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PSA Says GM Misled Them; Wants $700M Refund for Opel Deal

PSA Says GM Misled Them; Wants $700M Refund for Opel Deal

Reuters is reporting that PSA Group now wants GM to refund nearly half, or about $700 million of the $1.353 billion it paid to the U.S. Automaker last July for the acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall. The report comes with claims that GM failed to disclose just how badly Opel and Vauxhall would miss hitting emissions targets set by the European Union for 2021 and beyond. PSA, which includes brands like Peugeot and Citroen, says it was misled and is owed this refund as the acquisition of brands that fall so far from 2021 emissions targets will cause it to incur significantly more fines than previously expected. GM claims that it provided “substantial information” and that “PSA undertook a robust due diligence process” that included “their employees, many experts, and lawyers.”

Want to know more? Keep reading to learn about the change to EU emissions rules in 2021 and what kind of fines PSA is looking at over the Opel and Vauxhall Acquisition.

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Opel Hemorrhages $12k for Every Amepra-E (Rebadged Chevy Bolt) Sold

Opel Hemorrhages $12k for Every Amepra-E (Rebadged Chevy Bolt) Sold

Peugeot parent company PSA Group is looking to recoup close half the amount it paid for Opel and Vauxhall from General Motors on claims that it was misled regarding Opel’s emissions strategy. The French automaker closed a deal with American counterpart on the sale of Opel and Vauxhall for $2 billion. The deal was completed just last month, but now PSA Group is up-in-arms over its claims that GM misled the company into believing that its Opel would miss the European Union’s 2021 CO2 emissions target for passenger vehicles of 95 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Barely a month after taking ownership of Opel, the French automaker now things that Opel would be at least 10kg/km over the limit.

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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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Opel Announces First Hybrid Vehicle at Frankfurt Auto Show

Opel Announces First Hybrid Vehicle at Frankfurt Auto Show

The German firm jumps on the hybrid bandwagon with Grandland X

Recently purchased by the Peugeot-Citroen Group (PSA) from General Motors, German automaker Opel unveiled the new Grandland X crossover at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Bu,t while adding a third SUV to the lineup is big news for Opel, the Grandland X isn’t exactly breaking news material, as the vehicle was previewed back in April. However, there’s big news in the fact that this SUV will get a hybrid drivetrain. And the important thing here is that the Grandland X will be the company’s very first plug-in hybrid vehicle. Now that’s something to get excited about.

As a refresher, the Grandland X joins Opel’s still somewhat limited crossover lineup, which only includes the Crossland X and the popular Mokka X. Nearly eight inches longer than the Crossland X, the Grandland X is built around PSA’s EMP2 platform, shared with vehicles like the Citroen C5 Aircross, Peugeot 3008, 4008, and 5008. Actually, the Grandland X shares most of its underpinnings with the Peugeot 3008, which was updated from a minivan-like vehicle into a full-fledged crossover in 2016. The only thing we don’t know yet is when the hybrid Grandland X will hit the market.

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GM Sells Opel To PSA, Leaves European Market

GM Sells Opel To PSA, Leaves European Market

PSA becomes Europe’s second-largest carmaker

After many months of speculation, General Motors and PSA confirmed today that German brand Opel, together with is U.K.-based Vauxhal Motors subsidiary, has been sold to the French company that produces Citroen and Peugeot. PSA will also purchase GM Financial’s European operations in a transaction that’s expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

GM will receive €1.32 billion ($1.4 billion as of March 2017) for Opel in the form of €650 million ($689 million) in cash and €670 million ($710 million) in PSA share warrants. An additional €900 million ($954 million) will be paid by PSA and BNP Paribas for Opel’s financing arm, which will be operated by the French bank. The whole transaction is valued at €2.2 billion ($2.33 billion).

“We are proud to join forces with Opel/Vauxhall and are deeply committed to continuing to develop this great company and accelerating its turnaround,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of the Managing Board of PSA. “We respect all that Opel/Vauxhall’s talented people have achieved as well as the company’s fine brands and strong heritage. We intend to manage PSA and Opel/Vauxhall capitalizing on their respective brand identities.

