Archive for the ‘Opel’ Category

Astra VXR Extreme could turn fantasy into reality

This Opel/Vauxhall Astra VXR Extreme is about to hit the halls in Geneva and while there may be more exotic cars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and some unknown Euro startup manufacturer not many will be quite as cool as this. Much like the equally awesome Renault Megane R26.R, this is a hi-po stripped […]

This is what we’re missing out on

Opel is bringing a refreshed line up of Insignia models to Frankfurt and Vauxhall UK brings us up to speed on the VXR SuperSport. In short, it’s their go fast version of the mid-size Insignia, available as Hatch or Sports Tourer (pictured). Of course, it’s the estate layout that’s the pick of the bunch. The […]

Opel to cease Australian operations

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Opel Australia has announced today that it will be ceasing its local operations. It’s been a very brief flirtation with Australia and comes just over 12 months since Opel presented itself to local buyers at the Australian International Motor Show. Since sales commenced last year the brand has sold 1530 vehicles in Australia to the […]

2013 Geneva Motor Show in pictures – part 2

You can have your fancy pants limited-edition Lambo, or your stonking new LaFerrari, even the McLaren P1; we’re not really interested. The car of Geneva, for us, is the Porsche 911 GT3. That’s the one we’d like to take home and get intimate with. And so begins the second and final part of our Geneva […]

“Hatchbacks are just cool aren’t they!”

Chris Harris has just had a play with three of the hottest hot hatchbacks money can buy: the hideous yet apparently very capable Ford Focus ST, the media’s favourite Renault Megane RS265 and the Vauxhall Astra VXR (coming to Australia as the Opel Astra OPC). True to form the outcome follows the expected script, but […]

Is the 206kW Astra OPC any good?

After seeing the Opel Astra OPC in the metal at the motor show in Sydney we’ve become very interested in the car. Frankly, having access to 206kW for a quite reasonable $42,990 will do that. But all that power, plus a massive 400Nm of torque, going through the front wheels only—that can’t be good, can […]

AIMS 2012 gallery: Opel

Bill Mott, Opel Australia Managing Director, was proud as punch standing alongside the Astra OPC at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show. And well he might have been, for he has presented Australian buyers with the cheapest 206kW money can buy. At $42,990, plus on roads, the Opel OPC is a genuine performance bargain. It’s […]

Opel Australia to launch with 17 dealerships

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Opel Australia has announced a total of 17 dealerships will carry the brand when it launches here in September. The initial dealership rollout will centre around Australia’s major metropolitan areas, with Darwin the only capital city to miss out on representation. Bill Mott, Opel Australia boss, explains the majority of the dealerships will operate from […]

Opel Australia secures latest Astra for September launch

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Opel Australia has confirmed the latest iteration of the Astra will be sold in Australia when the car hits local showrooms in September. Included in the local lineup will be the versatile Tourer (wagon). Bill Mott, Opel Australia Managing Director, says support from Germany has enabled production for Australian delivered cars to be brought forward […]

2012 Geneva Motor Show in pictures – part 2

Here’s the second and final part of our 2012 Geneva Motor Show photo gallery, featuring manufacturers from L–Z (well V actually). Highlights include the Aventador J pictured above along with a reappearance of the stylish Mazda Takeri concept. The awesome Pagani Huayra is also on show, check the raw carbon fibre model, it looks sublime. […]

Geneva 2012: Vauxhall Astra VXR

Vauxhall has just announced details of its aggressive new Astra VXR. In coupé form they have stated clearly they want the VXR to tackle the Volkswagen Scirocco R and Renault Megane RS 250 head on. Making a good start in that battle is the VXR’s 2.0 litre turbocharged engine which produces 280PS (206kW) and 400Nm. […]

Opel confirms 3dr Astra GTC for Australia

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Opel Australia has confirmed they will be adding the three door GTC hatch to its range when the Astra launches here towards the end of the year. Bill Mott, Opel Australia Managing Director, says the GTC is the pinnacle of the Astra line, “Opel designers wanted the Astra GTC to be the ultimate expression of […]

3 door Astra GTC being considered for Australia

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Opel revealed the production version of its three-door Astra GTC at Frankfurt last month. Here’s a few pics we’ve raided from the Vauxhall press gallery. Also included are three videos showing the car in a real world context. Speaking about the launch of the GTC, Opel Australia Managing Director, Bill Mott, said “Astra GTC is […]

Opel Australia confirms 2012 product range

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Opel Australia will launch their product range next year. Bill Mott, Opel Australia Managing Director, used the recent Frankfurt Motor Show to confirm Australia’s model line-up. According to Opel over two-thirds of new car sales in Australia are from the small to medium segments. So it’s no surprise that the expected line-up of Insignia, Astra and […]