Manufacturers Opel

Opel is a German auto manufacturer owned by General Motors. Opel builds mostly rebadged GM products such as the Opel Ampera.

The New Popemobile is a Chevy Bolt in German Clothes

Vatican City wants to become the first C02 free country in the world through the use of electric mobility and renewable energy.

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Opel Sale to PSA Delayed Over Development Work

Haggling over future development work has delayed General Motors planned sale of its European operations to the PSA Group.  

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Gallery: Which One of These Euro Cars Would You Bring to North America?

European auto shows are a lot of fun, mainly because we get to see all the cool (and sometimes not so cool) cars that North Americans don’t get.

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General Motors Has Sold Off One of Its Automakers

France’s PSA Group has agreed to acquire General Motors’ Opel division.

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Opel Insignia Country Tourer Previews Buick Regal TourX

Jacked up, cladded, and ready for active service in America, what you see above is Opel’s next contribution to General Motors’ bottom line — the Insignia Country Tourer. You’ll know it soon as the 2018 Buick Regal TourX.

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GM Sale of Opel, Vauxhall to France's PSA Group Could Happen Within Days

Multiple media sources are reporting that an acquisition of General Motors’ European divisions by France’s PSA Group could occur within a matter of days.

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This is Basically the New Buick Regal Wagon

The upcoming Buick Regal Wagon will basically be a rebadged Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, which has just been released in Europe. 

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2018 Buick Regal Wagon Spotted Testing

With a strong crossover and sedan lineup in place, Buick is looking to add a few more interesting cars to the mix, including this more spacious Regal Wagon.

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10 Cars With Different Names in Different Countries

If you have done some traveling around the world, it’s likely you’ve seen the same cars abroad except with different names than what you’re used to in North America.

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Buick Regal Wagon Previewed in Opel Insignia Sports Tourer Spy Shots

Spy photographers have caught the new Opel Insignia Sports Tourer testing, which will head to the U.S. as the Buick Regal wagon.

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5 German Automakers Recall 630K Vehicles Over Diesel Emissions

Mercedes, Audi, Opel, Volkswagen and Porsche have announced a recall action that will see 630,000 vehicles brought in to fix their emissions management software.

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Tiny Opel Adam Probably Won't Arrive in US as a Buick Model

The Opel Adam is unlikely to head to the U.S. as a Buick model.

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2016 Opel Astra Named European Car of the Year

The 2016 Opel/Vauxhall Astra has been named the 2016 European Car of the Year. 

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Opel GT Concept Previews Its Futuristic Interior

The Opel GT Concept is showing off its interior ahead of its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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Opel GT Concept Previews Small GM Sports Car

Vauxhall and Opel are showing off their template for future sports cars at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

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Opel Monza Concept to Influence Next Buick Regal

The Opel Monza concept will strongly influence the styling direction of the next Insignia, sold in the U.S. as the Buick Regal.

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Opel Ampera Going to the Gallows

Europe’s counterpart to the Chevrolet Volt is slated for discontinuation.

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Your Next Buick May Be Built in Germany

Buick will soon be able to market itself, at least in part, as a company with “German car quality.”

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GM's All-New Ecotec Engine Family Detailed

General Motors unveiled its brand-new family of Ecotec small-displacement engines at its Powertrain Headquarters in Pontiac, Mich. this morning. The lineup will include 11 separate powerplants in both three- and four-cylinder configurations.

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New GM Three and Four Cylinder Engines Introduced

With a focus on fuel efficiency and power density, General Motors has introduced a new range of three and four-cylinder engines that will be used in 27 new vehicles by 2017.

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GM Trademarks Name for Possible Buick Convertible

General Motors has registered the Cascada and Calibra names with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, hinting that the Buick lineup is about to get new additions.

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Opel Cascada Could Be Heading to America Soon

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has made his desire to bring the Opel Cascada stateside very clear, and it appears that it, “could happen soon.”

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Opel Monza Concept Burns Electricity, Natural Gas

There wouldn’t be much for Buick to sell it if wasn’t for General Motors’ German subsidiary, Opel.

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Buick Mulls Opel Adam Based Mini-Car for U.S. Market

The MINI Cooper and Fiat 500 may soon have a rival in the U.S., but it won’t be a from another European automaker… or will it?

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Opel Monza Concept Encourages Futuristic Hitchhiking

The future is full of technology for General Motors subsidiaries Opel and Vauxhall.

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GM Debuts New Three-Cylinder Turbo Engine

General Motors unveiled its 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine bound initially for the Opal Adam city car ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut. 

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Opel/Vauxhall Monza Concept Teased – Video

Following closely on rumors of a new sporty coupe from GM’s European operations, the first images of a the Monza Concept have broken cover, suggesting a possible two-door for the Buick brand as well.

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Buick Grand National Previewed in Opel Monza Coupe?

According to recent reports, Opel will be heading to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show with a Monza coupe concept car.

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GM CEO Wants Opel Cascada, Adam Models Added to Buick Lineup

At an investor’s conference at General Motors‘ Detroit proving grounds this month, CEO Dan Akerson expressed his desire to add the Opel Adam and Cascada to the Buick model lineup.

