Opel

  • 2020 Opel Grandland X Hybrid4

    Germany's Opel on Monday unveiled its first plug-in hybrid in the form of the Grandland X Hybrid4. First previewed as a concept at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show, the Grandland X Hybrid4 small SUV will start deliveries in markets where Opel (and Vauxhall) operates in early 2020. Pricing hasn't been announced but the standard Grandland X starts at 24,250 euros (approximately $27,250) in Opel's home market. The Grandland X Hybrid4's powertrain is borrowed from the parts bin of Opel's PSA Group parent and includes a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to an electric motor and...

  • 2020 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Opel Insignia Sports Tourer spy shots

    Opel's Insignia lineup is about to be updated, as evidenced by the recent sighting of only partially concealed prototypes testing in the wild. The particular tester is for the Insignia's Sports Tourer wagon body style, which we get here in jacked-up Buick Regal TourX soft-roader form. We also get...

  • 2020 Opel Insignia facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Opel Insignia spy shots

    Opel's Insignia lineup is about to be updated, as evidenced by the sighting of partially camouflaged prototypes. The latest tester is for the Insignia's Grand Sport fastback body style, which we get here as the Buick Regal Sportback. Opel engineers are also testing an updated Insignia Sports Tourer...

  • 2020 Buick Encore spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Buick Encore spy shots

    Buick's pint-sized crossover, the Encore, is about to get a redesign and we've just spotted a prototype. The prototype reveals that the redesigned Encore, just like the current generation, will be twinned with an Opel Mokka X to be sold overseas. Opel's redesigned Mokka X has already been spotted...

  • 2020 Opel Mokka X spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    Opel to launch 3 electric cars by 2020

    Opel's new owner, France's PSA Group, is moving quickly with the introduction of new models based on its own platforms, some of which will offer electric powertrains. The first to arrive will be a redesigned Corsa subcompact hatch that Opel on Thursday confirmed will be available to order in...

  • 2020 Opel Mokka X spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2020 Opel Mokka X spy shots

    Opel engineers are out testing the first redesigned model post the brand’s sale by General Motors to France’s PSA Group one year ago. The model is a replacement for the current Mokka X, which does duty in the United States as the Buick Encore. The Mokka X is one of the most popular...

  • PSA Peugeot Citroën logo

    French automaker PSA Group, which controls the Peugeot, Citroën, DS and Opel (Vauxhall) brands, plans to sell cars in the United States no later than 2026. In the coming months the automaker will make some key decisions surrounding how it plans to return, including what brand(s) will lead the charge. PSA CEO Carlos Tavares told Automotive News (subscription required) in an interview published Tuesday that some of the key decisions will be made between now and spring 2019. Executives will hash out product plans, launch brands, distribution methods, and discuss where the cars imported to...

  • 2019 Buick Cascada
    Buick Cascada may bow out after 2019

    Buick only graced its showrooms with the Cascada a few years ago but the handsome, somewhat sporty convertible may soon be on its way out. You see, the Cascada was launched in 2012 by Opel, which builds the convertible at a plant in Poland. It was rebadged a Buick and introduced here for 2016. Opel...

  • Opel GT X Experimental concept
    Opel GT X Experimental concept debuts new design language

    Opel on Wednesday provided the first look at a new concept previewing the design destined for models arriving in the mid-2020s. The concept is called the GT X Experimental, and it's a compact crossover designed under the themes of “bold and pure,” the characteristics of Opel's new...

  • 2019 Opel Astra facelift spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2019 Opel Astra spy shots and video

    Opel engineers are out testing a prototype for a facelifted version of the Astra compact hatchback. The facelifted Astra is expected on sale in markets where Opel operates sometime next year. The tweaks constitute a mid-cycle update for the current Astra which made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt...

  • 2018 Opel Insignia GSi
    Opel posts first profit in almost 2 decades

    Germany's Opel is already seeing the results of synergies with new parent PSA Group as the brand has just reported its first profit in almost two decades. Opel (Vauxhall in the United Kingdom) on Tuesday reported sales of 550,900 units and a profit of $587 million for the first six months of 2018...

  • Teaser for Opel concept introducing “bold and pure” design language
    Opel teases new “bold and pure” design language

    Opel announced Wednesday plans to unveil a new concept car by the end of the year. The concept, previewed in a single teaser shot, will introduce Opel's new design language “bold and pure,” which the German brand will use to mark its new era away from the control of former parent...

