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Just to clarify, we’re talking soccer here people. Just in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Opel brings a sporty Corsa special model for fans on the road: The Corsa "Football Championship Edition" dedicated to the National German soccer team. A strange choice solely because we doubt many players can fit in Opel’s minicar, but anyways.... On June 13, Germany will play its first game at the World Championships in Group D.

This special edition is distinguished by its white paint job and black-red-gold flag inspired by the German soccer team’s colors. The supermini rolls through the soccer field on high-gloss black-edition 17-inch wheels and illuminates the late night games with dark tinted headlights and tail lights.

The interior gets sport seats, aluminum sports pedals, leather steering wheel, center console in piano black, and white framed fan nozzles. The standard equipment list includes: air conditioning, stereo CD radio with steering wheel controls, electric front windows and central locking with radio remote control.

After Opel unveiled the prototype version of the Ampera electric sedan a couple of months ago, we knew that the announcement of a pre-production model would soon follow. That announcement has come with the first pre-production 2012 Ampera rolling off GM’s Pre-Production Operations assembly line in Warren, Michigan.

Among other models like it, the pre-production Ampera will be used for testing and validating the production intent design as well as developing the final vehicle software and controls. Some of these pre-production vehicles will only be used to tune the overall driving experience while others will see a short lifespan as they are used for safety and structural integrity testing. Enter crash test dummy Amperas, please. The Ampera can travel about 60km on one charge with its 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery emitting zero CO2. Once the car’s charge is depleted, the Ampera will switch to a 1.4-liter gas engine which has been borrowed from the Volt. The Opel Ampera will go on sale in 2011.

Press release after the jump.

Opel will bring back the GSI name in October at the 2010 Paris Auto Show where they will unveil a new top version for the very successful Astra. The GSI package will only be available for the 5-door version.

The car’s main competitor will be the Volkswagen Golf GTI which features a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine producing 200hp and 207lb.-ft. of torque. The Astra GSI will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine also developing a total of 200 hp leaving the consumer to base their purchase mostly on aesthetics.

The Opel GSI version will be distinguished by a re-styled front bumper, new wheel arches, a small rear diffuser, and double exhaust pipes. The interior will get two-tone leather and Recaro sport bucket seats. Are you bored yet? We are. Why don’t we just make a call and try to have it become the next Buick . We can finish it off by adding a power chair carrier and be on our way.

Oh, we forgot to mention, Opel will also be unveiling the station wagon version for the new generation Astra at the Paris Auto Show. Yawn.

Source: AMS

After we have seen the Opel Ampera concept version in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show, this year Opel is taking a step forward with the unveiling of the first prototype of the production Ampera.

The first prototype has received its first charge of electricity and will be put of test on a long-distance drive from Rüsselsheim to Geneva. The Ampera extended-range electric vehicle will use the energy stored in its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery to drive the first stage of the 600 kilometers journey from Rüsselsheim, Germany, to the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, without emitting CO2.

Press release after the jump.

The German automaker Opel will unveil a new electric concept car this March at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. According to the company’s first details, the Flextreme GT/E concept which will preview much of the company’s future thinking ideas in terms of design and engineering. Using green innovation and alternative propulsion, the concept is proof that size and comfort do not need to be sacrificed for a vehicle to be environmentally efficient.

Updated 18/02/2010: Opel revealed today the official details on the Flextreme GT/E concept. The concept will use the same electric drive system as the Ampera and Volt and previews a future top model for Opel, but also "the shape of things to come from Opel."

The Flextreme GT/E a low hood line and an extended nose section, a new trapezoidal grille and LED headlamps are deeply carved into the front fenders and across the hood line. The profile is defined by innovative, stubbed C-pillars and new rear-hinged rear doors.

The E-REV drive system combines a small gasoline engine/generator used to provide electricity with a T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack located under the floor and rear seat. The electric drive unit delivers a total of 370 Nm and sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in under 9 seconds.

Press release after the jump.

