Opel Insignia Wins European Car of the Year

Opel Insignia
Opel Insignia

In some good news for GM - Opel Insignia wins European Car of the Year

Finally, some good news for GM.

GM Europe's Opel division has taken the European Car of the Year award for the first time in 22 years.

The Opel Insignia, the latest mid-sized sedan from the German automakers, beat out Ford's new Fiesta by just one point to win the top prize.

The Insignia comes with a range of four 2.0 liter diesel engines (from 110 to 190 hp) and four gasoline engines which top out with a 2.8 liter V6 turbo with 260 hp. It has won largely positive reviews for its top notch styling and improvements in driving dynamics.

Car sales in Europe have been hit hard by the current crisis. New car sales were down 14.5 percent in October compared to the same period last year for the Europe region, which includes the 27 EU states and other European countries too, according to figures compiled by ACEA, the industry group that represents automakers in Europe.

The other runner ups were the Alfa Romeo Mito, the Citroen C5, Skoda's latest Superb, the Renault Megane and the Mk VI of the VW Golf.


Source: COTY
Published Nov 17th, 2008 4:54pm By Alex Ricciuti
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weezychest weezychest
nice, very nice
Nov 21st, 2008 6:54pm
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xtreme_opc xtreme_opc
VW they use the same way with there cars like opel with many clones audi is almost the same as VW if u wanna buy opel u will know qwq its opel dosnt matter the clones also new astra will win the compact car of the world we will see opel is asuccessful brand thats why GM use them alot .
Nov 19th, 2008 4:20pm
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trailer trailer
It is a great car, but GM is acting so stupidly, having so many clones with different badges and brands etc. Look at VW, they have the same strong brand like Passat and Golf all around the world, what other example you need ?
Nov 18th, 2008 6:39pm
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9TNine 9TNine
Proof the GM can build decent cars... ...at least by their Euro division. Now if only the US division could do the same, GM wouldn't be in all this mess!
Nov 18th, 2008 8:07am
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Iconic Iconic
GM should scrap the Buick brand and create a new one so they can sell this car in the US. I would never buy this if it were called a buick regal.. which apparently is being sold as in China. Heck.. they should have brought the opel brand here a long time ago. They got rid of oldsmobile, they should do the same with buick. this car has a high potential to steal away nissan/infiniti customers.
Nov 18th, 2008 3:55am
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NaBUru38 NaBUru38
GM has already done that with Saturn, iconic. They already offer the Astra and the Antara. Btw, WCF, the Insignia isn't precisely a "mid-sized sedan". It's also offered in hatchback (aka liftback) and wagon/estate bodystyles.
Nov 19th, 2008 11:46pm
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Motor_Yakuza Motor_Yakuza
Nice one GM, now we will see the clones ,Buik Regal, Saturn Aura, and another 1 or 2, I'm sure GM will find a way to clone it in more then 2 copies.
Nov 18th, 2008 1:58am
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Michael Michael
A nice looking car. And now Opel took a step forward with the new 2.0 CDTI 140 kW (400 Nm of torque) 4x4 automatic transmission. Volkswagen, when are we going to see a Passat 2.0 TDI 4Motion with DSG...
Nov 18th, 2008 1:53am
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giga_games giga_games
I knew it would win but i don't like the interior as much, maybe the german government helps now opel
Nov 18th, 2008 1:37am
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Good job Opel. Very nice looking car from them. It's realy a nice step up. This car looks great plus the interior also and with it's V6 engine i think it's a good compititor with the Passat.
Nov 18th, 2008 12:24am
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alessandro alessandro
What a car, Opel! Exellente, incl. interior.
Nov 17th, 2008 10:29pm
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carcrazy1234 carcrazy1234
probably based off the new malibu over in north america... but that's a really nice looking car. i like it. :D
Nov 17th, 2008 10:29pm
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9TNine 9TNine
excuse me, based on the new Malibu...?? that's BS!
Nov 18th, 2008 8:08am
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carcrazy1234 carcrazy1234
makes sense dude... gm owns opel (as far as i know)... annnd they usually tend o use similar if not same chassis's to save money. many companies do that and its quite normal. this just looks far better than the malibu lol. even the malibu is a very nice looking car... but i'd go for this even though its probably the same chassis.
Nov 20th, 2008 7:56am
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