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Opel

German automobile company founded by Adam Opel in 1862 add

Category: Business (14)

Founded in 1862.

Countries: Germany (29%), United States (19%), (13%)

Main connections: Vauxhall Motors, General Motors, Holden

Linked to: Saturn Corporation, Buick, Opel Eisenach, Vauxhall Motors

 

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1862

"' Adam Opel AG"' is a German automobile company founded by Adam Opel in 1862 add something

 

The company was founded in Rüsselsheim, Hesse, Germany, on January 21, 1862, by Adam Opel add something


1866

In 1866, they expanded and started to produce bicycles add something


1888

Because of the quick growth of his business, in 1888 the production was relocated from the cowshed to a more spacious building in Rüsselsheim add something

 

The RV 1888 Opel Rüsselsheim is a cycling club add something


1890

Around 1890, the logo was completely redesigned add something


1895

At the time of Opel's death in 1895, he was the leader in both markets add something


1899

Opel has been building automobiles since 1899, and became an Aktiengesellschaft in 1929 add something

 

The first cars were produced in 1899 after Opel's sons entered into a partnership with Friedrich Lutzmann, a locksmith at the court in Dessau in Saxony-Anhalt, who had been working on automobile designs for some time add something


1901

These cars were not very successful and so the partnership was dissolved after two years, following which Opel's sons signed a licensing agreement in 1901 with the French Automobiles Darracq S.A. to manufacture vehicles under the brand name "Opel Darracq" add something


1902

It was placed on the motorcycles that they had started to produce in 1902, and on the first cars which were produced in 1909 add something

 

The company first showed cars of its own design at the 1902 Hamburg Motor Show, and started manufacturing them in 1906, with Opel Darracq production being discontinued in 1907 add something


1910

In 1910, the logo was the shape of an eye, and it was surrounded by laurels, with the text "Opel" in the center add something


1911

In 1911, the company's factory was virtually destroyed by fire and a new one was built with more up-to-date machinery add something


1914

By 1914, Opel had become the largest German manufacturer of motor vehicles add something


1920

In the early 1920s, Opel became the first German car manufacturer to incorporate a mass production assembly line in the building of their automobiles add something


1924

In 1924, they used their assembly line to produce a new open two-seater called the "Laubfrosch" add something


1929

It became a majority-stake subsidiary of the American General Motors Corporation in 1929 and has been a wholly owned subsidiary since 1931 add something

 

Adam Opel - In a series of transactions between 1929 and 1931, the Opel family sold their business, Adam Opel AG, to General Motors Corporation, and it became a subsidiary


1930

From the late 1930s to the 1980s, terms from the German Navy and from other official sectors were often used as model names add something

 

In spite of stifling red tape, the economic atmosphere in Germany in the 1930s had powerfully fertilized the growth of this and other auto companies add something


1931

This quite complicated system was replaced by the given engine displacement in 1931, which was kept only until 1937 add something


1934

Karl Stief, who had been chief engineer at Opel since 1934, useful changes were made to this tough little car add something


1935

Subsequently, during 1935, a second factory was built at Brandenburg for the production of "Blitz" light trucks add something

 

The name of the 1935-produced Opel Olympia was chosen in view of the Olympic Summer Games in 1936 and taken over by the following models add something


1938

From the end of 1938 onward to big Opel Blitz trucks had been powered by the same basic 3,6 L engine used in the Admiral add something


1940

Even after June 1940, official connections between Opel and America were not broken and monetary gain continued throughout the war which was controlled by the J.P Morgan firm, the Rüsselsheim plant was never given a major role in Germany's war preparations add something


1942

When in 1942 it became clearer that the fighting would go on for a while, car and truck factories were switched to war work in a modest way, Opel taking up the production of aircraft parts and tanks add something


1944

With work like this going on, Germany's enemies naturally took note of the various Opel plants and, starting in August 1944, began visiting them by air add something


1945

Never was the outlook more bleak at Adam Opel AG than in the first months of 1945 add something

 

By May 1945, this work had advanced enough to allow the beginning of production of desperately needed Opel parts add something


1946

Further production followed at a rate of 150 a month, and by the end of 1946 the production total was 839 add something

 

By January 1946, the plant itself was ready to build trucks but many of the almost 12,000 parts needed to make each one were lacking add something

 

Overcoming these and other obstacles, Opel finally celebrated the completion of the first postwar Opel Blitz truck on 15 July 1946 in the presence of U.S. Army General Geoffrey Keyes and other local leaders and press reporters add something


