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    Buick and Opel Bond To Become Stronger


    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    June 18, 2013

    In a effort to help out its struggling European operations, General Motors will further intertwine Opel/Vauxhall engineering efforts with Buick.

    "What we're trying to do is bring together the product development teams much more closely," said GM CEO Dan Akerson, so that "there will be all sorts of synergies, I believe, between Opel-Vauxhall and Buick."

    Currently, Buick sells three different Opel models in the U.S.: Encore (Opel Mokka), Regal (Opel Insignia), and Verano (Opel Astra).

    So what will this mean in the future? Well, expect more Opel products to arrive as Buicks in the coming years.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    Very good for them as the Opel models have been well received. I hope they bring the CNG Opel Adam here to the US. I would love to buy this.

    FYI, Saw my first Cruze TDI 2.0 commercial where it comes into the test center, white model all covered in mud / dirt leaving dirty tire tracks as it drives up to the white coat engineers who then take a clean white cloth and they hold it up to the exhaust and step on it and the cloth comes away clean. They state 46MPG, cleanest Diesel on the road, Quietest Diesel on the road.

    Very impressed. I hope they grow this fast as it was impressive and I think Americans will love it also.

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    Anyone here shocked about this?

    Nope.

    Omega

    Problem is that it would have to be a heavily rebodied VF (unless it would be an Alpha-based car), or else people would scream Chevrolet SS rebadge...

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    You're forgetting something.... and it's in the name. ;-)

    The Olds Omega is coming back? LOL!

    What are you getting at? This will be the last large RWD GM is doing and as in I am Alpha and Omega the Beginning and the End?

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    The Cascadia seems like it would be a natural to bring here. I've seen in British car sites that the '14 Insignia is getting the MCE the Regal is getting. I do wonder about the next LaCrosse--if they will develop a larger model shared by Buick and Opel...been a long time since there has been a 'big' Opel.

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    You're forgetting something.... and it's in the name. ;-)

    The Olds Omega is coming back? LOL!

    What are you getting at? This will be the last large RWD GM is doing and as in I am Alpha and Omega the Beginning and the End?

    The next RWD platform from GM is called Omega to sit over top of Alpha . It will first go to Cadillac, but as a large and likely expensive platform, I would expect it to end up at Buick and Opel as well.

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    You're forgetting something.... and it's in the name. ;-)

    The Olds Omega is coming back? LOL!

    What are you getting at? This will be the last large RWD GM is doing and as in I am Alpha and Omega the Beginning and the End?

    The next RWD platform from GM is called Omega to sit over top of Alpha . It will first go to Cadillac, but as a large and likely expensive platform, I would expect it to end up at Buick and Opel as well.

    By all means it will be leveraged out over several brands. I also ponder that they could consider a future unibody SUV or the like on it. GM would never have approved this for Cadillac if it were only to be a single model at Cadillac. The real mystery will be where and how they will use it. Where ever it goes it will be the top model, expensive and limited in volume unless they can use it in a truck or SUV class where they can beat some of the fuel mileage regs.

    Hmm! I wonder if they could do a Porsche Cayenne sport SUV to compete with the up scales performance SUV models. It is amazing how many of these Porsche is moving anymore. Here in Ohio they are becoming more common than any other Porsche model and most are not entry level models.

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    Agreed, Balthy. The LaCrosse is the only Buick sedan that truly has Buick DNA, with the sweepspear. Sweepspear does not fit Opel DNA... and I can see the "new" GM doing away with Buick character with this project to benefit Opel... shameful.

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    Yeah- the narrative talks like it's an even, or even close, exchange. Reminds me in a way of the hilarity surrounding 'Buick was picked to survive because Buicks sell so well in China' (just ship 'em Opel parts).

    At some point the brand will be completely hollowed out, but that's "branding" for you.

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    They're shoring up one old brand by basically erasing another. But Buick has been a bedrock of the corporation longer than Opel has. Priority has shifted a bit from the brands that built GM here in its home country.

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    For the last 20 years the only traditional Buicks that mattered were the GN and the Lasabre. The rest of the line up in North America was nearly invisible to the general public.

    Now I am not saying that they were bad cars but they were car the public just really never connected to and defected from to Lexus and other models. The public no longer anymore are Brand Loyal and it is more of what have you done lately for me.

    While the cars like the Regal are claimed to be some of the best Buicks in years they just do not stand out with that thing about them that says I have to have one.

