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Opel Insignia

Opel Insignia

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Opel may have touched on a winner with the new Insignia . After all, there weren’t a whole lot of tuners getting in line for the last executive sedan, the Vectra .

Opel Insignia by Steinmetz

One example of what can be done with the Insignia was assembled by the German tuner Steinmetz. The modification package includes a body kit, more rigid suspension, improved brakes and ST7 20" alloy wheels in a choice of white or black. The body pack consists of a front lower spoiler, a rear spoiler, a custom grill, and new side sills. A little extra power should also be added to the Insignia through a high-flow exhaust system, which accents a two-branched twin-rear first-rate steel muffler.

The only thing wrong with this set up is Saturn still hasn’t been confirmed to get it own version of the Insignia yet. So it’s still anyone’s guess when the Insignia will make it Stateside.

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Opel Insignia has barely hit the market and already Irmscher, the well-known Opel tuner for over 40 years, has got a kit out for the sedan.

Opel Insignia by Irmscher

The kit for the stylish sedan includes a new front lip spoiler, new side sills, a rear trunk spoiler and a new rear air diffuser with integrated 4-pipe exhaust system. Also a new set of 20 inch alloy wheels were added in order to improve the looks but also the handling of the vehicle. We don’t yet know the price, but that’s ok...We’re still waiting (hoping) for the Saturn version.

Opel unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the Insignia ecoFLEX, a model powered by a powerful single turbo diesel with 2.0-liter displacement and output of 160 hp.

Opel Insignia ecoFLEX

The Insignia ecoFLEX sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of up to 218 km/h. Ensuring excellent pulling power even at low rpm, the maximum torque of 350 Nm is available from 1750 rpm, and can be temporarily increased for 15 seconds to 380 Nm via an ‘overboost’ function.

Opel Insignia ecoFLEX

The Insignia ecoFLEX is fitted with highly fuel-efficient Primacy HP tires from Michelin specially developed for the car. Like all Insignia models, the new ecoFLEX variant is Euro 5 certified and will be available as a hatchback and notchback during the course of 2009.

Press release after the jump.


Opel annoucned two world premieres at the Paris Auto Show: one will be the new Insignia Sports Tourer with two new engines and the second one the sleek Insignia ecoFLEX model that combines driving fun with fuel efficiency.

The Insignia Sports Tourer will go on sale in spring 2009. It will be offered with two engines: the innovative 2.0-liter BiTurbo diesel with clean tech combustion system has 190 hp, and the downsized 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine reaches 180 hp.

The new Insignia ecoFLEX offers environmentally friendly driving without compromising on performance. In contrast to competitors, it is not a low-end model, but rather a sophisticated, powerful automobile that blends driving dynamics with high fuel efficiency.

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Opel Insignia with great seats

Opel has not made headlines in a while with its new Insigna , so that may be the reason for their latest press release. The Insigna’s new sport seats have received a seal of approval for ergonomics by a German panel of doctors and therapists. While this will usually not make news, the pic of the Brookstone-like chair is something pretty cool for an everyday sedan. Hopefully these back friendly seats will make its way on the Saturn Aura replacement whenever it finally makes it to the U.S. If you’re not rejoicing about this news, then I guess you’re not thinking with your butt.


The 2009 Opel Insignia made its official debut at the British Motor Show this week, where the company also announced the European prices for the car. The Insignia will go on sale by the end of the year at a price starting 22,700 euros for the 115 hp 1.6 ECOTEC version.

Opel Insignia - European pricing announced

The car will be launched with a range of seven engines that meet Euro 5 emissions standards and are mated to six-speed transmissions.

For the gas engines, the output ranges from 115 hp for the four-cylinder unit to 260 hp for the six-cylinder. The three new 2.0-liter direct-injection diesels carry power outputs from 110 to 160 hp.

The 2009 Insignia will be available in four different variants: base, Edition, Sport and top-of-the-line Cosmo.

Opel will unveil the 2009 Insignia at the British Motor Show tomorrow, but ahead of its debut, the car dropped in on London today.

Using the latest technology available, a team of 60 people worked more than 7,200 accumulative hours to plan, set-up, rehearse and execute the stunt. They worked 96 continuous hours on-site at Potters Fields to ensure success of the car’s high-speed fall, allowing the vehicle to reach a descent speed of 7.6 meters per second.

Opel Insignia dropped in on London

The machine that made this possible required roughly 3 kilometers of power and control cables; it contained 152 meters of air hoses and more than 120 air fittings. Thirteen computer-controlled pneumatic brakes stopped more than 2.7 tons traveling at breakneck speed.

At the debut tomorrow, Opel will reveal car’s technical data and German prices.


The new Opel Insignia Notchback and Hatchback make their world premiere at the 2008 British International Motor Show, taking place from July 23 to August 3 in London. The new Opel Insignia is available with seven engines from 110 to 260 hp and will go on sale at the end of 2008.

The Insignia will launch with an exceptionally broad range of seven engines. All meet Euro 5 emissions standards and come with either manual or automatic six-speed transmissions. The four gasoline engines range from a four-cylinder 115 hp unit to a V6 with 260 hp. The three new direct-injection diesels feature a displacement of 2.0 liter and outputs spanning from 110 to 160 hp. Subsequently the Insignia engine line-up will be expanded with an EcoFLEX version offering very low CO2 emissions in addition to other, more powerful variants.

Hatchback version:


And notchback version:



Opel will add two new versions for its newly launched Insignia at the British Motor Show: a four-door notchback and a five-door hatchback. The length of both the notch and hatchback, at 4,830 mm, and the wheelbase of 2,737 mm remain the same.

Opel Insignia Hatchback

Insignia will be offered with a choice of seven engines: all meet Euro 5 emissions standards and come coupled with six-speed transmissions. The four gasoline engines range from a four-cylinder 115 hp unit to a V6 with 260 hp. Three new direct-injection turbo-diesels exclusively developed for the Insignia feature a displacement of 2.0 liters and power outputs spanning from 110 to 160 hp.

Press release after the jump.


Opel introduces a first: A camera that aids drivers in two different ways. The Traffic Sign Recognition function reads speed limit and no-passing signs and displays them on the instrument panel. The Lane Departure Warning alerts drivers when they unintentionally veer out of their lane. Together, these two systems improve driving safety, reduce stress and can even prevent costly speeding tickets.

Opel Insignia will feature "Opel Eye" camera

“These new features follow Opel’s philosophy of enhancing driving excitement by assisting drivers without reducing their level of control.” explains Hans Demant, managing director of Opel. “That means the system gives drivers information, but it doesn’t intervene.”

Known as the Opel Eye, the wide-angle, high-resolution camera and processors were jointly developed by GM/Opel engineers in Rüsselsheim and specialists from supplier Hella. The camera, located between the windshield and the rear-view mirror, detects road signs and lane markings. It is not much bigger than a mobile phone yet can take 30 pictures per second. Two signal processors, with the help of proprietary GM software, filter and read the photos.

It will be first offered in Opel Insignia and soon in other models.


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