The first Opel 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
Opel is a German automobile manufacturer, subsidiary of French automaker Groupe PSA since August 2017. From 1929 until 2017, Opel was owned by American automaker General Motors. Opel vehicles are sold in the United Kingdom under the Vauxhall brand.
Opel traces its roots to a sewing machine manufacturer founded by Adam Opel in 1862 in Rüsselsheim am Main. The company began manufacturing bicycles in 1886 and produced its first automobile in 1899. After listing on the stock market in 1929, General Motors took a majority stake in Opel and then full control in 1931, establishing the American reign over the German automaker for nearly 90 years.
In March 2017, Groupe PSA agreed to acquire Opel from General Motors for €2.2 billion, making the French automaker the second biggest in Europe, after Volkswagen.
The Opel 4 PS, popularly known as the Laubfrosch (treefrog), is a small two-seater car introduced by the auto maker Opel early in 1924. Subsequently, various versions of the little Laubfrosch were produced until it was replaced by the Opel 1.2 litre.
Initially introduced as the Opel 4/12 PS, and manufactured at Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant, this was the first German car to be assembled on a Ford inspired production line. It was aimed at the lower end of the German auto market, and clearly intended, by the standards of the day, for volume production: it sold well, with 119,484 produced by the time Laubfrosch production ended in June 1931
Opel Admiral (1937-1939)
The first Admiral was introduced early in 1937 at the Berlin Motor Show, although production only got under way right at the end of the year, with just eight Opel Admirals being produced in 1937. It can be seen as an attempt to challenge luxury cars in the growing 3.5-litre class from Horch, Mercedes-Benz and Maybach. However, it came with a substantially lower price than the similarly sized and powered cars from these premium manufacturers, which combined with its generously proportioned but technically straightforward chassis to make it a favorite with builders of specialist car bodies
Opel Olympia Rekord (1953-1957)
The Opel Olympia Rekord was a two-door family car which replaced the Opel Olympia in March 1953. Innovations included the strikingly modern Ponton format body-work incorporating numerous styling features from the United States and large amounts of chrome decoration both on the outside and on the inside.
The car was offered till 1957. Unusually, at least in European terms, the manufacturer followed the example of General Motors in Detroit by applying an annual facelift. There was a new front grill every year along with other detailed modifications to the trim. The policy of annual facelifts ensured plenty of publicity, and the car was a commercial success,
Opel Mid Size
Opel Insignia (2008-present)
The Opel Insignia is a mid-size/large family car engineered and produced by the German car manufacturer Opel. Production of the Insignia began in August 2008, as a replacement for the Vectra and Signum. The vehicle is sold under the Vauxhall marque in the United Kingdom, and sold in North America and China as the Buick Regal.
Opel Cascada (2012-present)
The Opel Cascada (Spanish for "waterfall") is a compact convertible engineered and manufactured by the German automaker Opel since April 2013. It is also marketed as the Opel Cabrio in Spain, Vauxhall Cascada in the United Kingdom, the Holden Cascada in Australia and New Zealand, and the Buick Cascada in the United States and China. It is not sold in Canada.
Opel Astra (1991-present)
The Opel Astra (Lat: Stars) is a compact car/small family car (C-segment in Europe) engineered and manufactured by the German automaker Opel since 1991.
Opel Sports Cars
Opel GT (1968-1973), (2007-2009)
The Opel GT is a front-engine, rear-drive two-seat sports car manufactured and marketed by Opel in two generations — separated by a 34-year hiatus.
The first generation Opel GT (1968-1973) debuted as a styling exercise in 1965 at the Paris and Frankfurt motor shows. The production vehicle used mechanical components from the contemporary Opel Kadett B and two-door hard top bodywork by French contractor Brissonneau & Lotz. The styling of the GT was often cited as similar to the 1968 Chevrolet Corvette. Opel marketed a second generation GT (2007-2009) as a rebadged variant of the Saturn Sky/Pontiac Solstice two-seater convertible, manufactured in Wilmington, Delaware, USA.
Opel SUV, MPV Crossover
Opel Crossland X (2017-present)
The Opel Crossland X is a subcompact crossover SUV, marketed as the Vauxhall Crossland X in the United Kingdom, officially unveiled to the media in January 2017.
Opel Grandland X (2017-present)
The Opel Grandland X is a Compact Crossover SUV, which was officially unveiled by the German manufacturer Opel in the Frankfurt Motor Show in April 2017, and went on sale in September. It is based on the PSA EMP2 platform and, thus, closely related to the second generation Peugeot 3008. In the United Kingdom, it is marketed as the Vauxhall Grandland X.
Opel Mokka (2013-present)
The Opel Mokka is a Crossover SUV engineered and built by German automotive marque Opel since 2012. Sales began with model year 2013 in late 2012. The Mokka is now built in Bupyeong, South Korea and Zaragoza, Spain. In 2016 The Opel Mokka was renamed to the Mokka X. It is also sold under the Vauxhall brand in Great Britain, and as the Buick Encore in North America and in China. A variant of the Mokka/Encore vehicle having significantly different sheet metal and trim is marketed in North America as the Chevrolet Trax.
Opel Zafira (2011-present)
The Opel Zafira, also known as the Zafira Tourer since 2011, is a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) produced by the German manufacturer Opel since the beginning of 1999. The first and second generation are classified compact MPVs, whereas the third generation, launched in the end of 2011, is classified as a large MPV.
Opel Ampera (2011-2019)
The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid car manufactured by General Motors, also marketed in rebadged variants as the Holden Volt in Australia and New Zealand, Buick Velite 5 in China, and with a different fascia as the Vauxhall Ampera in the United Kingdom and as the
Opel Ampera in the remainder of Europe. In November 2018, GM announced it would cease Volt production in March 2019.
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