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Opel Astra OPC priced from 34,250 euro

Opel Astra OPC

A few days ago on Opel’s German website the pricing and performance details have been published, along with a new video that showcases the Astra OPC. As you probably know this by now, the hot hatch will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that is capable of delivering 277 hp (280 PS / 206 kW) and a maximum torque of 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm), enough for a 0-62 mph sprint in 6 seconds and a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Opel Astra OPC

For soaking up some of the torque steer since all that power is sent to the wheels in the front, Opel’s engineers have fitted the new Astra OPC with a mechanical limited slip differential as well as High Performance Struts (also known as HiPerStruts). The car benefits from the FlexRide chassis that comes with dedicated Sport and OPC driving modes.

Opel Astra OPC

The new generation of the Opel Astra OPC is scheduled to go on sale this spring and the prices start at 34,250 euro (in Germany, including VAT). As standard, the hot hatch comes with tinted rear windows, LED rear lamps, on-board computer with selected performance data, 19-inch lightweight alloy OPC wheels, rear park assistant, two-zone automatic air conditioning system, Navi 600 navigation system, along with AFL+ adaptive forward lightning.

Opel Astra OPC

Inside the cabin we notice the high-performance race seats that benefit from weight-saving material. The weight of these seats has been reduced by 45% thanks to the use of organic injection sheets with composite material. These new seats have up to 18 different settings, offering an enhanced side support and a lower seating position.

Source: Opel via WCF

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Opel Astra OPC makes an appearance in Geneva

Opel Astra OPC

One of our favorite cars from this year’s edition of the Geneva Motor Show is this hot Opel Astra OPC which as you would expect will be sold in the United Kingdom as the Vauxhall Astra VXR. This is the car’s official public debut and it is based on the 3-door Astra GTC hatchback.

Opel Astra OPC

Under its hood there’s an impressive 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 276 hp (280 PS) and has a peak torque of 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm). This power unit is linked to 6-speed manual transmission. The Astra OPC comes with a limited slip differential and is able to hit a top speed of 155 mph. Unfortunately, the German automaker hasn’t released any details about the car’s acceleration capabilities.

Opel Astra OPC

The hot-hatch from Opel benefits from the General Motors / Saab-sourced High Performance Struts (HiPer Struts) for the front axle. The automaker’s engineers have also worked on the car’s brake system, steering wheel and the suspension. Design-wise, it comes with a new design for the front and rear bumpers, aggressive side skirts, two exhaust tail pipes that have a trapeze shape, a roof spoiler and 20-inch forged alloys.

Opel Astra OPC

Inside the cabin we find a couple of Recaro sport seats that can be trimmed in fabric or leather. There are also a bunch of bespoke trim accents while the new flat-bottom sports steering wheel has a 360mm diameter.

Source: Opel via Carscoop

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Opel Corsa Kaleidoscope Edition arrives in Europe

Opel Corsa Kaleidoscope Edition

The German automaker Opel has introduced a special edition of the Corsa model for the European market. This Kaleidoscope Edition of the supermini can be ordered with a choice of two exclusive metallic exterior colors named technical grey and pepperdust. Both of these exterior finishes are combined with black mirror housings, a glossy black roof and a black grille frame. The car also features chrome exhaust pipes and 17-inch alloys.

Opel Corsa Kaleidoscope Edition

Inside the cabin of the Opel Corsa Kaleidoscope Edition the company’s designers have added more color, as the door inserts and the air vent rings are available in either matt chrome or curry, while denim fabric was used for trimming the door panels. The look is completed by the steering wheel wrapped around in leather and also the various seat fabrics with aztek gold or silver stitching.

Opel Corsa Kaleidoscope Edition

This special edition of the Corsa can be ordered for both the 3- and 5-door versions of the car and it comes with the usual engines that you can get with the standard model, including here a tiny 1.2-liter ecoFLEX gasoline unit that generates 70 PS and has a fuel consumption of only 5.1 liters / 100 km. Also available is a 1.3-liter CDTi diesel that pumps out 75 PS and has a fuel consumption of 4 liters / 100 km, while the more powerful 1.6-liter Turbo gasoline unit churns 150 hp. As for the transmissions available, you get to choose from 5 and 6-gear manual gearboxes, an automatic transmission and also a 5-gear easytronic, depending on the engine choice.

The starting price in Germany for this Opel Corsa Kaleidoscope model is 15,425 Euros (approximately $20,100) including all those nasty taxes.

Source: Opel

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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.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUCvPXRUMc4[/youtube]

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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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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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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 Astra GTC-based Buick In The Works

Opel Astra GTC

If we were to believe our colleges from Car & Driver, Buick will get yet another Opel-based model, this time the sexy Astra GTC. We should expect to see a 3-door coupe/hatch that will rival Hyundai’s Veloster model. In addition, a convertible version is also under development, but nothing is certain at the moment.