“For GM, this represents another major step in the ongoing work that is driving our improved performance and accelerating our momentum. We are reshaping our company and delivering consistent, record results for our owners through disciplined capital allocation to our higher-return investments in our core automotive business and in new technologies that are enabling us to lead the future of personal mobility," said GM chairman and CEO Mary T. Barra.

General Motors admitted that selling Opel to PSA will free up resources for better opportunities in North America and China, as well as enable the automaker to return cash to shareholders. GM also claims that the European market has become so different from the company’s other major regions that only 20 percent of the vehicles in Opel’s lineup would have been shared with GM products. The company also expects the deal to free up around $2 billion in cash to use toward repurchasing its own shares. As a reminder, GM is in the middle of a buyback effort following its 2009 bankruptcy.

As far as its Buick and Holden brands are concerned, both sharing underpinnings with current Opel vehicles, the German carmaker will continue to provide parts. GM and PSA will also collaborate on electric car technology, so it’s safe to assume that the American firm and Opel will continue to have solid ties. However, some Opel models will be restricted from entering new overseas markets, while GM will be similarly barred from selling similar technology in Europe. All told, should GM plan to return to Europe with Chevrolet, it will have to develop its own vehicles without technology from Opel/Vauxhall.

PSA, which has now surpassed Renault to become Europe’s second-largest carmaker after Volkswagen, vowed to return Opel to profit after more than two decades of losses. Using the same strategy that saved PSA from going under, the French are targeting a two-percent profit by 2020 and six-percent profit by 2026. At the same time, PSA predicts joint cost savings of around €1.7 million ($1.8 million).

According to Tavares, the next-generation Opel Corsa will be the first vehicle to benefit from the new joint-venture. The subcompact will arrive in 2020.

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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?

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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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2018 Opel Corsa Sedan

2018 Opel Corsa Sedan

German brand to replace the current Corsa after only four years on the market

Opel introduced the fifth-generation Corsa in 2014, replacing a model that was sold in various markets around the world for around eight years. Despite the new Corsa being a new car, Opel is already working on the next-generation version. Although it may seem a bit awkward, the reason for that is very simple: the current Corsa isn’t exactly new. Even though every single body panel has been redesigned, the fifth-gen car is actually built on the same architecture, shared with the Fiat Punto, which makes it more than ten years old.

Likely to arrive next year, the new Corsa, also known as the Corsa F, will replace the current E model for the 2018 model year. As of October 2016, the compact is still being tested, and as you’ll notice from the spy shots we just received, the car is camouflaged from bumper to bumper. Although the hatchback is the most popular version of the car in Europe, we’ll discuss the sedan here. Not only an important vehicle for Opel on emerging markets, the four-door Corsa will also spawn a new General Motors vehicle.

The vehicle in the spy shots suggests a Buick version, but a Chevrolet is more likely. The "waterfall" grille is obviously a fake element that comes with the camouflage, but more importantly, Buick’s Chinese equivalent of the Corsa, the Sail, was rebadged as a Chevrolet a little more than a decade ago. Unless GM is planning to revive the Buick Sail and give the brand a subcompact vehicle in China, the sedan we’re looking at will only get Opel, Vauxhall, and Chevrolet logos.

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2017 Opel Ampera-e

2017 Opel Ampera-e

A rebadged version of the Bolt EV for non-U.S. markets

When Chevy announced the Bolt EV back in January, we knew that eventually Opel and Vauxhall would follow suit. It took a while, but we eventually started seeing spy shots of the Opel version, which is, of course, being called the Ampera-e. We knew from the spy shots that the Ampera-e would be nothing more than a rebadged Bolt EV, and sure enough, it made its debut at Paris looking identical to its American cousin with the exception of some different badging. The good news is that the Ampera-e gets the Bolt’s advanced electric drivetrain that promises around 236 miles on a single charge. It does pack a pretty interesting and spacious interior with features like Bluetooth phone connectivity, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and a navigation system with EV-optimized routing.