1947

Moskvitch - A factory called &MZMA started in 1947 to manufacture an automobile called "Moskvitch 400" based on the Opel Kadett

 

Announced in November 1947, production of the post-war Olympia, with austere painted hubcaps, began in December 1948 and allowed a modest return to export sales in that year add something


1948

Other events which would powerfully affect Opel's future were taking place in 1948 add something

 

Prices in 1948 were 9950 DM for the Kapitan and 6,785 DM for the Olympia add something

 

In October 1948, the Kapitän came back to the Opel lineup, unchanged except for such details as the shape of the headlights and improvements in the leaf springs and dampers add something


1950

By late 1950, the Russians were exporting these Kremlin Kadetts to Belgium, stressing in their promotion that spare parts could easily be obtained from Germany add something

 

Originally the logo for this truck consisted of two stripes arranged loosely like a lightning symbol with the words "Opel" and "Blitz" in them, in later, 1950s models simplified to the horizontal form of a lightning which appears in the current Opel logo add something

 

Changes in the Opel cars under GM's management didn't appear until January 1950, when a face-lifted Olympia was introduced add something

 

Detail improvements, such as a new dashboard and a steering column shift, embellished the Kapitän line in May 1950 add something


1951

In February 1951, in preparation for the first postwar automobile show in Germany, the Olympia was dressed up further with a trunk compartment that enclosed the spare tire and wheels instead of wheels and tires add something

 

Bigger changes were saved for March 1951, to anticipate the opening of the doors of the Frankfurt show on April 19 for an 11-day run add something


1953

With minor further changes, this model lasted to March 1953 add something

 

Output increased to during the further life of this model, which ended in July 1953 add something


1958

Opel cars appeared under their own name in the U.S. from 1958 to 1975, when they were sold through Buick dealers as captive imports add something


1959

Not until 1959 was a Moskvitch model introduced that bore no trace of Opel engineering add something


1960

By the end of the 1960s, the two forms merged, and the horizontal lightning replaced the flying thing in the ring, giving way to the basic design which is used since with variations add something

 

Chevrolet - In Brazil, the Chevrolet Opala was based on the German Opel Rekord and American Chevrolet Nova from the late 1960s, continuing in production until the early 1990s, when it was replaced by a version of the Opel Omega


1961

He continued in that critical position until 1961 add something


1964

In the 1964 version, the lightning with a ring was used in a yellow rectangle, with the Opel writing below add something

 

The best-selling Opel models in the U.S. were the 1964 to 1972 Opel Kadett, the 1971 to 1975 Opel Manta, and the now-classic 1968 to 1973 Opel GT add something


1970

Vauxhall Motors - By the end of the 1970s most Vauxhalls were based on Opel designs

 

Vauxhall Motors - General Motors began to merge the product lines of Vauxhall and & Opel in the early 1970s, largely in favour of Opel of products

 

Chevrolet Comodoro - In the fall of 1970 a more luxurious version was added, it received the name "'Comodoro"', reflecting Europe's Opel Commodore

 

Chevrolet Diplomata - In the fall of 1970 a more luxurious version was added, it received the name "'Comodoro"', reflecting Europe's Opel Commodore

 

Chevrolet Opala - In the fall of 1970 a more luxurious version was added, it received the name "'Comodoro"', reflecting Europe's Opel Commodore


1971

Joschka Fischer - In 1971, he began working for the car manufacturer Opel and attempted to organise his fellow workers for the coming communist revolution


1974

Chevrolet 1700 - It was unique in that, following the addition of a 4-cylinder option in May 1974, the same body style was available with a choice of inline 4, inline 6, or $V8 (V8_engine) engines, specifically, 1,9-litre Opel four, 2,85- and 3,3-litre Holden 'red' sixes, and 4,2- and 5,0-litre Holden V8s


1975

Vauxhall Motors - The first exponent of this strategy was the 1975 Vauxhall Chevette, which was a reworked Opel Kadett


1976

Chevrolet Spectrum - In Europe, the 1976 Gemini was equipped with a 1,3-liter engine known as the G131C, which was adopted by & Opel in Germany for their Opel Kadett


1980

And from the late 1980s, the model names of passenger cars end with an A. The last series to be renamed was the Opel Kadett, which was renamed to the Opel Astra add something

 

