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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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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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Video: First 2011 Buick Regal ad isn’t shy about the car’s German roots


Buick is stepping into a new age, thanks to the upcoming launch of the 2011 Regal model.

As such, the Tri-Shield brand is slowly distancing itself from the traditional marketing methods, and trying some new things.

For the first Regal ad, the company decided to wave proudly the fact that the car is based on the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, one of the most popular models available in Europe and the UK. It also claims that the new Buick Regal is more than enough to warrant American Autobahns.

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2011 Buick Regal might get wagon and hatchback variants plus diesel engine


The 2011 Buick Regal is quickly becoming the turning point for the Tri-Shield brand and a bold experiment for General Motors.

It seems that the badge-engineered Opel Insignia will share a lot of things with its European cousin. We’ve seen the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and the six-speed manual confirmed for the upcoming Regal, but some even bigger news have now been revealed by Car and Driver.

According to the magazine, the Regal will also receive the two other body styles of the Insignia, a slightly shorter five door hatchback form and a full pledged wagon version. While both are rumored to join the sedan at one point in time, we don’t know how much customers are going to have to wait.

Besides the new body forms, a special treat is prepared to US diesel fans, as such a unit will make its way onto the Regal in the future. No figures were given, but it will certainly boost the green credentials, alongside the flex-fuel capable gasoline engines.

Factor in the performance oriented Regal GS, and the new Buick model is set to really blow away the competition. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

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Buick Regal GS performance model arrives next year, GM says


Buick is on its way to a brighter future, as after the launch of the very successful LaCrosse, it is already shipping the new Regal into dealerships across the USA.

Now, another step towards the rejuvenation of the Tri-Shield brand has been taken, as GM’s vice chairman of global product development, Tom Stephens, confirmed to the Detroit News that a Regal GS performance model will be arriving next year.

The new Regal received a lot of positive feedback for its design (even though it was a rebadged Opel Insignia) but the Regal GS concept we saw at the beginning of the year at the Detroit Auto Show really blew everyone away.

The concept, based on the performance Opel Insignia OPC, sported a more aggressive look and, according to some voices, a 255 HP turbocharged 2.0-liter engine coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive.

Hints that it might be making its way to production were dropped, but now we have the official word. So, will the Regal or Regal GS make you change your opinion about Buick? Share your thoughts below.

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Opel Insignia


We are all interested in having and driving a car nowadays because cars have become very important for the world in which we live. We all need to go to all sorts of places and cars are very useful for us to use in this respect. We are all on the run, we all have to do so many things these days faster and better and cars have become essential for many us as they enable us to go much easier and faster from one place to another. Certainly, cars are also very much appreciated for their design. Everyone wants to have a very nice car that might also be functioning properly and that might be worth being paid for. There are numerous cars which we can decide to buy nowadays. Many of them present all sorts of technologies which attract attention.

Opel cars have also been analyzed by numerous persons in time. Even if they are not actually usually included within the mot innovative type of cars or within the category of impressive car designs they are still a good choice of use for numerous person who do not actually need to have a car that might present a great innovative body style but rather one that they might afford paying for and whose quality might actually balance its price.


There are numerous persons who are more interested in buying a durable car which they might be able to use for many years. Opel Insignia is one model of cars that many persons might also be interested in analyzing in order to decide whether they might enjoy driving such cars and whether they might be useful for them to choose and use.

Opel Insignia actually refers to a great number of different generations of such cars which have presented interesting features to be taken into account by those interested in driving such cars. Opel Insignia was firstly produced in 2008. There are three different body styles in which Opel Insignia cars can be found. These three body styles are as it follows: a 4 –door sedan type of style, a 5-door hatchback type of body style and a 5-door station wagon style. They are all interesting to be considered as different users might enjoy different type of designs presented by different cars that they might enjoy driving.

In what concerns the type of layout being presented by Opel Insignia can be mentioned the fact that such cars are said to present a front type of engine and a front wheel type of drive. In what concerns the types of transmission being presented by this model of Opel cars can be mentioned that there are there such types: a 5- speed semi-automatic transmission, a 6- speed manual type of transmission and a 6- speed automatic transmission.