If that electric range sounds familiar, that’s because it’s identical to that of the Bolt EV here in the U.S., which means that we know for sure it not only looks the same but is motivated by the same powertrain. But, that’s okay when it comes to the competition as the Ampera-e will beat out just about every other EV out there as far as range goes Competition from competitors like the Fiat 500e, Volkswagen e-Golf, and Renault Zoe is strong, but none of them offer up more than 200 miles on a single charge. With the original Ampera being a complete flop for GM, the Ampera-e may be able to save the name if Opel can actually get customers to give it a try.

With that said, let’s take a closer look at the new Ampera-E and talk a little more about it.

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Opel Ampera-e Debuts In Paris With 310-Mile Range

Opel Ampera-e Debuts In Paris With 310-Mile Range

The most efficient EV in Europe

American cars rarely take center stage at European auto shows, but it has happened quite often in recent years, especially with the sixth-generation Ford Mustang and several Cadillac nameplates going global. This year’s Paris Motor Show will also feature a number of American vehicles, one of which is the Chevrolet Bolt. However, don’t go looking for it at the Chevy booth, as the compact electric car will sold in Europe under the Opel badge. And it will called the Ampera-e.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Opel is already using it for the Euro-spec version of the Chevrolet Volt. But the extra "e" in the name makes quite a difference, hinting that new hatchback features an all-electric drivetrain. And, much like its American sibling, it promises to return an impressive range.

Specifically, Opel claims that the Ampera-e will be good for at least 500 km (310 miles) on a single charge. That’s at least 100 km more than any other vehicle in similar segments can offer and some 200 km more than the BMW i3. However, that 500-km range might not be reached in the real world. After taking into consideration factors such as road characteristics, weather conditions, driving style, and load, Opel concluded that the Ampera-e can travel for more than 380 km (236 miles).

The impressive range also comes with strong performance figures such as a 0-to-50 km/h (31 mph) sprint of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). All these figures are courtesy of the 60-kWh battery and the 204-PS (201-horsepower) and 360-Nm (266-pound-feet) electric motor. Opel’s new electric car is scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2017.

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2017 Opel Meriva

2017 Opel Meriva

The MPV gets a little SUV

German automaker Opel first offered the Meriva in 2003, but because Opel is a subsidiary of General Motors, the model got a Chevy bowtie in South America and a Vauxhall badge in the U.K. Based on the third-generation Opel Corsa C, the Meriva was styled as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) five-door that offered seating for five passengers and ample rear cargo space, as well as a selection of conservative gasoline and diesel engine options. In 2010, the Meriva received a second generation, with larger exterior dimensions and a new six-speed automatic transmission. A facelift followed in 2014, and now, there appears to be a third generation on the horizon. Nothing official has been revealed as of yet, but it’s expected the new model will get a crossover-esque makeover, as well as a few significant interior upgrades.

Fueling speculation is the recent release of a series of spy images, which show a test mule out on public roads and decked out in extensive camouflage. Our undercover photographers also managed to grab a few shots of the cabin, and although most of it is under wraps, we now have a good idea what the production model could offer when it comes to market.

The Meriva is one of the cars slated to arrive as the product of a strategic partnership between PSA Peugeot Citroen and GM, which joined forces in 2012 in the hopes of co-developing models for the European market. Some say the partnership is on its way to a divorce, which means the third-gen Meriva could very well be part of the first – and last – wave of vehicles put forth by the tie-up.

We’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case, but for now, read on for my speculative review on the new Opel Meriva.

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2016 Opel Mokka X

2016 Opel Mokka X

After three years on the market, the Opel Mokka gains a new front end, a redesigned interior, a new engine, and a new name.