    You can argue all say about port holes side spears and Tri Shields but today buyer that GM needs generally could care less about these things. They want a car that sets them apart. They want designs that they feel and stir their emotions. They want performance in MPG and MPH. They want no compromise handling but they want a good ride.

    This segment used to only have a few cars in it years ago and today there are many models in it and most have little to no heritage and out sell Buick easily.

    I can't put my finger on it but I just feel with the next generation of jointly built Buick and Opel cars GM needs to take it to the next level.

    Now I am not saying to trash all the heritage but I would spend less time focusing on these things and focus more on what really sells cars today to the 30-50 year old professional class.

    I could want a Buick but you do not have to remind me of my Fathers Lesabres and Regals as most of them were good cars but very forgettable.

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    You're forgetting something.... and it's in the name. ;-)

    If it's going to underpin a S-Series fighter for Cadillac it's just too big for an Opel... Anything significantly larger than today's Insignia is probably suicidal for Opel...

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    Yeah- the narrative talks like it's an even, or even close, exchange. Reminds me in a way of the hilarity surrounding 'Buick was picked to survive because Buicks sell so well in China' (just ship 'em Opel parts).

    At some point the brand will be completely hollowed out, but that's "branding" for you.

    We'll to use a old Tag line, This is NOT your Grandfather Buick! :P

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    You're forgetting something.... and it's in the name. ;-)

    If it's going to underpin a S-Series fighter for Cadillac it's just too big for an Opel... Anything significantly larger than today's Insignia is probably suicidal for Opel...

    Opel is going to need to move up to "Buick" level. It can no longer be the "Chevrolet of Europe" now that Chevrolet is there actively making a go at it. I'm not saying that Opel should build an S-Class sized car, but I would expect Omega (platform) to be equally as flexible as the Alpha platform, but with higher starting and ending points for size.

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    You're forgetting something.... and it's in the name. ;-)

    If it's going to underpin a S-Series fighter for Cadillac it's just too big for an Opel... Anything significantly larger than today's Insignia is probably suicidal for Opel...

    Opel is going to need to move up to "Buick" level. It can no longer be the "Chevrolet of Europe" now that Chevrolet is there actively making a go at it. I'm not saying that Opel should build an S-Class sized car, but I would expect Omega (platform) to be equally as flexible as the Alpha platform, but with higher starting and ending points for size.

    If Omega starts at roughly 2014 CTS length, maybe... But then maybe it's best to build it on Alpha which I assume will a lower cost architecture?...

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    That's exactly what I was thinking...there is no way that GM can justify all new platforms today without great flexibility, great volume, or both. No matter what kind of profit margin MB or BMW make on the S-Class and 7, Cadillac won't make that on their first modern attempt in the class. So, this has to be able to do a Buick/Opel, hopefully a next gen SRX and put Alpha under a BRX, or something...

    Plus, something like an Omega based vehicle for Buick would probably do wonders in China where the upper class like to be chauffeured. The LaCrosse isn't exactly that type of vehicle.

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    You're forgetting something.... and it's in the name. ;-)

    If it's going to underpin a S-Series fighter for Cadillac it's just too big for an Opel... Anything significantly larger than today's Insignia is probably suicidal for Opel...

    Opel is going to need to move up to "Buick" level. It can no longer be the "Chevrolet of Europe" now that Chevrolet is there actively making a go at it. I'm not saying that Opel should build an S-Class sized car, but I would expect Omega (platform) to be equally as flexible as the Alpha platform, but with higher starting and ending points for size.

    If Omega starts at roughly 2014 CTS length, maybe... But then maybe it's best to build it on Alpha which I assume will a lower cost architecture?...

    Without knowing exactly what they are doing, one could guess that Omega is an Alpha variant that allows for greater wheelbase and track flexibility. With how solid Alpha is, I wouldn't be surprised if they simply beef up all the required parts for overall larger vehicles.

