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Opel Insignia GSi Hits Showrooms, Pricing Starts From €45,595 In Germany 5
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, opel, Opel Insignia, prices, vauxhall on 12 5th, 2017


After its public premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, the Opel Insignia GSi is now available for order, in both saloon and estate guise, in several European markets.

Pricing for the 2018 Insingia GSi Grand Sport starts from €45,595 ($54,212) in Germany, tax included, whereas the GSi Sports Tourer (that’s station wagon in Opel-speak) starts from €46,595 ($55,401).

The GSi is available with two powertrains; a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel that delivers 210PS (207hp) and a healthy 480Nm (354lb-ft) of torque and a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit rated at 260PS (256hp) and 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque. Both versions use an 8-speed automatic transmission.

In addition to the two powertrains, the new Insignia GSi also gets the FlexRide chassis, adaptive all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, lowering springs that reduce ride height by 10mm (0.4in), Brembo brakes, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires. Moreover, the driver can choose between Standard, Tour, and Sport modes, plus the GSi-exclusive Competition, which is activated via the ESP button.

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PSA Reportedly Seeking Huge Refund From GM Over Opel’s CO2 Target Emissions 30
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in GM, opel, PSA, Reports, vauxhall on 11 30th, 2017


PSA Group wants around half of the money it paid GM for Opel back, after reportedly discovering the full extent of the German company’s CO2 challenges and exposure to future European fines.

Citing inside sources, Reuters reports that PSA has already informed GM that it believes it’s owed 600 to 800 million euros and intends to pursue a legal claim, claiming it was misled about Opel’s emissions strategy. PSA paid GM 1.3 billion euros for the acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall.

Earlier this month PSA said that it’ll need to move Opel models onto its own, more fuel-efficient technology faster than originally planned in order to cut the German company’s CO2 emissions before the new EU limits are imposed from 2020-21, which happen to be backed by some rather large penalties.

EU has set a 2021 deadline for carmakers to reduce their average CO2 emissions from 130g/km today to 95g/km. The task has been described as enormous for carmakers, especially with diesel sales steadily declining as customers switch to petrol cars.

This has sparked big investments in smaller engines and new technologies, including plug-in hybrids and all-electric powertrains. According to the new emissions rules, companies that will miss their targets will have to face fines of 95 euros per vehicle, per excess gram of CO2, which could add up to hundreds of millions of euros on a yearly basis.

PSA believes that GM has misrepresented Opel’s CO2 challenges and emissions trajectory during negotiations and due diligence prior to the acquisition deal as hinted by PSA Group’s CEO Carlos Tavares.

“We became aware a few weeks after we finalised the closing that the company was going to the wall on CO2 emissions,” he said on November 9 after presenting their significantly revised turnaround plan for Opel. “We put our teams to work to completely rebuild the product and technology strategies. If you fail to comply (with EU rules) the weight of fines you are hit with can threaten the company’s existence.”

According to sources, one of the most unpleasant surprises was a CO2 compliance plan presented by GM that relied on significant sales of the Opel Ampera-e, the rebadged version of the electric Chevrolet Bolt, which was priced at a loss close to 10,000 euros ($11,860) per car.

“Their technical solution was economically unviable and would have led to enormous losses,” said one source. “So the first thing you do is drop that (product) line, but then the fleet emissions explode.”

PSA has already suspended Norwegian sales of the Opel Ampera-e -where it sold most of its 1,500 deliveries to date- and has increased its European pricing by 5,700 euros ($6,760).

In the end, Opel’s real situation appears to be even worse than described prior of the sale, according to PSA sources who said that the company is on course to miss its CO2 targets by more than 10gr/km. Such a big difference from the EU’s targets could incur fines approaching 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion).

That’s why PSA is now rushing out plug-in hybrid or electric versions of the Grandland X, Crossland X and the next Corsa supermini that were not part of the French company’s original plan.

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Vauxhall Viva Rocks Is Priced From £11,530 In UK 22
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, UK, vauxhall, Vauxhall Viva on 11 22nd, 2017


The Opel Karl has been available as a rugged Rocks model since last year, and now its British sibling, the Vauxhall Viva, has received an identical treatment.

Named the Vauxhall Viva Rocks, it can already be ordered in the United Kingdom from £11,530 ($15,268) on-the-road, featuring plastic cladding all around, an increased ride height, silver roof rails, and unique 15-inch bi-color look alloy wheels.

Building upon the regular Vauxhall Viva, the Rocks version retains its five-door design and practical interior, with a boot space that exceeds 1,000 liters with the rear seats folded down.

Inside, it can be equipped with the optional R 4.0 IntelliLink infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Apple Maps or Google Maps, and an integrated navigation system. Additionally, those looking for a bit more can also order the OnStar personal connectivity and service assistant.