Some car fans might also be interested in becoming familiar with the dimensions presented by Opel Insignia cars. They are the following ones: 190.2 in and 193.in length for the sedan, hatchback and respectively for the wagon body style, 73.1 in width and 59.0 in height.

These are some of the general features presented by Opel Insignia model of cars. There are numerous others who can be considered as well as both the general features and all sorts of specifications presented by such cars are important to be considered by those willing to become very well informed about them.

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2011 Buick Regal unveiled for North America, hybrid version might also appear


The moment many Buick fans have been awaiting has finally arrived last weekend as GM revealed the new 2011 Buick Regal, which will be available at dealerships across North America in the first half of 2010. Although the Oshawa Ontario plant will being production in 2011 for the model, it seems that GM is quick to speculate on the interest that the new car has generation and will task Opel, which still belongs to it, to rebadge Insignia models and ship them across the Atlantic.

But besides the regular details, that it will be offered with direct-injection four-cylinder engines, an older document has surfaced, in which the Ontario plant was rumored to begin work on a hybrid mid-size sedan around 2011. The only mid-size sedan will be the Regal, fact which has led people to speculate that a hybrid Buick is in the works.

We can’t know for sure until GM comes out with a statement, but given the fact that it is marketing the 30+ mpg consumption of the Regal, a hybrid confirmation will only make people delay buying the newly-revealed car.

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The Buick Regal, North America’s Opel Insignia, will return to showrooms


Good news for North Americans, as General Motors has just unveiled to dealers across the United States and Canada that the new mid-size sports sedan in the Buick range will be none other than the Regal, whose production ended in 2004.

After spending a bit of time in China, were it was re-released last year, it seems that the model, based on the Opel Insignia, will be returning to the Americans once more. While not confirmed by Buick just yet, the model might be offered with engines like 1.6-liter, 2-liter or 2.8-liter gasoline ones and various 2-liter diesel ones. We’ll offer more details as soon as we know them.

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Opel Insignia OPC / Vauxhall Insignia VXR announced

Opel/Vauxhall has finally unveiled the high performance OPC/VXR version of the Insignia sedan, which will make its world debut next month, at the Barcelona Motor Show. The highlight of this car is represented by the 2.8 liter V6 Turbo ECOTEC engine which features micro-alloy forged steel crank and die-cast allow oil slump, delivering 325 hp. This means the Insignia VXR/OPC accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Other mechanical changes include a ‘HiPerStrut’ (High Performance Strut) front suspension system, Adaptive 4×4 with electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD), Brembo brakes and a ride height lowered by 10 mm compared to the Insignia SRi.

The Insignia VXR/OPC also features a new, more aggressive bodykit with a deeper front bumper incorporating bold, twin mesh grilles, rear spoiler and bespoke rear bumper with dual matt chrome exhausts integrated. The car’s sporty look is completed by the 19-inch alloy wheels (with 20-inch lightweight forged alloys coming as option). On the interior, the car features Recaro front sport seats, new VXR steering wheel, VXR gearknob, different instrument graphics and VXR sill plates.

The Vauxhall/Opel Insignia VXR/OPC will be available in hatch, saloon and Sports Tourer body styles and, after its Barcelona debut, will go on sale this fall. Now enjoy the photos and check out a video too, after the jump.

Photo Gallery: Vauxhall Insignia VXR

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Opel Insignia gets Steinmetz tuning

Recently, we heard a lot of people complaining about the new Opel’s Insignia resemblance to the new Mazda6, but we don’t really care and we like the new sedan from Opel a lot, and we’re delighted to see any new tuning programs showing up. And this one, from Steinmetz, was unveiled at the Essen Motor Show and is no exception to that. The package features a really cool body kit, with a redesigned front grille and spoiler, rear silencer tailpipe, new black and white 20 inch alloy wheels, plus a ride lowering suspension kit. Not many details were released on whether there are other mechanical upgrades, but from what we see so far, things look good. Though, one advice for Steinmetz…it wouldn’t hurt if you hire a professional photographer next time you release a product.