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      Track increased by 0.4 inches Roof lowered by 1.1 inches New Insignia weighs 132 pounds less than the outgoing model As for the Commodore, the measurements to be aware of are,
      2.9 inches shorter in overall length Wheelbase is 3.4 inches shorter 1.4 inches narrower in width There is a lot of inspiration from the smaller Astra when it comes to the interior. Both models feature a similar dash design and a large touchscreen. The feature list includes heated front and rear seats, a massaging function for the front seats, heads-up display, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
      There is no mention of engines for the Insignia, but we're assuming there will be a range of diesel and gas engines - a fair majority of them being turbocharged. Some engines will feature a new eight-speed automatic transmission. As for the Commodore, Holden has revealed that it will come with 2.0L turbo engines running gas or diesel, and a 3.6L V6. There is also a new all-wheel drive system that features with two electrically-controlled multi-plate clutches taking the place of the rear differential. This will also bring torque vectoring to the models. Both models will come with am adaptive FlexRide chassis that offers a number of modes.
      Vauxhall says the Insignia Grand Sport will debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, while the Holden Commodore will go on sale in early 2018. This leads us to believe that Buick will likely reveal the 2018 Regal at the New York Auto Show.
       
      Source: Vauxhall, Holden
      Press Release is on Page 2
      VAUXHALL REVEALS ALL-NEW INSIGNIA
      Elegant lines with class-leading aerodynamics and large coupé style Up to 175kg lighter than the outgoing version New all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring and eight-speed automatic transmission New technologies including next-gen IntelliLux Matrix LED headlights Extended OnStar service with hotel reservation Luton – Vauxhall has released first pictures of the all-new Insignia, known as the Insignia Grand Sport, which will receive its world premiere at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.
      Following on from the previous generation, which won the European Car of the Year in 2009, and sold over 30,000 in the UK last year, the Insignia Grand Sport is based on a completely new vehicle architecture. Its revised proportions result in a more spacious interior, giving the car a more athletic appearance and an improved road stance, including class-leading aerodynamics and Cd figure of just 0.26.
      Like with the Astra, efficiency was key for the engineers. Optimised packaging and the use of lightweight materials have helped cut the weight by up to 175kg, allowing high-tech features such as the ultra-modern all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and the new eight-speed automatic transmission to exploit their strengths to the full.
      There is a raft of top technologies that make driving the Insignia Grand Sport safer, more relaxing and more comfortable than before. Next generation IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, Head-up Display and unique AGR-certified premium seats, front- and rear-seat heating and a heated windshield are just some examples.
      Outstanding infotainment and connectivity are also on board thanks to the latest generation IntelliLink systems and Vauxhall OnStar, which with the launch of the Insignia Grand Sport, will offer even more functionality for customers.
      It is also the first Vauxhall with an active aluminium bonnet, improving pedestrian protection considerably.
      “Vauxhall is raising its game even further with the launch of the new Insignia Grand Sport,” said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. ““It has all of the virtues of its successful smaller brother the Astra, and takes those to a higher level. The Insignia Grand Sport will set new standards for design, efficiency, technology and connectivity when it debuts next year at the Geneva Motor Show.”
      DESIGN
      The Monza Concept was the inspiration behind the interior and exterior design.
      Despite a largely unchanged length compared to its predecessor, the new generation car has managed to shed around 60kg of weight from its body-in-white alone. In total, the new car weighs up to 175kg less than the outgoing model.
      Its roof is 29mm lower and its track has increased by 11mm. The overhangs have been reduced considerably and the wheelbase enlarged by 92mm.
      The prominent grille and the slim-line headlamps enhance the wide horizontal design of the front end and provide it with a bold appearance. The grille sits lower than on the outgoing model and further emphasises its solid stance. What Vauxhall calls a “sweepspear” feature starts in the front door and gives the impression that the Insignia Grand Sport is always ready to pounce, which is another nod to the athletic lightness of the Monza Concept.
      The side window graphics feature an upper chrome strip, rather than a full-chrome treatment, and the coupé-like roofline graphically pulls the car down and emphasises its stretched appearance. The “blade” light catcher in the lower doors pulls attention rearwards. Clear and simple lines at the rear combined with the double-wing LED signature also give the car a wider appearance. The newly-designed high-mounted LED stop lamp has been integrated into the roofline. It helps to give the rear end of the Insignia Grand Sport a more high-tech look that is often found on premium brands. A further advantage of this sporty body design is that the newcomer has an exemplary drag factor of 0.26 making it one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in its class.