Vauxhall wants customers to know that driving their Viva Rocks in congested traffic has been made easier with a special driving mode, called ‘City’, which “reduces steering effort to assist with tight maneuvers in heavy city traffic”. Moreover, this jacked-up version of the Viva also supports cruise control with speed management, and Park Assist.

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World’s Crappiest Tune Uses A Chevy Grille As A Rear Wing 20
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Offbeat News, opel, Opel Vectra, tuning, vauxhall on 11 20th, 2017


Trying to win the title of “world’s crappiest body kit” is this second-generation Opel/Vauxhall Vectra, equipped with what looks like a freaking radiator as a diffuser of sorts on its rear bumper

Unless this car is actually a rival for the 5,000 HP Devel Sixteen, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that everything that’s been fitted to it is complete and utter nonsense.

It’s no wonder this image popped up on Reddit’s famous crappy car mods thread, except they don’t actually say “crappy”. Oh well, let’s lean into it a bit and see what’s going on.

Starting with that massive rear spoiler, it almost looks like a cargo space ship from any random 1980’s sci fi movie. Are those supposed to be exhaust tips or afterburners. You don’t know!

Next, the inserts around the trunk lid and badge look like cheap pearls, whereas the rear wing (if you want to call it that), is actually an old Chevrolet grille, which makes us wonder if this car murdered a Chevy just so it could wear its mask, kind of like an automotive equivalent of Hannibal Lecter.

As for the rest of the mods, all we can say is that they look ridiculous and unnecessary. We have a feeling you’ll agree.



PSA Has Already Decided Which Brand To Bring To America, Might Not Be DS 15
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Citroen, DS, opel, PEUGEOT, PSA, Reports, USA, vauxhall on 11 15th, 2017


Groupe PSA recently returned to the United States with its Free2Move mobility app but that’s not much consolation for fans hoping to buy one of the company’s vehicles.

Cars are coming but it might be awhile before they arrive. As PSA North America CEO Larry Dominique explained to Automobile Magazine, the company doesn’t have a dealership network, infrastructure, or parts and service providers in this country. He added, “I have to build those things from the ground-up.”

Dominique went on to say the situation is a blessing and a curse but he’s going to make sure PSA is 100 percent ready before launching a car in America. He declined to say when this might occur but there’s little doubt the company don’t want to repeat Fiat’s underwhelming return.

Despite not having a firm launch date, Dominique confirmed PSA has already decided which brand to bring to the United States. Initial speculation suggested it would be DS but the executive downplayed that idea by saying “people are just making assumptions.” That doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t be DS but other possibilities include Peugeot or Citroen as well as the recently acquired Opel and Vauxhall. The three French brands are seen as the most likely candidates but only time will tell which one finally gets the green light.

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Opel’s Turnaround Plan Includes EVs, More Markets And A Return To Profit By 2020 10
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Electric Vehicles, opel, PHEV, PSA, Reports, vauxhall on 11 10th, 2017


Opel outlined its future strategy which will help it return to profitability and secure a sustainable future for the German brand.

According to its new strategic plan -which goes by the name PACE!- Opel/Vauxhall will move to PSA platforms four years faster than originally planned. The company wants to electrify every model line by 2024, promising to offer battery-electric and plug-in hybrid versions alongside the traditional internal combustion engine.

By 2020, Opel will have launched nine new models, including four electrified ones. Among the new models will be a plug-in hybrid version of the Grandland X SUV, a fully-electric version of the next-gen Corsa supermini and a new SUV.

Other measures include making Opel more competitive by reducing costs per car by 700 euros ($815) and creating a lower financial break-even point of 800,000 vehicles per year to secure a profitable business model.

Opel’s new plan was designed to avoid forced lay-offs as it currently negotiates voluntary departures, early retirements and shorter hours with its workers while relying partly on exports for its underused factories. The company plans to enter 20 new markets by 2022, with China and Brazil being under consideration.

“This plan is paramount for the company, to protect our employees against headwinds and turn Opel/Vauxhall into a sustainable, profitable, electrified, and global company,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller. “Our future will be secured and we will contribute with German excellence to the Groupe PSA development. The implementation has already started with all teams eager to achieve the objectives.”

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Opel To Cut Models, Develop EV Tech As Part Of PSA’s Restructure 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in opel, PSA, Reports, vauxhall on 11 7th, 2017


PSA Group’s restructuring plan for Opel includes reducing the number of models the German brand sells in order to focus on high-margin segments, as well as develop EV technologies for its new owners.

PSA is also going to bundle Opel’s purchasing activities with its own and launch the German brand in new markets that were previously considered a taboo under GM’s ownership, according to AutoNews.

These changes are some of the key points of the general restructuring plan PSA has in store for Opel, a plan that will be presented in a few days by the German brand’s CEO Michael Lohscheller.

