Start of Production: New Opel Insignia Drives off Rüsselsheim Production Line

  • Kickoff: Official start of regular production in headquarter plant
  • Ultra-modern flagship: New Insignia with especially efficient powertrains and innovative assistance systems
  • Guest of honour: Opel CEO Lohscheller welcomes Mayor Udo Bausch to the plant

Rüsselsheim.  Production of Opel’s new flagship has officially started. With Rüsselsheim’s Mayor Udo Bausch and Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller in attendance, the first new Insignia – a Sports Tourer in Satin Steel Grey – rolled off the production line at the headquarter plant.

“Today is a good day for Rüsselsheim. We are looking forward to the new Insignia. It will provide us with new momentum thanks to its outstanding technologies and efficient engines. Thanks to the new Insignia and the future models that we will bring to Rüsselsheim, the plant can look forward to a good future as a location for the production of ultra-modern vehicles – both with efficient combustion engines and electrified drive,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.

As already announced, the Rüsselsheim plant will produce the new Opel Astra and a model for fellow Groupe PSA brand DS Automobiles in addition to the Opel Insignia as of 2021. Both the next generation Astra and the DS Automobiles model will be based on Groupe PSA’s modern and electrifiable EMP2 platform.

“We are pleased that the top-of-the-range Opel flagship will continue to be produced 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 decisive for the future. We would like to continue to support the company with all our strength,” said Udo Bausch, Lord Mayor of Rüsselsheim am Main.

The new Opel Insignia is more modern, dynamic and efficient than ever before and has been available for order in the Grand Sport, Sports Tourer and GSi (169kW/230hp, NEDC fuel consumption Grand Sport1: urban 9.1 l/100 km, extra-urban 5.8 l/100 km, combined 7.0 l/100 km, 161 g/km CO2) since March.

For an entry-level price of €29,965, the Grand Sport limousine in the Business Edition trim already offers features such as comfort seats, air-conditioning and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible Multimedia Navi with 7-inch colour touchscreen. Elsewhere, LED headlights ensure optimum vision in the dark. The new Insignia is the first Opel model to only offer full LED systems. Assistance systems such as front collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, and lane keep assist further increase the safety of passengers and road users.

The powertrain line-up begins with the 90kW (122hp) 1.5-litre turbo diesel (fuel consumption, five-door, NEDC1: 5.0-4.5 l/100km urban; 4.0-3.3 l/100km extra-urban; 4.4-3.8 l/100km, 115-99 g/km CO2 combined). Prices for the Sports Tourer estate in the Business Edition trim with identical equipment and engine start at €30,940. The new, especially efficient engine range not only reduces CO2 emissions. Insignia customers can also further reduce their fuel bill.

[1] Fuel consumption and CO2-emission data given are preliminary and have been determined according to WLTP test procedure methodology, and the relevant values are translated back into NEDC to allow the comparability with other vehicles, according to regulations R (EC) No. 715/2007, R (EU) No. 2017/1153 and R (EU) No. 2017/1151.

Source : Opel