      “In its proportions as well as in each detail, we wanted the new Insignia Grand Sport to deliver an upscale quality feel,” said Brit Mark Adams, Vauxhall/Opel Vice President Design Europe. “Its design combines flowing lines and subtle surfaces with crisp, precise lines to exaggerate its dramatic proportions: it looks longer, lower and wider than it actually is, and it definitely looks upscale. Every design feature conveys technical know-how and the utmost precision. The new Insignia Grand Sport is an excellent value proposition with the aura of a car from the premium, upper class.”
      The attention to the smallest detail is also tangible inside the vehicle. Clean lines, pleasant surfaces and first-class craftsmanship also provide a feeling of elegance and lightness. The cockpit is fully aligned to the driver who sits 3cm lower than previously. In addition, the driver is integrated better and gets a completely new driving experience. The centre console provides additional support, the instruments face the driver and all controls can easily be reached. All this results in a position similar to the one provided in a competition touring car. The frameless touchscreen of the IntelliLink infotainment system exudes a sophisticated and technical charm. Furthermore, the system is much more intuitive to use than before. Apart from the driver, all other occupants of the Grand Sport also benefit from the new design and the reworked proportions of the car. The extended wheelbase gives passengers in the rear more space.
      PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY
      The Insignia Grand Sport will be available with a wide range of turbocharged engines and transmissions when it is officially launched next year. The highly efficient eight-speed automatic transmission is new to the line-up. It impresses with class-leading shift quality. The gear ratios have been extended and shifts are extremely smooth and hardly noticeable. Simultaneously the car accelerates eagerly – even at low engine speeds. The eight-speed automatic transmission, which will initially only be available in combination with all-wheel drive, is friction-optimised and improves efficiency.
      New intelligent all-wheel drive
      Two electrically controlled multi-plate clutches replace the rear axle differential. For the first time, it will provide an all-wheel drive Vauxhall with torque vectoring – the best way to transmit power to the road, even if it is wet, icy or snowy. The vehicle receives steering impulses via the active, controlled torque distribution to the individual wheel. For example, when cornering, additional torque is transmitted to the outside rear wheel, enabling the Insignia Grand Sport to corner more precisely. The system reacts within a split-second when the accelerator is pressed, keeping the car more stable and easier to control in every situation.
      The further improved FlexRide chassis provides the basis for optimal, situation-based driving behaviour. It adapts the dampers, steering, throttle response and shift points (on automatics) independently or based on the modes ‘Standard’, ‘Sport’ or ‘Tour’, which can be selected by the driver. Depending on the selected mode, steering and throttle response are more direct and the ESP anti-skid system intervenes earlier or later. The new central ‘Drive Mode Control’ software is the heart and soul of the adaptive chassis. It continuously analyses the information provided by the sensors and settings and recognises the individual driving style.
      DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS
      No other model in the segment offers such a wide range of intelligent technologies as the new edition of the Vauxhall flagship.
      One of the highlights is the next generation of Vauxhall’s innovative and award-winning IntelliLux LED matrix light. It now has 32 LED segments – twice as many as in the Astra – that are all integrated in the new slimmer headlamps of the Insignia. The increased number of LED elements enables the various light patterns to adapt to the prevailing traffic situation even more precisely and the transitions between the modes are more seamless. This results in an improvement of both the quality of light distribution and light intensity. To improve visibility even further while driving through curves on full high beam, the engineers added a new function to the new Insignia’s IntelliLux LED matrix headlights. The light intensity at the inner matrix segments rises according to steering angle in order to increase the illumination of the curve. In addition, a further high-beam spotlight provides additional illumination at full high-beam for up to 400 meters.
      Additional driver assistance systems include:
      Head-up-Display: Information on speed, traffic signs, set speed of speed limiter or navigation direction is projected onto the windscreen and in the driver’s direct line of sight ensuring that the eyes remain on the road. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which measures the distance to vehicle in front and adapts the speed accordingly. ACC will initiate automatic emergency braking if the distance decreases abruptly. Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. Provides gentle steering wheel movements (and LDW alerts if necessary) to help drivers avoid accidents due to unintentionally drifting out of their lane. Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The system uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects coming from up to 20 meters at 90 degrees from the left or right side behind the vehicle. COMFORT AND INFOTAINMENT
