X a very wide stance. The powerful character is underlined by the sculptural form of the hood with its typical center crease and the big wheels up to 19 inches in diameter.

“At the rear, the sleek C-pillars, “floating” roof and slender LED tail lamps, which are set in a clean concave tailgate surface, give the Opel Grandland X a dynamic, sporty appearance that is so important in the SUV market segment.”

Another SUV attribute – robustness – is echoed in the lower area of the body by the tough-looking cladding at the front, around the muscular wheel arches, at the sides and at the rear. The precisely executed chrome accents in the bumper reinforce the impression of width and also contribute an upmarket feeling.

In the side view, the designers have created an especially balanced, dynamic and functional silhouette. The Grandland X features a fast-dropping roofline with Opel-typical breakthrough in the dynamically raked C-pillars and a powerful, crisp undercut flowing through the car front to rear. The unique interpretation of the Opel blade in the lower area of the doors contributes further to the athletic profile by optically lifting the upper body. The roof rails further enhance the typical SUV character.

“The interior of the Opel Grandland X features an attractive harmony of style and functionality” says Adams. “Access is easy, even for taller occupants and the good vision from the raised seating positions is typical for an SUV. The driver and front-seat passenger can enjoy the additional comfort of optional ergonomic AGR seats.” The clear layout of the infotainment system and the minimal amount of switches are characteristic of Opel. “The infotainment system display is positioned high up in the instrument panel for optimum visibility and the surrounding décor gives the fingers a stable base to rest on, allowing for convenient operation” explains Adams.

Underneath the display in the center stack, the switches for the infotainment, the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, and chassis controls such as traction control are logically arranged in three zones. The high functionality continues with the center console between the front seats that provides plenty of space for cup-holders and stowing smaller objects, while the deep storage area under the practical armrest also contains the optional wireless charger for compatible smartphones.

“Overall, we have given the Grandland X an especially stylish and ergonomic cockpit, with the surfaces of the instrument panel, the center console and the complementing décor elements all being executed in high quality tactile materials, which create a rich, upmarket impression” says Adams.

Following its world premiere at this year’s IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show (September 14-24), the Opel Grandland X will enter a booming market; in the space of ten years, from 2007 to 2017, sport utility vehicles and crossovers have increased their share from seven to 20 percent of all new vehicles sold in Europe. Mark Adams: “We are confident that the rugged and practical yet dynamic and elegant Opel Grandland X will hit the sweet spot with our customers and drive continued growth in the compact SUV/CUV segment.”

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Opel Crossland X: Already 50,000 Orders Taken for New Crossover

  • Customer preferences: Safety and comfort equipment most frequently chosen
  • Most popular: Higher equipped Innovation is customer-favourite
  • Impressing the press: Opel Crossland X defeats competition in six comparison tests

Highly popular: Opel Crossland X is spacious, very versatile and offers cool SUV looks as well as advanced technologies; persuasive arguments that have already convinced more than 50,000 customers.
Crisp and compact on the outside, especially spacious and versatile on the inside with trendy two-tone paintwork and cool SUV looks – these are just some of the highlights of the new Opel Crossland X, which have already convinced more than 50,000 customers from all over Europe. The order books only opened in March and the first Crossland X cars arrived at Opel dealerships just a few weeks ago. 

“We are very excited about the demand for the new Opel Crossland X. Our new crossover has style, functionality and a spacious interior within a compact overall footprint,” said Opel Managing Director Sales & Aftersales, Peter Küspert. “Also, the orders for the innovative technologies and options provide further confirmation of our philosophy of making trendsetting systems and features available to a wide audience.”

In addition to customers, the new Opel Crossland X has also been enthusiastically received by the automotive media. The journalists are particularly impressed by the small crossover’s convincing blend of style, functionality and spacious interior. To date the Opel Crossland X has won six of seven comparison tests in five countries. In Germany it beat tough competition to claim victories in its first tests carried out by Auto Bild (August 11), auto motor und sport (August 17) and Auto Zeitung (August 23). In the Netherlands the Opel Crossland X won the Auto Week test (August 9), in Italy it triumphed in Automoto (August 7) and in Poland in Auto Świat (August 21).

Rear View Cameras and Park Assist take the stress out of parking

About 50 percent of customers order the Opel Crossland X with Rear View Camera or Panoramic Rear View Camera that increases the angle of sight at the back of the car by up to 180 degrees. As befits a car that is predestined for urban areas, 40 percent of Opel Crossland X customers also check the box for Front and Rear Park Assist, while nearly one in four choose the latest generation Advanced Park Assist. This system recognizes suitable parking slots and parks the car automatically. It can exit the parking slot automatically as well. In both cases, the driver only needs to operate the pedals.

