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Opel Corsa received a new package from the German tuner Lexmaul, a tuner who specializes in German vehicles. The kit features new side skirts, front grille, a front lip spoiler, a rear air diffuser, new exhaust tip and a 2-piece roof spoiler.

2008 Opel Corsa by Lexmaul

If you could pick up a Corsa in the U.S., the new package would cost around $1,200. Other options include new alloy wheels in 16, 17, 18 or 19-inch or an ECU update (that’s another $1,200).

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General Motor’s German arm Opel is presenting for the first time GM’s CAR 2 CAR Communication Consortium (C2C-CC) independent of manufacturer or vehicle-type. The C2C technology helps preventing accidents by warning drivers about potential danger from other vehicles.

Opel developing vehicles with a sixth sense

Vehicles equipped with this technology can communicate with each other and exchange information such as location and speed. Drivers can then be warned in advance if another vehicle is stopped in an area that is difficult or impossible to see, or about to enter the same intersection as they are.

Several functions help prevent the rear-end collisions that occur on a daily basis due to poor visibility, twisty roads or short lapses in driver concentration. For example, the system warns of a stationary vehicle on the road even before the driver behind can see it, for example around a corner. Depending on the situation, the system transmits these warnings visually, acoustically or through vibrations in the driver’s seat.

Press release after the jump.

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The latest tuning company that offers a new body kit for the Opel Astra GTC is the Portuguese tuner Ibherdesign. The new kit includes a new front bumper, a front grill, new wheel arch extension, new side skirts, a new roof Viruss spoiler, a new rear bumper with 2 slotted vents and new exhaust cutters.

Opel Astra GTC by Ibherdesign

In order to improve the stability a new suspension kit was installed lowering the vehicle with up to 35 mm. Also a new set of 19 inch multi-spoke alloy wheels were added improving the looks of the Astra GTC. No word about the price yet, but it’s likely some parts may fit your Saturn Astra .

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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.

It’s no surprise. Not only is the Chevrolet Volt easily one of GM’s most ambitious projects (new technology, short timeline), but we have also been hearing many rumors that the European Opel brand will get its own version of the gas/electric hybrid. So, very few were surprised at the official announcement from General Motors at the Paris Auto Show that Opel’s Volt will arrive in 2011 (Chevrolet’s will debut in 2010.)

"Since fuel economy and the whole issue of ecological driving is as important in Europe as it is in North America, we made a decision that we’re going to trail the North American Volt with an Opel version of that vehicle in the 2011 time frame," said Hans Demant, managing director of Opel.

Opel will utilize the technology and powertrain from Chevy’s Volt, but says it will likely change the design for its customers. The final product will likely still look a lot like the Volt considering the final shape was chosen for its low aerodynamic drag.

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.

Opel announced the company will launch a European version of the Volt plug-in electric car in 2011. The Chevrolet variant will appear three to six months later in European markets.

"Opel will have a version of the Volt that will look more like an Opel. It will be a close sister to the Chevrolet Volt," said a GM source.

GM wants Opel/Vauxhall to be seen as a technologically advanced brand in Europe and for this reason the brand will launch the E-Flex electric vehicle architecture seen in the Volt ahead of Chevrolet.

"We are trying to position Opel toward the upper side of the high-volume segments and having the Volt technology will give Opel a competitive edge," the source told Automotive News Europe.

GM aims to launch production versions of the Volt in the US in late 2010. The proposed European variant, the Flextreme, was shown at the 2007 IAA in Frankfurt.

The first models to reach Europe will be supplied from the Hamtramck assembly plant in Detroit, but GM also plans to make the car here.

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The Euro-only Opel Corsa OPC is one of the most powerful cars in its class and with its 192 hp. That kind of power in a small car is more than enough, but as you know, in the world of tuning there are no limits. Lexmaul, a German tuner, unveiled their tuning program for the Corsa OPC.

Opel Corsa OPC by Lexhmaul

Lexmaul added more boost to the 1.6-liter turbo engine, which elevated it to 210 hp. For better stability Lexmaul offers also a new suspension system, which lowers the car with 40 millimeters in the front and 50 millimeters in the rear. Price of the kit: €900 (current exchange rates: $1,253).

General Motors released today a new image and teaser video of the 2009 Opel Astra . The design is inspired by the upcoming Insignia and official debut will be made at the Frankfurt Auto Show. If exchange rates can sustain the importing, the new Astra may eventually come to the U.S. as a Saturn.

The video traces Opel’s small car history with a quick glimpse at the future.

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