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Opel Mokka announced, heading to Geneva

Opel Mokka

The German automaker Opel will be bringing to this year’s edition of the Geneva Motor Show a compact size SUV which will be known as the Mokka. If you want to learn more about this model, you can read our article about the 2013 Buick Encore because the cars are virtually the same.

Opel’s model will be sold in Europe while in the UK will be known as the Vauxhall Mokka. Both the European and the UK versions of the car will be motivated by a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine which is capable of producing 140 hp (103 kW) and 200 Nm of torque. Another engine available will be a 1.6-liter gasoline unit with 115 hp (85 kW), along with a 1.7-liter CDTI diesel.

Opel Mokka

Clients will be able to choose from two six-speed gearboxes, one manual and one automatic. The Opel Mokka will be available with a front-wheel drive system and an all-wheel drive setup, and it will benefit from several fuel-saving technologies, including the start/stop function.

Opel Mokka

The car will be sold with a 5-seat configuration and the luggage compartment will offer 1,372 liters to store your stuff, along with other storage spaces as well. It is scheduled to go on sale towards the end of this year.

Source: Opel/Vauxhall via ZerCustoms

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Opel/Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo revealed

Opel Insignia BiTurbo

Opel/Vauxhall introduced this week the BiTurbo version of the Insignia which is powered by a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine that churns 192 hp (194 PS / 143 kW) and has a peak torque of 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm). With this power unit, the Insignia needs 8.7 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, en route to a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h).

Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo

Efficiency-wise, the car will be able to return 48 mpg (57.6 mpg UK or 4.9 liters / 100 km) and will have CO2 emissions of 129 g/km CO2.

The Opel/Vauxhall Insignia BiTurbo is going to be available in various body styles and prices start at 33,405 Euros (27,120 pounds).

Source: Opel/Vauxhall via WCF

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Senner Tuning offers power boost for Opel Astra

Opel Astra by Senner Tuning

If you own an Opel Astra and you want more power coming from its engine, you should know that the German tuning company Senner Tuning has revealed an upgrade program for the model equipped with the 1.4-liter turbo that in its standard configuration produces 138 hp (140 PS / 103 kW) and 147 lb.-ft (200 Nm) of torque.

Opel Astra by Senner Tuning

They are able to increase the output of that engine to 163 hp (165 PS / 121 kW) and a peak torque of 184 lb.-ft (250 Nm). Aside from the power boost, Senner can also fit your Astra a new body kit that includes a front lip spoiler, a matte black Steinmetz front grille, a roof spoiler, two-tone designed side skirts, as well as a rear skirt insert and a stainless steel muffler.

Opel Astra by Senner Tuning

The Opel Astra by Senner Tuning rides on 8×19-inch alloys covered by Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta tires that measure 235/35R19. Also part of the package is a suspension tuning that brings adjustable ride height and damping.

Opel Astra by Senner Tuning

This tuning program for the Opel Astra will set you back 11,900 Euros.

Source: Senner Tuning via WCF

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Opel Astra OPC revealed

2012 Opel Astra OPC

After a few months of preliminary information, we now have the complete details about the upcoming Opel Astra OPC (Vauxhall Astra VXR). The car will be motivated by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that develops 277 hp (280 PS / 206 kW) and a peak torque of 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm), which makes it the most powerful Astra in all its history, capable of reaching a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR

The powerful bigger brother of the Astra GTC comes with a few chassis modifications in order to handle that entire horsepower that goes to the front axle. The OPC comes with a mechanical limited slip differential on the front axle to diminish as much as possible the problem of torque steer.

2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR

The front suspension of the Astra OPC is a High Performance Strut, just like the one on the GTC. Other than that, Opel has installed its own adaptive suspension FlexRide system that comes with a Sport and an OPC/VXR button.

2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR

Design-wise, the sport hatch features a new body kit that includes sculpted front & rear bumpers, a roof spoiler and side skirts. As for the dual exhaust system, this has a trapezoidal shape. Inside the cabin of the Opel Astra OPC (Vauxhall Astra VXR) we find a bespoke instrument panel and a flat OPC sport steering wheel wrapped around in leather.

