General Motors Cancels Sale with Magna and Russian Sberbank and Decides to Keep Opel

4 11 2009

General Motors nowadays announced that the group’s Board of Directors decided to cancel the sale of Opel to a Russian-backed group led by Magna and keep it under control.


The U.S. automaker said that it took this certitude because of an “improving custom environment for GM over the older few months” as well as the importance of the Opel/Vauxhall brands to the firm’s universal approach. GM‘s president and CEO Fritz Henderson said in a primed statement that the company will portray its restructuring idea for its European section to Germany and other governments and hopes for its favorable consideration. The U.S. automaker expects that the restructuring of Opel will price around €3 billion, or about $4.4 billion at today’s switch rates.

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New 2010 Opel Astra Revealed (details + photos)

12 05 2009

New 2010 Opel Astra fully revealed until its World premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The 6th generation Astra Insignia-inspired 5-door hatchback is based on GM’s new Delta platform that also underpins the Chevy Volt and Cruze models. New Astra comes with a new set of engines with 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline units.

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The 2010 Astra features a new design and it will be a head turner. It’s up to court and neat looks mingle a silky and athletic sculpt with the newest Opel styling cues such as the characteristic scalloped plane blades and the Insignia-inspired headlights. Opel has not disclosed any photos of the new Astra‘s interior yet, but supposedly it will be like in the Insignia.

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First Official Photos of the new 2010 Opel Astra (details)

9 04 2009

The first official photos of all-new 2010 Opel / Vauxhall Astra hatchback has revealed. New Astra will be make its world unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2009. Along with the photos of the five-door hatch, Opel also presented two sketches depicting the new Astra GTC which looks more like a coupe than your traditional three-door hatchback, and the more doable and airy Astra Estate.

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The 2010 Astras will be revealed with the diesel and petrol powertrains with GM’s, an all-new 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine that will be presented with outputs ranging from 120 hp to 140 hp and torque standards between 175 and 200 Nm. Also will be available more performance a supercharged version of this engine that will give out 180 horsepower. For diesel version, probably a 1.7-liter turbocharged engine with a 110 horsepower.

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New Opel Ampera Revealed: First official image

2 03 2009

The first official image of the new Opel Ampera has revealed. The car is destined to be the European styled Chevrolet Volt provided by GM. The new Ampera as it will be debuting on March 3rd at the Geneva Motor Show and planned for launch in Europe in 2011.

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The new Ampera is a 5-door, 4-seat hatch powered by GM’s Voltec bung-in cross scheme and is said to have a scale of 60 km running only on the lithium-ion string. An interior combustion engine acts as a generator to re-charge the batteries which GM/Opel claims will give the car an impressive complete span of 500 km. The Ampera’s string can be re-exciting through any 230 volt electrical means.

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New 2010 Opel Astra Spied without Camouflage

11 02 2009

The all-new Opel / Vauxhall Astra was spied totaly undisguised. The spy shot gives us a fair vista of the Astra’s profile helpful minutiae like the mold of the windows and the roofline, the taillights and the concave growing on the doors.


Under the hood, the new Opel Astra gets GM’s newest front-turn-chauffeur Delta platform which is also worn on the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt. Power will come from an ample extent of diesel and gasoline powertrains, with GM‘s all-new 1.4-liter turbocharged petrol engine that will be presented with outputs ranging from 120 hp to 140 hp and torque values of 175 to 200 Nm. Opel claims that this group will save an approximate 8% improvement in fuel consumption compared to the easily aspirated 1.6 and 1.8-liter engines that it will trade.

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Vauxhall Insignia VXR Breaks Cover (details and photo)

28 01 2009

The Vauxhall Insignia VXR [Opel Insignia OPC] has finally revealed! On photo you can see the production ready prototype, spied at a secret gathering of top executives, shows a hatchback version finished in white. The car is tipped to go on trade later this year and make its world debut, probably, in March at Geneva Motor Show.


The saloon and estate car variants will also be available, all which will be fixed with vertical front air intakes that were an unusual piece of the Opel GTC Concept overthrow that debuted at the 2007 Geneva motor show. The car also gets wider circle arches and a unique bodykit.

