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Opel Insignia

Opel Insignia
Manufacturer Opel
Production 2008–present
Body and chassis
Class Large family car (D)
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive or four-wheel-drive
Predecessor Opel Vectra
Opel Signum

The Opel Insignia (from Latin insigne = the emblem/coat of arms) is a large family car engineered and produced by the German automaker Opel. Production of the Insignia began in 2008 as a replacement for the Vectra and Signum.[1] The vehicle is known as the Vauxhall Insignia in the United Kingdom, and as the Buick Regal in China and North America.[2][3] It is planned to be re-launched in Australia and New Zealand under the Holden marque in 2015.[4]

In Chile the vehicle was originally due to be marketed as the Chevrolet Vectra,[5] but is now sold as the Opel Insignia.[6] The Insignia made its debut in Australia in 2012, badged as an Opel.[7] but was dropped a year later after the brand was withdrawn from the market.[8] The Insignia is produced in Opel's plant in Rüsselsheim, Germany.


  • 2003 Insignia Concept 1
  • Insignia (2008-present) 2
    • OPC 2.1
    • Country Tourer 2.2
    • 2013 facelift 2.3
  • Engines 3
    • 2008-13 3.1
    • 2013-present 3.2
  • Awards 4
  • Production and sales 5
  • Motorsport 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

2003 Insignia Concept

2003 Insignia Concept
Manufacturer Opel
Production 2003
Designer Mark Adams
Malcolm Ward
Body and chassis
Class Luxury Grand tourer
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout FR layout
Platform Premium platform
Engine 5.7 L LS1 V8
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,915 mm (114.8 in)
Length 4,803 mm (189.1 in)
Width 1,914 mm (75.4 in)
Height 1,414 mm (55.7 in)

The Opel Insignia Concept is a luxury grand tourer presented by Opel at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.[9][10] The car has a V8 engine from the Corvette with 344 PS.

The Insignia Concept has a hydropneumatic suspension system, a pantograph like mechanism for the rear sliding doors and LED lighting technology.

In early 2005, it was announced by Opel that this concept car cannot be built, because it would be too heavy and too expensive. This vehicle remained therefore a pure concept study. However, this concept car inspired the 2007 Opel GTC Concept.

Insignia (2008-present)

Also called Buick Regal
Vauxhall Insignia
Holden Insignia (from 2015)
Production 2008–present
Assembly Rüsselsheim, Germany
Designer Mark Adams
Malcolm Ward[11][12]
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon
5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Platform Epsilon II platform
Related Chevrolet Malibu
Transmission 5-speed semi-automatic
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,737 mm (107.8 in)
Length 4,830 mm (190.2 in)
4,908 mm (193.2 in) (wagon)
Width 1,856 mm (73.1 in)
Height 1,498 mm (59.0 in)
Curb weight 1,470–1,610 kg (3,240–3,550 lb)

The Insignia debuted at the 2008 British International Motor Show in London on 23 July as the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. This reflected the Vauxhall brand that is unique to the United Kingdom.[13] It then went on sale in European dealerships in October 2008 as a 5-door hatchback, 4-door saloon, and 5-door station wagon, dubbed Sports Tourer - a departure for Opel who traditionally used the "Caravan" name to denote the station wagon bodystyle. The Insignia is the first production car to be based on the Epsilon II platform, which was also used on other models such as the 2010 Saab 9-5 and the Chevrolet Malibu.

The Insignia was the first car to debut new badges for both the Opel and Vauxhall brands, and for Vauxhall, it was the first car to dispense with the characteristic "V" grille that has adorned Vauxhall models since 1994 which differentiated them from the otherwise identical Opel models.

The Insignia was also the first Opel to debut many new and improved safety features, including:

  • (an improved) Adaptive Forward Lighting - bi-xenon, gas discharge headlamps with variable light beam distribution in width, direction and range, complemented by adverse weather light, dynamic curve light, cornering light, high beam assist, and daytime running lights with LEDs. Sensors and software monitor the surroundings, traffic and weather conditions so that the system can activate the appropriate lighting function.
  • Opel Eye - This uses a camera at the top of the windscreen to monitor the area in front of the vehicle. Information from the camera is continuously analysed to identify road markings and traffic signs. Road markings are used as the basis of the first of Opel Eye’s two functions: lane departure warning. Traffic signs are recognised and indicated to the driver in the second function: traffic sign memory. At speeds above 60 km/h (37 mph), Opel Eye warns the driver if the car is about to veer inadvertently out of the lane in which it is travelling. The system can detect road markings and, if they are sufficiently distinct, unmarked road edges. The Insignia was the first production car to feature a dual-function frontal camera with traffic sign recognition.

Design-wise, the Insignia offers 30 millimetres (1.2 in) more knee room than the Vectra. The saloon and hatchback variants have the same 4.83 metres (190.2 in) length and wheelbase of 2.73 metres (107.5 in). The estate version is slightly longer at 4.91 metres (193.3 in) on the same wheelbase.