2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR

Source: Opel/Vauxhall via WCF

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Extreme Sports Opel Ampera Commercial

William Trubridge is the first human being who broke the 100m free-dive barrier and current world record holder for the deepest free dive (121 meters).

Scott Jurek won so many marathons that we could not count.

Steve House climbed so high that he touched the sky. He’s back from his severe injury last year and preparing for new challenges.

All of these heros combined in the new Opel Ampera Commercial. We cannot miss the chance to congratulate Opel for their endorsment choice.

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Opel’s Cool RAK e Concept Revealed In Frankfurt

Opel RAK e Concept

One of the coolest concepts shown this week during the Frankfurt Show is Opel’s RAK e, which has been developed as a budget-friendly urban commuter that has a two-seat configuration. Although this is a concept, the German automaker mentioned that the vehicle has “production potential”, but I don’t think they will be bold enough to launch this one, at least not in the following years.

Opel RAK e Concept

Anyway, it is a battery-operated car(?) that rides on exposed wheels and it is based on a steel spaceframe structure hiding underneath synthetic material. Although most concepts have exotic materials, Opel decided to fit its RAK e with normal ones in order to keep the costs down to a minimum. It weighs 837 lbs (380 kg), which is approximately 176 lbs (80 kg) less than the Volkswagen NILS concept we’ve talked about earlier this week.

Opel RAK e Concept

The concept is approximately three meters long and 1,190 mm tall, accommodating the driver (obviously) and the passenger in a tandem configuration. It is motivated by an electric motor that has a peak output of 36.5 kW (49 hp) and a continuous one of 10.5 kW (14 hp). It draws the necessary energy from the 5 kWh battery pack which needs three hours to reach its full capacity.  The range can be of up to 62 miles (100 km) and it will cost you about $1.37 (1 Euro) to plug it in.

Opel RAK e Concept

The company also stated that the car is capable of doing the 0-62 mph sprint in less than 13 seconds while its top speed is 75 mph (120 km/h). In addition, if driven every year for 6,200 miles (10,000 km) the concept’s energy consumption would be of about 525 kWh.

Source: Opel via Carscoop

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2012 Opel Astra GTC Unleashed In Frankfurt

2012 Opel Astra GTC

The official debut of the new Astra GTC occurred this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show where Opel decided to bring its sexiest Astra model ever launched. It based on the 5-door model and comes with a nice bodykit, along with a 10 mm longer wheelbase. In addition, the tracks are now wider by 40 mm in the front and 30 mm out in the back.

2012 Opel Astra GTC

The German automaker mentioned that they’ve fine-tuned the chassis of the hot GTC by implementing a bespoke HiPerStrut suspension in the front while at the rear it has a Watt’s link axle configuration that will probably increase the dynamics of the car.

2012 Opel Astra GTC

At first, the car will be available in Europe with a selection of five engines, developing between 100 hp and 180 hp. Clients will be able to order the Astra GTC with a frugal 1.7-liter CDTI ecoFLEX diesel that outputs 110 hp or 130 hp. Both of these engines benefit as standard from the stop/start system.

2012 Opel Astra GTC

Opel is also working on a more potent OPC version which will probably get a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that should deliver almost 300 hp. In UK, the car will wear the VXR designation just like the previous models.

Source: Opel via Carscoop

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Opel stirs curiosity with its new concept for Frankfurt

The Opel marketing team must have attended a theater class, because they sure know how to build suspense! They have released the first teaser image of a new concept they’re prepping up for the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Details are scarce, but we can guess by its aerodynamic styling that it will be a city car, meant to consolidate the automaker’s lifestyle segment. Since it’s facing the Ampera, we have a feeling that the mysterious concept will feature an electric powertrain for “emission-free urban mobility”, as Opel says.

Rumors say that Opel would want to invade Mini’s territory with a city car called Opel Junior.

On September 13th we’ll find out what it’s all about, so keep your eyes on our blog.

What do you think this new concept is all about?

