16 November 2015 - Rüsselsheim/Berlin. And the winner is: The Opel Astra. Opel’s new compact class star was recognized at the Oscars of the automotive industry in Berlin, winning the “Golden Steering Wheel” in the compact class. The Astra has only been at dealers since mid-October and has now already reaped this important award making it a true high-flyer. Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann and CMO Tina Müller attended the ceremony last week in the Axel-Springer-Haus, with Dr. Neumann accepting the award on behalf of Opel. The “Golden Steering Wheel” is awarded jointly by Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag. A jury consisting of readers, experts and celebrities such as racing legend Walter Röhrl pick the best newcomers of the year after extensive test drives.
10 November 2015 – Opel has added a limited edition derivative of the Opel ADAM to its South African line-up, the ADAM Rocks. Inspired by parkour sports, the ADAM Rocks is about self-expression and combines the resilience and agility of a mini-CUV (Cross Utility Vehicle) with the freedom of open air driving. The uniquely charismatic Opel ADAM Rocks, with its tougher and more masculine appearance, is a city sized, rural friendly all-rounder that inspires a whole new breed of urban adventurers.
JOHANNESBURG – General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has sold 5 301 units in October 2015 up 3% from last month and posting the best sales results since October 2013. This against the backdrop of industry sales dropping 2%.
DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) sold 7.2 million vehicles globally in the first nine months of 2015. The company posted sales increases in four of its five largest markets, with record sales in China and strong retail sales gains in the United States. Total sales were down 1 percent, due primarily to the company’s previously announced decisions to strategically reduce its presence in certain markets, as well as difficult market conditions in South America.
JOHANNESBURG – It is with great pleasure that General Motors South Africa (GMSA) announced the appointment of The Ireland Davenport Group to manage its Isuzu Brand Account.
JOHANNESBURG – General Motors South Africa (GMSA) welcomed one of the country’s fastest growing agencies to support the growth of the Chevrolet, Opel and Isuzu brands in Southern Africa.
Delegates and officials of the Royal Thai Embassy this week visited the General Motors South Africa (GMSA) Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth. The delegation was led by Dr Chakarin Komolsiri (front), Trade Commissioner of the Thai Embassy. According to Komolsiri Thailand is one of the biggest suppliers of automotive components to South Africa. He said Thailand was constantly looking at ways to boost their exports to South Africa and to strengthen relationships with South African businesses. Thai investors are currently looking at investment opportunities in South Africa, including Port Elizabeth according to Komolsiri.
PORT ELIZABETH – General Motors South Africa (GMSA) sold 5 149 vehicles in September 2015, coming in at fourth position on the National Automobile Association Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) sales rankings.
PORT ELIZABETH – The best technician in the country was announced amid loud applause last night during the annual General Motors South Africa (GMSA) Top Technician Skills Awards.
FRANKFURT - The new Opel Astra makes its world premiere at the IAA in Frankfurt from September 17 – 27. The model is nothing less than a quantum leap for the compact class in terms of efficiency, connectivity and premium features, packed in a new, athletic design. Covering over 3,300 square meters, the Astra Galaxy-shaped booth at the autoshow revolves around the next generation of the successful Opel model. Entirely created from a white sheet of paper, the lightweight-design Astra is powered exclusively by newest-generation engines. It features numerous safety and assistance systems that are unrivalled or even make their premiere in this class, such as the groundbreaking glare-free IntelliLux LED® matrix light system.
PORT ELIZABETH – The final round of General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA) Top Technician Skills Awards takes place in Port Elizabeth this week.
PORT ELIZABETH – The Opel brand received high recognition today in the 2015 Women’s Car of the Year Awards for best car in the hatchback and multipurpose vehicle (MPV) categories.
PORT ELIZABETH – General Motors South Africa (GMSA) sold 5 155 vehicles in the country last month, up 4% versus July 2015. According to the National Automobile Association Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) sales rankings, the industry reported sales down 5.5% versus July 2015.
4 AUGUST 2015 –A resurgent Opel continues with its new product offensive which began locally in January this year with the introduction of the Opel ADAM and the Opel Corsa in February and the Opel Mokka in March. The next addition to the new Germans is a derivative of the new Opel Corsa, a 5 door 110 kW hatchback aimed at the enthusiastic driver.