      Vauxhall is still one of the few manufacturers to offer seats certified by “Aktion Gesunder Rücken” (Campaign for Healthy Backs). The premium ergonomic seats in the Insignia offer a unique combination of side bolster settings, massage, memory and ventilation functions in addition to the standard setting possibilities. Passenger in the rear can also look forward to more comfort with the two outside seats being available with optional seat heating. Elsewhere, the heated windscreen guarantees good visibility quickly on cold winter days. In addition, keyless “Open & Start” comes as standard on all trim levels and enables comfortable access to the vehicle.
      Great entertainment and outstanding connectivity, both typical for Vauxhall, are provided by the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems. And while the smartphone is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle’s infotainment it can also be charged wirelessly without the use of a cable. The ground-breaking connectivity and service assistant Vauxhall OnStar is also on board, offering services ranging from Automatic Crash Response to Stolen Vehicle Assistance. A new concierge service will be launched together with the Insignia Grand Sport, enabling its occupants to ask OnStar advisors to select a hotel and proceed to room reservation. Furthermore, up to seven devices can be connected to the Wi-Fi Hotspot.
      Next-Generation Holden Commodore Breaks Cover – Brings Premium Technology To The People
      First images of Holden’s cutting-edge Next Generation Commodore released   Commodore takes technology usually seen only in high-end premium vehicles and brings it to the people Most advanced Commodore ever includes: autonomous emergency braking, adaptive suspension, 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control and matrix lighting V6 flagship boasts 230kW and 370Nm, world-first ‘Twinster’ all-wheel drive system and 9-speed transmission for the first time ever on a Holden   Next-generation Holden Commodore on sale in 2018  Holden has today revealed first images and more details of the all-new Commodore ahead of its Australian launch early in 2018. The next-gen Commodore takes cutting-edge safety, driving and infotainment technology and makes it available for today’s Australians, everywhere. The next-generation Holden Commodore is democratizing technology.
      Now with images of the next Commodore breaking cover, Australia gets its first look at the sleek and sophisticated design that will be hitting Australian roads in 2018. Designed in Germany by the Opel team with input from GM Holden’s team, the new Commodore takes the best of Europe and makes it great for Australia.
      Building on information released last month regarding the next-generation Commodore, Holden has today confirmed a raft of premium technologies will make Commodore the most technologically-advanced Holden ever. From potentially life-saving safety technology features, to active driving technology and seamless infotainment, the all-new Commodore will make driving safer, easier, more involving and more connected than ever before for Australian customers.
      “Customers are expecting more of their vehicles than ever before,” said Holden’s Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley. “The all-new 2018 Commodore redefines the level of technology people can expect, and how tech can help our customers be safer, more involved and more connected than ever before. The Commodore combines technology across a number of areas in a way that you would usually only find in high-end prestige vehicles and makes it available for everyday Australians. Combined with the howling V6, world-first all-wheel-drive system and all the on-road performance you expect from the Commodore, this is a car that ticks all the boxes and more,” said Mr Keley.
      Going on sale in Australia early in 2018, the new Commodore range will be headlined by the V6 flagship model, the first ever imported Commodore will honour the iconic nameplate by being the most technologically-advanced Holden ever. With a cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system channeling 230 kilowatts and 370 Newton metres to the road, combined with adaptive suspension technology, a company-first nine-speed automatic transmission and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, the next-generation Commodore will continue to cement Holden’s reputation for class-leading driving dynamics and on-road refinement.
      Jeremy Tassone, Holden’s Engineering Group Manager for Vehicle Development, said the technical underpinnings of the next Commodore also represents Holden’s commitment to bringing the best vehicles from around the word to Australian customers.
      “From its cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system, to nine-speed transmission and adaptive suspension, this is a true driver’s car in the way Commodore has always been. We’re taking the best of Europe and making it even better for our Australian customers. I can’t wait for our customers to get behind the wheel”
      In addition to the Commodore’s unique all-wheel-drive system, further details surrounding the ‘FlexRide’ suspension system have also been confirmed. The continuously adaptable FlexRide chassis electro-hydraulically adapts the dampers to the road and the driving conditions 500 times per second or 30,000 times per minutes.
      Additionally, the driver can save personal preferences for the steering characteristics, throttle response and dampers via the ‘Sport’ button.
      ‘Standard’: The automatic control selects the best set-up based on the information collected by the vehicle sensors. ‘Tour’: Comfortable chassis configuration, and throttle response for best fuel consumption and most relaxed touring. The right mode for relaxing long-distance drives. ‘Sport’: Brake dive is reduced, flat and responsive chassis control at high speeds and the throttle and steering provide more direct feedback. The new central ‘Drive Mode Control’ software is the heart and soul of the adaptive chassis. It continuously analyses the information provided by the sensors and setting and recognizes the individual driving style. The individual systems are then optimized for the best traction and road position.
