Tag archives for Opel / Vauxhall

Apple iOS in the Car Takes Siri to Go

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Rumors of Apple working on some kind of “iCar” or in-car infotainment system have long circulated whenever the tech giant has made a product announcement. Yesterday, at its annual World Wide Developers Conference, Apple has taken a big step in that direction by announcing iOS in the Car. Unsurprisingly, Apple is staying relatively mum on the ...

General Motors Committed To Making Opel Premium Brand In Europe

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Turning a once-regional brand into a global one comes with a great deal of risk, especially when you have a pre-existing, well-recognized brand in the same market, with similar market positioning. That’s what General Motors has run into in its campaign to make Chevrolet the company’s global volume brand. Opel had long been GM’s mainstream ...

Out of Juice: Electric Version of Opel Adam Cancelled for Cost Reasons

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Plans for an electric version of the Opel Adam have been axed, according to Automotive News. High costs have reportedly forced Opel executives to abandon the EV subcompact, which made it to the prototype stage using tech from the upcoming Chevrolet Spark EV. “It was a business decision,” said Dieter Metz, the Adam’s chief engineer, to ...

2012 Paris: Opel Adam is the Show’s Tiny Fashionista

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Add the upcoming Opel Adam to the list of premium, A-segment microcars entering the international automotive market. Like most cars in the segment, what the Adam lacks in oomph it attempts to make up for with quirky styling and loud colors. The Opel Adam makes its official world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and ...

MT Poll: What’s Your Favorite Geneva Motor Show Debut?

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If the Geneva Motor Show is any indication, 2013 will be the year of the hypercar. The Ferrari LaFerrari, Lamborghini Veneno, and McLaren P1 all made their debuts at this year’s show. That’s more than 2400 horsepower and 32 cylinders between the three European supercars. And it gets better. Chevrolet, Spyker, Porsche, and others all ...

Making Tracks: Chevrolet Introducing Trax Compact Crossover, Based on Buick Encore

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Chevrolet will introduce the Trax compact crossover at the Paris Motor Show this September. Although the Trax is scheduled to go on sale in 140 different countries, Chevrolet won’t bring the new model to the U.S. market. The Chevrolet Trax isn’t a huge surprise, given that in March we saw patent drawings previewing a Chevrolet-badged crossover ...

Five-Year Plan: GM to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Russian Operations

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With Russia emerging as one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, GM is betting its marbles on the economic growth of the country. The U.S. automaker has announced plans to invest $1 billion to ramp up car and component production at its Russian facilities within the next five years. GM has plants in the cities ...

Electric Shock: Opel Ampera is Europe’s Best Selling EV

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The Opel Ampera, the Chevrolet Volt’s European counterpart, is the best selling passenger electric vehicle in Europe, with a market share of more than 20 percent, the automaker claims. In the Netherlands, Opel Ampera sales in May comprised more than 77 percent of the passenger EV market, and more than 50 percent year-to-date, thanks largely to ...

An App For That: Opel Unveils iPhone-Based Car Telemetry System

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While plenty of automakers offer small G-force or acceleration meters in their performance cars’ instrument clusters, Opel is going one step further. The automaker’s new telemetry system for the Astra OPC hot hatchback transmits vehicle information and lap data to an Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The OPC PowerApp software costs just €0.79 (about a ...

Thread of the Day: Should GM Make More Niche Vehicles Like the Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon?

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We had loads of fun with our long-term Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon, which took us on an epic beer run through the midwest and even lapped the Nürburgring during its tenure in our fleet. It was both a unicorn for its scarcity, and a sleeper thanks to the brutal horsepower hidden beneath its unassuming wagon ...