PORT ELIZABETH – General Motors South Africa (GMSA) sold 4 947 vehicles, achieving a market share of 9.1%.
SOUTH AFRICA – GM South Africa (GMSA) today reaffirmed its dedication to looking after its local vehicle buyers with the introduction of the Complete Care programme for new and existing customers.
PORT ELIZABETH – Today GM and Isuzu Motors Ltd. announced the further strengthening of their relationship through confirmation that a framework agreement has been signed, focused on increasing co-operation and the level of involvement of Isuzu in GM’s South Africa’s operations.
02 July 2015 – Total industry sales for new vehicles came in at 50 251 units for June down 4.8% compared to June last year.
PORT ELIZABETH – With Winter Woolly Week in full swing, employees at General Motors South Africa and their kids joined hands with Mr South Africa, Armand Du Plessis at Walmer Park Shopping Centre to collect money and unwanted winter woollies for Winter Woolly Week.
Rüsselsheim. The full name of the new Opel engine is 1.4 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo and it will celebrate its world premiere in the new Opel Astra at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt (IAA) in September. The four-cylinder turbocharged unit with central direct fuel injection will be available in two outputs, 92 kW and 110 kW. This combination links the new all-aluminium engine to the recently introduced 1.0 ECOTEC Direct Injection Turbo known from Opel ADAM and Corsa. In fact, the new 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine is the big brother of the one-litre, three-cylinder unit that has been praised by the trade press since its introduction in the ADAM ROCKS and the new Corsa generation. Both engines are members of the so-called small petrol engine family – a group of high-tech engines with three or four cylinders and a displacement below 1.6 litres. They are key players in the biggest engine offensive in Opel’s history which will see 17 new engines brought to market from 2014 to 2018.
Port Elizabeth: Chevrolet and Isuzu received high recognition in the 2015 Ipsos Quality Awards for sales and service experience in the automotive industry as two of the top performing light commercial and passenger vehicle sales brands.
02 June 2015 – NAAMSA new vehicle sales figures released this week show the market in line with GMSA’s expectations for the month with a total of 47 868 units. The pressure on consumers and the economy in general are definitely reflected in these industry sales numbers.
Rüsselsheim. Opel and compact class cars – this specific success story starts with the Kadett in 1936 and will be continued with the new Astra, the eleventh generation of an Opel compact class car. So far, 24 million Kadett and Astra compact class models have left the plants. And now Opel is ready to add a new chapter to the history of its bestseller. The next generation Astra is based on an all-new lightweight vehicle architecture, will only be driven by latest generation engines and offers features previously only known from higher segments. The lean design makes the new Astra look more athletic than ever before. To put it briefly, the new Astra combines efficiency with elegance and will redefine the compact class segment with its innovations. The Opel Astra will celebrate its world premiere at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt this spring (September 17 to 27).
Rüsselsheim. Continuing an eight-decade long tradition of Opel compact models, Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann will unveil the all-new Astra at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September this year. Until then, only fully camouflaged engineering development prototypes will be seen, but Dr. Neumann promises that the new Astra will feature striking design, high efficiency and an abundance of innovations.
Port Elizabeth: This week General Motors celebrates 500 million vehicles built globally over the past 106 years – the most by any automaker to date.
05 May 2015 – April NAAMSA new vehicles sales showed a decrease of 10 913 units vs March 2015. Total industry volume was 44 503 units, down 3.3 percent vs April 2014. The main factor behind the significantly lower sales this April was the number of public holidays.
Rüsselsheim. Opel is on the right track: with 279,306 new registrations in the first quarter of 2015, the automaker’s sales were considerably higher than the same year-ago period according to preliminary figures. The sales increase of around 8,500 cars is a plus of 3.1 percent. With this, Opel and its British sister brand Vauxhall grew slightly more than the overall European vehicle market‘s 2.8 percent increase. The automaker was also able to continue its positive market share trend from 2013 and 2014, slightly increasing it over the same year-ago period to 5.83 percent.
02 April 2015 – March total industry sales came in at 55 449 vehicles, an increase of 3113 vehicles compared to February. This growth was driven mainly by strong sales in light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles.
16 MARCH 2015 – The all-new Opel Mokka – Opel’s first-ever sub-compact SUV – makes its South African debut at the end of March. Mokka, which has received unprecedented international acclaim with orders in Europe in 2014 easily surpassing the 240 000 units mark, is the third of the ‘new Germans’ from Opel to be launched in South Africa in just three months.
