Opel’s flagship was complemented by Buick Regal and Holden Commodore. However, with the advent of the Insignia facelift, its production in Germany ends.
The second-generation Opel Insignia has been modernized after three years of production. We first saw the rejuvenated shapes before the end of last year, however, the modernized car begins to be produced only now, when the first of its models came off the assembly line in Rüsselsheim – the Insignia Sports Tourer station wagon in Satin Steel shade. However, the start of production is accompanied by significant changes.
Until now, the Insignia has been produced at Opel’s home plant in Rüsselsheim alongside its technically related siblings, the Buick Regal and Holden Commodore. The trio was formed at a time when Opel belonged to the American concern General Motors. The German carmaker then ensured their production even after its transition under the wings of the PSA Group. However, GM paid for production at Opel under an agreement with PSA.
However, such a solution no longer pays off for the American concern. And so while the Opel Insignia has been upgraded for this year, the Buick Regal and Holden Commodore ends in Rüsselsheim.
The end of Commodore is related to the end of the activities of the Australian brand Holden, which GM no longer counts on. Regal, on the other hand, is ending due to declining interest from American customers in middle-class cars. However, this only applies to the North American specification, Buick Regal continues in the Chinese market. However, GM produces it for the Middle Kingdom in cooperation with the car manufacturer SAIC directly in the most populous country in the world. The Chinese Regal, like the Insignia, underwent a facelift this year.
However, the end of the Insignia’s siblings forced Opel to look for ways to fill the production capacity of its home plant in Rüsselsheim. The solution was finally found when, from 2021, the plant would produce two more models alongside the Insignia.
The first will be the next generation of the compact Opel Astra, which will be complemented by an unspecified model from the French luxury brand DS. But it will probably be a new crossover DS 4. So far, we only know that the basis will be the EMP2 platform, which allows the installation of an electrified drive. The architecture developed by the PSA Group will also be used by future generations of the Astra.
“We are pleased that Opel’s top flagship will continue to be built here. This improves the utilization of the plant and helps to secure highly qualified jobs in Rüsselsheim. The success of the transformation towards electromobility will be crucial for the future. We would like to do our best to support society, “ comments the mayor of Rüsselsheim am Main, Udo Bausch, who took part in the start of production of the modernized Insignia.
The modernized Opel Insignia is distinguished by a slightly redesigned design with full-LED headlights at the base. The offer of engines has also changed more significantly. Of the Opel petrol at the premiere talked about the 1.4T (107 kW) and 2.0T (147 and 169 kW), the turbodiesels are replaced by a three-cylinder 1.5D (91 kW), first introduced in the upgraded Astra, and a 2.0D (128 kW).