Chevrolet 1700 - For a while at least, there was talk of further extending the Torana/Sunbird's production life beyond 1980, with a facelifted 'UD' model, of which prototype models of the sedan and hatchback were actually built - featuring frontal styling similar to the Opel Ascona B. However, due to the car itself being outdated when compared to the new Japanese opposition , Holden decided on an easier route by simply introducing the 'Starfire' engine into the VC-series of Commodore sedans and wagons

 

Vauxhall Motors - Since 1980 Vauxhall products have been largely identical to those of Opel, GM's German subsidiary, and most models are principally engineered in Rüsselsheim, Germany

 

Chevrolet 1700 - The UC Sunbird continued through 1980 with a new locally manufactured 1,9-litre 'Starfire' engine replacing the imported Opel unit

 

Vauxhall Motors - The original Astra, launched in 1980, set the eventual precedent for all GM Europe vehicles from that point onward - apart from the badging it had no styling or engineering difference from its & Opel sister - the Kadett D. In the late '70s and early '80s, GM dealers in Ireland and the United Kingdom sold highly similar Opel and Vauxhall models alongside each other


1981

Chevrolet Spectrum - The North American market version was originally sold as the " & Opel by Isuzu" and the Buick Opel, but for the 1981 model year it metamorphosed into the "Isuzu I-Mark"

 

Vauxhall Motors - This policy of duplication was phased out, beginning with the demise of separate Opel dealerships in the UK in 1981, the remainder becoming Vauxhall-Opel


1982

Henri Toivonen - For the 1982 season, Toivonen switched to the Rothmans-sponsored Opel team, which was co-managed by David Richards

 

Chevrolet - However, these were replaced by Opel models like the Rekord, Commodore, and Senator, and in 1982 the Chevrolet brand name was dropped in favour of Opel

 

Vauxhall Motors - Similarly, the Vauxhall brand was dropped by GM in Ireland in favour of Opel in 1982, with other right hand drive markets like Malta and Cyprus soon following suit

 

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - The "' & Opel Corsa"' is a supermini that has been produced and engineered by the German automaker Opel since 1982 and has been sold under a variety of other brands , and spawned various derivatives in different markets

 

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - The front-wheel drive Opel Corsa was first launched in September 1982


1983

Vauxhall Motors - The Chevette was retired in 1983, and effort was concentrated for the next few years on the Group B Opel Manta 400

 

Henri Toivonen - Toivonen continued with Opel into the 1983 season, now driving the Manta 400, which took advantage of the new Group B regulations

 

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - All Nova and Opel Corsa models were made in Spain, with the first British customers taking delivery of their cars in April 1983


1984

Henri Toivonen - After a score of ten starts, two podiums, three other top six finishes and five retirements, Toivonen left Opel Team Europe for the 1984 season


1986

Opel is distributed by General Motors South Africa, which signed as "Delta Motors" from 1986 to 2003 as a result of the passage of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act in the United States and subsequent divestment of General Motors from apartheid South Africa add something

 

Chevrolet Combo - The Opel Kadett Combo was introduced in January 1986 and finished production in the summer of 1994


1988

Heinz-Harald Frentzen - Frentzen progressed to German Formula Opel Lotus in 1988 in the Junior Team of former Formula One driver Jochen Mass, who had been impressed by Frentzen's performances in Formula Ford

 

Chevrolet Vectra - The Vectra was introduced in 1988 as a replacement to the & Opel Ascona and itself was replaced in 2008 by the Opel Insignia, the nameplate spanning twenty years and three generations of car

 

Vauxhall Motors - The last Opel car to be officially sold in Britain was withdrawn in 1988

 

Chevrolet Vectra - The first generation Vectra, known as the Vectra A, was introduced in October 1988 as a saloon and hatchback, replacing the Opel Ascona C. A coupé based on the Vectra, called the Calibra, was introduced the following year


1989

Chevrolet Kadett - The "'Chevrolet Kadett"' is a small family car produced by General Motors do Brasil between 1989 and 1998, based on an original design by German stablemate Opel


1990

Chevrolet Astra - Subsequent GM Europe policy standardised model nomenclature in the early 1990s whereby model names were the same in all markets regardless of whether the vehicle was being sold as an Opel or a Vauxhall


1991

Vauxhall Motors - The Vauxhall Astra and & Opel Kadett, for example, were both called Astra from 1991 onwards and the Vauxhall Nova and Opel Corsa were both called Corsa from 1993

 