03 MARCH 2015 – February 2015 total industry sales came in at 52 368 units representing a 1.1% increase versus the same period last year in line with market expectations.
18 FEBRUARY 2015 – Six talented students from the LISOF School of Fashion will experience a drive in the new Opel ADAM, South Africa’s latest urban trend-setter.
17 FEBRUARY 2015 – The all new fifth generation Opel Corsa will reach Opel dealerships in South Africa in March. The local introduction comes just four months after the Corsa’s international premier at last year’s Paris Motor Show.
11 February 2015 - Rüsselsheim. Regardless of whether it’s being thrown around the Green Hell or cruising slowly down the street in the urban jungle – the new Opel Corsa OPC is at home on all terrain. The new Corsa OPC combines extreme uncompromising athleticism with outstanding suitability for everyday use. The roughly four-metre long powerhouse impresses with its high-torque, 152 kW, 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, agile handling and not least with its sporty looks. The new Corsa OPC will celebrate its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show (March 5-15, 2015).
28 JANUARY 2015 – Rüsselsheim. In the 15 years since the first Opel received an OPC badge, the abbreviation, which is short for Opel Performance Centre, has come to represent excitement and passion for fans of the German brand. For each OPC model the company has built, Opel has combined its motorsport knowledge to develop dynamic high performance cars for the road using technology transferred from the world of motorsports.
26 JANUARY 2015 – Rüsselsheim. Just three months after its European launch, Opel has already received over 55 000 orders for the fifth generation Corsa. In addition to the enthusiastic reception from European buyers, the Corsa has been recognised by a panel of judges who have bestowed it with the AUTOBEST 2015 award.
23 JANUARY 2015 – Following a highly-successful media launch in December 2014 and various activations which followed around the country, the all-new Opel ADAM reaches General Motors South Africa (GMSA) dealerships at the end of January 2015.
09 JANUARY 2015 – Rüsselsheim. In spite of the difficult economic environment, 2014 ended on a high for Opel with the carmaker recording its best sales figures in recent years. According to preliminary figures, the company delivered around 1.076 million vehicles in Europe last year. This is equivalent to an increase of 35 000 cars or three percent. Opel thereby outgrew the overall European market which only registered growth of two percent. Opel’s share of the overall European vehicle market was up for the second year running – by 0.1 percentage points to 5.74 percent. Opel achieved its best sales figures and market share since 2011.
03 NOVEMBER 2014 – The South African motor industry continues to grow despite a turbulent year, with October 2014 new vehicle sales totalling 59 384 units – almost 3 000 units and a 4.7% gain versus the same period in 2014. The recent growth in the overall industry can be attributed to strong direct channel sales whilst sales at dealer level have declined slightly.
Port Elizabeth – Learning to see “the customer behind the car” was the biggest prize for a Durban auto service technician who won the General Motors South Africa (GMSA) Top Technician Skills award last week.
The 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show is playing host to a number of important new Opel models, each of which gives a taste of what the brand currently offers and what is set to come in the future.
The 206 kW Opel Astra OPC has established itself as a powerful, dynamic, sure-footed and practical hot hatch – Opel’s FlexRide performance chassis and HiPerStrut adjustable dampers combined with the OPC’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, seating for five, a big boot and limited-slip front differential make any driver feel at home behind the wheel. Now Opel is taking the OPC experience one step further with the introduction of an in-vehicle telemetry app for Apple devices.
Mr Jacques Oosthuizen, a Johannesburg based Opel fan has won the ultimate prize in Opel’s ‘Wir Leben Autobahn’ game, a racing competition held over a period of three months on the Opel Facebook Page. Oosthuizen and a friend will visit the home of Opel and experience a drive on the German Autobahn, one of the only roads in the world with no specific speed limit.
General Motors South Africa (GMSA) today announced that the Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition will be making its South African debut this October. Available in limited numbers, the Nürburgring Edition will not only be a rare sight on local roads but as part of an international limited edition production run, the Opel Corsa OPC Nürburgring Edition is one of the most exclusive Opels ever built.
General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has introduced a number of styling and specification changes across the Opel Astra Hatch range. These revisions impact on exterior styling, interior trim, and revised technical specifications in line with local preferences. Along with these changes comes an aggressive new pricing structure that builds on an already excellent value proposition.
