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Opel signs on the dotted line with a very important mid-size four-door

When it comes to major automotive offerings from Germany, Opel isn’t usually the first name to pop up. But it isn’t for lack of trying – the brand is well established across several international markets, with its flagship Insignia sedan leading the charge, packing premium touches at a bargain price point. Originally unveiled in 2008 at the British International Motor Show, the mid-size Insignia hasn’t failed to make the sale, with over 900,000 units moved since its introduction and a variety of accolades awarded. Now, as we quickly approach 2017, Opel says it’s dead-set on launching 17 new models, including the new-generation Insignia. Boasting a lower curb weight, more technology, a new architecture, and new styling, Opel’s next-gen flagship clearly isn’t pulling any punches.

The whole thing draws heavily from the brand’s Monza Concept, revealed in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Insignia is tasked with introducing the production side of Opel’s latest design philosophy evolution, and as such, it’s adopting a new name – Grand Sport.

It’s a title that should only be reserved those models that offer superior comfort and style for the long haul, plus adequate (or more than adequate) prowess and speed when the feeling is right.

Does the new Insignia fit the bill? Well, one quick glance at the spec sheet suggests it’s at least heading in the right direction. And that’s a good thing, because the Insignia is much more than just an Opel – swap the badges and tweak some of the equipment, and it’s a Vauxhall in the U.K., a Holden Commodore in Australia, and a Buick Regal in China and the U.S.

That makes this car extremely important to several big names, not just Opel. But the question remains – does it have what it takes to get out of the shadow of the Big German Three?

Continue reading to learn more about the Opel Insignia Grand Sport.

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2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer

2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer

Looking good, hauling goods

German automaker Opel first offered the Insignia in 2008, replacing the Vectra and Signum in its lineup. Also sold as a Vauxhall in Britain, a Holden Commodore in Australia, and the a Regal in China and the U.S., we’ve already seen a fastback iteration of the model offered on this side of the pond as the new 2018 Buick Regal GS. Now, Opel is offering up a hot-to-trot wagon version called the GSi Sports Tourer. The GSi nameplate was pulled from previous go-faster versions of Opel’s street cars, with previous examples including the Manta GSi and Kadett GSi from the mid-‘80s, as well as the Kadett 2.0 GSi 16V and Astra GSi and Corsa GSi. Now, followingw a full reveal at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, there’s a new one that the automaker says was designed to be both fun and practical. Outside, you’ll find long, lean, wide, and horizontal styling elements, while under the hood resides a potent turbo 2.0-liter engine, all of which combines with a substantial amount of space in back for people and things.

This is Opel’s new flagship station wagon, so it makes sense the Germans gave it the royal treatment. In fact, Opel is so certain it’ll bring the sporting goods, it included a picture of a racing suit, helmet, and gloves in the back of the trunk in the press shots. But is it really worthy of such connotations? Read on the find out.

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2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport

2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport

Opel signs on the dotted line with a very important mid-size four-door

When it comes to major automotive offerings from Germany, Opel isn’t usually the first name to pop up. But it isn’t for lack of trying – the brand is well established across several international markets, with its flagship Insignia sedan leading the charge, packing premium touches at a bargain price point. Originally unveiled in 2008 at the British International Motor Show, the mid-size Insignia hasn’t failed to make the sale, with over 900,000 units moved since its introduction and a variety of accolades awarded. Now, as we quickly approach 2017, Opel says it’s dead-set on launching 17 new models, including the new-generation Insignia. Boasting a lower curb weight, more technology, a new architecture, and new styling, Opel’s next-gen flagship clearly isn’t pulling any punches.

The whole thing draws heavily from the brand’s Monza Concept, revealed in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Insignia is tasked with introducing the production side of Opel’s latest design philosophy evolution, and as such, it’s adopting a new name – Grand Sport.

It’s a title that should only be reserved those models that offer superior comfort and style for the long haul, plus adequate (or more than adequate) prowess and speed when the feeling is right.

