|Body and chassis|
|Class||Large family car (D)|
|Layout||Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive or four-wheel-drive|
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. The vehicle is known as the Vauxhall Insignia in the United Kingdom, and as the Buick Regal in China and North America. It is planned to be relaunched in Australia and New Zealand under the Holden marque in 2015.
In Chile, the vehicle was originally due to be marketed as the Chevrolet Vectra, but is now sold as the Opel Insignia. The Insignia made its debut in Australia in 2012, badged as an Opel. but was dropped a year later after the brand was withdrawn from the market. The Insignia is produced in Opel's plant in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
2003 Insignia Concept
|2003 Insignia Concept|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Luxury Grand tourer|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Engine||5.7 L LS1 V8|
|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)|
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.
Opel Insignia Concept at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show
In December 2006, What Car? announced that Vauxhall was to ditch the nameplate from the previous model. Then–General Motors Europe president, Carl-Peter Forster, leaked the news to BusinessCar, explaining that the all–new car would be "a radical departure" from the current model, and that the "Vectra" name would be dropped to reflect this change. In March 2007, What Car? reported the car would première in 2008's British International Motor Show. Previously, it was thought it would première in 2008's Geneva Motor Show. In October 2005, Auto Express produced computer generated images, which showed an unused design.
In September 2007, What Car? produced computer generated images, showing how the replacement would look like. That month, What Car? gave an update, confirming the car would première in London, thanks to the success of the Corsa C. In November 2007, What Car? announced that Vauxhall had confirmed that the successor's name would be Insignia.
|Also called||Buick Regal
Vauxhall Insignia (United Kingdom)
Holden Insignia (Australia & New Zealand)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon
|Platform||Epsilon II platform|
|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. It then went on sale in European dealerships in October 2008 as a five-door hatchback, four-door saloon, and five-door station wagon, dubbed Sports Tourer - a departure for Opel which 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 plus (also called Intelligent Light System) - bi-xenon, gas discharge headlamps with variable light beam distribution in width, direction and range. Offers nine different functions: high beam light assistant, high beam light, town light, pedestrian area light, country road light, highway light function, adverse weather light, dynamic curve light (Advanced Front-Lighting System (AFS)), static cornering light, complemented by 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 mm (1.2 in) more knee room than the Vectra. The saloon and hatchback variants have the same 4.83 m (190.2 in) length and wheelbase of 2.73 m (107.5 in). The estate version is slightly longer at 4.91 m (193.3 in) on the same wheelbase.
In early 2009, Opel revealed the Insignia OPC, a high-performance variant of the Insignia. Like the preceding Vectra OPC, it is powered by a 2.8-litre turbocharged V6. 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) are available from 2,000 rpm. It is 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.
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.
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. The new design includes a newly designed cockpit with a simplified control panel and two 8-inch color displays, a four-way infotainment system via new a touchpad in the center console, an 8-inch touchscreen, steering wheel controls, voice command, radar and camera-based driver assistance and safety systems, such as full-speed adaptive cruise control and imminent collision braking, rear camera, lane-change assistance, blind spot alert, and rear cross traffic alert.
From launch, the Insignia was offered with four petrol engines – a 1.6-L 115 PS (85 kW; 113 hp), 1.8-L 140 PS (103 kW; 138 hp), 2.0-L Turbo 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp), and a 2.8-L V6 with 260 PS (191 kW; 256 hp) – and three 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.
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 four-wheel drive. The 2.0 Turbo with 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) remains as only FWD.
In 2009, a new range of ecoFLEX diesel engine offered same amount of power, but less CO2-emission (g/km) and fuel consumption. The .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. The 195 PS (143 kW; 192 hp) Bi-turbo diesel engine has 129 CO2-emission (g/km).
|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-|
|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, and some brand new. Diesel engines available at launch include the 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX (also with Start/Stop), with outputs of 120 PS, 140 PS, and 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 six-speed manual gearbox as standard, with a six-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 end 2014/beginning of 2015. 
|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|
|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||2014-|
|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.
- The Insignia was voted 2009 European Car of the Year.
- The Insignia scored a five-star rating in EuroNCAP.
- In 2011, German institute DEKRA gave Opel an award for the Insignia as a car with the fewest flaws in its class.
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.
At the beginning 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.
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. Although this was the plan, it turned out they could only afford to run a one-car assault in four rounds - 1 and 2 driven by John Thorne, and 6 and 9 driven by Tony Gilham. Tony's Team HARD bought the two Insignias from Thorney Motorsport, and raced one of them himself in the last round of the 2012 season. Driving both cars for the 2013 season were James Cole and Jack Goff, running under the RCIB Insurance Racing team name.
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