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New Opel Insignia get nice Styling Package from Irmscher

16 10 2008

Opel‘s tuner Irmscher has added some additional sporty fair to the all-new Insignia sedan with the presentation of a new styling package that will be offered by mid-November. The front of the Irmscher Opel Insignia skin a new junior spoiler and a new radiator fence with a honeycomb motif that comes in a silver lacquer. The front probe can also be prepared in black.

The Irmscher Opel Insignia styling kit also includes new plane skirts and a new rear spoiler. The rear apron  comes with a sport enclosure and the car is also equipped with a dual split twin-rear high-grade steel silencer.

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New 2009 Vauxhall/Opel Insignia Sports Tourer Revealed

14 08 2008

Having already unveiled the vehicle and hatchback rendering of the all-new Opel Insignia, General Motors has now free us with the third variant of the extend. The estate variety which is labelled as the Insignia Sports Tourer will be unveiled to the world’s urge on the 2nd October at the Paris Motor Show.

This new side will be existing with two new engines besides the five already vacant: a more intense turbodiesel and a smaller post turbocharged gasoline engine. Specific niceties are yet to be free.

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Latest Spy photos of New 2009 Opel Astra (details)

7 08 2008

A prototype kind of the coming new 2009 Opel Astra has been spied at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands by some reader of Dutch source Autojunk. Aiming frankly towards the new VW Golf VI, the new Astra will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009 with sales next brusquely after. The Astra will also make it to the States as saturn and in Australia as a Holden.

The 2009 Astra is based on General Motor’s new total Delta platform, which also underpins the exciting-fusion Chevrolet Volt. Seeing here in five-door sleek, the Astra will be adorned with styling cues from the new Insignia both inside and unlikely. The vary will also compose a sleeker, more sporty three-door style, bonus a station wagon, a vehicle and a cabriolet with an exciting-folding hardtop.

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Official Auto News: Opel Insignia revealed (photo)

18 04 2008

After several leaks and a combination of GM commodities founder of the “spy photography,” Opel badge is here. Takes note of this point. To remain competitive with the European Ford Mondeo, Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and Citroen C5, emblems, is a set of the Vectra to replace the aging and the United States can come to the Sports Saturn badge.

The stylish, sexy Medal take a few clues from the establishment of the GTC concept that helped to inspire a new car to Tighten the fascia, muscle and deep access to the position of the blade extended from the front fender operation Concurrent with the Sills. V-Bar old has been forbidden to a wider grille, complimented one pair of inlet ducts and new Vauxhall logo. “Smart” functions, headlamps standard daytime running lights, there will be an option for LED lighting on the higher specification model. It is not enough swoopy rear, tail and smooth tapered waist, and play a double tax rear badge as decorations and trunk-release button.

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New 2008 Opel Insignia Leaked (photo)

15 04 2008

Dutch car magazine Auto Week has blown the Opel Insignia embargo from the water supply, but not like car enthusiasts with the official figures. The car may be, the seven pictures on its website that the official press release should follow later this week.

Break embargo seems to be a favourite pass-time for many print magazines and the new Opel Insignia, for a British International Motor Show debut this summer as Vauxhall Insignia, is no exception. On the bright side, Opel may now be inclined to release the official figures and complete picture gallery earlier.

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New Generation Opel Astra Spied In Germany

11 04 2008

The third generation Opel Astra, which is designed as a Saturn badge in the United States, is expected to be in Geneva next appearance.

Seen here testing, in Germany, some of the design details, such as the car’s overall shape and tailamps front bumper can be seen. However, a feature of this is our attention to the zigzag shape of the blade lifting slightly taillamp. Looks like some inspiration from the Lockheed F – 117 stealth fighter, sure, Opel, is not interested in a radar ward off ART, although this will be very interesting. Think of another one of the cars.

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New Opel Meriva Production Prototype in Finland (spy photo)

11 03 2008

Since last December, we saw Opel Meriva prototype carries the body of a shortened Ford Escape sport a new opening to the rear door. And now, just in the past week in Geneva, the Opel Meriva concept had its world premiere this new system presents Flex Door.
Certainly, the road to production version will be simplified and will lose its striking design cues, but overall, what you see in the concept, which come on the market, and that includes the Flex Door system. Here are the first pictures of a prototype of the form, as the production leads cold-weather tests on an area privately owned testing here in northern Finland. But do not let the wrong rear door handle fool you, as it is to deceive the attentive eye and peering camera lenses.

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