Opel

2019 was the year that marked Opel’s 120th birthday. The carmaker came to life back in the spring of 1899, after Sophie Opel decided to give way to her son’s advice and started producing cars four years after the company’s founder - Adam Opel - passed away. Sophie Opel started operations in a small garage in Rüsselsheim am Main with just 65 hand-made Opel Patentmotorwagen “System Lutzmann” and has ever since built 70 million vehicles.

Opel didn’t join the ranks of Daimler and Benz until it bought the Friedrich Lutzmann’s motor car factory. In 1909, Opel launched a small car that was promised as ideal for “doctors, veterinarians, and lawyers” - it was suggestively called the 4/8 PS Opel Doktorwagen and packed a four-cylinder engine engineered and built by Opel. Come 1913, Opel had its first two-seater in the form of the 4/12 PS “Laubfrosch,” which could reach a top speed of 60 km/h (37 mph) and sold for 3,900 Goldmarks. Opel began getting some momentum with the likes of Kadett, Kadett A, Rekord (the first post-war Opel), GT, Ascona, and Calibra, but also Corsa, Astra, and Zafira.

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When GM Destroyed Opel's Hopes Of Becoming a Luxury Brand

When GM Destroyed Opel’s Hopes Of Becoming a Luxury Brand

In an alternative relaity, Opel would have been a luxury brand, but GM had other plans for the German carmaker

Since the invention of the automobile, there have been numerous manufacturers giving us their own version of the car. Opel – the German carmaker, based in Russelsheim – is among the oldest manufacturers and like many others, it did not start out as a carmaker. Nowadays, Opel is known as a company that makes mass-produced and relatively cheap vehicles, but did you know it was on its way to becoming a luxury carmaker? Here’s a short history of how GM made that impossible.

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2021 Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD

2021 Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD

Opel is reimagining its sports car from the ‘70s

Opel is bringing back the Manta nameplate with a strong contemporary twist: an all-electric powertrain and a smart screen integrated in the front end that can display various messages or logos.

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2021 Opel/Vauxhall Crossland

2021 Opel/Vauxhall Crossland

Simpler name and a new face: meet the revised Opel/Vauxhall Crossland

Opel (or Vauxhall in the U.K.) is refreshing the Crossland crossover, which now drops the X from its previous name (Crossland X) and puts on a face inspired by the new Mokka - which also dropped the X with the new generation.

That front end design is called Opel Visor and we expect it to pop up on other future products coming from the PSA-owned brand. Here’s what the facelifted Crossland has to offer.

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Turn Up The Volume and Immerse Yourself in The Sound of an 11,000 RPM Opel

Turn Up The Volume and Immerse Yourself in The Sound of an 11,000 RPM Opel

The once docile Kadett C has been turned into a fire-breathing monster thanks to its BMW heart and outrageous body kit

Hillclimb racing is a discipline that can be easily described as ’rapid-fire motorsport’. You’re the kind who doesn’t have the patience to watch an entire Formula 1 Grand Prix or even a shorter MotoGP round? Hillclimb racing is for you since here you have the recipe for instant excitement packed in bite-sized chunks: there are ultra-fast cars looking like they come from the World Time Attack Challenge only here they have to tackle ultra-narrow mountain roads with no margin for error.

The surfaces are often bumpy and you basically only have two shots at getting it right each time around. Alexander Hin surely gets it right more often than not from behind the wheel of his low-slung Opel Kadett.

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Crashing a Car at 40 MPH Is Terrifying, But Crashing at 130 MPH Is a Recipe for Disaster

Crashing a Car at 40 MPH Is Terrifying, But Crashing at 130 MPH Is a Recipe for Disaster

Brace yourselves for what you’re about to see

Watching a car travel 40 miles per hour straight into a barrier often results in the car getting walloped, but what if that same car was going three times faster at 130 mph and then slams into a stationary bus? The results are indescribable, but we do get to see the scene unfold before our eyes courtesy of YouTube channel Bri4ka.

The video isn’t in English so it might be a little difficult to follow. Fortunately, the visuals that you’ll see are about as straightforward as they can get. The objective is clear, too. A remote-controlled second-generation Opel Omega and a decommissioned city bus are the sacrificial lambs in this test. At the very least, the test gives us a glimpse of what can happen if a car traveling twice the speed limit in the U.S. hits a parked city bus. Before you watch it, be advised that the results are unspeakably destructive.

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2021 Opel Mokka-e

2021 Opel Mokka-e

Revolutionary design makes the Mokka-e a downright looker

Opel/Vauxhall’s first all-electric SUV is called Mokka-e and comes with a radical design that’s far from what the Mokka has been showing since its inception.

Aided by the fusion with the PSA Group, the Germans seem to have finally found a direction for their future lineup, both design- and powertrain-wise, at least as electrification is concerned. Here’s all you need to know about the new Opel Mokka-e.

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2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4

2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4

Opel’s first-ever hybrid cranks out almost 300 horsepower!

The Opel Grandland X Hybrid4 is the hybrid version of the Grandland X, a compact crossover than the German firm introduced in 2017 as a replacement for the Antara. It’s also the firm’s first hybrid vehicle. The Grandland X Hybrid4 features a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine and two electric motors. The total output almost hits 300 horsepower.

One of the first models launched by Opel following the takeover by the PSA Group, the Grandland X shares many underpinnings with the Peugeot 3008, which also features a hybrid variant. Not only a big departure from the Antara and Zafira as far as technology goes, the Grandland X also pushes the German brand into the hybrid market for the very first time. Better late than never, right? Let’s find out more about this SUV in the review below.