Photo Gallery: Opel Insignia tuning by Steinmetz

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Open Insignia is the 2009 European Car of the Year

Finally, some good news for GM. The new sedan from Opel won this year’s European Car of the Year award, but it was a close one, the Insignia beating the Ford Fiesta by only 1 point (321 points, comparing to Fiesta’s 320 points). Out of the seven finalists, the Insignia received 20 first place votes out of 59 compared to 19 received by the Fiesta. This is the first time an Opel car wins this award, but it has been runner-up four times, for example, in 2007, the new Corsa losing by just 2 points to the Ford S-Max. This year’s podium was completed by Volkswagen’s new Golf VI. And here are all the seven finalists and their scores:

1. Opel/ Vauxhall Insignia – 321 points
2. Ford Fiesta – 320 points
3. Volkswagen Golf VI – 223 points
4. Citroen C5 – 198 points
5. Alfa Romeo MiTo – 148 points
6. Skoda Superb – 144 points
7. Renault Megane – 121 points

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Opel Insignia gets Irmscher treatment

The Opel Insignia isn’t even available yet and Opel’s tuning partner, Irmscher, has already announced their goodies for the new sedan. The package will include a restyled body kit, with a honeycomb grille, front spoiler, side skirts, deck lid spoiler, rear diffuser and quad-tips exhaust system. 20 inch wheels available in several designs complete the package, which will be available from the beginning of Insignia sales. More details will be available at Opel dealerships.

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2008 Paris Special: Opel Insignia Sports Tourer

We really think Opel has done a really good job with the new Insignia and we were glad to finally see the car in the flesh at the Paris Motor Show, where GM’s European arm brought the full line-up, including the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, which made its world debut here. The car the same elegant design, the new wagon also offers plenty of space for five occupants and a large luggage compartment (540 liters and can be extended up to 1,510 liters).

Beside the seven engines already available for the Insignia line-up, Opel has also announced the introduction of two new engines, an 190 hp 2.0-liter BiTurbo diesel and an 180 hp 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine, which will also be available for the Insignia sedan. Opel has also mentioned that a fuel efficient ecoFLEX powerplant will be available sometime next year. For more details on the new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, check out the official press release. And here are the photos from the Paris Motor Show. Enjoy!

Photo Gallery: Opel Insignia Sports Tourer at the Paris Motor Show

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Vauxhall Insignia lands in London

Nope, that’s not figurative talking, the new Vauxhall Insignia actually landed in London. The 4.7 metre-diameter orb containing the Insignia was suspended by a crane high above Potters Fields Park, 45 metres to earth and then was let fall down in only 6 seconds (pretty impressive stunt). The event featured 300 guests and Alain Visser, Chief Marketing Officer for GM Europe, who drove the Insignia onto the stage after it landed safely on the ground, said: “We are very proud of the Insignia and decided that an extraordinary car needed an extraordinary entrance, that’s why we chose to drop in at one of London’s most frequented and iconic locations – Tower Bridge just next to the London Assembly.”

The Insignia debuts tomorrow, 22 July, at the British International Motor Show, where Vauxhall will announce the vehicle’s price in the UK. Sales begin immediately in the UK for both the hatchback and notchback versions and there is a range of five engines. All meet Euro 5 emissions standards and come with six-speed transmissions, either manual or automatic.

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Opel Insignia leaked photos

Opel tried to tease us by releasing these teaser photos of the upcoming Opel Insignia, which will make it’s debut on July 2nd, at the London Motor Show. However, Opel’s car won’t be such a big surprise, because the Dutch website AutoWeek broke the embargo and published yesterday a set of official photos of the Insignia.

The Opel Insignia will be the Vectra’s successor and it will also mark the debut of the new Vauxhall logo. Placed in the D segment, the car will compete with the new Ford Mondeo, the Mazda 6, the Renault Laguna or the Volkswagen Passat. Though no official details on the Insignia were made available, once the embrago has been broken, we suspect Opel will soon come with an official announcement.

More leaked photos after the jump.

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