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.

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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.

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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.

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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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