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WATCH: The Opel Insignia Grand Sport is an unequivocal head-turner

2018-10-16 13:32

Robin Classen, Janine Van der Post

Opel Insignia Grand Sport

Image: Deutsche Welle

There are many sedans currently on the market that is right up there with wholesale performance and quality.

Opel's five-door Insignia Grand Sport sedan is a real head-turner. It now comes with an extra petrol engine option in the European market -  a 1.6-litre turbo with a maximum output of 147kW.

It has a claimed top speed of 235km/h and a zero to 100km/h sprint time of 7.7seconds. It has a combined fuel consumption claim of 6.3-litres/100km and 145g/km.

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It is very much similar to that of the Astra that is sold locally.

Opel SA is here to stay

When the German automaker announced it was staying put in June 2017, it was met with some skepticism, after all, its stablemate Chevrolet left the local industry.

Opel SA also announced that 7 new models were headed for the local market and also revealed its future plans with a new distributor in the form of the Williams Hunt Group.

The automaker said: "Williams Hunt has been a major and outstanding Opel partner in South Africa for many years contributing to some 20% of sales already today. With this setup, Opel plans to further grow in South Africa and strengthen brand and service to its customers."

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Since January 2018, the automaker had four models in its stable which garnered 213 sales during the first month of the year. In February, the Crossland X joined the local line-up and numbers started to grow with each month, taking that figure 255 by March.

In April, sales for the brand increased to 313 though took a dive down to 243 in May despite the Grandland X arriving in SA. In August 2018, Opel sold 313 vehicles. September saw 243 units move out of dealerships.

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