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2012 Opel Insignia Goes Official

2012 Opel Insignia

Earlier this week the German automaker Opel released the first details about the revised Insignia. Design-wise, nothing has really changed on the outside as the only novelty would have to be a “Luxor” metallic paint along with a new look for the alloys. A more significant change can be found inside the cabin where customers will be able to choose from a couple of infotainment systems that the company says are “far superior” in comparison to their predecessors due to the reason that the new ones are capable of storing all the maps on SD cards which permits an easier update process.

In addition, other updates on the interior include the seats wrapped around in “Indian Night” Nappa, along with a better front camera system that features a Forward Collision Alert system that can notify the driver of the Insignia if he’s going to hit the car in front.

The most important changes can be found under the hood of the car where the German engineers did their best for improving fuel economy as well as the performances of the engines. The old 1.8-liter engine is going to be replaced by a 1.4-liter turbocharged ecoFLEX gasoline engine that fires 138 hp (140 PS / 103 kW) and has a peak torque of 147 lb.-ft (200 Nm). The model fitted with this engine comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox, power steering, stop/start system, 17-inch alloys that have low-rolling-resistance rubbers, along with an aerodynamic underbody. Thanks to the implementation of all of these technologies, the car will consume only 5.7 liters / 100 km while CO2 emissions will be of only 134 g/km.  If you opt for the estate version, fuel consumption is 5.9 liters and CO2 emissions are 139 g/km due to the reason that the car is a little bit heavier. With this engine, the 2012 Opel Insignia is capable of doing the 0-62 mph sprint in 10.9 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 128 mph (205 km/h).

2012 Opel Insignia

The 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that can be found on the AWD models has been tweaked and it now produces 248 hp (250 PS / 185 kW) and a peak torque of 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm), which is 30 hp (30 PS / 22 kW) and 37 lb.-ft (50 Nm) more than what the old variant has to offer. Mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, the car sprints to 62 mph in only 7.5 seconds and can hit an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Although the engine is more powerful, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are down thanks to the implementation of a stop/start system, enabling the car to consume 8.4 liters / 100 km and have CO2 emissions of 197 g/km, which is 0.5 liters / 100 km and 12 g/km less than the outgoing model.

The FWD model that has the 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline power unit generates 217 hp (220 PS / 162 kW) and benefits from the same aforementioned stop/start system as well as low-rolling-resistance tires and an aerodynamic underbody. The German car maker stated that in this variant, the 2012 Insignia drinks 7.6 liters / 100 km and has CO2 emissions of 179 g/km, 0.5 liters / 100 km and 10 g/km better than the model it replaces.

Source: Opel via WCF

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Irmscher Opel Astra GTC Revealed

Irmscher Opel Astra GTC

The German tuners from Irmscher have decided to take the cool Opel Astra GTC and make it a little bit better. Under the hood, they took the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and played with it for a little while and now it produces 217 hp (220 PS / 162 kW) while the peak torque has been raised to 202 lb.-ft (274 Nm). As a reminder, the standard engine generates 177 hp (180 PS / 132 kW) so you get a boost of 40 hp which isn’t half bad.

Irmscher Opel Astra GTC

As you can see, they’ve also come up with a more aggressive body kit, installing a new front grill, a roof spoiler as well as a rear diffuser that incorporates an elliptical quad exhaust. In addition, they’ll also lower your car by 30mm by installing a suspension kit and can install 21-inch alloys that have 245-sized tires.

For the inside cabin, Irmscher adds aluminum pedals and lots of fine leather to make the cruising more comfortable.

Source: Irmscher via WCF

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2012 Opel Combo Goes Official

2012 Opel Combo

Set to go on sale later on this year, Opel has decided to reveal the first two pictures with the 2012 Combo model which basically is nothing more than a rebadged Fiat Doblo. It is going to be available in two wheelbase variants: 2,755 mm and the longer 3,105 mm version, along with a wide variety of configurations depending on the needs of the clients. The SWB version will be able to hold 134 cu ft. (3,800 liters) of luggage while the longer one can take up to 162 cu ft. (4,600 liters).