Does the new Insignia fit the bill? Well, one quick glance at the spec sheet suggests it’s at least heading in the right direction. And that’s a good thing, because the Insignia is much more than just an Opel – swap the badges and tweak some of the equipment, and it’s a Vauxhall in the U.K., a Holden Commodore in Australia, and a Buick Regal in China and the U.S.

That makes this car extremely important to several big names, not just Opel. But the question remains – does it have what it takes to get out of the shadow of the Big German Three?

Continue reading to learn more about the Opel Insignia Grand Sport.

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2018 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer

2018 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer

The brand’s largest wagon gets stylish looks and new engines

Introduced in 2008 as a replacement for the Vectra, the Insignia is Opel’s range-topping sedan and is sold in North America and China as the Buick Regal. Built on the same Epsilon II platform as the Chevrolet Malibu, the Insignia also spawned a wagon version, as well as a crossover-like model with higher ground clearance and plastic cladding. Already eight years old as of 2016, the first-generation Insignia is being replaced by a brand-new model that has been spotted in prototype form as far back as 2015.

While the sedan has shown up on public roads on many occasions and ditched some of its camouflage in the process, the wagon version, also known as the Sports Tourer, has finally been caught testing for the first time. Set to bow a few months after the four-door model, the new wagon could finally make it on U.S. soil with a Buick badge according to rumors that have been swirling around since 2015. The crossover version, called Country Tourer in Europe, could also cross the pond as the Regal Tourx, a name Buick trademarked with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The new Insignia could also find its way to Australia as the next-generation Holden Commodore now that GM decided to cease all manufacturing Down Under.

Details as to what the new Insignia Sports Tourer will bring to the table are still scant, but until Opel reveals preliminary data, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the upcoming German wagon.

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2017 Opel Insignia Successor Begins Testing: Spy Shots

2017 Opel Insignia Successor Begins Testing: Spy Shots

Our spy photographers recently spotted Opel testing an interesting four-door coupe prototype, which is rumored to be the next-gen Opel Insignia. Despite the heavy camouflage, the coupe-like roofline is obvious, and its hindquarters have a shape that is similar to that of the 2015 - 2016 Audi A7. The redesigned Opel Insignia is due out in 2017 with a styling heavily inspired by the 2013 Opel Monza Concept.

U.S. buyers should pay attention to this car since the current Insignia is the same as the 2014 Buick Regal. For years, rumors have suggested that Buick could get a flagship or halo model inspired by the 2016 Porsche Panamera, and while this is definitely not that model, the hatchback design is very similar. If Buick does offer such a model, it probably wouldn’t have much competition in the U.S. aside from the 2015 Volkswagen CC… assuming VW develops a next-gen version of that sedan.

Speaking of Volkswagen, our source suggests that in addition to its sleeker design, the next-gen Insignia is expected to grow in size by almost four inches to compete with the likes of the Skoda Superb. Like most modern cars, the added size won’t result in a heavier car, as the information also suggests a weight loss of almost 440 pounds compared to the current Insignia.

Although the interior camouflage is even more effective than the cladding on the outside, the next-gen Insignia could get some advanced cabin technology, including a digital dashboard similar to what was introduced on the Opel Monza Concept.

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2014 Opel Insignia Cross Four

2014 Opel Insignia Cross Four

Next to the Insignia Sport Tourer, Opel is also testing a new addition to the Insignia family: a Cross Four version aiming against models like VW Passat Alltrack or Audi Allroad. This decision shouldn’t be such a surprise for you considering that in Europe offering Off-Road look on wagons has become very popular.

This car was in fact previewed by Opel’s in house tuner Irmscher back in 2011, but now Opel finally decided to make it official in order to improve sales on the Insignia. The new Cross Four version will be based on the Insignia Sport Tourer version, but it will add a raised ground clearance, bigger wheels, black flared fenders and different bumpers with aluminum details. There will also be different and wider side sills.

We expect the new Cross Four version to arrive in the same time with the revised Insignia lineup, so keep an eye on the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Spy shots: Opel Insignia Sport Tourer goes for another testing session

The revised version of the current generation Opel Insignia was caught testing for the last time back in February during extreme winter conditions. Now, the company took the Sports Tourer version out for a new testing session, but this time on the German roads.