Launched in 2012, the Opel Mokka has become one of the most popular mini SUVs in Europe, selling more than 500,000 units as of 2016. Although the German crossover can’t be purchased in the U.S. with an Opel badge, the Mokka is actually available on this side of the pond with a Buick grille, a different name, and slightly different features. Around since January 2013, the Buick Encore is set to receive a facelift for the 2017 model year. But, while we have yet to see it in the metal, its European twin has already been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Unlike most facelifts, the Mokka’s is rather significant, with the crossover having received a completely restyled front fascia, an updated interior, and a new engine. More importantly, the nameplate gained an X after Mokka and will be sold as the Opel Mokka X from now on.

According to Opel, the "X" emphasizes "a more adventurous and rugged personality" and will be "the segment identifier for future Opel SUV and crossover vehicles." In other words, expect all upcoming Opel haulers to sport an "X" badge, regardless of their names. While Opel’s new naming strategy won’t affect Buick products, I do expect the Encore to borrow many of the Mokka X’s styling cues. Keep reading for more info on Opel’s new compact crossover.

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2017 Opel Zafira

2017 Opel Zafira

It appears Opel is working on its next iteration of the Zafira. The three-row MPV has been on the market since 2011 in its current configuration, and has grown long in the tooth. While a completely new generation would be welcomed, Opel seems to be only working up a refresh, as seen by these spy shots.

The Zafira’s history dates back to 1997 when Opel debuted the seven-seater at the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany. The Zafira went on sale in 1999 and helped the General Motors’ sub-brand better compete in Europe and other parts of the world. The first generation lasted through 2004 when a completely reworked Zafira debuted for the 2005 model year.

Ironically, when Opel replaced the second-gen Zafira, it didn’t stop its production. Rather, the automaker continued to build both generations side by side, marketing the second-gen Zafira (with a slight refresh) as the Zafira Family. It was slotted as a smaller, less expensive alternative to the third-generation Zafira. The Zafira Family ended production in 2014, leaving the third-gen Zafira to soldier on.

As the refreshed Zafira gets closer to its official debut – likely for the 2017 model year – we should seem more engineering mules and spy shots like these. If you want to know the latest about the upcoming Zafira, continue reading for our full run-down of the spy shots.

Updated 02/03/2016: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Opel Zafira out for a new testing session, this time during cold winter conditions in Sweden.

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2016 Opel GT Concept

2016 Opel GT Concept

The newest concept from Opel looks to display what a "real sports car" is made of

Opel has come out with some rather interesting concepts in the past. Some, like the 2013 Opel Adam Rocks Concept, were more production ready, while others were more intense like the 2013 Opel Monza. And, let’s not forget the outrageous 2011 Opel RAK E Concept. That RAK E Concept was so futuristic and out of this world that we knew it wouldn’t make it anywhere near production. But what about Opel’s newest concept that is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in March?

This wild-looking concept is called the Opel GT Concept and is a “direct descendant” of the Opel GT and the Monza Concept. Vice President of Design for Opel Europe, Mark Adams, said, “We created the GT Concept to capture the bold, emotional spirit of the Opel brand. It is dramatic, sculptural and full of innovations, which is our great tradition that we intend to continue. This coupe impressively demonstrates the continuous development of our Design philosophy – ‘Sculptural Artistry meets German precision’.”

Opel is calling this concept a “real sports car,” but first impressions give the feeling that there will be a lot of changes if the GT Concept ever makes it into production form. Sure, things like the lack of door handles and side view mirrors are about 10 seconds away from becoming common on new cars, but the overall styling of this concept is arguably far ahead of its time. So, with that said let’s take a look at this early preview of the concept before its official public debut.

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2016 Opel Astra TCR

2016 Opel Astra TCR

Having launched the new 2016 Opel Astra hatchback at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Opel announced plans to develop a new Astra-based race car for the TCR series, too. The motorsport-spec car was unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, confirming the brand’s entry in next year’s competition.

If you’re not familiar with the TCR series, it’s a new touring car championship that debuted in 2015. Promoted as a cost-effective spin-off of the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the TCR series is sanctioned by the FIA and based on a three-pillar concept that includes national and continental championships along with the global TCR International Series. All three tiers function under the same technical regulations.