2012 Opel Combo

As far as the engines are concerned, the 2012 Opel Combo is going to be offered with six engines: one gasoline 1.4-liter unit that develops 94 hp (95 PS / 70 kW), four diesels with outputs from 89 hp (90 PS / 66 kW) to 133 hp (135 PS / 99 kW) and a CNG version with 118 hp (120 PS / 88 kW). Depending on the choice of the engine, Opel offers a 5-speed manual gearbox, a 5-speed automated manual and a 6-speed manual transmission.

Source: Opel via WCF

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Opel/Vauxhall Ampera To Join Europcar Rental Fleet

2012 Opel Ampera

Opel/Vauxhall has teamed up with Europcar in order to introduce the sexy Ampera model as a rental vehicle throughout the European continent. The car will hit the market at the end of this year and with this agreement both parties want to facilitate the launch of electric mobility, extending the range of drivers that want to drive greener cars.

The first vehicles will be deployed in Germany this November and after that the Ampera will arrive in Belgium and Holland. At the beginning of next year, the model will reach Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and UK.

The Opel/Vauxhall Ampera is a REEV – Range Extended Electric Vehicle that comes with an electric motor that generates 150 hp (111 kW) and is powered by a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. When it is fully charged, the car can be driven in electric mode between 40 and 80 km.

For longer trips, the Ampera will use a gasoline engine that powers a generator in order to supply the needed electricity, increasing the driving range up to 500 km.

Source: Next Green Car

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2012 Opel Astra ecoFLEX Announced

2012 Opel Astra ecoFLEX

General Motors announced this week the 2012 Opel / Vauxhall Astra ecoFLEX that promises to deliver an emissions level of only 99 g/km. The car is powered by a 1.7-liter CDTI turbodiesel engine that benefits from the common-rail technology and generates 130 hp (96 kW) and 300 Nm of torque, available between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm.

2012 Opel Astra ecoFLEX

To further improve fuel efficiency, the engineers improved the car’s aerodynamics, lowered the chassis by 12 mm and installed low rolling resistance tires, along with the implementation of the start/stop system.

2012 Opel Astra ecoFLEX

Unfortunately, General Motors forgot to mention what really interests us – fuel consumption. We hope that they’ll divulge the figures pretty soon.

They did mention that in order to reduce the gas emissions, they’ve implemented a technology called Clean Tech Combustion, along with braking energy recuperation and a thermal management system. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission with reduced friction.

Source: General Motors via ZerCustoms

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Sexy 2012 Opel Astra GTC Goes Official

Opel Astra GTC


I loved the previous generation of the Astra GTC and the new one is even more breathtaking. General Motors decided not to wait anymore and unveiled the model, ahead of its public debut which will occur this September during the 64th edition of the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Set to go on sale later on this year, it will wear the Opel badge in Europe, except for United Kingdom as it will be available as a Vauxhall. In addition, if we were to believe recent reports, U.S. will get a Buick Astra GTC version.

Opel Astra GTC


Opel says that compared to the 5-door hatchback and the estate versions, the only elements that these cars share are the door handles and the roof aerial. Even the tracks and the wheelbase have been changed for the GTC version. The sporty model has been lowered by 15 mm and the wheelbase has grown in size by 10mm. In addition, both tracks are wider now, measuring 1,584 mm in the front (+40 mm more than before) and 1,588 mm in the back (+30 mm than before).

Opel Astra GTC


Opel and Vauxhall said that the new generation of the Astra GTC is a more driver’s car in comparison to its 5-door sibling. We have enough reasons to believe this statement if we take into consideration the fact that it features a High Performance Strut setup, which can be found on the OPC / VXR version of the Insigna, while the standard model, comes with a regular McPherson suspension configuration.

Opel Astra GTC


Out in the back, the 2012 Astra GTC has the same Watt’s link axle, but Opel offers the possibility to opt for a fully-adaptive FlexRide chassis control system that comes with three settings: standard, tour and sport.

Opel Astra GTC


Upon launch, customers will be able to choose from four engines, but others will follow, including the all-mighty OPC version which will be out sometime in 2012.

