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  • 2015 Opel Corsa OPC

    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. In an interview with British website Car Buyer published Thursday, a spokesperson for Vauxhall, the brand Opel operates under in the United Kingdom, said the VXR sub-brand, Vauxhall's equivalent of OPC, will survive, suggesting the same will be true for OPC. The likely cause of the current hiatus...

  • 2017 Vauxhall VXR8 GTS-R
    Vauxhall gets final run of VXR8 super sedans from Down Under

    General Motors’ British outfit, Vauxhall, has received its last batch of VXR8 muscle sedans. The final version is the VXR8 GTSR, which is just a rebadged version of the GTSR from semi-official Holden tuner HSV. The GTSR is based on the VF-Series Holden Commodore, a version of which is sold...

  • Vauxhall/Opel electric car concept for 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
    Vauxhall/Opel Electric Car Concept: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show Preview

    Tiny electric cars of non-standard configuration appear to be all the rage at this year's Frankfurt Auto Show, with Audi and Volkswagen already whipping the sheets off their contenders. The latest entry is an as-yet-unnamed Vauxhall/Opel two-seat electric car with wheels placed more narrowly in the...

  • 2009 Opel Insignia
    GM Considering Plan To Keep Opel

    GM could raise more than $4 billion by selling or mortgaging assets in China.

  • 2010 Opel Astra
    Opel’s new owner won’t be able to sell cars in U.S. or China

    Earlier this week Opel managed to secure a $2.1 billion bridge financing package from the German government to keep itself operating until ownership is transferred from GM to another investor. This new investor will be Canada’s Magna International, which together with Russian bank Sherbank...

  • 2010 Opel Astra
    Report: Magna considers using Opel to build cars for other brands

    Bidding for General Motors’ Opel division has intensified recently, with the German government revealing late last week that only two parties remain in the bidding war – Fiat and Magna International (together with Russia’s GAZ Group). While it’s been speculated that Fiat is...

  • 2009 Opel Insignia

    Less than 24 hours after GM CEO Fritz Henderson announced that a new buyer for Opel would be picked by the end of this month, Russia’s GAZ Group has confirmed that it would be interested in creating a joint venture with Magna International and Opel. Magna, as previously reported, is competing with Fiat for GM’s European operations but is only seeking a minority share of about 20%. Unlike Fiat and Magna, however, GAZ has substantial debts so its role in any takeover of Opel would be limited. In an official statement, GAZ said it would be responsible for manufacturing Opel passenger...

  • Opel Insignia Coupe GTC preview rendering
    Preview: Opel Insignia 'GTC' Coupe

    We’ve already seen Opel expand its Insignia lineup with the Hatchback and Sports Tourer, as well as the more recent OPC performance variant, but there’s one more model in the works that’s destined to be the most exciting and extreme. The model in question is a new coupe variant...

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    Opel's next-gen Zafira previewed in new sketch

    Future may be the F-word at General Motors' Opel, Vauxhall and Saturn brands, but that's not stopping development work from continuing on core vehicles like the Zafira seven-seater. Prepping for release in 2011 or 2012, the new car wears a brand identity that was first previewed with the Flextreme...

  • 2010 Opel Insignia OPC spy shots
    Spy shots: Barely disguised Opel Insignia OPC

    We’ve seen a number of prototypes for the upcoming OPC Opel Insignia sedan and Sports Tourer wagon in the past 12 months but this is the first time that we have seen the car in its almost production ready state. OPC, which stands for ‘Opel Performance Center,’ is the name given to...

  • 2010 Opel Insignia OPC Sports Tourer
    Spy shots: Opel Insignia Sports Tourer OPC

    We’ve seen a number of prototypes for the upcoming OPC Opel Insignia sedan in the past 12 months but this is the first time that we have come across the Sports Tourer wagon version of the car. OPC, which stands for ‘Opel Performance Center,’ is the name given to models developed...

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    UK auto aid approved by EU, now accepting bids for share of £2.3 billion

    The weak economy knows no borders, rampaging across the globe taking its toll in lost jobs and bankruptcies. The car industry in particular is no stranger to this strife, and some might say Great Britain's carmakers most of all, considering their rocky history. In late January UK Business Secretary...

  • 2009 Opel Insignia

    General Motors, like a lot of other carmakers, is having a tough time lately - some might say tougher than most. Opel, GM's German subsidiary, and Vauxhall, Opel's UK-based doppelganger, are taking it on the chin as well. Today German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the government would be unlikely to support Opel without a guarantee that the funds would "secure a good future" for the company, reports Reuters. Shortly afterward a conglomerate of Opel/Vauxhall dealers stepped in with a plan to buy a minority stake. Euroda, a group of Opel/Vauxhall dealers in 25 countries numbering about...

  • vauxhall corsa astra vxr racing editions 002
    Vauxhall releases new Astra and Corsa VXR Racing Editions

    Get ready to fight off the green-eyed monster of jealousy, as those lucky Brits have landed yet another pair of spicy limited-edition hatches. The already-impressive Vauxhall Astra and Corsa VXR will now be available with special Racing Edition packages to celebrate the company's success in the...

  • Vauxhall VXR8 Bathurst Edition
    Vauxhall unveils 560hp VXR8 Bathurst Editions

    General Motors has already cast doubt on next-generation hopes for the Pontiac G8 in the U.S., but the current generation of the car is still slated to get its GXP variant, equivalent to Vauxhall's VXR8 in the UK. But the lucky drivers in Great Britain have a hotter car yet headed their way with...

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    Lotus Carlton voted favorite Vauxhall ever

    Markets outside the UK and Europe were unfortunately not made familiar with the rip-snorting Lotus Carlton - a heavily modified Vauxhall Carlton - during its short lifetime. Nevertheless, the utterly insane 177mph (285km/h) twin-turbocharged straight-six-powered sedan has grown to cult status...

  • Vauxhall to ditch Vectra name
    Vauxhall to ditch Vectra name

    Vauxhall has decided to kill off the Vectra nameplate for its next mid-sized family car to be released in 2008. GM Europe head-honcho Carl-Peter Forster leaked deals of the plan to BusinessCar magazine in a recent interview and claimed the main reasons for the move were to reflect the...

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