Though it has already developed an Astra for the new series, Opel wants the improved aerodynamics and chassis of the redesigned model to form the basis of a more potent racer to compete against the successful TCR-spec Seat Leons and Volkswagen Golfs.

"Touring car racing has always been an important part of Opel. The philosophy of the new TCR series corresponds to our idea of customer racing. We want to give ambitious privately owned teams a platform for exciting sport at reasonable costs," said Opel Group CMO Tina Müller.

Updated 10/15/2015: Opel dropped the official details and images on its new Atra TCR racer. The model will be available starting February 2016 at a price of €95,000 (about $105,000 as of 10/15/2015).

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2017 Opel Astra Sports Tourer

2017 Opel Astra Sports Tourer

It’s true that the station wagon segment has experienced a decline in the wake of the booming popularity of crossovers. There aren’t that many wagons on the streets these days. But there are some brands that have resisted in participating in this exodus. One of them is Opel, which will be launching the new Astra Sports Tourer at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Based on the fifth-generation 2016 Opel Astra hatchback that, oddly enough, will also make its debut at Frankfurt 2015, the Astra Sports Tourer is the latest evolution of the Astra’s station wagon variant that sprung to life back in 1991, coinciding with the creation of the Astra hatchback. That kind of longevity may be surprising for a station wagon these days, but the Astra Sports Tourer is different, largely because Opel heavily relies on its enduring popularity and its reputation as one of the best wagons in the market today. Make no mistake, the Astra Sports Tourer is a hot ticket for Opel, accounting for about 30 percent of Astra sales throughout Europe. That figure includes all other variants, including the hatchback.

If everything goes according to Opel’s plan, the new Astra Sports Tourer will follow in the footsteps of its predecessors and remain one of the go-to models in the wagon segment. Based on what’s been revealed about it, the German automaker has every reason to be confident.

Continue reading for my review of the Opel Astra Sports Tourer.

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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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2016 Opel Astra

2016 Opel Astra

The Opel Astra has been around since 1991 and has seen four generational shifts since then, with the most recent being for the 2016 model year. On the outside, the new Astra sports a much larger radiator grille with a smaller air dam underneath. The flics in the corner air inlets now feed downward from the bumper, giving the front end an almost mirrored effect compared to the last-gen model. The exterior lighting units are now more refined than before but keep the same general shape – as does the overall ambiance of the car. On the inside, the new Astra benefits from more space, a simplistic interior and plenty of new technology like OnStar, and an IntelliLink infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With an all-new and lighter architecture, the new Astra also benefits from the latest engines like a 1.6-liter oil burner with 95 horsepower, a 1.0-liter with 105 horsepower, and a 1.4-liter with 145 horsepower.

Eventually, the Astra will make way for some performance-based variants in the future, but for now, it’s all about economy and comfort. Of course, competing against models like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, comfort and economy will only get the car so far. Just about every car that’s worth paying attention in this niche has some kind of high-performance version, like the Focus RS or the Golf GTI, so Opel better keep its game tight if it wants to maintain decent traction in this segment.

The new Astra isn’t exactly a huge departure from the outgoing model. In all reality, it’s really more like a refined model that represents what the Astra should have always been. With that said, take a look at our full review and let us know what you think about it in the comments below.

Updated 09/22/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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2015 Opel Corsa OPC

2015 Opel Corsa OPC

Now in its fifth generation - at least on paper - the Opel Corsa has been playing second-fiddle to the Volkswagen Polo in terms of European sales, but this hasn’t stopped Opel from keeping the same nameplate in its lineup since 1982. Starting with the Corsa D, Opel has also developed a sporty OPC (Opel Performance Center) version of the model, which has met with reasonable success and sales results.