Opel Astra GTC


At the moment, we know that it will come with a 2.0-liter CDTI common-rail turbo diesel power unit that produces 165 hp and 380 Nm of torque. It benefits from a diesel particulate filter and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, along with Opel’s new generation of the start/stop system. Powered by this engine, the Astra GTC needs 8.9 seconds to do the 0-62 mph sprint, on its way to a top speed of 131 mph (210 km/h) while returning 48 mpg (4.9 liters / 100 km) and CO2 emissions of 129 g/km.

Opel Astra GTC


The most potent engine will be a turbocharged gasoline 1.6-liter unit, good for 180 hp and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, enabling the car to reach a top speed of 137 mph (220 km/h). A less powerful 1.4-liter, 4-cylinder, turbocharged engine will be available in two output configurations: 120 hp and 140 hp.

Opel Astra GTC


In United Kingdom, prices for the 2012 Astra GTC start from 18,495 pounds for the model fitted with the 1.4-liter 120 hp engine, while the 165 PS SRi 2.0 CDTi will set you back at least 22,430 pounds.

Opel Astra GTC


Source: Opel via Carscoop

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2012 Opel Zafira Revealed

2012 Opel Zafira

We were expecting to see the launch of the 2012 Opel Zafira later on this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but it seems that the German automaker is eager to introduce its new 7-seat people carrier. Frankly, I’m glad they did because ever since I saw the concept, I wanted to see how the production version looks like. The good news is that they haven’t messed around with the exterior appearance and it looks just about the same as the concept.

2012 Opel Zafira

The original Zafira was introduced by Opel back in 1999 and it was then followed by a second generation that debuted in 2005. The new model looks way better than the other two and Opel hopes that with this attractive design and a high quality interior they will expand their customer base.

2012 Opel Zafira

The front of the car looks very nice with those twin “boomerang” graphics that start from the headlights and end at the fog lamps. In addition, the company’s traditional “blade” sculpts on the Zafira’s body sides give the car a very attractive appearance.

2012 Opel Zafira

As far as the interior cabin is concerned, it combines what we saw in the concept and what Opel offers in other models from its lineup. There are new color and trim options available, along with a panorama windscreen that flows into a glass roof which will extend all the way to the back of the MPV.

2012 Opel Zafira

The company’s proprietary Flex7 seating system has been updated for this third generation of the Zafira and it features three independent seats located in the middle row, seats that can be easily folded flat and move independently from each other, sliding longitudinally by up to 210 mm. Opel also offers a Lounge Seating system which allows you to fold down and rotate the back of the middle seat located in the second row in order to offer armrests to the passengers in the outer seats, something that we haven’t seen before in any MPV.

2012 Opel Zafira

Opel says that its new Zafira Tourer can offer 710 liters load volume when in the 5-seat configuration, which is 65 liters more in comparison to the current model. If you decide to fold down the two rear rows, you’ll get 1,860 liters of space, 40 liters more than before.

2012 Opel Zafira

The car rides on an entirely new platform that has a bigger wheelbase, measuring 2,760 mm, which is 57 mm more than the 2nd gen model. In addition the front & rear tracks measure 1,584 mm (+96 mm) and 1,588 (+78 mm), respectively.

2012 Opel Zafira

The 2012 Opel Zafira will hit the European dealerships in the last part of this year and it will be available with three configurations of the company’s 2.0-liter CDTI engine: 110 hp, 130 hp and the more powerful 165 hp. Customers that prefer gasoline engine will be able to get the 1.4-liter ECOTEC turbocharged plant, available in two output variants: 120 hp and 140 hp. All of the engines will come as standard with Opel’s start & stop technology.

2012 Opel Zafira

Later on, the German automaker will launch a more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly ecoFLEX model, along with Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) variants. More engines will also be available after the initial launch, including here an all-new gasoline power unit.

2012 Opel Zafira

This doesn’t mean that the second generation of the Opel Zafira will be discontinued. The company said that they will still produce the model as a more affordable MPV alternative.

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Source: Opel via Carscoop

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