The new generation Opel Corsa and the stylish, three-door Opel ADAM are about to welcome a new addition to their circle. From summer 2015, another small car will join them: the five-door Opel Karl. “Karl is a short, snappy and catchy name that represents Opel brand values: German, emotional and approachable,” said Tina Müller, Chief Marketing Officer at Opel.
The ADAM family is growing: as an adventure-loving open-air car, a stylish trendsetter and an individualization champion, the new Opel ADAM ROCKS plays many roles perfectly. And as a three-door, 3.75-meter long urban pocket-crossover, it also opens up a new market niche. Opel designers have developed new design elements, décors and seating trims all unique to ADAM ROCKS which, together with the Swing Top canvas roof fitted as standard, give it its very own chic charm. The latest member of Opel’s urban lifestyle family is also powered by an all-new 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo engine. This high-tech, pocket powerhouse already complies with tough Euro 6 emissions standards and raises the bar for three-cylinder engine refinement with exceptionally low noise and vibration, as well as superb comfort. Opel’s advanced IntelliLink infotainment system with its fast, user-friendly operation integrates smartphones into ROCKS’ cockpit at a very affordable price. From late September, ADAM ROCKS goes on sale at dealerships from 15,990 euros (RRP incl. VAT in Germany).
The new Opel Insignia and new Opel Meriva are in demand: on the market since fall 2013 and early 2014, both models are hugely popular. Since its introduction, over 115,000 orders have been received for the new edition of the Opel flagship. And the upgraded version of the Meriva flexibility champion has been ordered more than 50,000 times in just a few months. The vehicles are not only distinguished by their ultra-modern engine technologies and advanced infotainment systems, they also ensure that the driver and co-driver have an extremely comfortable journey. AGR (Campaign for Healthier Backs) certified premium Opel ergonomic seats provide excellent long-distance travel seating and back comfort. Thanks to a range of adjustment functions, drivers can optimally adjust their seat so that even after hours of driving, they arrive at their destination rested and free of pain. But before such an advanced and back-friendly seating design makes it to series production, many developments steps are necessary. There is a good reason seat engineering accounts for around ten percent of the production costs of a car.
One month ago, the first image of the new radical Vauxhall Geneva concept was shown. If you have followed us, then you’ll probably remember its name: Vauxhall Astra VXR EXTREME Concept. It is said that the car produces over 300 hp (220 kW) due to its 2.0-litre turbo engine, which makes it the most powerful front-wheel drive the brand has ever developed.
The concept model was derived from last year’s Astra Cup race car, and it is lighter, more powerful and street-legal race sibling to the current Astra VXR. The weight-savings are estimated around 100 kg, thanks to the utilization of carbon fiber components.
What an exciting first season in Opel’s comeback to motorsport! With two brand trophies up for grabs in 2013, the German carmaker returned to the national stage. It continued its great touring car tradition with the 300 hp Opel Astra OPC, for which there were nine rounds of the Astra OPC Cup on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife within the framework of the VLN Endurance Championship. Two drivers shared an Astra for these marathon races through the “Green Hell”. At the season’s final last weekend, Mario Merten and Jürgen Nett were ultimately victorious in winning the Astra OPC Cup from their toughest rivals Jannik Olivo and Elmar Jurek by a wafer-thin margin of 29 points.
Opel/Vauxhall’s ground-breaking Monza Concept, the first car to feature cutting-edge LED projection infotainment and an evolution of the Ampera’s revolutionary powertrain, is set for its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
The young suspension brand “ap Sportfahrwerke” has a new product available for Opel Astra J; (P-J) sedan without FlexRide suspension (from year 11/2008). The new suspension offers a TÜV-tested height adjustment range (front and rear 35-65mm), which lowers the vehicle continuously. So the sporty ambitioned driver has the possibility to adjust the desired lowering accurate to a millimeter. The parallel matching of sportiness, comfort and safety offers an ideal setup. The new suspension kit is now available.
147 kW/200 hp, 300 Newton meters maximum torque and 235 km/h top speed – the especially powerful version of the new Opel 1.6 SIDI turbo engine generation makes its world premiere in the Opel Cascada at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) from September 12 – 22. This is the first time Opel will show the high-performance version of the new mid-size convertible that tops the Cascada gasoline portfolio, and that is also clearly recognizable thanks to two exhaust tailpipes. The engine is one of the completely newly designed Opel four-cylinder units with gasoline direct injection (SIDI = Spark Ignition Direct Injection) and in this second, new variant it marks the power peak of Opel’s 1.6-liter class. It joins the 1.6 SIDI turbo with 125 kW/170 hp that was already introduced during the Cascada’s market launch in the spring. Both new engines are released for unlimited usage of regular and super gasoline fuel.