Even though the Russelsheim carmaker calls it an all-new model, the 2015 Corsa E is actually an ample technical refresh of the outgoing generation, with details like the wheelbase and greenhouse being identical between the two otherwise different-looking cars. Featuring an improved version of the same turbocharged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, the new Corsa OPC (E) will soon bow at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, but Opel decided to release most of the model’s specifications well ahead of the event. Looking somewhat similar but featuring some more aggressive design and performance, the new model arrives in a more crowded market, so let’s see if it has the substance to back up its hot-hatch status.

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2014 Opel Adam S

2014 Opel Adam S

The top-of-the-line Opel Adam S made its long-awaited debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, and from the looks of things, Opel turned in quite an impressive vehicle to serve as the Adam’s flagship model. As a series production model, the Adam S adds some muscle and sprit to the line’s already outstanding attributes as one of the best-connected small cars on the market.

That’s the important part here because the "market" has plenty of notable competitors to give the Adam a run for its money so it goes without saying that Opel needed a model that could compete with the high-powered hatchbacks knowing that the standard Adam just couldn’t cut it.

This is where the Opel Adam S comes into the picture. Sportier and far more powerful than its brethren, the Adam S the culmination of Opel turning its fashionable city car into one that comes with matching performance credentials.

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2014 Opel Astra OPC EXTREME

2014 Opel Astra OPC EXTREME

Extreme seems to be the most appropriate adjective for describing the new 2014 Opel Astra OPC EXTREME. Based on the euro-spec Astra OPC Cup, Opel has reworked this car with loads of carbon-fiber bits to cut nearly 200 pounds from its curb weight, upped the power output of the 2.0-liter I-4 to over 300 horses, and thrown in a full roll cage for good measure. And that’s only the start.

The OPC EXTREME is fully street-legal, but is geared more for the track with is ultra high-performance 245/35R19 tires, six-piston Brembo front brakes and aggressive aero package. And although it doesn’t help it go faster, the dark grey and silver paint scheme with yellow accents is one of this car’s most eye-catching upgrades.

Its all-aluminum engine displaces 2.0 liters, and comes fitted with a turbo, direct injection and variable valve timing. A six-speed manual transmission sends power through a limited-slip differential and out to the front wheels. Although Opel hasn’t released the official numbers yet, it says the engine is good for ‘over 300 horsepower.’ A carbon-fiber engine cover helps dress up the engine bay that itself is covered by a carbon-fiber hood.

Opel is set to officially debut the car at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show in early March and will be gauging public opinion on whether the hatchback should move into production. We figure the public outcry will be tremendous, so don’t be surprised if/when Open makes that move. Sadly, and like any Opels these days, the U.S. won’t be seeing any on this side of the pond.

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2014 Opel Adam by Bryan Adams

2014 Opel Adam by Bryan Adams

Who knew that the Adam, Opel’s little compact hatch, would turn out to be sassy ride that has caught the attention of so many athletes and musicians.

We’ve already seen what Valentino Rossi could do to the Opel Adam if you gave him free reign to customize it. Now, the German company is tapping into another famous celeb to customize the Adam: Canadian singer and photographer Bryan Adams.

Yes, this one is the Adam by Adams. Try saying that quickly five times over.

Known for his powerful ballads that dominated the airwaves in the 90’s, Bryan Adams also happens to be a well-respected photographer and it’s through this that Opel decided to team up with the singer, allowing him to take photos of the Adam for a calendar that will be called ’ADAM by Bryan Adams.

More than just taking photos, Opel also granted Adams a chance to design his own Adam, which if you ask us, looks really tantalizing in that dark camouflage finish all over its body. The special-edition Adam also features a black roof, tinted headlights, and a new set of black alloy wheels. Taken all of it together, the model explodes with an identity all its own, the kind you have a hard time getting out of your head, so much so that we wouldn’t waste a minute pouncing on one if we had a chance to do so.

Geography, though, isn’t so kind.

The special-edition Adam will be limited to just 10 units, with proceeds from the sale of all 10 models going to the Bryan Adams Foundation.

Click past the jump to read about the standard 2013 Opel Adam

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