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Opel Insignia saloon tuned by Irmscher
Irmscher’s latest kit focuses on appearance and handling upgrades for the Insignia

KENNETH HALL/ Motor Authority
Thursday, October 16, 2008

German tuner Irmscher is a specialist when it comes to modifying Opels, having worked with the brand for more than 40 years and previously installing a V8 engine in the compact Opel GT. Not surprisingly, it's one of the first companies to work on the new 2009 Insignia sedan, and has now released a range of styling and handling mods just in the time for the car’s sales launch.

The package includes a new bodykit, stiffer suspension, uprated brakes and 20in forged alloy wheels. The bodykit is probably the most striking feature of the complete package, and has been designed to improve aerodynamics while also adding a touch of aggression. It includes a front lower spoiler, a custom grille, new side sills, and a rear spoiler. The Insignia’s standard rear bumper has also been modified with the addition of a new carbon insert.

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Irmscher is a very highly regarded German tuner for Opel/GM. They have sponsored and entered cars in many German/European touring car series races over the years. They are definitley not new to the tuner game. This car looks way better than the stock car because it has their body kit and wheels. This car was shown in stock form at the recent London and Paris auto shows and looks good even in stock form with smaller wheels and tires and no kit.
 

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That car is Fabulous! It needs to come here, but not as a Saturn. I'll bet its nice enough to be a Caddy.... so...? How big is anyway? Sub CTS, or on par?
why would Cadillac take that, when they can get a sub CTS Alpha based RWD car?
 

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I wonder... Does GM think this car is too good for the NA market? Do they think it will make there other cars look like crap??? BRING IT HERE as a Buick or Saturn. Wait... it would make buick or saturn's currant lineup look like crap. I know STOP SELLING US CRAP! I love GM but if europe gets better models than us that what does GM think of us????
 

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When NA starts becoming willing to pay for what a car costs, then GM will bring over cars such as this. As it stands, from my perspective, people aren't willing to pay good money for high quality high content GM vehicles....unless it's a Caddy or a Buick. There seems to be a trend to buy the most content crammed average quality vehicle available.

You can all say, "bring it over", but you (and your market) actually have to support the increase. I wouldn't expect anyone in GM, to be currently thinking that people want to pay more for their product. Like it or not, the NA market is plagued by people who want the latest, as soon as possible. When something new appears, they want the next new thing. It makes it hard for a company to justify high quality, when the market doesn't demonstrate the same desires.

G8 is a fairly high quality product for the price. Look how well it's selling.

Read the Camaro V6 road test. The journo demonstrates my concept:
Arthur St.Antoine said:
The development team, a dedicated cadre of Aussies well versed in building fast, rear-drive cars for GM division Holden, fought the good fight to get project money spent where it would do the most good. The result: premium engine hardware, sophisticated chassis moves, a gorgeous shape unmarred by "convenient" production compromises. You want a navigation system? Too bad -- the Holden development crew figured you'd rather they spend the money on things like surgically precise steering and bourbon-smooth six-speed transmissions (besides, all new Camaros will offer OnStar turn-by-turn route guidance).
The focus was on the drive experience. Insignia is on the total experience so it would cost a motza to sell in NA. Even with the pricing released for the Camaro, coming in under 25k :)eek:) people still complained! You greedy ****ers.

You can bet your arse that an Insigina, as sold in europe, would not get sold for less than 25k (with a sub 3.0 engine). Still want it?
 

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That car is Fabulous! It needs to come here, but not as a Saturn. I'll bet its nice enough to be a Caddy.... so...? How big is anyway? Sub CTS, or on par?
um i thought it is going to be a Buick in the states! can someone correct me if im wrong
 

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That car is Fabulous! It needs to come here, but not as a Saturn. I'll bet its nice enough to be a Caddy.... so...? How big is anyway? Sub CTS, or on par?
Buick, maybe...Caddy? No.
 

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now , please tell me, why is GM not selling this vehicle in the states as is?
i have a sneaking feeling that the fallout of the next few weeks may mean we'll get this car as is in the future. maybe a management clean out will do it. this is the car the press needs to put in front of the American public as the last best example of the good cars GM builds and we do not get here. This is a car that could generate enough public outcry to make the decision for them.

of course who knows, maybe that means it wears a chrylser badge now. LMAO
 

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um i thought it is going to be a Buick in the states! can someone correct me if im wrong
You're wrong. It's going to be the Buick Regal in China.
 
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