The German automaker Opel has released a competition inspired special edition Corsa Color Race for the European market. Built as an homage to the Rallye Kadett B Sprint from the early 1970s, the three door Corsa is covered in Sunny Melon Yellow paint that is offset by a standard black hood and tailgate with the checkered flag motif on either body panel as a color matching accent. If the classic shade of sunshine isn’t quite our cup of tea Opel is going to offer the Corsa Color Race in Casablanca White and Magma Red as well. The factory prepped hot hatch sits on a set of 17 inch alloy wheels to complete the exterior styling while on the inside the special edition Opel gets a panoramic sunroof, leather wrapped steering wheel and color matching accent stitching for the seats as well as the A/C vent bezels. The Corsa Color Race will be made with a variety of fuel efficient power plants including a 1.4 Liter gas burning engine of either the 87 HP or 100 HP variety as well as the diesel burning top of the line 1.7 Liter four cylinder CDTI making a total of 130 HP.

Press release after the jump.

Traditionally, when two cars go on a race, the thinking is that both cars should be evenly matched. After all, when only two cars are involved, it doesn’t make sense to have one be superior to the other, otherwise, why do it in the first place.

Opel ’s new promo video featuring the all new Insignia sees it go face-to-face with one of the brand’s most iconic rally cars, the Opel Ascona 400, the last rear-wheel drive rally car that won the WRC World Championship way back in 1982.

So ok, it’s not really a fair race considering that the Ascona is close to hitting 40 years old but it sure made for an entertaining watch as the historical rally car went up against the new Insignia – a car that comes with an optional Adaptive 4x4 system on the 220HP 2.0-liter version and a standard 4x4 system on the 2.8 V6 Turbo and OPC variants.

Manning the wheels of the Ascona 400 is rally legend Christian Geistdörfer while Sina Winkelhock, a budding racer in her own right, is behind the wheel of the Insignia in this race on ice. Like we said, there’s really no suspense as to what car will take the chequered flag, but if you want to see the slick manoeuvrability of the Insignia - even under less-than-ideal road conditions – then you should definitely give this video a look.

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The German car builder Opel will unveil their second generation Meriva compact hatch in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The all new Meriva features the same design language as the larger and very successful Opel Insignia . However unlike any production Opel that came before, the new Merivia retains the trick suicide style FlexDoors that were showcased on the Meriva Concept back in 2008. Like the Lincoln Continental, the unique opening arrangement provided by the FlexDoors makes the Merivia a much more functional vehicle by making it much easier to get in and out of the rear seat with the back door opening up a full 84 degrees.

Opel Meriva

As opposed to conventional doors that only open 68 to 70 degrees, the FlexDoors are more ergonomic in the event that a front seat passenger can easily place items in the rear compartment like a jacket, briefcase or even an umbrella behind them. The 2011 Meriva will be offered with a wide range of power train options with outputs ranging from a very economical 75 HP up to 140 HP, with an ecoFLEX version to be offered as well. The Meriva’s engine will be mated to a choice of five and six speed manual transmissions as well as a smooth shifting six speed automatic. Offering a dash of fun into the compact people mover category.

UPDATE 06/29/2010: Check out the new 3D commercial for the Opel Meriva after the jump.

Press release after the jump.

Irmscher has come with a new styling package for the 2010 Opel Astra. On the exterior the tuner added Front lower spoiler, radiator grille insert with carbon-effect upper or with aluminium-effect upper, side sills, roof spoiler hatchback and chromed number plate holder.

On the interior Irmscher added a leather package for the seats, door panels and central armrests, matte aluminium door-locking pins and sport pedals.

The car sits on 18-inch alloy wheels.

The German GM builder Opel presented the all new special edition Corsa Color Edition, a greener compact with a sporty appearance and a more colorful personality. The Opel Corsa Color Edition is only available in the Corsa ’s three door hatchback body and is available in a few attractive colors with equally as enticing names like: Black Sapphire, Casablanca White, Sunny Melon and Magma Red. What is even more appealing is that Opel is also offering the Black Sapphire roof to offset any of the other moro brilliant shades of the rainbow.

Opel Corsa Color Edition

The Opel Corsa Color Edition is also a well equipped little package for the European market with standard features like aluminum pedals, sport bucket seats, leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel with integrated CD and MP3 player controls for the radio, air conditioning and an airbag equipped safety package. On the outside the Corsa Color Edition is distinguishing by its black grill, blacked out headlight and taillight housings, chrome exhaust tip. However we feel that the 16 inch ten spokers that go the furthest towards transforming the Opel Corsa Color Edition from a sporty grocery getter into a truly hot hatch.


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