Opel Astra GTC

Under the hood we will probably see the same engine as the Opel will get, a turbocharged 2.0-liter power plant that delivers 286 hp (250 PS / 213 kW). The Astra GTC’s engine will be mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and it will also feature a front-axle limited slip differential. Other features include the FlexRide suspension that sports a compound crank rear axle and a Watt’s link.

Opel Astra GTC

Source: Car and Driver

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Fiat Will Be Making Light Vans For Opel

Opel Combo

Fiat just signed a deal with General Motors in which they promise to supply 250,000 Opel/Vauxhall light vans. The new cars that will be developed will replace the Opel Combo, which will reach its lifecycle end in the last part of 2011, and it will be built on the current Fiat Doblo van platform. The new cars will be sold by Vauxhall and Opel dealers across Europe as well as other markets outside North America, starting with 2012.

Opel stated that these new Doblo-based vans will have the same “Combo” name and will be offered in a wide variety of configurations, like cargo vehicles, chassis cabs or passenger vehicles. The development of these new vans will be the direct result of the collaboration between the German designers in Russelsheim and the Italian engineers at Fiat in Turin, Italy. The vans will be manufactured together with the current Doblo model at a facility Fiat jointly operates with Koc Holding in Bursa, Turkey, under the Tofas venture.

Fiat Doblo

The current combo model is manufactured at the Opel factory in Zaragoza, Spain where they also make the Meriva and the Corsa cars. In 2009, the factory manufactured 29,904 Combos which is a lot lower in comparison to 2008 when they managed to build 56,934 units, according to the data published by Opel.

This arrangement between Fiat and Opel is a premiere, and was done in order to rationalize production in the current and possible future situation of diminishing demands in mature markets. Fiat said that it will start supplying 6,000 units to Opel in the last month of 2011 and hoping for a production of “at least 250,000” units in the future.

At the factory in Turkey, Fiat is making more than 100,000 vans per year.

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Opel Ampera EV Priced

2011 Opel Ampera

The American Chevrolet Volt has a starting price of $41,000. His European brother however, GM’s Opel/Vauxhall Ampera will have a basic price of $58,600 (42,900 euros). Alain Visser who is Opel’s sales and marketing chief, recently affirmed that this price difference between the European and the North American model is justified because the Ampera in Europe will be available with high-quality features.

In the statement, he said that “We have compromised on nothing. The Ampera is a beautiful car that is as fun to drive as it is packed with premium content.” Some of the premium features of the European Ampera listed by Opel are touchscreen monitors and Bose speakers. Reservations for the car are already being made and it will go on sale in October next year. The Ampera will be built together with the Chevrolet Volt in Warren, Michigan, US. The car will get the same technology as the Volt, but it will have different styling modifications like the bold-looking grille that is traditional for Opel cars.

Unlike other manufacturers that are selling electric vehicles or will be selling them in the near future, European automaker Opel will not allow the possibility for the customer to buy the vehicle and rent the very expensive battery that powers the Ampera. This method is used by other automakers in order to lower the prices of the electric vehicles, reducing the price gap between an EV and a gasoline car. Opel said that by leasing the battery of the Ampera it will make the car affordable at a first sight, but taking into consideration that such a lease will last for several years, the total amount of money a customer will have to pay for the battery pack will be just about the same as purchasing the car with the battery from the beginning.

Similar with the situation of the Chevrolet Volt in the United States, the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera will benefit from government subsidies in various European countries. The officials at Opel declared that their car will be powered by the electric motor at all times during driving. During the first 25 to 50 miles (40 km to 80 km), the Ampera’s power for the drivetrain will come from the electricity that will be stored in the 16 kW lithium-ion battery. Using exclusively the electric power, the car will have zero CO2 emissions. For distances bigger than 50 miles, the Ampera will be powered by the gasoline engine that will sustain the battery charge and increase the driving range to 300 miles (500 km).

2011 Opel Ampera

Intensive research regarding how many km do Europeans per day, say that about 80% of people that live in this continent travel less than 60 km each day. Taking this in consideration and the fact that the time necessary to recharge the battery of the Ampera is only about three hours or so, the officials at Opel said that the car will be most likely driven in the electric mode.

General Motors will officially launch the Chevrolet Volt in Europe in the last part of 2011, just about the same period as the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera will be available for sale.

Opel/Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly affirmed at the 2010 Paris Auto Show that the Ampera will be most likely sold to local government agencies or as a business fleet car, a strong market for Opel. The Volt will be designated for the retail clients in Europe.

General Motors already started production on the Chevrolet Volt that will be sold in the United States. The company said that it would start making delivers by the end of this year.

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