Chevrolet Kadett - In September 1991 the German Kadett was replaced by the Opel Astra, but it continued on in Brazil

 

Chevrolet Astra - The Opel Astra F debuted in October 1991


1992

Chevrolet Opala - It was replaced by the Chevrolet Omega in 1992, an Opel spinoff

 

Chevrolet Comodoro - It was replaced by the Chevrolet Omega in 1992, an Opel spinoff

 

Chevrolet Diplomata - It was replaced by the Chevrolet Omega in 1992, an Opel spinoff


1993

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - Vauxhall dropped the "Nova" name in 1993 when their version of the Opel Corsa B- and later models- were sold as the "Vauxhall Corsa" instead


1994

Chevrolet Vectra - In New Zealand, the Vectra A was offered initially as an Opel, but it wore Holden badges from 1994

 

Tom Coronel - In 1994 Coronel debuted in the Euroseries Formula Opel Lotus, racing for the Dutch Van Amersfoort Racing team

 

General Motors India Private Limited - In 1994 GMIPL was formed as a joint venture, owned 50 percent by Hindustan Motors and 50 percent by General Motors, to produce and sell Opel branded vehicles

 

Hindustan Motors - In 1994, GM and Hindustan formed a 50-50 joint venture, General Motors India to make Opel Astra cars which turned out to a disaster mainly due to the reputation Hindustan Motors has in India

 

Chevrolet Vectra - In Egypt, the Opel Vectra A was not introduced until 1994 through GM Egypt Dealerships, and started production in late 1994 by GM Egypt through early 1996 with a range of 1,6 GL, 2,0 GL trim and 2,0 GLS trim and only Saloon body style boosting strong sales during this short run


1995

Chevrolet Combo - Following the increasing popularity of leisure activity vehicles, Opel launched a 5-passenger version of the Combo in 1995, called "Opel Combo Tour"

 

Chevrolet Astra - The & Opel Astra F consisted of two main revisions and was revised in 1995, with the launch of Opel's new Ecotec engine

 

Chevrolet Astra - The Opel Astra became available in Australasia badged as a Holden, first in New Zealand in 1995, and Australia in 1996

 

Chevrolet Vectra - Vauxhall Motors, the British GM subsidiary that shared most of its models with Opel, did not use the "Vectra" model name until Vauxhall introduced the name into the UK in 1995


1996

Uwe Alzen - In 1996 he raced in the full Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft "International Touring Car Championship", driving an Opel Calibra V6


1997

Opel established Opel Performance Center in 1997, which is responsible for the development of high-performance cars add something

 

Martin Smith (designer) - In 1997 he moved to Opel as Design Director for compact cars, working on the Opel Speedster and the 2004 Astra


1999

Uwe Alzen - Alzen celebrated an apparent championship win in 1999 for Opel under controversial circumstances after a last corner incident involving his teammate Roland Asch and his main rival for the championship Christian Abt


2000

Uwe Alzen - Alzen continued with Opel in 2000 in the new Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, but was released after colliding with his teammate Manuel Reuter


2001

Chevrolet Combo - As the Azambuja Opel plant in Portugal is the sole production site of all Combos, all those models were replaced gradually with the Combo C in 2001

 

Alain Menu - From 2001 to 2003, Menu raced for Opel in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, a high-tech touring car series based in Germany

 

Carl-Peter Forster - In April 2001, Forster was appointed Chairman and Managing Director of Adam Opel AG


2002

Martin Smith (designer) - In 2002 he became Executive Design Director for Opel responsible for the design of the entire product line-up and where he realigned Opel design from the inoffensive but bland of the 1990s to a more dynamic direction in line with his 2004 Opel Astra, Insignia concept and Vauxhall VX Lightning

 

Chevrolet Vectra - In 2002 local production of the & Opel Vectra ceased in favour of the Opel Corsa Sedan and Opel Astra Sedan

 

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - In 2002, the Corsa chassis spawned a mini MPV called the & Opel Meriva, development of which began under Opel in Rüsselsheim

 

Chevrolet Meriva - The "' & Opel Meriva"' is a multi-purpose vehicle produced by the German manufacturer Opel, from late 2002 to present


2003

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - The edition with the 1,8 L engine was named Corsa GSi and was the predecessor of the new Corsa OPC. In 2003, Opel introduced updated versions of Family 0 engines with TwinPort technology, and the 1,2 L engine gained 30 cc, giving it


