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Opel Stages Double Premiere at 2008 London Motor Show

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Opel Insignia: Four-door notchback and five-door hatchback

Rüsselsheim/London, 2008-07-03 -- Opel will showcase to the public for the first time at the British International Motor Show (July 23 – August 3) both the four-door notchback and five-door hatchback versions of its new flagship car, the Opel Insignia.

2009 Opel Insignia Hatchback2009 Opel Insignia Hatchback

* Choice between equally elegant and dynamic notchback and hatchback
* Sleek, aerodynamic body has class-leading Cd value of 0.27
* The New Opel Insignia notchback and hatchback on sale before the end of the year

Refined Opel Logo Expresses Brand's New Confidence

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* Premiere: Opel Insignia is first model to bear revised emblem
* Tradition: “Blitz” lightning bolt has adorned Opel cars for 45 years

Rüsselsheim, 2008-05-20 -- A fresh, bold car requires an equally striking emblem. So when the Insignia debuts in July at the London Motor Show it will sport a refined logo that heralds a new era for Opel in innovation, technology and design.

Refined Opel Logo Expresses Brand's New ConfidenceRefined Opel Logo Expresses Brand's New Confidence

Opel Adds New Turbo CNG Unit to Pro-Environmental Engine Range

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Higher output and torque with lower consumption and emissions

Rüsselsheim, 2008-05-15 -- In 2009, Opel will introduce one new 1.6-liter turbo CNG engine (Compressed Natural Gas) with around 110 kW/150 hp and 210 Nm of torque. Developed by GM Powertrain in Turin, the new unit joins Opel’s current aspirated CNG engine, which has the same displacement and an output of 69 kW/94 hp.

Opel Zafira 1.6 CNGOpel Zafira 1.6 CNG

Opel Astra Reaches 10 Million Cars Landmark

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- More than 500,000 Opel Astras sold last year in Europe alone
- Diverse model range has something for everyone

Rüsselsheim / Bochum, 2008-05-14 – The 10 millionth Opel Astra rolled off the assembly line today in Bochum, Germany – a Silver Lightning Astra Station Wagon 1.7 CDTI equipped with special features to celebrate this extraordinary production milestone.

2008 Opel Astra 5-door2008 Opel Astra 5-door

With more than 500,000 models sold last year in Europe alone, Astra is the absolute best-selling car in the Opel palette and follows in the footsteps of Opel’s Kadett and the brand’s tradition of building quality compact cars.

€9 Billion Investment to Strengthen Opel

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Rüsselsheim 2008-04-30 -- General Motors Europe will invest a total of €9 billion into Opel through 2012, thus strengthening its core brand. €6.5 billion alone will be spent on the development of new vehicles and propulsion systems. In addition, the company is investing considerably into its German plants, Rüsselsheim, Bochum, Kaiserslautern and Eisenach.

* Product offensive with 20 new models
* Growth strategy for German market
* Contracts for the future to safeguard production locations
* Extended-range electric vehicle being developed

Opel's Fight against Prototype Paparazzi with Camouflage and Disguise

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Fishies, Flimmies and the art of misdirection

Rüsselsheim, 2008-04-23 -- Camouflage and disguise are all important when new model prototypes first leave the well-protected confines of the design studio or workshop and head out onto the test track or open road. Although a great deal of today’s vehicle proving can be conducted in advance by computer simulation or on the test bench, there inevitably comes the day when all test results have to be validated, and the car must be released into its natural habitat – the road.

Camouflaged Opel Insignia during track testing at Dudenhofen Test CenterCamouflaged Opel Insignia during track testing at Dudenhofen Test Center

Opel Widens Its Range of Models in China

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China premiere of Opel Astra Notchback, Flextreme concept car at 2008 Beijing Motor Show and Opel to expand dealerships to meet demand

Beijing/Rüsselsheim, 2008-04-21 -- Opel will present the Astra sedan for the first time in China at the 2008 Beijing Motor Show (2008 Auto China), adding to the palette of the five cars already on offer and promising to further increase the popularity of Opel cars in this high growth market.

Opel Flextreme Concept: Premieres at 2008 Beijing Motor ShowOpel Flextreme Concept: Premieres at 2008 Beijing Motor Show

GM Europe's First Quarter 2008 Sales Reach All-Time Record

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Zurich, 2008-04-09 -- In the first quarter of 2008, General Motors (GM) Europe sales reached an all-time record of 572,137 vehicles*, an increase of 18,111 units compared to Q1 2007. The company market share was 9.6 percent.

# GM Europe Q1 volume of 572,137 is the highest ever Q1 volume
# Chevrolet Europe Q1 sales up 30 percent to a record market share of 2.2 percent
# GM Russia sales up 78 percent
# Cadillac’s European sales up 13 percent in the first three months
# HUMMER sales in Europe increase by 59 percent compared to Q1 2007

Opel Presents Monocab at Geneva Motor Show

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2008-03-03, Geneva -- Opel presents one world premiere and a host of new products at the 78th International Motor Show (March 6 - 16, 2008) in Geneva.

* World premiere: Opel Meriva concept car with innovative “FlexDoors” door solution
* Monocab initiative: New-edition Opel Zafira and completely new Opel Agila ready to go
* ecoFLEX variants are highlights of current Opel model year

Opel at 78th International Geneva Motor Show

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New Opel Agila: Friendly, Dynamic, Flexible

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