Orders for Full LED headlamps and AGR seats reflect Opel’s high-tech reputation

Orders for the new Crossland X also give proof of Opel’s strong reputation in the areas of lighting and seating. Nearly one in five ordered are specified with innovative Full LED headlamps, which ensure outstanding visibility in the dark, and ergonomic AGR seats for driver and front passenger. Opel is the only manufacturer in the segment offering such award-winning seats certified by AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs).

Of the 50,000 orders for the new Opel Crossland X, the most popular model variant is the higher equipped Innovation, nearly all of which are ordered with two-tone contrasting roof and bodywork colours.

Stylish appearance: With cool SUV looks and impressive talents, the sporty-elegant Opel Crossland X is highly rated by journalists as well as customers.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

!NEW! Opel Insignia Sports Tourer: Trailer Towing the Relaxing Way

  • Strong stuff: New Opel flagship pulls up to 2,200 kilograms
  • Road safety: Trailer stability program, all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, hill-start assist
  • High visibility: 360-degree camera, rear view camera, large exterior mirrors

Strong stuff: Opel’s flagship, the new Insignia (here the Sports Tourer) tows up to 2,200 kilograms.

The new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer features a sporty-elegant design, numerous pioneering technologies and lots of interior space, and it is also the ideal car for towing. The new Sports Tourer offers 1,665 liters of cargo volume and everything that exceeds this figure goes onto the trailer. In order to make towing as easy as possible, the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer not only offers features such as swiveling tow-hook, trailer stability program and advanced all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, but also hill-start assist, 360-degree or rear-view cameras and smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.


Highest priority: Trailer towing safely

The basis for relaxed trailer towing is the swiveling tow-hook with integrated plug socket, which is available for the Insignia Grand Sport as well as the Insignia Sports Tourer. As soon as the trailer is attached to the optional tow hook, a significant increase in safety is provided by the Trailer Stability Program. It helps to prevent potentially dangerous swaying movements. The car’s ESP system identifies the movements of the trailer and compares the continuously supplied data with predefined limits. In the event that the car and trailer start to sway and a certain level is exceeded, within milliseconds they are decelerated and selectively braked until stability is restored. The intensity of the trailer stability program is increased during larger swaying movements, so that the car and trailer are optimally stabilized.

The long wheelbase of the new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer (at 2,829 millimeters even 92 mm longer than the previous generation) also contributes to the calm ride and handling and the intelligent Twinster all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring provides optimum grip on every road surface at all times. In this high-tech system a conventional differential on the rear axle is replaced by two clutches, which can accelerate each rear wheel individually in fractions of a second, depending on the driving situation. The basis for this optimum driving behavior is supplied by the mechatronic FlexRide chassis that adapts shock absorbers and steering in fractions of a second; FlexRide also changes the calibration of the accelerator pedal (and the shift points of the automatic transmission). The driver can choose between Standard, Tour and Sport modes.

A strong combination of engine and transmission is required for towing heavy loads – the new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer can tow up to 2,200 kilograms (braked on slopes equivalent to 12 percent test gradients). The 2.0-liter turbo with 191 kW (260 hp) and torque of 400 Newton meters is a particularly powerful example (NEDC fuel consumption: 11.5 liters per 100 kilometers urban; 7.1 l/100 km extra-urban; 8.7 l/100 km combined; 199 g/km CO2). Mated to the all-new eight-speed automatic transmission (and if the trailer is uncoupled), the four-cylinder engine accelerates the Sports Tourer from zero to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and up to a maximum speed of 245 km/h.

On the slipway: all-round visibility with new Opel cameras

When it comes to putting the boat into the water at the slipway, the large rear-view mirrors of the new Insignia Sports Tourer make reversing easier. For increased visibility, rear-view or 360-degree cameras are optionally available. As soon as reverse gear is selected, the rear-view camera shows the area behind the car on the IntelliLink-touchscreen of the center console. A bird’s eye view is delivered by the 360-degree camera, which is based on four individual cameras. With the trailer unloaded and when the driver moves his foot from the brake to the accelerator, the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is prevented from rolling backwards on the slipway by the Hill-Start Assistant fitted as standard.

With the boat in the water or the caravan parked, the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer can continue its journey; as the tow-hook is no longer required it can be swiveled out of sight under the rear apron where it does not disturb the sporty elegance of the Sports Tourer’s silhouette.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Favored Flagship: 50,000 Orders for New Opel Insignia Already

In the fast lane: Only a few months after starting sales the new Opel Insignia has already attracted more than 50,000 customer orders.

