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Opel Insignia Tourer Makes For A Slick-Lookin’ Taxi 7
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in opel, Opel Insignia, taxi on 12 7th, 2017


Visit most any city in Europe and most of the taxi cabs are bound to be Mercedes – E-Class sedans especially. But that’s not the only option, as another German automaker is here to point out.

That automaker is Opel, which is showcasing its new Insignia wagon as an ideal taxicab.

Instead of simply selling the consumer version and letting the cabdrivers, fleet operators, or upfitters perform the modifications, Opel offers the Insignia with just about everything need for taxicab duty straight from the factory – from the illuminated roof sign to a meter integrated into the rearview mirror.

Professional drivers can choose between the svelte Insignia Sports Tourer or the more rugged Insignia Country Tourer, in either Taxi Selection or Taxi Dynamic trim, with varying equipment levels, priced from €22,639 in Germany (before tax).

Either way, you’re looking at a nearly 20-cubic-foot luggage compartment expandable to almost 60 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat, making the Insignia a rather flexible and accommodating way to move passengers and their stuff.

Drivers who need more needn’t look far, as Opel also offers taxi versions of the Zafira minivan and Vivaro full-size van for commercial transportation as well.

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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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GM Was Reportedly Losing $12,000 On Every Opel Ampera-E 4
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Electric Vehicles, GM, opel, Opel Ampera-e, PSA, Reports on 12 4th, 2017


In the short time that the Opel Ampera-e was sold in Europe under GM ownership, the carmaker was reportedly losing 10,000 euros ($11,900) on every vehicle it sold.

On the back of reports that PSA wants a refund of almost $1 billion from GM following its purchase of the Opel brand, Reuters has uncovered the costs which GM was sustaining when selling the European variant of the Chevrolet Bolt.

As Inside EVs reports, this isn’t good for PSA. When negotiating a deal with General Motors, the French multinational manufacturer would have thought the Opel Ampera-e could play an important role in it reducing emissions across Europe to meet stringent standards. However, the company is now left in a position of losing extraordinary amounts of money in continuing to sell the Ampera-e or killing off the vehicle and risk failing to meet EU emissions regulations.

On paper, the Opel Ampera-e has all the right figures to be an exceptionally popular EV available to the masses. In September, a pair of journalists in Germany were able to travel 754.9 km (469 miles) on a single charge with the Ampera-e, despite the hatchback ‘only’ having a NEDC estimated range of 520 km (323 miles).

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Opel Grandland X Gets New Diesel Engine With 8-Speed Auto, “Ultimate” Trim 1
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, opel, Opel Grandland X, prices on 12 1st, 2017


Opel have expanded the Grandland X family by launching a new diesel version and a novel, range-topping trim.

The engine is a 2.0-liter unit, which is mated to a new 8-speed automatic transmission and puts out 177PS (175hp) and 400Nm (295lb-ft) of torque. According to Opel, this version of the Grandland X will sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.1 seconds and top out at 214 km/h (133 mph), while turning out an average fuel consumption of less than 5 lt/100 km (56 UK mpg / 47 US mpg).

Pricing for the Grandland X equipped with the new oil burner and automatic gearbox starts from €37,320 ($44,227) in Germany, tax included.

As for the new grade, its called the “Ultimate” and is billed as a premium trim that sits at the top of the new crossover’s range. Pricing starts from €34,240 ($40,577) in Germany, with other markets to follow shortly.

Setting the Opel Grandland X Ultimate apart from the rest of the models are 19-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails and diamond black roof and side mirrors on the outside, while in the cabin there are new seats, leather trim, a Denon premium audio system, OnStar personal connectivity and service assistant and smartphone integration.

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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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2018 Citroen Berlingo And Peugeot Partner Vans Get 3008’s Upscale Interior 27
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Citroen, Citroen Berlingo, Citroen Scoops, opel, Opel Combo, Opel Scoops, PEUGEOT, Peugeot Partner, Peugeot Scoops, PSA, Scoops on 11 27th, 2017


The latest spy shots of the PSA Group’s next Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner twins allow us to take a peek inside the new van for the first time.

These reveal a very un-van-y interior as it appears that PSA is going to use the same “i-Cockpit” design philosophy that kickstarted with the Peugeot 3008.

As you can see, the dashboard features the infotainment system on top of the central air-vents, with the gear lever positioned higher and closer to the steering wheel.

The existing generation of PSA’s LCVs has been around since 2008, making them the oldest models in the segment. The new ones will apparently feature more of everything, including better fuel economy, bigger dimensions and of course more volume for loading stuff. Payloads are expected to increase, with reports suggesting the new LCVs to offer at least one tonne.

Also the new generation of the Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Partner will gain another identical sibling in the form of the Opel/Vauxhall Combo. All three models are expected to distance themselves from one to another, with different lights all around, front fascia and possible some interior touches. The vans are also expected to feature the 1.2-liter three-cylinder PureTech petrol unit as well as a new 1.5-liter HDI diesel engine.

All three models will be produced at PSA’s Vigo factory in Spain, with their debut set around spring 2018, possibly at the Geneva Motor Show.

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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 Teases Mysterious Vehicle, Can You Tell What It Is? 9
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, opel, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


Opel has released a mysterious teaser image that partially reveals what appears to be an entirely new product.

Posted on their official Twitter account, the picture probably depicts an SUV that lacks a conventional front grille, suggesting perhaps the use of an electric powertrain.

Other features visible are the reversed L-shaped LED daytime running lights, a muscular hood, a rugged-looking front bumper, and chunky tires, which makes us wonder whether this might provide a glimpse into some sort of flagship SUV.

If that’s the case, know that Opel/Vauxhall have already announced that such a flagship vehicle will be produced in Russelsheim before the end of the decade, likely underpinned by the PSA EMP2 platform.

Joining the Mokka X, Crossland X, and Grandland X, the brand’s flagship SUV will sit at the top of the range, alongside the Insignia, as part of a product offensive than includes several new models. It’s also believed to share a thing or two with the new Peugeot 5008, including the EMP2 platform, and that it might challenge the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq, Nissan X-Trail, and Hyundai Santa Fe, among others.

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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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Opel Crossland X Gets New LPG Version, From €21,200 14
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LPG, new cars, opel, Opel Crossland X, prices on 10 14th, 2017


Unveiled earlier this year, the Opel Crossland X can now be ordered with an LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) powertrain.
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Opel Insignia GSi Is 12 Seconds Faster Than Its Predecessor On The Nürburgring 11
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Nurburgring, opel, Opel Insignia, Opel Videos, video on 10 11th, 2017


Opel introduced the Insignia GSi a few months ago but the company has just revealed the model is up to 12 seconds faster on the Nürburgring Nordschleife than its predecessor.
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