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Opel Cascada Has Buick Regal Convertible Written All Over It

Rumors of the Opel Cascada heading to America as a Buick model surfaced late last year, so we decided to take a closer look at the convertible at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

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Opel Cascada Reportedly Greenlit for America

Recently unveiled for Europe, the Opel Cascada is headed to America suggest sources inside the company, likely badged as a Buick.

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Buick Convertible Teased by GM's Opel Brand

Once languishing Buick had new life breathed into its sails during GM’s restructuring and part of that was an expanded lineup, the latest of which might be a convertible.

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Chevy Bringing European 1.6-Liter Turbo Four to America

Opel‘s new 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be heading to America in 2014 and will be seen under the hood of various Chevrolet models.

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Opel Develops Intelligent LED Lighting Matrix – Video

Opel is now the first automaker to road-test a fully integrated matrix light in its prototype vehicles. Its new LED light matrix technology is designed to make night time driving safer by using high beams in standard driving mode.

While that may sound annoying to the other drivers on the road, the light matrix is designed to keep the beam glare free, automatically adapting it to the traffic situation. Essentially the LED light matrix can adjust more rapidly to the traffic situation than any other solution that relies on the driver, or is based on mechanical components.

By working in combination with the front camera, the matrix light will adjust the second the sensors from the camera detect light sources from oncoming or proceeding traffic. The area in front of the vehicle will be completely dimmed while the rest of the road will remain brightly illuminated. This help ensures that drivers in front of the light matrix aren’t pestered, but other non-illuminated obstacles remain well lit.

Each of the two matrix headlights consists of four light segments. Behind each segment, there are four different light sources that can be switched on or off individually, giving it 16 possible combinations per headlight. In total, there are 256 different light settings that will change and adjust without the driver noticing.

Opel plans to implement the LED lighting matrix in its vehicles over the next few years.

Watch a video of it in action after the break.

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Opel Ampera Wins 2012 Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally

When Opel/Vauxhall first announced that its Ampera plug-in hybrid electric vehicle would participate in the 13th International Monte Carlo Rally for alternative energy vehicles, it made a point to challenge the Tesla Roadster, which won the previous two years.

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Opel Ampera Breaks 7,000 Order Mark, Nearly Sold Out Until Years End

Chevrolet Volt sales in America haven’t been what GM had hoped with the American automaker even stopping production to let inventory numbers subside a bit.

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Opel Ampera To Participate In 2012 Rally Monte Carlo

Entering the Monte Carlo Rally for Alternative Energy Vehicles, the six Amperas will race against 150 other green cars in a series of stages starting March 22 from Annecy-le-Vieux, to Clermont-Ferrand, Luganu, and finally finishing three days later at Monaco.

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Opel Astra OPC Details Released – Video

German automaker Opel revealed the specifications and pricing on its hot new OPC today which has us hoping it might, in some form, make it to the U.S. market.

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Shock! Chevy Volt Wins European Car of the Year: 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Given that the Nissan Leaf was named European Car of the Year at the 81st annual Geneva Motor Show in 2011 and the buzz surrounding electric vehicles shows no signs of abating, it probably wasn’t surprising that in 2012, the Chevy Volt and Opel/Vauxhall Ampera (it’s European market derivative), garnered the annual ECOTY award this time around..

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GM, Peugeot-Citroen in Talks for Possible Alliance

We’ve already got the Renault/Nissan Alliance, so why not a General Motors/ PSA Peugeot-Citroen one? Well according to PSA Chief Executive Philippe Varin that might just be a possibility, at least from a manufacturing standpoint.

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General Motors Posts Record Profit in 2011, Still Lacks in Many Areas


Announcing its 2011 financial results, General Motors has reported record profits of $7.6 billion, an incredible 62 percent increase from last year. Its previous record was $6.7 billion in 1997.

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Opel to Debut Astra OPC/VXR and Mokka Crossover at Geneva Auto Show

Opel and Vauxhall have announced the lineup of debuts for the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show, with the highly-anticipated Astra OPC/VXR headlining the booth.

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Opel Allegra "Junior" Spied: Could Buick Get a Micro-Car? [Spy Photos]

In 1989, Rick Moranis played a nerdy dad who accidentally downsized his children to an insect scale in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. He probably wouldn’t have believed it if someone told him that 23 years later automakers would be doing the same thing to their cars.

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2012 European Car of The Year Short List Announced

For the first time in it’s 47 year history, the European award for car of the year will be announced at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show.

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Opel Ampera Deliveries Halted Amid Chevrolet Volt Fire Investigations

Last month, GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the Chevy  Volt’s fire hazards after the electric vehicle suffered collision. As investigations continue, GM’s Opel react by announcing the delay of Ampera deliveries throughout Europe until a solution to the defect is found.

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GM Efforts Failed To Achieve Profitability For Opel

General Motor‘s European subsidiary, Opel has contributed greatly to GM’s engineering and technology development. Despite this, Opel has had difficulty making profit. GM Vice Chairman and Opel’s supervisory board chairman, Stephen Girsky explained to Financial Times Deutschland, “Unfortunately, our plan for making Opel profitable this year did not work.”

