45 Facts About Opel


Opel Automobile GmbH, usually shortened to Opel, is a German automobile manufacturer which has been a subsidiary of Stellantis since 16 January 2021.

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Opel vehicles are sold in the United Kingdom as Vauxhall.

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Some Opel vehicles were badge-engineered in Australia under the Holden brand until 2020 and in North America and China under the Buick, Saturn, and Cadillac brands.

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Opel began manufacturing bicycles in 1886 and produced its first automobile in 1899.

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Opel launched a new product in 1886: he began to sell high-wheel bicycles, known as penny-farthings.

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Adam Opel led the way for motorised transportation to become not just a means for the rich, but a reliable way for people of all classes to travel.

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Opel RAK became enthralled with liquid propulsion, building and testing them in the late 1920s in Russelsheim.

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Fritz von Opel famously attached solid-fuel rockets to his Motoclub in a publicity stunt, riding the rocket-boosted motorcycle at the Avus racetrack.

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Opel produced the first mass-production vehicle in Germany with a self-supporting all-steel body, closely following the 1934 Citroen Traction Avant.

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In 1942 Opel switched to wartime production, making aircraft parts and tanks.

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Opel's profit helped to offset GM's losses in North America and to fund GM's expansion into Asia.

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Opel turned to GM's Japanese division Isuzu for its first SUV, the Frontera, which was launched in 1991 but produced in Europe despite its Japanese origins.

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Second generation Opel Vectra was launched in 1995, with the Vectra nameplate now extending to the Vauxhall version in the UK.

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Opel moved into the city car market in early 2000 with the launch of the Agila.

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Third generation Opel Corsa was launched in 2000, followed by a new version of the Vectra in 2002 and the Astra in 2004.

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Opel was said to be among Europe's most aggressive discounters in mass-market.

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Opel withdrew from China, where it had a network of 22 dealers, in early 2015 after General Motors decided to withdraw its Chevrolet brand from Europe starting in 2016.

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On 16 January 2021, Opel was sold on to Stellantis following the merger of its Peugeot parent company PSA Group with Italian-American group Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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Adam Opel AG is the main supplier for the OEM, all subsidiaries are tier 2 suppliers.

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Besides the hood ornament flying through the ring, Opel used a coat of arms in various forms, which mostly had a combination of white and yellow colours in it, a shade of yellow which is typical for Opel until today.

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The Opel writing was black and in the middle of the oval symbol.

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SC Opel Russelsheim is a football club with over 450 members.

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Opel currently has partnerships with association football clubs such as Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and 1.

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From 1994 until 2006, Opel has been partnership with Milan and previously with Fiorentina from 1983 until 1986 in Italy, from 1995 until 2002 with Paris Saint-Germain in France, from 1989 until 2002 with Bayern Munchen in Germany and from 2013 until 2017 with Feyenoord Rotterdam in Netherlands.

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Opel brand is present in most of Europe, in parts of North Africa, in South Africa, the Middle East, in Chile and in Singapore.

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Opel cars appeared under their own name in the US from 1958 to 1975, when they were sold through Buick dealers as captive imports.

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Buick Cascada is a rebadged Opel Cascada, built in Poland and sold in the United States unchanged from the Opel in all but badging.

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However, it is based on a long-wheelbase version of the Opel-developed Epsilon II-platform, so shares many key components with the Opel Insignia and thereby the Buick Regal.

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From 1986 to 2003, Opel models were produced by Delta Motor Corporation, a company created through a management buyout following of GM's divestment from apartheid South Africa.

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The Opel Corsa was introduced in 1996, with kits of the Brazilian-designed sedan and pick-up being locally assembled.

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Opel is plan to returning to the Japanese market in 2022.

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Opel was marketed in Malaysia beginning from the 1970s, and early models exported were Kadett, Gemini, and Manta.

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Opel had moderate sales from the 1980s until the early 2000s, when Malaysian car buyers favoured Japanese and Korean brand cars such as Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Kia, which offered more competitive prices.

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Opel was withdrawn from Malaysian market in 2003, and the last models sold were the Zafira, Astra, and Vectra, and the rebadged Isuzu MU as the Frontera, later replaced by Chevrolet.

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Opel was withdrawn from the Indian market in 2006, replaced by Chevrolet.

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Since the 1970s Opel cars were imported with Holden cars by Universal Motors Thailand and Asoke Motors.

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Opel was one of the most popular non-Japanese car brands in the country during the 1970s and the 1980s alongside Ford, but left the Filipino market in 1985 as a result of the economic crisis at that time.

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Sales were good years after its introduction but Opel still struggled as Japanese manufacturers dominated the local automobile market.

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Several Opel models were sold across Latin America, mainly Brazil and Argentina, for decades with Chevrolet development badges and its derivatives, including the Corsa, Kadett, Astra, Vectra, Omega, Meriva, and Zafira.

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Opel has exported a wide range of products to Chile since 2011 and Colombia, Ecuador, Uruguay since 2021.

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Opel have produced five winners of the European Car of the Year competition:.

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Until 1993, the Opel Corsa was known as the Vauxhall Nova in Great Britain, as Vauxhall initially felt that Corsa sounded too much like "coarse", and would not catch on.

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Opel took part in the German DTM race series between 2000 and 2005 with the Astra, and despite winning several races, it never won the DTM championship.

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Opel returned to motorsport competition with the Adam in 2013.

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In 2014, Opel presented a road-legal sport version of the Adam R2 Rally Car – the Opel Adam S – powered by a 1.

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