      Exterior Design:
      The design of the next Commodore is based on the ‘Monza’ Concept car, created by the Opel Design team in Germany. The prominent front grille and the slim-line headlamps are directly inspired by the Monza Concept enhance the wide horizontal gesture of the front end and provide it with a bold appearance. The grille sits lower than on the outgoing model and further emphasises the solid stance.
      The side window graphics feature with an upper chrome strip, rather than a full-chrome treatment, and the coupé-like roofline graphically pull the car down and emphasize its stretched appearance. The ‘blade’ light catcher in the lower doors pulls attention rearwards. The new Commodore is as sleek as it looks: it has an exemplary drag factor of 0.26 making it one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in its class.
      At the rear, clear and simple lines combined with the slim, precise double-wing LED signature also give the car a wider appearance. The newly designed center high-mounted LED stop lamp has been integrated into the roofline. It helps to give the rear end a more high-tech look typical of premium brands’ vehicles.
      Interior Design: 
      The attention to the smallest detail is also evident inside the Commodore. The cockpit is organized along horizontal lines, enhancing the feeling of elegant lightness and of space. The cockpit is orientated to the driver for a sportier feeling. The generous center console that further embraces the driver provides the feeling of sitting in a much larger class of vehicle. Clean lines, modern surfaces and first-class craftsmanship with soft-feel materials at all touch points contribute to a feeling of elegance and grace.
      Infotainment system design:
      Equal attention has been paid to the controls and the infotainment interface. The frameless touchscreen of the infotainment system exudes a sophisticated and technical charm. Many functions are controlled via the touchscreen in order to simplify the interface, while three clusters of buttons have been designed to allow quick and intuitive operations: the upper ones for the major functions of the infotainment system, the central ones for climate and heating controls, the lower ones for driver assistant controls. This very clear set-up avoids drivers and passengers having to dive into sub-menus on the touchscreen to find the most essential functions.
      NEXT-GENERATION COMMODORE KEY HIGHLIGHTS:
      Cutting-edge driver assistance systems and technology: Autonomous Emergency Braking Adaptive Cruise Control Speed Limit Cruise Control Lane Departure Warning Lane Keep Assist Forward Collision Alert Side Blind-Zone Alert Rear Cross-Traffic Alert 360-degree Camera Next-generation comfort and convenience technologies: Massage Seats Rear one-touch folding seats Heated Front and Rear seats Ventilated Front seats Express up/down all windows Wagon power lift-gate Active Noise Cancellation Program overview: 
      Next-generation Commodore built in Germany on all-new, global E2 architecture shared with Opel Insignia Lightweight construction methods result in approximately 200kg weight savings compared to current Commodore Flagship model offers V6 AWD drivetrain with Holden-first 9-speed transmission V6 engine delivers 230kW / 370Nm while being incredibly efficient thanks to Stop-Start technology and Active Fuel Management 2.0T petrol and 2.0T diesel front-wheel drive models also coming to Australia Liftback and Sportwagon body-styles Cutting-edge, adaptive all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and twin-clutch (‘Twinster’) rear differential system Adaptive ‘Flexride’ suspension system offers three settings: ‘Tour’, ‘Standard’ and ‘Sport’  Next-generation matrix lighting system Infotainment includes: Apple Car Play and Android Auto 8-inch configurable LCD instrument display, next-gen head-up display Previous Page Next Page
    • By William Maley
      It has been a long time coming. But we knew sooner or later, we would get our first glimpse at the upcoming Opel/Vauxhall Insignia (also Buick Regal and Holden Commodore) minus the camo. That day has finally arrived as the Insignia sedan and Sport Tourer have been caught uncovered. 
      The front end reminds us a lot of the current Mazda6 - a flat nose with a pentagonal grille and slim headlights. Along the side, there has been some sculpting along the lower part of the doors that add some sharpness. The back end features similar styling to the Buick LaCrosse with a similarly shaped trunklid and taillights that extend into the rear fenders. The Sport Tourer features a more distinctive character line and a steeply raked rear tailgate.
      Both models are the top-line OPC trim which means a number of sporty touches to the exterior, 20-inch wheels, large Brembo brakes, small spoiler, and dual exhaust tips.
      The second-generation Insignia is 2.1 inches longer and rides on a wheelbase that has been stretched 3.6 inches. This should help one of the key issues of the current Insignia and its brethren, a tight back seat. The new Insignia has also been lowered by 1.1 inches to give it a sportier stance.
      Motor1 reports that Opel and Vauxhall will reveal the next-generation Insignia later this month online, followed by a debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Sports Tourer expected a few months later. 
      Source: Motor1.com

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