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Opel Insignia Gets New Biturbo Diesel

Opel, General Motors’ German wing is boasting big changes to their Insignia sedan, including a new biturbo diesel.The engine makes 195 horsepower and about 295 foot-pounds of torque, but the real eye-catcher on the new engine is fuel consumption and emissions. The new Insignia is only supposed to emit 129g/km of CO2 and achieves 48 miles-per-gallon.

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GM Moves Forward With Opel Restructuring

It’s no secret that General Motors’ European arm, Opel/Vauxhall has been struggling. With an ongoing debt crisis in Europe, high labor costs in Germany and regional status, Opel is finding the going difficult against many rival automakers in its homeland, including traditional competitor VW, whose tentacles stretch far beyond the boundaries of Europe.

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Chevy Volt Plant Delays Second Shift

General Motors has announced its decision to delay the addition of a second shift for the Chevy Volt assembly plant.

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General Motors Regional Divisions Now Profitable, Opel Included

While General Motors seemed desperate to sell Opel back in 2009, GM CEO Dan Akerson now says that the terms of the sale were a “bad deal” and that Opel, along with GM’s other global divisions, are now profitable.

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2012 Car of the Year Candidates Chosen

It’s that time of the year again as Car of the Year begins the laborious task of whittling down new Car of the Year contenders for 2012.

A total of 59 journalists, representing automotive authorities across 23 European countries, have been recruited for the task of choosing top car. The number of journalists to represent each country is based on the relative size of the said country’s car market. Countries like Spain, Germany, Italy, and Great Britain have a well established market, and each will be represented by six journalists.

As for cars, only completely redesigned new models that have launched within the twelve months before the contest are counted. Each car must be available in at least five European countries and must have an expected sales volume no less than 5,000.

Categories considered include design, safety, performance, and price. This year, says the judging committee, technical innovation and value will be especially influential. What also makes Car of the Year unique is the absence of separate genres for its candidates. Rather than selecting the best of the compacts or the best trucks, vehicles with all sorts of engine size and body types will be vying for the same allotment of points.

Comparison testing of the vehicles will be performed in Sweden.

The following 35 candidates selected for the 2012 Car of the Year award include:

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Buick Rebadged Opel Astra GTC Could Be Built In North America

For quite some time now, GM executives in North America have been contemplating distributing Opel’s Astra GTC as a Buick in America. Now there’s a chance that the three-door, sporty vehicle could even be produced in America.

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Opel/Vauxhall Electric Two-Seater Previewed Revealed Ahead of Frankfurt Debut

General Motors’ European arm, Opel/Vauxhall, has announced that it will reveal a radical looking two-seater EV concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show.

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Opel Unveiling Astra GTC, Zafira Tourer, Surprise Vehicle At Frankfurt Auto Show

Opel is set to make an impression as this year’s Frankfurt Show which takes place on September 15th to the 25th. Their main focus will be the surprise debut of an experimental car which Opel claims will emphasize the passion for driver-focused vehicles.

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Berlin Protestors Setting Luxury Cars On Fire

Spurred by the recent riots in London, the Germans have taken to the streets—and their target are the Mercedes, BMW, and Audi cars owned by “fat cats” that are ruining their country.

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GM Calls Volkswagen's Opel-Selling Comments "Regrettable"

Well, this is awkward. Volkswagen said some while back that GM might be selling Opel, possibly to them. It was a statement made by a chief executive, then repeated by German media, then finally catching the attention of GM itself. And now GM is distancing itself from such rumors, calling the statement “regrettable.”

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GM Confirms Commitment to Opel, No Plans to Sell Says CEO Akerson

Given its recent financial performance and the fact that that GM’s CEO isn’t happy about the situation, nor the time it’s taking to re-structure Vauxhall/ Opel; rumors have been flying once again that the General’s European operations might be up for sale.

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GM Considering Selling Opel Again, This Time To Volkswagen

GM last tried to sell Opel in 2009 before giving the ailing brand another chance. But despite increasing its lineup with new vehicles, and even increased sales, the company continues to bleed cash. “[GM CEO Dan] Akerson is fed up with Opel, and the turnaround isn’t gaining traction,” said an anonymous source inside the company. Unsurprisingly, nobody is willing to comment on the situation—though Klaus Franz, head of Opel’s works council, called the sale “pure speculation.” So there’s that.

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Vauxhall/Opel Insignia To Spawn Coupe Variant

A “leaked document” (read: dubious rumor) claims that a coupe variant of the Opel Insignia sedan, may wear the famed Calibra badge. The previous Calibra was known for its slippery styling and turbocharged engines, and the Insignia would make a worthy successor.

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Opel Insignia OPC Unlimited Tops Out At 168 MPH!

General Motors European division Opel seems to be playing on the autobahn recently, because they have just unveiled a new version of the Insignia family car (sold as the Buick Regal here in America) called the OPC Unlimited.

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