2004

Heinz-Harald Frentzen - For 2004, Frentzen moved to the German Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters saloon car series to drive for Opel, encouraged by the success achieved in the series by fellow F1 refugee Jean Alesi

 

Oliver Lewis (violinist) - He has featured in film and commercials; starring as the violinist in the car manufacturer Opel's Astra campaign; as the concert violinist in Marks & Spencer Christmas advertisements; and he recorded music for, and featured in, the 2004 British drama film written and directed by Charles Dance, "Ladies in Lavender"

 

Martin Smith (designer) - This was quickly followed by fellow Opel refugee Stefan Lamm joining in autumn 2004 as Chief Designer for Exteriors at Ford

 

Bryan Nesbitt - Bryan Nesbitt was named Executive Director, GM Europe Design in February 2004, and was responsible for all Opel, Saab and Vauxhall design activities

 

Carl-Peter Forster - In June 2004 he became President of GM Europe, based in Zurich, and Chairman of the Opel Supervisory Board

 

Martin Smith (designer) - In 2004 Ford's European Design staff underwent a comprehensive reorganisation, the first step coming in July 2004 seeing Smith lured from Opel to become Executive Design Director for Ford of Europe, where he reports to the Ford global group Vice President for Design, former colleague J Mays


2005

Heinz-Harald Frentzen - After Opel withdrew after the 2005 season, Frentzen joined Audi for 2006

 

Chevrolet Astra - During 2005, Opel introduced the OPC version of the Astra GTC which is powered by an updated version of the 2,0 L turbo ecotec engine producing 240 PS and of torque

 

Heinz-Harald Frentzen - However he remained in the DTM with Opel for the 2005 season and finished the year in 8th as best-placed Opel driver, with his best result a 3rd place from pole position at Brno in the Czech Republic

 

General Motors - In 2005, the Opel Astra diesel Hybrid concept vehicle was introduced


2006

Chevrolet Combo - In late 2006, the Azambuja, Portugal factory closed down and the production of the Opel Combo transferred to Zaragoza, Spain

 

Chevrolet Astra - This version was offered as an Opel in some Eurasian markets in 2006, following a debut at the international auto show in Istanbul, Turkey, including Ireland in 2008

 

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - The first official pictures of the Corsa D were released by Opel in May 2006

 

Shanghai GM - In September 2006, General Motors launched the "'Chevrolet Corsa Plus"' in Chile, a version of the 4-door Opel Corsa with a 1,6L engine, making it the first export market to receive a vehicle manufactured by Shanghai GM.


2007

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - At the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, & Opel unveiled the Opel Corsa Hybrid Concept, a coupe that combines a belt-driven starter and alternator with a lithium-ion battery

 

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - In 2007, & Opel introduced sport version of Corsa tuned by Opel Performanca Center - Corsa OPC. Corsa have 1,6 liter I4 turbo engine with at 5,850 rpm and of torque at 1,980 to 5,850 rpm, with overboost function which boost up torque figure to

 

Chevrolet Epica - Since April 2007, the Tosca has been marketed as the Holden Epica for the Australian and New Zealand markets, replacing the Holden Vectra sourced from Opel in Germany

 

Chevrolet Tosca - Since April 2007, the Tosca has been marketed as the Holden Epica for the Australian and New Zealand markets, replacing the Holden Vectra sourced from Opel in Germany


2008

The Antara was sold in the U.S. and Canada as the Saturn Vue for model years 2008 and 2010 add something

 

GM Korea - For 2008, GM Daewoo introduced the first Korean-branded roadster: the "'G2X"' sports car, a badge-engineered Pontiac Solstice/Saturn Sky which was based on the GM Kappa platform, and started to sell the Opel Antara under the name of "'Winstorm MaXX"'

 

Chevrolet Astra - The & Chevrolet Astra was withdrawn from Mexico in 2008 as a result of withdrawal of Opel products from the brand, replaced by the Chevrolet Cruze sedan for the 2010 model year

 

SolarWorld - On 19 November 2008, SolarWorld AG announced a bid to buy German automaker Opel from General Motors


2009

In 2009, Weber returned during the reorganization of the Opel leadership to Adam Opel GmbH as "Vice President Planning and Commercial Vehicle Operations" for the company add something

 

Beijing Automotive Group - After several unsuccessful attempts to buy struggling European automakers in 2009, such as Saab, Volvo, and Opel as well as technology from the American Chrysler, Beiqi fulfilled its aim of obtaining valuable Western technology that same year purchasing technology from a former unit of General Motors, Saab Automobile