As you can see the Insignia Sports Tourer started to loose its camouflage revealing more on the updates it will receive. Still, Opel decided to keep hiding the parts that will receive most of the updates: headlights, engine hood, front and rear bumpers. Opel will also offer some minor updates on the interior, including new materials and improved technologies.

Rumors suggest that the company will also work on some improvements under the hood, focusing on reducing the fuel consumption and lowering CO2 emissions.

Expect the revised Opel Insignia to be unveiled in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Spy shots: Opel Insignia SportsTourer Caught in the Cold

Along with the other Insignia models: standard sedan and OPC version, we will also see a facelift applied to the Sports Tourer (station wagon). Our spy photographers caught the car testing again, but this time during extreme winter testing.

As you can see, the station wagon version, just like the sedan, is camouflaged only in the parts that are going to be updated: front and rear. The front fascia will be updated with a modified set of headlghts, more elegant lines on the hood, plus new bumpers. Same treatment will also be applied to the rear, where the taillights will be redesigned. For the interior, Opel prepared some new materials and improved technology.

As for the engine lineup, rumors suggest we will see some upgrades in order to lower CO2 emissions.

Expect the revised Insignia to be unveiled at a major show this year.

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Spy shots: 2013 Opel Insignia Spied in the Cold

It’s been a while since we brought you any details on the revised version of the Opel Insignia, but today the car has been caught testing again — this time during cold weather testing. When compared to the previous prototypes, the new one features its correct lights for the very first time. Also, if you take a closer look, you will notice the rear lights feature a chrome strip from side to side, just like on the new Cascada Convertible.

Other updates to the exterior include redesigned bumpers, a revised grille and a new hood. The interior will also be updated with a bigger satnav/info screen, as well as newly shaped air outlets on the dash. Under the hood, we expect to see new engines with improved fuel mileage.

Expect the new Opel Insignia to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, which kicks off on March 7th and runs through the 17th.

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2013 Opel Insignia OPC

2013 Opel Insignia OPC

After bringing the standard Insignia facelift out for a few test runs, Opel is now testing the OPC version of the sedan in its new version. The model is expected to be launched along with the standard version, sometime at the end of 2012.

Just like the standard model, the exterior changes for the Insignia OPC version will be minimal. They will include newly designed bumpers with different air intakes, a new grille, a new rear bumper, and new tail-lamps.

The interior will also be redesigned and will get a larger satnav/info screen with new buttons placed on top of the screen. The air outlets are newly shaped with a chrome strip around them, while the dashboard will receive more chrome in order to make it look more exclusive.

Under the hood, Opel will mostly focus on improving the car’s fuel economy, even though it is very possible to see some improvements for the 325 HP 2.6 Liter V6 engine.

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Spy shots: Opel Insignia goes testing again

Back in April the facelift version of the Opel Insignia has been caught testing for the first time and it looks like Opel took it out again, this time during some hot weather testing in Southern Europe. This could be one of the latest testings for the new Insignia considering the car is expected to be unveiled in September at the Paris Auto Show.

This time our spy photographers have caught testing both the sedan and the Sports tourer versions. As you can see from these spy shots, the changes are focused on re-designed bumpers, front head lights, grille and rear lights. The rear lights on these prototypes are just build for test purpose without giving away the finished version that are likely to be LEDs.

Rumors say that Opel will also be offering a few changes under the hood where the engine line-up will receive some upgrades in order to reduce the fuel economy.

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2013 Opel Insignia

2013 Opel Insignia

Shortly after its official launch, the Insignia became one of the most successful models in Opel’s line-up. And even if the car has only been on sale for just four years, the company is already offering a revised version for the Insignia. The model will be making its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the first details are already out.

The revised Insignia will feature updated headlamps, revised front bumper with bigger and lower air intakes, and for the rear different light clusters and a new bumper. For the interior Opel will offer an updated center console, a new steering wheel and higher quality materials. Customers will also get a new 8-inch touchscreen display.

Under the hood Opel will place new, more powerful and ultra-efficient direct injection engines.