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2020 Opel Corsa-e Electric Rally Car

2020 Opel Corsa-e Electric Rally Car

The world’s first mass-produced electric rally car

The 2020 Opel Corsa-e Rally is an all-electric rally car based on the sixth-generation Corsa hatchback, which now offers an EV version called the Corsa-e. The all-electric hatchback was developed specifically for a one-make series run by the German manufacturer in Europe. The race-spec hatchback is very similar to the road-going Corsa-e, with only small updates on the outside and a revised suspension. The electric drivetrain is identical to the road car’s setup. The interior, on the other hand, includes a handful of race-spec features. The Corsa-e Rally is the world’s first mass-produced electric rally car.

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2020 Opel Corsa

2020 Opel Corsa

The Opel Corsa is one of the German manufacturer’s best selling models, and now there’s an all-new sixth-generation model out, based around the same platform as the 2019 Peugeot 208. The two cars are mechanically very similar, but what they propose are two distinct visual packages - the 2020 Opel Corsa is the more sober and restrained of the two, so it’s probably pretty attractive to you if you prefer to be more low-key and not stand out as much as you would in, say, the flashier Peugeot 208.

Aside from it sharing its underpinnings with other PSA products, the new Corsa also being offered in all-electric form for the first time. That model is called the Corsa-e and is motivated by a powertrain that is also shared with the new e-208). However, its platform sharing doesn’t affect the way it looks, and the 2020 Corsa looks like a current Opel model both inside and out. You can’t really spot the relation unless you know of it beforehand.

The 2020 Opel Corsa’s new platform also helps it shed significant weight over its GM-Fiat underpinned predecessor and, in doing so, it has become quicker, more efficient, and better at going around corners too. Sitting inside, you’ll notice the much lower and sportier driving position as well as the feeling of being cocooned in the cabin - a feeling akin to that you get from a sports car. It even feels a bit sportier inside than its Peugeot-badged cousin.

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2019 Opel Corsa photos leak; here's what we know so far

2019 Opel Corsa photos leak; here’s what we know so far

All-new Opel Corsa is the first Corsa ever to ride on Peugeot underpinnings

PSA Peugeot-Citroen acquired Opel (and its U.K. arm Vauxhall) in August of 2017, and since then, it’s launched a few Opel-branded vehicles based on its own platforms. None, however, have been as important as the sixth-generation Corsa. The 2019 Opel Corsa shares its platform with the rakish new 208 hatch, but it promises to offer a more restrained, more Germanic take on the same city car formula.

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Seventh-Gen Opel Astra To Be Launched in 2021 With New Platform and Powertrain

Seventh-Gen Opel Astra To Be Launched in 2021 With New Platform and Powertrain

We may soon see a majority of PSA-owned models to use the same platform

PSA has been attempting to reduce the number of platforms across its brands and increase more ‘sharing’ within the family. As such, Opel and Vauxhall will be using the EMP2 platform for the Astra L. The same platform underpins other products including the new Grandland X SUV. This also opens a wide array of options for Opel/Vauxhall, as the EMP2 platform will allow the Astra L to go for electrification.

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13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

Buck the trend, get a wagon!

High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.

They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.

Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.

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What is the Cheapest Opel?

The cheapest Opel you can get is the Karl city car. In Germany, it starts at €12,010 and can only be had with a three-cylinder, 1-liter gasoline engine that makes 73 horsepower and 95 Nm of torque. The sole transmission option is a five-speed manual. In the UK, the Opel Karl is known as the Vauxhall Viva and starts at £10,485. It offers the same engine-gearbox due as its brother Karl.

What is the Sportiest Opel?

The sportiest Opel money can buy is the Insignia GSi Grand Sport. It is fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels, extra air intakes, and a lip rear spoiler. Under the hood works a 2-liter bi-turbo gasoline engine making 210 horsepower and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) of torque routed through all four corners via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive setup. In addition, the Insignia GSi gets Brembo brakes and FlexRide adaptive suspension. On the performance front, the GSi sprints from 0 to 96 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds and can reach a top speed of 231 km/h (144 mph).

What is the Most Popular Opel?

The most popular Opel model is by far the Corsa. Since its inception, Opel has pushed 14 million units of the Corsa, with the hatchback managing a steady sales flow throughout the years. The 2020 Opel Corsa supermini sees the introduction of the all-electric Corsa-e. Regardless of what Corsa variant we’re talking about, it shares the same CMP architecture with the Peugeot 208, which has been made unlocked after Opel was bought by the PSA Group back in 2017.

What is the Most Expensive Opel?

The most expensive Opel as of August 2019 is, unsurprisingly, the range-topping Insignia GSi, which starts at €46,695. The sedan is fitted with every goodie Opel has in store, including the IntelliLux LED Matrix headlights, 20-inch alloys, performance seats, Multimedia Navi Pro infotainment, and can be further imbued with FlexConnect iPad holders for the front seats’ backrests, LED-illuminated door sills, and two-tone wheels.

What is the Fastest Opel?

The fastest Opel is, again, the Insignia GSi. It needs 7.3 seconds to reach 96 km/h (60 mph) from a standstill and can continue the charge to a top speed of 231 km/h (144 mph).

Are Opel Cars Reliable?

Opel cars are known for their decent reliability. In fact, the Opel Insignia was named winner of the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study in 2019, which amassed answers from 12,854 participants who took an online survey between November 2018 and January 2019. Vauxhall came fourth in the Telegraph’s top 20 brands for reliability in 2018, with 90 problems per 100 vehicles, after coming in on the ninth place one year earlier. However, in a study carried out by AutoExpress, Vauxhall only managed to secure the 26th, just one place from the bottom position occupied by Chevrolet.