In early 2009, Opel revealed the Insignia OPC, a high-performance variant of the Insignia.[14] Like the preceding Vectra OPC, it is powered by a 2.8 litre turbocharged V6.[14][15] The updated engine makes 239 kilowatts (325 PS; 321 hp) and 435 newton metres (321 lb·ft). Of this 435, 400 newton metres (300 lb·ft) is available from 2,000 rpm.[16] It will be paired with a six-speed manual transmission / six-speed automatic transmission and Saab's (Haldex) active all-wheel drive system. The Insignia OPC has a modified MacPherson strut front suspension called HiPerStrut which reduces torque steer. Also standard is an electronic limited slip differential for the rear wheels and Opel's FlexRide adaptive suspension, which has three settings (OPC, Sport and Normal). An OPC version of the Insignia Sports Tourer wagon has also been unveiled and is currently on sale.

In April 2011, Opel launched the Insignia OPC Unlimited, with no speed limiter.[17]

Country Tourer

Opel Insignia Country Tourer makes its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013. The Country Tourers main competitors are the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack , Audi A4 Allroad and Škoda Octavia Scout.

2013 facelift

A major facelift was introduced in June 2013, with new exterior and interior styling, new engines and new safety features. The car officially premiered at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, before going on sale later in 2013.



From launch, the Insignia was offered with 4 petrol engines – a 1.6 L 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp), 1.8 L 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp), 2.0 Turbo 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) and a 2.8 L V6 with 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) – and 3 diesel engines (all derived from the Fiat/GM JTD engine) – all 2.0 litres with 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp), 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) and 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp). In 2009, a 1.6 L Turbo petrol 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp), the ecoFLEX diesels and the OPC versions were introduced.

From September 2010, the 2.0 CDTI Diesel gained Adaptive 4x4 as an option. A '2.0 BiTurbo' CDTI, with 195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp), in development with Saab, was expected to begin production in 2010, but due to the sale of Saab, production was delayed and began production in 2012, as 2WD (FWD) and 4WD.

All engines have a six-speed manual as standard, with some engines having an automatic transmission as an option.

Since launch, all diesels have improved their emissions. In 2011, some engines gained Start/Stop, all diesel engines have this option, with more petrol engines expected to gain the technology in the future. A 1.4 Turbo 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp), with S/S as standard, is available, replacing the 1.8, and the 2.0 Turbo was upgraded to 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp) only with 4-wheel drive. 2.0 Turbo with 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) remains as only FWD.

In 2009 new range of ecoFLEX diesel engine offered same amount of power but less CO2-emission (g/km) and fuel consumption. 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX with 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) and 160 PS (118 kW; 158 hp) have emission of only 114 CO2-emission (g/km) as well as a version with 2.0 CDTI 4x4. 195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp) Bi-turbo diesel engine have 129 CO2-emission (g/km).

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note Year
1.4 Turbo S/S I4 1364 cc 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @4,900–6000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) @1850-4,900 rpm 2011-
1.6 VVT I4 1,598 cc 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp) @6,000 rpm 155 N·m (114 lb·ft) @4,000 rpm 2008-12
1.6 Turbo I4 1,598 cc 180 PS (130 kW; 180 hp) @5,500 rpm 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) @2,200-5,500 rpm
1.8 VVT I4 1,796 cc 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @6,300 rpm 175 N·m (129 lb·ft) @3,800 rpm
2.0 Turbo I4 1,998 cc 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) @5,300 rpm 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) @2,000-4000 rpm 2008-
2.0 Turbo 4x4 I4 1,998 cc 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) @5,300 rpm 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) @2,000-4000 rpm 2008-11
2.0 Turbo 4x4 I4 1,998 cc 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp) @5,300 rpm 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) @2,400-3,600 rpm 2011-
2.8T 4x4 V6 2,792 cc 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) @5,500 rpm 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) @1,900–4500 rpm 2008-
2.8T 4x4 V6 2,792 cc 325 PS (239 kW; 321 hp) @5,500 rpm 435 N·m (321 lb·ft) @5,500 rpm OPC/VXR 2009-
Diesel engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note Year
2.0 CDTI I4 1,956 cc 110 PS (81 kW; 108 hp) @4,000 rpm 260 N·m (190 lb·ft) @1,750–2500 rpm N/A in UK
2.0 CDTI I4 1,956 cc 130 PS (96 kW; 130 hp) @4,000 rpm 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) @1,750–2500 rpm
2.0 CDTI I4 1,956 cc 160 PS (120 kW; 160 hp) @4,000 rpm 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) @1,750–2500 rpm
2.0 CDTI 4x4 I4 1,956 cc 160 PS (120 kW; 160 hp) @4,000 rpm 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) @1,750–2500 rpm 2010-
2.0 CDTI Bi-Turbo I4 1,956 cc 195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp)@4,000 rpm 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) @1,750–2500 rpm 2012 –
2.0 CDTI Bi-Turbo 4x4 I4 1,956 cc 195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp)@4,000 rpm 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) @1,750–2500 rpm 2012 –