On the German market the revised Insignia will be priced from €24,325 - about $33,000 at the current exchange rates.

Updated 06/12/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

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2011 Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited

2011 Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited

Opel has unveiled a new special edition Insignia OPC on the European market. It is called "Unlimited" and the best part about it is that it comes with the removal of the 155 mph limiter. In Germany, prices start from 48,605 euro, or about $70,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new Insignia OPC Unlimited will be distinguished from the standard OPC version by a blue Brembo logo and a newly-designed tachometer and speedometer. A special edition of the vehicle is also planned with a matte black wrapping.

Under the hood, everything will remain the same with the only exception being that it comes equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and can hit a top speed of 167 mph.

"We are responding to frequently expressed customer wishes," says Alain Visser, Vice President Sales, Marketing and Aftersales at Adam Opel AG. "Insignia OPC buyers are generally experienced and responsible drivers who want to enjoy the full technical possibilities of their car."

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Video: All-new Opel Insignia challenges Opel Ascona 400 rally car in a race on ice

Video: All-new Opel Insignia challenges Opel Ascona 400 rally car in a race on ice

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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Steinmetz Insignia Sports Tourer becomes the fastest street legal Opel ever

Steinmetz Insignia Sports Tourer becomes the fastest street legal Opel ever

As surprising as it may sound, the German car builder Opel has been setting speed records since the 1920s, one such occurrence featured Fritz Von Opel piloting his rocket powered RAK 2 to an estimated 149 MPH at Berlin’s Avus racetrack. Not ones to leave history alone, the Opel tuners at Steinmetz brought a modified Insignia Sports Tourer OPC to the Nardo Ring the other day where it hit a record speed of 178.5 MPH to become the fastest street legal Opel ever. Steinmetz started off by upgrading the OPC’s cooling system with a modified intercooler before installing a larger turbo complete with a full 3 inch exhaust to let the engine breathe easier, reduce back pressure and eliminate turbo lag. In order to account for the added boost, Steinmetz has installed a set of high flow fuel injectors and then reprogrammed the engine’s electronics so that everything stays in working order. The end result is an Insignia wagon that makes 400 HP and 405 lb-ft of torque that has just become the fastest Opel of all time.

RAK 2 video and press release after the jump.

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Video: Opel Insignia OPC promo

Opel has just released a new promotional video that shows off both Opel Insignia OPC and Sports Tourer versions of their factory tuned OPC models.

Both versions re powered by a 2.6 Liter V6 engine that puts out 325 HP. The OPC treatment consists of a redesigned front bumper and aggressive body kit while rolling around on a set of 19 inch or optional lightweight 20 inch wheels.

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2010 Opel Insignia OPC

2010 Opel Insignia OPC

We were already envious of the European countries that got the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, now with the OPC makeover, we’re down right jealous as the sleek sedan gets go-fast looks and a new turbocharger. For those not familiar: BMW has M and Mercedes has AMG, so Opel has OPC (Opel Performance Center).

The heart of the Insigina OPC takes the 2.6-liter V6 engine already used in the sedan, and then adds a turbo and a new exhaust system. This jumps the output from 260 hp to 325 hp. The sedan now has a 0 to 60 mph time of about six seconds, and top speed is limited (at least in Germany) to 155 mph.

What is seen on the OPC package is the new front bumper and body kit, as well as 19-inch or optional lightweight 20- inch wheels. Working behind the scenes on this Insignia is the Adaptive 4x4 system, electronic rear limited slip differential (eLSD), new front axle, and Brembo brakes. The suspension is adjustable for three modes: Normal, Sport and OPC.

Press release after the jump

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2010 Opel Insignia ecoFLEX Sports Tourer

2010 Opel Insignia ecoFLEX Sports Tourer

The German variant of General Motors, Opel, has already released a green version of their popular four door Insignia model wearing the ecoFLEX badge, but that was it. Well now there is good news for fans of environmentally friendly wagons and estates, because Opel has just announced that their ecoFLEX Insignia will soon be available as a Sports Tourer.

