Opel History

Opel History 1862-1899

Opel History 1862 - 1899
The beginning: From the sewing machine to the bicycle and the car
Opel History 1900-1909

Opel History 1900 - 1909
Expansion:  Thanks to racing victories and top quality, purveyor to the court


Opel History 1910 - 1919
Innovative spirit:  Four-valve technology, aerodynamics and proprietary test and racing track


Opel History 1920 - 1929
Mass Mobility: Volume production leads to market success - first rocket experiments


Opel History 1930 - 1939
Number 1: Commercial vehicle success and safety bodies - Number 1 in Europe


Opel History 1940 - 1949
Turning point:  New start with refrigerators, Olympia and Kapitän


Opel History 1950 - 1959
Million milestone:  Production record with Kapitän  and Olympia Rekord


Opel History 1960 - 1969
Legends are born I: Kadett, KAD, GT -  Classics in all segments


Opel History 1970 - 1979
Legends are born II: Manta, Ascona  and  front-wheel drive


Opel History 1980 - 1989
Successful models:  Go green with Corsa, Kadett and catalytic converter


Opel History 1990 - 1999
Trend setter:  Niche success with Calibra, Frontera and Tigra


Opel History 2000 - 2009
Future prospects:  From OPC to fuel cell


Opel History 2010 - now