Opel Kadett B replaced its successful predecessor, the Opel Kadett A, in 1965. The successor to the first post-war Kadett was 18 centimeters longer, exceeding four meters in length and was available in three body versions right from market launch: as a two or four-door sedan, of course again as a CarAvan station wagon and as a chic coupé.
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Opel Vectra arrived in 1988 to replace the successful Ascona, which was introduced in 1970 and had evolved through three model generations. Everything about Vectra was new. Only Ascona’s front-wheel drive layout and size was carried over, while space was dramatically increased.
The Vauxhall Astra GTE mk1 marked Vauxhall’s first foray in to the relatively new ‘hot hatch’ segment, which had been dominated by the Golf GTI since the late Seventies. Based on the 1980 Astra Mk1, Vauxhall Astra GTE was powered by fuel injected, naturally aspirated 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine producing 115 bhp.
Opel Calibra premiered at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in 1989. Opel Calibra united exciting design with optimized aerodynamics and uncompromised everyday practicality. The wide-opening tailgate gave easy access to a versatile, 980-liter luggage compartment.
Claudia Schiffer is Opel’s new Brand Ambassador in Europe. She is taking center stage in the new campaign ‘It’s a German’ that already in January will celebrate its TV premiere right across Europe – except in Germany and the United Kingdom. In small, fine and very emotional stories, Claudia Schiffer charmingly illustrates Opel’s ‘Made in Germany’ concept. At the end of each commercial, Claudia Schiffer delivers the entrancing punchline: “It’s a German”.
With the Monza Concept, the designers in Mark Adams’ team introduce a new interpretation of the sculptural design that first went into production with the Insignia. Selected distinctive lines, high-precision design and perfect sweeping contours remain the core of the evolving design philosophy called “Sculptural artistry meets German precision.” But a new, athletic allure demonstrates the car’s overall efficiency. “This is the next bold step along our journey into the future, but at the same time we show that we have established a consistent design in which people can build trust”, says Mark Adams, Head of Opel Design.
The new Opel Insignia with all-new cockpit and the latest infotainment generation makes its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new infotainment generation is part of the IntelliLink family introduced in the Opel ADAM at the beginning of the year. In the Opel Insignia, the driver can choose between four different operating possibilities. The new system Navi 900 Europa Touch can be controlled over an 8-inch color display with touch operation. From the starting screen the driver can access all core functions and sub-menus such as radio stations, song titles, smartphone connection or 3D navigation map via the touchscreen as well as a button on the steering wheel, voice control or the brand new touchpad.
The new Opel Insignia Country Tourer makes its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The new Insignia Country Tourer benefits from larger tires and a raised ride height, in addition to its four-wheel drive traction. Ground clearance is 20 mm higher than standard, a major advantage when encountering loose, uneven terrain. Defining features include protective under-body guards front and rear, combined with prominent wheel-arch and lower body cladding, all complemented by dual exhaust tailpipes.
Opel is launching three new engine families and 13 new engines between 2012 and 2016, renewing 80 percent of its engine portfolio. In the same period the company will also launch a host of new transmissions. Opel is beginning the renewal of its powertrain portfolio now, by introducing all-new 1.6-liter gasoline and diesel engines, together with next generation five and six-speed gearboxes.
Opel has created the fastest diesel-powered seven-seater in the compact van segment by introducing sequential twin-turbo diesel technology to the Zafira Tourer. The 195 hp, 400 Nm 2.0 CDTI BiTurbo engine gives the Zafira Tourer’s new top diesel variant a maximum speed of 218 km/h. And with combined cycle fuel consumption of just 5.6 l/100 km, the new BiTurbo model is not only powerful but also impressively efficient.