The green five door is powered by a 2.0 Liter CDTI engine with the Clean Tech System producing 160 HP and an impressive 280 lb-ft of torque. The fuel efficient diesel burning drive train is complimented by a six speed manual transmission, complete with a higher final drive to allow highway cruising at lower engine speeds. The result is a Sports Tourer that can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 9.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 133.5 MPH, if those numbers don’t seem too impressive, than consider the vehicle’s fuel mileage of 44 MPG.

If only drivers here in the U.S. could learn to appreciate different things like sports wagons and diesel burning power plants. If we hadn’t attached such a lasting stigma to either of those two items then maybe we could enjoy a spirited ride in an ecoFLEX Insignia Sports Tourer, try getting that kind of performance and economy from a gasoline powered vehicle.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer

2010 Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer

Most automakers are putting their high performance machines up against the clock, using Nurburgring lap times as a way to promote their vehicle. Opel just wanted to prove that their car was up to the test. After unveiling the Insignia OPC sedan, Opel decided to bring the same level of style and performance into their larger variant, and thus have created the Insignia OPC Sports Tourer, and is set to go on sale later on this year.

The Sport Tourer wears similar bodywork to the hot rod sedan and even rides on the same 20 inch rims as the four door. Under the hood Opel has massaged the 2.8 Liter turbocharged V6 to make 325 HP. The new performance parts like the turbo and exhaust means that the factory tuned wagon can go from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.3 seconds, and will hit an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH. The OPC version is built on a lower, reworked mechatronic chassis with FlexRide, the German automaker’s adaptive 4x4 transmission that also features an electronic rear limited slip differential (eLSD). Running gear is finished off with a set of purpose-built Brembo brakes.

This is definitely one sport wagon that you should think twice about messing with when sitting side by side at a red light.

Press release after the jump.

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Opel Insignia OPC Sport Tourer spied in the flesh

Opel Insignia OPC Sport Tourer spied in the flesh

After revealing the four-door version of the factory tuned Insignia OPC, the German automaker Opel is also readying a version of their Insignia Sports Tourer for the Opel Performance Center treatment. The sedan will go on sale this fall, and the Sports Tourer should follow shortly after.

The OPC cars will be powered by a 2.8 Liter ECOTEC V6 with a single twin-scroll turbo, that reduces turbo lag and increases performance, resulting in a maximum output of 325 HP. The six cylinder engine is shifted via a six speed manual gearbox, and when shifted correctly allows the vehicles to reach 60 MPH in just 5.8 seconds.

Exterior treatment for the OPC sedan includes a new body kit highlighted by the new front bumper and owner’s choice of either 19 or 20 inch wheels.

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Opel Insignia Coupe in the works

Opel Insignia Coupe in the works

Top Speed has already reported that Opel will bring back the Calibra name. This European vehicle will compete with models like the Volkswagen Scirocco, and just like the new sky rocket, will not be offered in the U.S. market. Well, AutoExpress shed a little more light on the subject and are adding a few more details about the new Opel.

The German car builder will sell this new design as a coupe version of the new Insignia model starting 2012. The vehicle’s design is inspired by the Opel GTC concept. Under the hood Opel will place the same turbocharged 2.8 Liter V6 found in the new Insignia OPC. This means the Insignia Coupe will have an output of around 350 HP, capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 MPH in under 6 seconds and have a top speed limited to 155 MPH.

The future Opel will share most of what you can’t see from the outside with the Insignia, but will feature a modified suspension and a refined four wheel drive system. Besides this new Insignia Coupe, Opel plans on bringing a compact cabriolet to market. The vehicle will be based on the Corsa and will replace the now defunct Tigra model.

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Opel Insignia Sports Tourer by Steinmetz

Opel Insignia Sports Tourer by Steinmetz

The tuning specialist Steinmetz is showing off their Opel Insignia Sports Tourer kit at Tuning World Bodensee 2009. The kit consists of a new front grill, new rear wing, a set of 20 inch rims and a 25 mm drop in ride height. Steinmetz has also added a little performance to the 2.0 CDTI powered Opel Insignia Sports Tourer.