Alongside the 2013 facelift came a new range of engines - some existing, some tweaked, some brand new. Diesel engines available at launch include 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX (also with Start/Stop), with outputs of 120 PS, 140 PS, 163 PS and the existing 195 PS BiTurbo. There is also a non-ecoFLEX engine with 130 PS which is only available with automatic transmission. Petrol engines include the existing 1.4 Turbo and 1.8 (only on some markets), and the all new 1.6 SIDI Turbo engine introduced in the Cascada, and new 2.0 SIDI Turbo. All engines come with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a 6-speed automatic available as an option on the 1.6 and 2.0 SIDI turbo petrol engines, and the 2.0 CDTI 163 PS and 195 PS diesel engines. All petrol and diesel engines have a Start/Stop system except the 2.0 CDTI with 130 PS.

In September 2014, Opel introduced its all-new generation of engines - Large Diesel engine, starting with 2.0 CDTI engine with 170 PS and 400 Nm, which is a part of new strategy in which Opel will introduce 17 new engines in period from 2014-2018. New engine will be available from begin of 2015. [18]

Petrol engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 (g/km) Year
1.4 Turbo S/S I4 1,362 cc 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @4,900–6000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) @1850-4,900 rpm 123
1.6 SIDI Turbo S/S I4 1,598 cc 170 PS (130 kW; 170 hp) @4,250 rpm 260 N·m (192 lb·ft) (overboost 280 Nm (207 lbft)) @1,650-4,250 rpm 139
1.8 VVT I4 1,796 cc 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @6,300 rpm 175 N·m (129 lb·ft) @3,800 rpm 164
2.0 SIDI Turbo S/S I4 1,998 cc 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp) @4,500 rpm 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) @2,000-4,500 rpm 169
Diesel engine
Model Engine Displacement Power Torque Note CO2 (g/km) Year
2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX S/S I4 1,956 cc 120 PS (88 kW; 118 hp) @4,000 rpm 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) (overboost 320 Nm (236 lbft)) @1,750-2,500 rpm 99
2.0 CDTI I4 1,956 cc 130 PS (96 kW; 128 hp) @4,000 rpm 300 N·m (220 lb·ft) (overboost 320 Nm (236 lbft)) @1,750-2,500 rpm Only with AT 119
2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX S/S I4 1,956 cc 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp) @4,000 rpm 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) (overboost 370 Nm (273 lbft)) @1,750-2,500 rpm 99
2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX S/S I4 1,956 cc 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) @4,000 rpm 350 N·m (260 lb·ft) (overboost 380 Nm (273 lbft)) @1,750-2,500 rpm 114
2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX S/S I4 1,956 cc 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) @4,000 rpm 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) @1,750-2,500 rpm 114 2015-
2.0 CDTI Bi-Turbo ecoFLEX S/S I4 1,956 cc 195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp)@4,000 rpm 400 N·m (300 lb·ft) @1,750-2,500 rpm 125


Since making its début, the Opel Insignia has won more than 50 national and international awards, including Best Executive Car in the UK and Slovenia, Best Family Car in Ireland twice and best car for fleet customers in the UK, Austria, Denmark and Portugal.[19]

  • The Insignia was voted 2009 European Car of the Year.[20][21]
  • The Insignia scored a 5-star rating in EuroNCAP
  • In 2011 German institute DEKRA give Opel award for The Insignia as a car with the fewest flaws in class.[22]
  • In 2012 GTÜ (Gesellschaft für Technische Überwachung mbH/Association for Technical Supervision) evaluated Opel Insignia as number one in terms of used car quality.[23]

Production and sales

Production started at late 2008 on all major markets in Europe. At launch, the Vauxhall versions were produced in Exclusiv, S, SE, SRi, Elite, and VXR specification levels. It has been a popular choice with British buyers, being the nation's ninth best selling car in 2009 – its first full year on sale, outselling its direct competitor the Ford Mondeo but just falling short of the sales achieved by the more upmarket BMW 3 Series.[24]

At the beginning there were several trim levels: Essentia, Edition, Sport, Cosmo, OPC, and later Business edition, Selection, Active, 150 years of Opel, Innovation all depending on market.

As of August 2011, over 400,000 Insignias have been sold, and on April 26, 2012, the 500,000th Insignia was produced.[25]


The Vauxhall Insignia VXR-R of John Thorne competing in the 2012 British Touring Car Championship

The Thorney Motorsport team first ran a Vauxhall Insignia VXR in the last round of the 2011 British Touring Car Championship to prepare a two-car assault for the in the 2012 season.[26] Although this was the plan, it turned out they could only afford to run a one-car assault in 4 rounds - 1 & 2 driven by John Thorne, and 6 & 9 driven by Tony Gilham. Tony's Team HARD bought the two Insignia's from Thorney Motorsport,[27] and raced one of them himself in the last round of the 2012 season. Driving both cars for the 2013 season are James Cole and Jack Goff, running under the RCIB Insurance Racing team name.


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External links

  • Official international Opel Insignia website
  • Official Opel Insignia website (Ireland)
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