Official: All New Opel Insignia Revealed

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Earlier this week Dutch car magazine AutoWeek spilled the beans by publishing seven images of the all new Opel Insignia on their website but failed to supply official information. Today Opel released the official documents and images!

Opel is turning a page with the new Insignia, signalling a new era with an all new car, new name and a (although slightly) redesigned emblem, coinciding with Vauxhall's new emblem. The sedan and hatchback will make their public debuts at this summer's British International Motor Show in London.

GM Europe’s International Technical Development Center in Rüsselsheim, Germany is responsible for the design which stands out in a few ways. First the coupe-like roof line on the notchback, the new head and rearlights with Opel's new 'wing' signature and the 'blade' side contour. The new design cues continue inside with a dashboard that wraps from the instrument panel to the door, a new feature which will be applied to Opel's future models.

The headlights come with Opel's new AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting) system, a system which allows the lights to automatically adjust its lighting in nine different ways according to the circumstances. They also feature LED daytime running lights, these LED lights use far less energy than regular lights and cut CO2 emissions from 6g/km to nearly zero.

The Opel Insignia will be available with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. The AWD is fitted with the FlexRide mechatronic chassis system with its Adaptive Stability Technology, but is also optional for the FWD models. Seven engines will be offered at first, 4 petrol engines ranging from a 4-cylinder 115 hp unit to a 260 hp V6 and three new 2.0 liter direct-injection diesels ranging from 110 to 160 hp. A less environmentally taxing EcoFLEX version will be on offer subsequently.

“As each feature demonstrates, the Insignia is the result of our quest to develop a car that combines striking design, excellent driving dynamics and innovative technology” says Hans H. Demant, Managing Director, Adam Opel GmbH.

Source: Opel
Published Apr 18th, 2008 11:47am By Frank de Leeuw van Weenen

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unknownuser unknownuser
It looks like a BMW 3, from front and back. Just a bit diffrent. And for info im not BMW fan:P
May 5th, 2008 8:54am
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"absolutely hehhe"; not the taste of cars, but we at least share the same sense of humor..hehhe. Sales will be the answer my friend, the sales.
Apr 23rd, 2008 6:56am
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leons leons
"It seems that GM design studios must be employing most of you who did not like the design and did find it looking like 5 or 6 different cars on the market, it is pitty that they do not get the use of your opinions" absolutely hehhe
Apr 23rd, 2008 4:55am
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wiking wiking
YES, the car is looking great, kicks passat and mondeo. And by the way, the boomerang design on the doors, around the foglights, ledlamp integrated in the headlamps & taillamps. Sucsess of course, well done russelsheim..
Apr 22nd, 2008 5:17am
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It seems that GM design studios must be employing most of you who did not like the design and did find it looking like 5 or 6 different cars on the market, it is pitty that they do not get the use of your opinions...
Apr 21st, 2008 8:56pm
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ck314 ck314
nvm for the pic #3, it was on another sitecom :o
Apr 21st, 2008 1:29am
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ck314 ck314
"The stylized slash on the body side echos no other angle on the vehicle side." Wrong. It actually describes a boomerang shape going back through the rear bumper inferior crease. Pic #3 depicts the hatch version, and for once I find it more appealing than the classic sedan. This is probably the best looking Opel in decades, but needs to be evaluated in person. Where are the interior pics though...
Apr 21st, 2008 1:13am
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DieselDog DieselDog
I see some 5-series lines and a Hoffmeister kink, (US) Honda Accord, Chevy Malibu, and others. The look is good, but incongruent. The stylized slash on the body side echos no other angle on the vehicle side. The same can be said of the cutline on the read quarter: the line is not parralell to the cutline on the door. Why not? The back end is very busy - too many surfaces, cuts, curves and intersecting lines to be called a "clean" design - the the overall look of the car is nice. I'm sure they will sell.
Apr 20th, 2008 5:21pm
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architect architect
its unbelivable how boring that car looks like. simply dull. who designs those opels?! each side of the car looks like from the other model. doesnt it? Opel Insignia. A perfect car for those who dont care how they look like! :-)
Apr 19th, 2008 7:53pm
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v6s_stink v6s_stink
I agree with BabyMilo. The first thing I noticed was that this is more of a montage of five or six other cars than a design. The Passat, camry (doesn't deserve to an uppercase in a discussion about design), Sebring, the 7 series and some recently replaced low budget Pontiac all appear in this car. Sculpture and German precision, if the marketing people can say that with a straight face they should do live comedy skits.
Apr 19th, 2008 1:29pm
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designerr designerr
stylish and clean design
Apr 19th, 2008 1:54am
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ck314 ck314
um they fit 19" rims on it, so it looks smaller than it actually is, 17-18" would be more adequate.. anyway, i think it's one of the best looking generic-brand sedans, right behind the new C5
Apr 19th, 2008 1:12am
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peterjames7 peterjames7
in the video it has alot of 5 series about it
Apr 18th, 2008 8:15pm
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michelin901 michelin901
anonymous design
Apr 18th, 2008 6:12pm
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joelynn joelynn
very handsome, much nicer than the Mondeo- classier. However it does look rather like the new Passat CC- no bad thing. The small family class got stylish (except for the Focus) and now its the turn of the large family saloon.
Apr 18th, 2008 6:11pm
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opel's official site gmnext2008.com has better ones but you need a password :)
Apr 18th, 2008 5:57pm
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now, that is the car...although we were expecting 1.9cdti with 180hp, but it seems that it will have 160hp at the begining
Apr 18th, 2008 5:50pm
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leons leons
why are the pics so low quality? that sucks!
Apr 18th, 2008 5:47pm
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
i just think that there are too many cars in this car it just looks bad
Apr 18th, 2008 3:00pm
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