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2009 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer

2009 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer

Opel is introducing its third body type to the 2009 Insigna line-up, a wagon. Known as the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, this wagon is an important car for Opel considering the popularity of wagons in Europe. While this will be considered a lager family car in Europe, it would be consider a mid-sized wagon in the U.S. There is no confirmation yet that this model will also make the trip to these shores when its sedan sibling replaces the Saturn Aura possibly in 2010.

There are nine total engines expected for the Insigna family. Choices include five gasoline — naturally aspired and turbo charged four cylinders as well as naturally aspired V6s. Also expected are four turbo-diesels. Power over the entire range should be from 110 to 260 hp. The wagon will also get the same optional all-wheel drive system as the rest of the Insignia line.

The Sports Tourer is expected to make its official debut at the Paris Auto Show in October, and it should be in European showrooms along the sedan and hatchback variations by early 2009.

Press release after the jump.

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Opel Insignia OPC ready for its debut

Opel Insignia OPC ready for its debut

Opel just gave us another reason to want the Insignia in the U.S. The OPC version (or Vauxhall Insignia VXR in UK) is set for a September debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Before then the styling model should be seen at Geneva Motor Show in March.

There are no official details yet on the car, but rumors have it powered by a twin-turbo V6 engine making around 320 hp. The car should also make use of the all-wheel drive system for a stable ride and benign handling. Reports from testing at the Nürburgring have the car completing the circuit in a little over eight minutes (the Nissan GT-R does it in 7 minutes and 29 seconds.)

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2009 Opel Insignia

2009 Opel Insignia

The 2009 Insignia made its world debut in July 2008 at the London Motor Show. The Insignia offers three centimeters more kneeroom than the Vectra. The car also proves to be particularly efficientaerodynamically with a spectacular Cd of 0.27 which positively influences theeconomic, dynamic and acoustic qualities of the car. Both body variants haveidentical 4.830 mm length and share the same wheelbase of 2,737 mm.

The Insignia is offered from the start with front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The “Adaptive 4X4” system’s proactive, instantaneous torque distribution not only ensures optimal traction but also enhances driving stability and dynamic handling performance. In the all-wheel drive Insignia, the FlexRide mechatronic chassis system with its Adaptive Stability Technology helps the car adjust to prevailing driving conditions and allows the driver to select settings to match his mood. FlexRide is also available in the front-wheel version.

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.

The entry-level model – the four-door sedan with the 115 hp 1.6 ECOTEC gasoline engine – costs just 22,700 euros. Compared to the competition, pricing for the diesels is also extremely reasonable in Germany, with the 110 hp 2.0 CDTI starting at 24,300 euros. Standard equipment is extensive, with the entry-level models boasting air conditioning, CD-radio, on-board computer, electric height adjustment for the driver’s seat, as well as ESP and traction control.

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Opel Insignia by Steinmetz

Opel Insignia by Steinmetz

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.

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 by Irmscher

Opel Insignia by Irmscher

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.

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.

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2009 Opel Insignia ecoFLEX

2009 Opel Insignia ecoFLEX

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.

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.

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.

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Opel Insignia ecoFLEX will debut at the Paris Auto Show

Opel Insignia ecoFLEX will debut at the Paris Auto Show

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 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.

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Opel Insignia - European pricing announced

Opel Insignia - European pricing announced

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.

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.

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Opel Insignia dropped in on London

Opel Insignia dropped in on London

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.

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.

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2009 Opel Insignia - video

2009 Opel Insignia - video

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:


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2009 Opel Insignia Hatchback

2009 Opel Insignia Hatchback

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.

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.

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Opel Insignia will feature "Opel Eye" camera

Opel Insignia will feature "Opel Eye" camera

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.

“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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Opel Insignia - first interior shots

Opel Insignia - first interior shots

GM today unveiled the first shots of Insignia’s interior, to be more precise we are talking about the UK version of the Insignia.

The dashboard wraps around from the instrument panel to the door in a very sophisticated way, embracing the occupants. This wing theme will be echoed across all Opels. Red ambient lighting, which also will be featured in future Opel models, vibrate a warm, luxurious aura. A lot of emphasis too has been put into the seating, which set the highest standards in ergonomics, comfort and safety.

