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Opel at 65th Frankfurt International Motor Show By Brian Foley

This year’s Frankfurt Show was also an ‘Opel Show’ with the German brand sporting no less than seven world premieres The new Opel Insignia OPC has a fresh look, re-worked chassis and innovative infotainment. The Insignia Country Tourer (sporting estate) joins as the hatchback, saloon and Sports Tourer models – all with a new design, trendsetting infotainment and the latest high tech low emission engines.

The Opel Monza concept was the star of the show, a dramatic 4-door coupe with ‘gull wing’ doors and lots of styling features that will appear on future production models across the Opel model range.

Opel show what modern day driving has to offer with innovative models and infotainment solutions such as the ADAM Black Link and the ADAM White Link. New engines are 200hp 1.6 SIDI turbo and the new family of small petrol engines, coupled with a new 6-speed transmission.

“We are now better positioned than ever before with our broad portfolio of attractive models and trendsetting technologies that will pave the way for Opel’s future success,” says Dave Sheeran, Managing Director of Opel Ireland.

With 325hp and 435 Nm maximum torque, the Insignia OPC is the ultimate top-of-the-line performer, with various chassis, suspension, steering and braking upgrades to cope with the high performance.

Inside the cabin, Recaro performance seats, OPC gearshift knob and a completely new main instrument panel and centre console exude a pure motorsport ambiance. Beyond basic information, drivers can see specific performance details on the optional, 8-inch instrument readout display.

The new performance steering wheel (optionally heated) features shift levers with automatic transmission, enabling rapid manual shifts, even when in automatic mode, combining the advantages of a manual and automatic operation.

The Insignia OPC sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds (Sports Tourer: 6.3 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). In unrestricted specification, the OPC with manual transmission goes on to a maximum speed of 270 km/h (Sports Tourer: 265 km/h). The high performance, Brembo braking system ensures rapid deceleration with maximum stability, even during high-intensity use.

New Insignia: Class-leading Efficiency, Aerodynamics & Technology
The new Opel Insignia comes in three body variants: 4-door, 5-door and Sports Tourer, with interior and exterior styling changes, and is now the most aerodynamic hatchback in the world.

Insignia’s new 2.0 litre diesel engine in 4 and 5-door models, gives low CO2 emissions of 99 g/km, consuming just 3.7 litres of fuel per 100 km over the combined cycle. The 1.4 turbo petrol engine with manual transmission delivers140hp and 200 Nm of torque (220 Nm with overboost), it needs only 5.2 litres of fuel per 100 km and emits 123 g/km CO2 (Sports Tourer 5.6 l/100 km and 131 g/km CO2).

The all-new generation 1.6 SIDI (Spark Ignition Direct Injection) turbo petrol engine delivers 170hp and 260 Nm of torque (280 Nm with overboost), boasts superb power development and excellent running smoothness with high fuel economy.

The new infotainment system, IntelliLink, integrates many smartphone functions into the car and can be operated intuitively and simply via a class-leading touchscreen and touchpad, or steering wheel controls, as well as voice commands.

The Opel Insignia Country Tourer is a sporty estate with its higher ground clearance, protective under-body guards front and rear, prominent wheel-arches and lower body cladding, and dual exhaust tailpipes. All-wheel drive ensures grip and additional safety in all driving conditions. The Country Tourer will launch in 2014 in Ireland with the 2.0 CDTi 163hp unit.

Opel Adam 1.0-litre SIDI turbo Pocket Rocket
With three all-new engine types and the introduction of 13 new power units through to 2016, Opel is enhancing its engine portfolio. The newly-designed 1.0 litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 115bhp power output will transform the Opel Adam into a real pocket rocket.It makes its debut with a newly-developed 6-speed manual gearbox in the Opel ADAM next year.