  • High level: Innovative options popular with Opel Insignia buyers across Europe
  • Top connection: 86% order Navi 900 IntelliLink infotainment system
  • Top innovations: 70% look to the ergonomic seats, 63% to IntelliLux headlights
  • Top results: New Opel Insignia takes first position in more than 60 percent of comparison tests so far

Outstanding connectivity and infotainment, a high level of comfort along with great visibility and a stunning design – these are just some of the attributes of the new Opel Insignia that have already won over more than 50,000 customers and media representatives from across Europe. Current orders are well above what Opel had expected to receive despite order books for the Insignia Grand Sport and the Insignia Sports Tourer only having opened in mid-February and the flagship only having arrived at dealership in many major markets in late June. Now that the market launch is underway, the first wins in comparison tests are also rolling in. The success is made even more apparent by a look at the take rates of various features. A high percentage order the new flagship from Rüsselsheim with features such the intelligent on-board navigation system Navi 900 IntelliLink, AGR-certified ergonomic seats, or the new generation IntelliLux LED Matrix headlights, proving that Opel’s credo of making innovative solutions available at affordable prices is paying dividends with customers – the future is everyone’s.

“We are obviously delighted with the current success of the new Opel Insignia. It shows that our new flagship has all the right ingredients – it looks great, delivers on driving pleasure and comes with a high level of comfort,” said Opel Managing Director Sales & Aftersales Peter Küspert. “Furthermore, the orders for the innovative solutions and options show that our customers appreciate our approach of making trendsetting systems and features available to a wide audience and not just a select few.”

Navi 900 IntelliLink: Smartphone integration and integrated navigation system

The feature topping almost every Insignia owner’s wish list is Navi 900 IntelliLink – almost 9 out of 10 Opel Insignias have already been ordered with the top-of-the-range infotainment system. The optional solution with integrated navigation system comes with an 8-inch capacitive color touchscreen. The map data covers all of Europe, and with Opel OnStar, destinations that come from the OnStar advisor or that are sent in advance via myOpel smartphone app can be downloaded directly to the navigation system. Furthermore the system offers a high level of personalization – the home screen can be tailored according to customer preferences. Based on its ‘favorites’ concept, users can adapt the infotainment system to their individual needs. Up to 60 favorites including radio stations, phone contacts, playlists, navigation destinations, etc. can be stored.

Furthermore, it is, depending on the end device, compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, thus bringing the world of smartphones into the car. This allows Apple users to make calls, start navigation directions to a destination with Apple Maps, send and receive messages and listen to music via Spotify right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. A full list of Apple CarPlay apps can be found at apple.com/ios/carplay. Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem. A full list of supported apps is available at android.com/auto. If Opel OnStar is on board, smartphones can also connect to the car’s powerful 4G/LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot[1] – for example for flawless online audio streaming.

Enjoying the perfect view in comfort

 Elsewhere, 70% of new Insignias are ordered with the high level of comfort provided by the ergonomically certified AGR (Aktion Gesunder Rücken / Campaign for Healthier Backs) front seats. In addition to numerous adjustment options, the ergonomic front seats in the new Insignia offer a unique combination of electric side bolster settings, massage, memory and ventilation functions. They provide excellent long-distance travel seating comfort and continue the Opel tradition of award-winning, back-friendly seats that are offered at very attractive prices.

One of the technology highlights driving the success of the new Opel Insignia is the new generation of the trendsetting Opel IntelliLux LED Matrix headlights. 63% of the flagship from Rüsselsheim are ordered with the innovative system. In the Opel Insignia 32 LED segments – twice as many as in the Opel Astra – take over the high beam function. The increased number of LED segments enables the various light patterns to adapt to the prevailing traffic situation even more precisely and the transitions are faster and more seamless. To improve visibility even further while driving through curves on full high beam, Opel engineers added an innovative active curve lighting function to the new Insignia’s IntelliLux LED Matrix headlights. Last but not least, a further, dedicated LED spotlight located within the low beam module provides additional illumination at full high-beam for up to 400 meters.

Higher trim levels proving to be popular

Elsewhere, the uplevel trims available for the new Opel Insignia are also proving extremely popular with customers. Currently, over 60 percent of the over 50,000 Insignia buyers from across Europe have opted for higher trims, which give them access to a lot more standard equipment and features that they subsequently do not need to order as an option. For example, Opel’s personal connectivity and service assistant Opel OnStar comes as standard with the ‘Innovation’ trim.

Winning formula

However, Opel’s new flagship and it’s combination of innovative features, driving pleasure, spaciousness and high level of comfort is not only proving popular with customers – it is also impressing automotive journalists from across Europe. With the first results of the comparison tests against various competitors having recently been published, the Insignia is proving that Opel have found the winning formula once again. To date, Opel’s new flagship has won eight of 13 comparison tests (62 percent): two wins in Germany (Autostraßenverkehr edition 17/17 and Auto Zeitung edition 17/17), three wins in the Netherlands (AutoWeek edition 29/17 and online July 21, AutoVisie edition July 6), and each in France (caradisiac.com), Poland (Auto Świat, edition 28/17 of July 10) and the Czech Republic (auto.cz).

[1] The Wi-Fi Hotspot requires a contract with the network operator cooperating with OnStar. The Wi-Fi Hotspot is subject to a charge at the end of the test period.