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Opel GT Concept unveiled as template for future sports cars

GM’s European subsidiary, Opel, has unveiled its GT Concept ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The GT Concept is being described as “purebred, pared down, yet unashamedly avant-garde”, the turbocharged, front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports concept is even devoid of door handles and door …

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Opel Astra TCR race car teased ahead of Frankfurt debut

Following Volkswagen unveiling of the Golf R for the Touring Car Racing series earlier this month, Opel has also jumped on the bandwagon by introducing the Astra built to TCR regulations. Set to premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the Opel Astra TCR will feature a full race …

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2016 Opel/Holden Astra officially breaks cover

Further to yesterday’s leaked photos, Opel has officially unveiled its 2016 Astra K ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Headlining the new model is a weight reduction of up to 200kg, depending on model and trim. The car’s bodyshell itself is 20% lighter than outgoing …

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All-new 2016 Opel/Holden Astra leaked!

The first official photos of the all-new 2016 Opel Astra have found their way onto the web, thanks to an Italian website. The fifth-generation Astra is likely to arrive in Australia wearing a Holden badge next year. Based on General Motor’s new Delta platform, which also underpins the next-generation Cruze, …

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Opel Corsa OPC officially unwrapped

General Motors’ European subsidiary Opel has taken the wraps off the Corsa OPC, the performance flagship for the fifth-generation Corsa city hatchback. Developed in part by Holden at its engineering and design centre in Melbourne, the Opel Corsa OPC, also called the Vauxhall Corsa VXR in the UK, is set …

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Opel unleashes 224kW Astra OPC EXTREME

Opel has unleashed its Astra OPC EXTREME ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Honed on the challenging Nürburgring Nordschleife, the fastest-ever Astra is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injected petrol engine developing over 300hp (224kW). The all-aluminium engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox transferring …

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Opel bringing Astra OPC X-treme concept to Geneva

GM’s German arm, Opel will be unveiling “super sports car” at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The study follows the tradition of the Astra OPC X-treme Concept shown in 2002 (red car pictured). Based on the Astra OPC Cup racecar from the Nürburgring Endurance Championship (VLN), the concept will …

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Opel Monza Concept unveiled ahead of Frankfurt debut

The Opel Monza Concept has been unveiled ahead of its debut at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show next month. Designed as a study, the concept shows what people can expect from Opel in the future, both in terms of design language and technology. “The Monza Concept represents the Opel …

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Breaking News: Opel calls it quits in Australia

After only one year, Opel is exiting the Australian market. Launched in August 2012 with three cars – the Corsa, Astra and Insignia, General Motor’s European division sold just 541 vehicles last year, with a further 989 sold this year to June. In its press statement, Opel Australia said: “In …

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Opel Monza Concept to debut at Frankfurt

Opel has released a sneak peak of the Monza Concept ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show debut this September. The concept is a study that will have a long term impact on next generation Opel models. The Monza Concept aims to demonstrate the German firm’s advanced use of architectural materials, …

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Opel Astra GTC Sport gets new 1.6 SIDI Turbo and 6-speed auto

Opel will debut its new 1.6-litre SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) turbo petrol engine in the Opel Astra GTC Sport next month. Mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, the new automatic Astra GTC Sport will be priced from $36,990, or $2,000 more than the manual. The new 1.6-litre SIDI …

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Opel Astra passess 100,000km endurance test with flying colours

The respected German trade journal auto motor und sport has named the Opel Astra Sports Tourer CDTI the best small car ever in its 100,000 kilometre endurance test. In the current issue (12/2013), the author writes, “In terms of reliability, (the Astra Sports Tourer) completed the 100,000 kilometre distance with flying colours …

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