  • 2018 Opel Corsa GSi

    German automaker Opel recently revived its GSi performance trim with a hot version of its Insignia sedan and wagon. Now, Opel has revealed the second model to receive the GSi treatment: the Corsa subscompact. The Corsa GSi is all about agile handling. That's why the car's 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 delivers just 148 horsepower and 162 pound-feet. It's still a decent amount though nothing like the 207 hp and 180 lb-ft (206 lb-ft with overboost) that the previous Corsa OPC delivered. Opel quotes a 0-62 mph time of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 128 mph for the new car. But what about the...

  • 2015 Opel Corsa OPC
    Opel's OPC performance sub-brand likely safe

    Since its sale last year by General Motors to French auto giant PSA Group, Opel has refrained from using its OPC (Opel Performance Center) designation for performance models, instead opting for GSi, which traditionally has sat below OPC. It doesn't mean Opel has dropped the OPC sub-brand, however...

  • Karl-Thomas Neumann
    Former Opel boss joins US electric car startup Evelozcity

    Evelozcity, an electric car startup based in Los Angeles and formed by ex-Faraday Future staff, announced last week the appointment of Karl-Thomas Neumann as the new head of mobility and European operations. Neumann has almost three decades of experience in the auto industry and served as CEO at...

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    Maker of Opel and Peugeot cars picks Atlanta for US headquarters

    France's PSA Group, the maker of Citroën, DS, Peugeot, and now also Opel cars, has a mission to sell cars in the United States, though the automaker, which is Europe's second biggest by volume, isn't rushing things. It has a decade-long plan split up into three phases, and right now we're only...

  • A glimpse of Opel in the future
    Opel gives glimpse at new design direction, potential electric SUV

    Finally free of years of mismanagement at the hands of General Motors, Opel has the potential to thrive under the stewardship of new owner PSA Group. In its new PACE! strategy announced on Thursday, Opel will address the complexities and inefficiencies that have led to almost two decades of losses...

  • 2018 Opel Insignia GSi
    PSA Group announces strategy for Opel

    Opel has been a money pit going on two decades. It’s arguably the main reason General Motors finally decided to sell the brand to France’s PSA Group, which also controls the Citroën, DS and Peugeot brands. PSA itself wasn’t in ideal financial shape not long ago but the...

  • 2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer

    Hot wagons are a rarity in the United States but over in Europe they’re all the rage, outselling their sedan equivalents in many cases. Opel will use this week’s 2017 Frankfurt auto show to introduce its latest high-performance wagon, the Insignia GSi. We’ve already seen the car in fastback sedan form, which we’re getting as the 2018 Buick Regal GS, but a wagon option, which Opel refers to as a Sports Tourer, will also be offered. General Motors’ Australian subsidiary Holden will get its own version of the Regal GS dubbed the Commodore VXR, and like the Insignia...

  • 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport
    Opel's range-topping SUV put on hold following brand's sale to PSA Group

    Opel in 2014 confirmed plans for a flagship SUV that would share a platform and production line with the Insignia range of models. But the platform in question, code-named E2XX, is a General Motors design no longer available to Opel due to the brand’s sale earlier this year to France’s...

  • 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport
    GM's sale of Opel to France’s PSA Group is complete

    General Motors and French automaker PSA Group on Tuesday announced the completion of the sale of Opel. Its acquisition of Opel means PSA Group is second only to the Volkswagen Group for size among European automakers. Combined deliveries for PSA and Opel totaled 4.3 million vehicles in 2016, or...

  • 2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
    2018 Opel Insignia GSi Sports Tourer spy shots

    Opel’s new Insignia GSi, which we’re getting as the 2018 Buick Regal GS, has just been spotted testing in its wagon body style, which Opel refers to as a Sports Tourer. We’re only getting the Regal GS as a fastback sedan but Opel will offer both fastback sedan and wagon versions...

  • 2018 Holden Commodore VXR
    Buick Regal GS does double duty as Holden Commodore VXR, Opel Insignia GSi

    Buick on Wednesday unveiled a new Regal GS for North America, but elsewhere the car will be badged a Holden Commodore VXR or Opel Insignia GSi or Vauxhall Insignia GSi. The Commodore VXR will serve as the performance flagship for the latest Commodore which is essentially a rebadged Buick Regal sold...

  • Karl-Thomas Neumann
    Opel CEO Neumann steps down, is tipped to take lead role at Audi

    Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann confirmed on Monday he is stepping down. He will remain a member of the board until after General Motors’ sale of Opel to French auto giant PSA Group is completed. The sale was announced in March and is expected to close in the coming months. Neumann's replacement...

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