DETROIT – Chevrolet, the world’s-fastest growing major automotive brand, sold more than 4.95 million vehicles in 2012, setting a global sales record and driving General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) global sales to more than 9.2 million vehicles, a 2.9 percent gain compared with 2011.
Opel’s new Meriva, launched into the South African market in March of this year, has been named as one of 12 finalists in the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists’ (SAGMJ) COTY (Car Of The Year) competition sponsored by Wesbank. Now in its 28th year, The Guild’s COTY competition is the most prestigious motor vehicle award in South Africa.
Innovative, flexible and stylish - words that sum up the second generation Opel Meriva. Elegantly styled and packed with an array of innovative features, this new compact MPV from Opel is engineered to optimise the flexibility and ease of use of ...
Founded in 1997, the operating brief for the Opel Perfomance Centre (OPC) is quite simple: Explore and expand Opel technology to its performance boundaries to produce a range of exclusive high-performance cars that offer superior driving ...
The all-new Opel Astra GTC comes to South Africa fresh from its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show just weeks ago ...
General Motors South Africa has announced a refreshing newcomer in the Opel Corsa range, the Corsa Colour Edition. Targeted at a youthful and exuberant audience the Corsa Colour Edition offers individuality in styling with a distinctive attitude ...
London/Rüsselsheim - Singer/songwriter Katie Melua, one of the world’s top music stars, is Opel’s new brand ambassador ...
The new Opel Astra 1.4T Enjoy Plus was today named as one of 10 finalists in the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Car Of The Year (COTY) competition ...
Sporty good looks, superb comfort, dynamic handling, innovative technology for the segment and a new level of fuel efficiency provide the ingredients for the all new Opel Astra that is set to re-energise this iconic Opel brand in South Africa ...
Exciting product news from General Motors South Africa is that the all new Opel Astra is set for an earlier than expected arrival in South Africa ...
Opel’s popular B-segment hatch, the Corsa 1.4 Enjoy, Essentia and 1.4 Sport are now available in South Africa with an upgraded drive train ...
General Motors South Africa (GMSA) has announced that it will be introducing the new Opel Astra to South Africa in the first quarter of 2011 ...
General Motors South Africa’s (GMSA) Corsa Utility has once again taken top honours in the Synovate Quality Awards for 2009 in the half ton light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment ...
Opel continues to occupy an important part of GM South Africa's future and is in fact our largest brand in this market.
General Motors South Africa has launched a turbo charged 1.6 litre Opel Corsa Sport 5 door to round off the Corsa range in South Africa. The new model is a dynamic and versatile hatch that packs a 1.6 litre turbo-charged and inter-cooled engine delivering ...
2009 has started off on a high note for General Motors South Africa’s Corsa Utility which has been recognised in two customer satisfaction surveys conducted by JD Power and Associates.
The Opel Corsa utility was named top performing vehicle in the compact pickup segment in the J.D Power and Associates/CAR Magazine 2007 South Africa Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Study released yesterday.
The new Corsa from Opel has all the ingredients to capture the imagination of buyers...
The new Corsa was yesterday named Car of the Year 2007 and Best Supermini by the renowned British consumer magazine “What Car?” The Corsa beat 14 category winners to take the top honours, adding to its rapidly growing list of European awards.
Opel has shifted into top gear with the new Corsa. Following the successful market launch of the bestseller’s fourth generation, Opel now sends the sporty top version on to the road. The OPC model is the quintessential expression of the…
The Opel range has been boosted with the addition of a sporty two-seater, the Opel Tigra TwinTop, which was unveiled to South African motoring journalists over the past weekend.
ONE of Spain’s leading motoring magazine – Autopista – has selected the Opel Meriva 1,7 CDTI as its vehicle of choice following a recent comparison test involving two of the Meriva’s two closest local rivals.
The Opel Humewood Golf Festival, jointly sponsored by GM South Africa and the Humewood Golf Club, will take place from the 9th to the 12th of March 2005. The event will be held at the Humewood Golf Club in Port Elizabeth, the top ranked course in the Eastern Cape. With this year’s event open to all affiliated golfers, it is expected to attract around 800 entrants from around the country and from abroad.
2004 has been a phenomenal year for Opel, which has had a successful run in the European market and in the process, has also notched up a number of awards.