The Opel Insignia OPC receives an Australian relative. The mid-size sedan has now rolled off the production line at the Rüsselsheim plant for the first time under the logo of the GM subsidiary Holden. As the Holden Insignia VXR, it should conquer the market down under. The VXR is powered by the 2,8-liter V6 turbo petrol engine also known from the OPC and producing 239 kW / 325 hp. In addition to the mid-range sports car, Opel will also build the compact sports car Astra OPC and the compact convertible Cascada in Holden versions for the Australian market.
The German GM subsidiary benefits from the fact that Holden will have to stop its own vehicle production in Australia in 2017. The brand's portfolio is primarily to be filled with Opel and Chevrolet models. However, Opel was recently unable to prevail under its own logo in Australia. The brand withdrew from the continent just one year after sales started in 2012. The German vehicles were obviously too expensive for the customers.
Author: Holger Holzer / SP-X