The 2009 Insignia will make its world debut in July at the London Motor Show and will go on sale in November.

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2009 Opel Insignia even more details

2009 Opel Insignia even more details

After the first official images of the future Insignia were unveiled a few days ago, CarScoop comes with even more details about the engine range.

The 2009 Insignia will be offered with five petrol units: 1.6-liter with 115 Hp; 1.8-liter with 140 Hp; 1.6-liter Turbo with 180 Hp; 2.0-liter Turbo with 200 Hp and 2.8-liter V6 Turbo with 260 Hp. The Insignia’s diesel engine range will include four units: 2.0-liter available with 110, 130 and 160 Hp and a top notch 2.9-liter V6 with 250 Hp.

In 2009 Opel will also add an OPC version that will be powered by a 2.8-liter V6 Turbo engine with an output of 300 hp.

The Insignia will be offered in the USA as the successor to the Saturn Aura.

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2009 Opel Insignia first official images

2009 Opel Insignia first official images

After many spy shots of the future Insignia here are the first official images! The car will make its official debut in July at the London Motor Show and will go on sale in October.

Even if there are no official informations about engines, is supposed to be powered by either a 1.6 liter or a 2.0 liter turbo engine. A 2.8 liter V6 engine that produces 250 hp is also under consideration. Diesel versions will include 1.9 liter engine with output between 120 and 150 hp. The 1.9 liter engine is already used in the Saab 9-3 and the Cadillac BLS.

An OPC version will also be unveiled at a later date and will be powered by a 2.9 liter V6 diesel engine that delivers 300 hp.

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2009 Opel Insignia new spy shots

2009 Opel Insignia new spy shots

Opel today released a new series of official spy shots of the 2009 Insignia (after the first ones launched by Vauxhall). Insignia will make its world debut in July at the London Motor Show. It will come to replace the Vectra which itself replaced the Ascona in 1988 and will be sold under the brands Vauxhall, Saturn and Opel.

The 2009 Insignia’s design will be inspired by the GTC concept unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Insignia family will be built at Opel’s home plant in Rüsselsheim, one of the most state-of-the-art automobile production facilities in the world.

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2009 Opel Insignia teaser image

2009 Opel Insignia teaser image

Opel will unveil the 2009 Insignia at the London Motor Show in July. It will come to replace the Vectra which itself replaced the Ascona in 1988. It will be sold under the brands Vauxhall, Saturn and Opel.

"Dynamic performance is one of the Opel brand’s core values. In the new Opel Insignia, this defining characteristic is realized by sophisticated powertrain technology, active safety and the interface between driver and car. The Insignia’s level of comfort and environmental friendliness is unrivaled even among considerably more expensive competitors," says Alain Visser, Chief Marketing Officer, General Motors Europe.

The 2009 Insignia’s design will be inspired by the GTC concept unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show.

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2009 Opel Insignia will feature new AFL generation

2009 Opel Insignia will feature new AFL generation

Opel was the first automaker to introduce the dynamic curve light and 90-degree cornering light with the innovative Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) to the mid-size class in 2003. In 2004, the dynamic curve light was presented in the compact class for the first time with the Opel Astra. Opel democratized this safety technology even further in 2006 when it offered the Meriva and Corsa with bi-halogen-based curve and cornering light for the first time in the compact vehicle segment. Opel has been a pioneer in automotive lighting technology for years, and now presents its next, even more intelligent AFL generation.

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Opel Insignia - world premiere at 2008 London Motor Show

Opel Insignia - world premiere at 2008 London Motor Show

Opel’s next-generation range of mid-size cars promises a radical step forward. The new model family, which makes its world premiere at the London Motor Show in July 2008, sets technology and design standards for the Opel brand and mid-size segment. To lead off the proceedings, Opel today announced the new model’s name: Opel Insignia. The new Insignia family will be built at Opel’s home plant in Rüsselsheim, one of the most state-of-the-art automobile production facilities in the world.

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