PSA intends to use Opel’s Rüsselsheim-based technical center as a hub for the partial or complete electrification of all the Group’s future models. Other expected to be announced measures include cutting Opel’s labor costs but details will be revealed during the official announcement.

From now on, all future Opel models will be based on PSA’s platforms, using their engines, transmissions and other technologies. This will also help Opel to achieve the fuel efficiency and CO2 reduction targets which are expected to be missed with its current powertrains.

The goals of PSA’s restructuring plan are for Opel to breakeven in 2019 and bring a 2 percent operating margin in 2020.

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Opel To Cut Models, Develop EV Tech As Part Of PSA’s Restructure 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in opel, PSA, Reports, vauxhall on 11 7th, 2017


PSA Group’s restructuring plan for Opel includes reducing the number of models the German brand sells in order to focus on high-margin segments, as well as develop EV technologies for its new owners.

PSA is also going to bundle Opel’s purchasing activities with its own and launch the German brand in new markets that were previously considered a taboo under GM’s ownership, according to AutoNews.

These changes are some of the key points of the general restructuring plan PSA has in store for Opel, a plan that will be presented in a few days by the German brand’s CEO Michael Lohscheller.

PSA intends to use Opel’s Rüsselsheim-based technical center as a hub for the partial or complete electrification of all the Group’s future models. Other expected to be announced measures include cutting Opel’s labor costs but details will be revealed during the official announcement.

From now on, all future Opel models will be based on PSA’s platforms, using their engines, transmissions and other technologies. This will also help Opel to achieve the fuel efficiency and CO2 reduction targets which are expected to be missed with its current powertrains.

The goals of PSA’s restructuring plan are for Opel to breakeven in 2019 and bring a 2 percent operating margin in 2020.

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Opel/Vauxhall Financial Acquisition Makes PSA’s Takeover Complete 3
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in opel, PSA, vauxhall on 11 3rd, 2017


The PSA Group‘s acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall is finally complete with the transfer of the German/British automaker’s financial operations.

In parallel to the French carmaker’s taking over over GM’s European auto brands, the financial division is being shared by its own banking division Banque PSA Finance and French financial giant BNP Paribas – one of the largest banks in the world.

Following the acquisition, the Opel Bank, Open Financial Services, and Vauxhall Finance are being merged into one institution. PSA’s Alexandre Sorel will serve as CEO, supported by both Opel’s Erhard Paulat and BNP’s Pascal Brasseur as deputies.

“We are now thoroughly committed, alongside all of the teams, to building the strategic plan with the clear purpose of improving the performance of the company’s businesses and the competitiveness of our financial solutions for Opel and Vauxhall customers,” said Sorel. “Everyone’s involvement across the company is critical at this stage.”

Last year, the three operations (now merged) represented some €9.6 billion in financing, forming an integral part of the business for 1,800 Opel and Vauxhall dealers in 11 European countries – including vehicle loan financing, leasing, service contracts, and insurance.

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Vauxhall Insignia Country Tourer In Showrooms Next Month From £25,635 19
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Galleries, Opel Insignia, prices, UK, vauxhall on 10 19th, 2017


If you need more ground clearance on your Insignia, look no further than the Country Tourer model, priced from £25,635 OTR in the UK.
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Vauxhall Corsavan Sports Up With New Limited Edition 3
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, opel, Opel Corsa, prices, UK, vauxhall on 10 3rd, 2017


The new Vauxhall Corsavan Limited Edition Nav wants to be a VXR, but it's far from it.
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PSA Factories Are More Efficient Than Opel’s, Says Tavares 19
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in opel, PSA, Reports, vauxhall on 09 19th, 2017


PSA Group factories appear to be more productive than the ones operated by the newly acquired Opel/Vauxhall, according to PSA CEO Carlos Tavares.
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PSA Factories Are More Efficient Than Opel’s, Says Tavares 19
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in opel, PSA, Reports, vauxhall on 09 19th, 2017


PSA Group factories appear to be more productive than the ones operated by the newly acquired Opel/Vauxhall, according to PSA CEO Carlos Tavares.
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Robbers In Audi RS6 Escape Police Cars Despite Two Flat Tires 4
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, audi, Audi RS6, BMW 3-series, Dashcam, featured, Offbeat News, Opel Insignia, Police, Police Cars, UK, vauxhall, video on 09 4th, 2017


This dashcam footage shows the moment when a gang of robbers attempted to escape police, injuring officers during a chase.
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Opel Reportedly Changes Its Mind, Won’t Build A Flagship SUV Anytime Soon 11
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in opel, Reports, SUV, vauxhall on 08 11th, 2017


Plans for the Opel flagship SUV have been put on ice, after the brand was finally acquired by PSA, last week.
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