 

Fiat - In 2009, Fiat expressed interest in acquiring General Motors' Opel and South American operation

 

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - The hatchback model was still being produced, and extensively marketed in South Africa as the Corsa Lite under the Opel branding until 2009 at which point it was discontinued

 

Fiat - In April and May 2009, the possibility of a takeover of Adam Opel GmbH, a subsidiary of General Motors, was discussed between the two companies

 

Magna International - On May 26, 2009, BBC online reported that German government was considering 3 proposals for acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall including a Russian-backed bid from Magna

 

Vauxhall Motors - On 30 May 2009, a deal was announced which will lead to the spin-off of the Opel and Vauxhall brands into a new company

 

Vauxhall Motors - On 3 November 2009, the GM board called off the Magna deal after coming to the conclusion that Opel and Vauxhall Motors was crucial to GM's global strategy

 

Magna International - On 3 November 2009, the GM board called off the Magna deal after coming to the conclusion that Opel was crucial to GM's global strategy

 

Carl-Peter Forster - On November 3, 2009 General Motors announced that it would retain ownership of its Opel subsidiary


2010

Chevrolet Astra - The Opel Astra came third in the European Car of the Year award in 2010

 

GM Korea - The end of the same year, GM Daewoo introduced the "'Winstorm"' - its first proper SUV, which was, as the Lacetti, sold worldwide under different marques and names including Opel, &Chevrolet, GMC and Holden, and previously Saturn before the demise of that brand in 2010


2011

In 2011, Frank Weber left Opel for BMW add something

 

Since the first quarter of 2011, it is now being built on the flexible assembly line at the GM plant in Oshawa, Canada add something

 

Chevrolet Classic Furgao - The Opel Performance Center in 2011 launched a hardcore version of the Corsa OPC - Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition

 

Chevrolet Meriva - The bigger sibling Opel Zafira Tourer that debuted at the 2011 is in the same shape and look like Meriva B.

 

Chevrolet Volt - Distribution of the & Opel Ampera to dealerships began in December 2011, but deliveries to customers were delayed until February 2012 because Opel decided to wait until the NHTSA completed its investigation of the Volt's battery fire risk after a crash


2012

Chevrolet Lacetti - A version of this sedan for North America is being introduced in 2012 as Buick Verano, and as Opel Astra Limousine in other parts of the world

 

Chevrolet Astra - It briefly returned to the Australian market in 2012 as an & Opel, but was discontinued after Opel withdrew from the country a year later

 

For the first time ever, the Opel brand was introduced to Australia on the 1st September 2012 add something

 

For the first time ever, the Opel brand was introduced to Australia on 1 September 2012 add something


2013

General Motors - However, as of August 2013, GM has made the decision to remove the Opel brand from Australia and New Zealand noting poor adoption and sales

 

On 2 August 2013 Opel announced it was ending exports to Australia due to poor sales, with only 1,530 vehicles sold in the first ten months add something


2014

As of 2014, the Opel brand was present in the most of Europe, in parts of North Africa, in South Africa, the Middle East, in Chile, in Australia, and in Singapore add something

 

On 28th March 2014 Opel has announced that it will leave China in 2015 add something

 

On 28 March 2014 Opel has announced that it will leave China in 2015 add something


2015

The following tables list current and announced Opel production vehicles as of 2015: add something


2017

The following tables list current and announced Opel production vehicles as of 2017: add something

 

It is a subsidiary of General Motors but is soon to be part of the French automotive company Groupe &PSA (PSA_Peugeot_Citroen), pursuant to a sale agreement announced in March 2017 add something

 

On March 3, 2017, sources revealed that General Motors has reached a tentative agreement with Groupe &PSA (PSA_Peugeot_Citroen) for the acquisition of the Opel and Vauxhall divisions, with GM effectively leaving the European market to focus on growing its more profitable divisions in North America, China, Korea, and South America add something

 

In June 2017, Michael Lohscheller, Opel's chief financial officer replaces Karl-Thomas Neumann as CEO add something

 

The acquisition was regulatory approved by the European Commission at July 2017 add something


2018

Opel Insignia - The 2018 5th-gen Holden Commodore ZB is a badge-engineered Opel Insignia, replacing the Australian-made, rear-wheel drive Commodore with the German-made front-/all-wheel drive Insignia platform add something