GM Inside News Forum banner
1 - 20 of 41 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,750 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)





Source: http://www.autobild.de/artikel/der-neue-opel-insignia-sports-tourer_763405.html

From GM Europe http://www.gmeurope.info/social_media_newsroom/archives/478-Opel-Insignia-Sports-Tourer-The-New-Wagon-in-Elegant-Sportswear.html:
Due to be unveiled at Paris Motor Show (October 4-19), Opel’s new station wagon offers leading technologies wrapped in a sporty, premium body and reflects this in its name: Insignia Sports Tourer.

The Insignia Sports Tourer, available in European markets in spring 2009, boasts the same athletic, powerful and elegant design as its sedan counterparts. “However,” says Mark Adams, Vice President of GM Europe Design, “this is a stand-alone model and not simply a wagon version of the sedan. In fact, all the bodywork aft of the B-pillar is unique to the Sports Tourer. We’ve also ensured that its design combines the sculptural artistry and technical precision found in the notch- and hatchback models.”

Designers gave the rear of the Sports Tourer a unique yet cohesive appearance by pulling the “wraparound” tailgate far into the flanks and accentuating it with large, distinctive, fully integrated tail lights.

This dynamic look encloses an interior that offers ample space for five occupants and a highly competitive luggage compartment. The luggage compartment offers a volume of 540 liters. The Sports Tourer has retained an identical wheelbase of 2.74 meters as the sedan models and added around 80 mm to its length for an overall 4.91 meters,

Two new engines - a downsized gasoline turbo engine and a new turbo diesel - will join the seven engines already available from launch of the sedan models. In addition, an ecoFLEX variant with remarkably low fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels will be added to the range in the near future.

"Along with leading technologies and high safety standards, the elegant Opel Insignia Sports Tourer clearly expresses Opel’s strategy to make innovation and attractive design accessible", says Alain Visser, Chief Marketing Officer for GM Europe.

Its newly developed chassis, designed to offer a high level of safety and comfort, can even be enhanced with the innovative, integrated FlexRide mechatronic system which raises stability and provides real time, electronically controlled damping. FlexRide also gives the driver the choice between three driving modes. In addition to the standard adaptive mode, the driver can either opt for a comfort-oriented mode (“Tour”) or a Sport setting. The Sport mode makes the Insignia Sports Tourer driving experience more active, as it changes the set-up of interlinked functions such as the steering, throttle control, damping and even the ambient lighting of the dashboard. Moreover, Insignia customers can even opt for the new, sophisticated Adaptive 4x4 system that proactively distributes torque to ensure superb stability while providing optimal traction and enhancing handling performance on all road conditions.

The introduction of the Sports Tourer benefits from the high levels of technology showcased at the Insignia’s launch, such as the innovative "Opel Eye" camera, which reads and memorizes traffic signs and warns drivers when they unintentionally veer out of their lane. Other innovative features are the new-generation AFL headlamps that adjust to prevailing traffic conditions with nine different lighting functions and the particularly back-friendly, orthopedically-certified ergonomic sport seats.

Like the sedan models, the Insignia Sports Tourer was developed in GM Europe’s Design and Engineering Center in Rüsselsheim. It will also be built in the Rüsselsheim plant, one of the most modern and efficient plants in the world
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,210 Posts
I'd rather see it as a Buick. That grill already has the shape of current Buicks. Despite having a Saturn as my daily driver, I'd rather they not get all the nice cars.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,869 Posts
Yet another pleasing, upscale interior and exterior design from GM Design. I'm not surprised.

It's a shame that it won't cross the Pond, particularly as there are lots of Americans who are still looking for FE and people/cargo-carrying capacity.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,390 Posts
Not bringing it here as is is a huge MISTAKE. It looks like a $50,000 dollar car and if they can sell it for a profit in the mid 20s to low 30s then why not. Yes the Astra is not selling because it is priced too high for its features and its never advertised except in a nationwide insurance commercial. The Tourer looks great looks almost better than the sedan/hatchback. Hopefully it is just delayed 3 months and will still arrive untouched on our shores. Hey if they want to take some features out take out the camera for reading signs and make those cool headlights extra cost even on the XR.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,003 Posts
Who is really going to buy a wagon when CUV's roam the land here in the U.S?. Over there in Europe are there as many CUV's as there are here (the U.S.)?.

I just don't see the whole wagon thing happening (as much as I would like it to happen) here in the States.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
161 Posts
Again, GM I ask....why are you not bringing this car to the US "as-is" at the same time you release it to Europe??????

Lutz, don't screw this up, bring it now!! Is GM too scared that it would outshine the new Malibu too quickly? I could wait a year, but GM should not change anything in interior or exterior design when its introduced in NA.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8,869 Posts
Who is really going to buy a wagon when CUV's roam the land here in the U.S?. Over there in Europe are there as many CUV's as there are here (the U.S.)?.

I just don't see the whole wagon thing happening (as much as I would like it to happen) here in the States.
I hear yah, casket_demon, but who would have thought the mighty F-series and Silverado would be outsold-even if only for a few months-by the Camry, Accord, Civic, and Corolla all in one month?! I can tell you, I didn't see that one coming. Not as soon as it did, anyway.

Consumers are apparently able to change their preferences, and wagons were popular at one point in this nation. I wouldn't be surprised if GM were to bring this here that it would sell in amounts large enough to support bringing it here. Of course, that would assume GM marketed and priced it correctly, among other factors.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,750 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
7 Available Engines? I'm kind of jealous, we get 2 maybe 3 choices, unless you buy a truck, in which case, you have 6, counting the diesel.
I suspect the two new engines are the 1.6 Turbo ECOTEC from Astra (180hp), Corsa (150hp and 192hp) and Meriva (180hp) and the new 2.9 V6 Diesel.

Current Insignia engines:
- 1.6 ECOTEC, 115hp, FWD, 6MT
- 1.8 ECOTEC, 140hp, FWD, 6MT
- 2.0 Turbo ECOTEC, 220hp, FWD or AWD, 6MT or 6AT
- 2.8 V6 Turbo ECOTEC, 260hp, AWD, 6MT or 6AT
- 2.0 Diesel ECOTEC, 110hp, FWD, 6MT
- 2.0 Diesel ECOTEC, 130hp, FWD, 6MT or 6AT
- 2.0 Diesel ECOTEC, 160hp, FWD, 6MT or 6AT
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,750 Posts
Wow! That is one sexy looking Station Wagon!!! Someone previously suggested that if Saturn isn't going to get the new Insignia as Aura, then Perhaps Buick should. there seems to be some logic in this Idea.

Question to GM: Why does everyone in Europe and China and Austrailia always get the great looking cars FIRST and North America Always gets 2 to 3 year old Left-Overs if anything at all?
 
1 - 20 of 41 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top