Opel Karl Rocks
Opel Karl Rocks, which is chosen for demonstration at the Paris Motor Show of 2016 year, reminds a real sports utility vehicle and possesses numerous benefits inherent to this category of autos, for instance, heightened seating position providing enhanced observability and facilitated access to the driver’s cab or a remarkable connectivity. Moreover, the innovative Opel Karl Rocks features the undeniable functionality of the Opel Karl having five doors, five seats and trunk area of more than 1,000 liters measured up to the roof that makes it the perfect auto for a wide range of urban residents.
The model can be ordered from the end of 2016 without mentioning its numerous competitors of A-segment. The practical silver roof bars, robust front and rear bumpers, front and back wheelarch moldings and alloy wheels of two colours ideally harmonize with conventional Opel design features.
The off-road characteristics of auto and gregarious character are additionally highlighted by raising ride height that allows to improve observability in busy city traffic or while looking at scenery. Besides, the increased ride height provides another advantage – Karl Rocks can seamlessly drive on rough roads.
A unique blend of exceptional versatility and optimum comfort has characterized the Opel Zafira ever since the Rüsselsheim-based company revealed its revolutionary integrated seven-seat system in the compact van segment in 1999. Opel has sold around 2.7 million units of the Zafira since, mainly to families and professionals who need a spacious and flexible vehicle for travelling long distances in high comfort. Soon available for sale and delivered as of September, the new Zafira will not only shine with all of the well-known virtues of its predecessors such as the Flex7® seating system, ergonomically-certified AGR front seats, the FlexFix® bicycle carrier or FlexRide adaptive damping - it also comes with an attractive new exterior and interior design that emphasizes the spacious ambience and an outstanding connectivity offering. Latest generation Opel IntelliLink infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility along with Opel OnStar (including 4G/LTE Wi-Fi hotspot where available) make sure the Zafira offers optimum connectivity to you, your friends or family while on the road. Furthermore, Opel will introduce full LED Adaptive Forward Lighting headlamps to the segment - to make the classy new Zafira in total a comfortable travelling lounge for its driver as well as its passengers.
Sporty exterior, up-market interior
The dynamic new headlamp design together with a completely new, more markedly sporty upper and lower grille set the tone for the design of the new Zafira. The front headlamps melt into the radiator grille to form a graphic unity. The sculptural chrome logo bar blends optically into the headlights enhancing the impression of width. In addition, the typical, precisely chiseled 'Opel double wing' daytime running lights characterize the new light cluster design. The wheels are housed under a muscular wheel arch. All of this gives the new Zafira front a solid, sporty and dynamic appearance.
Opel Kadett Roadster (1938)
Opel Kapitan (1959)
"Only Flying is More Exciting" - this slogan has become a classic in advertising history, and even an everyday saying in German-speaking countries. It belonged to a car which has itself long since become a classic - the Opel GT. Its career got off to a flying start in 1965 when, to everyone's surprise, Opel presented an aerodynamic "Experimental Concept" at the IAA in Frankfurt - a car which did not fit into the usual world of central European high volume automobile production. In view of the sensational design, it was no surprise to see the production version on the road three years later. But what few people knew was that Opel had set a precedent: for the first time in Europe, a vehicle went into production that had initially debuted as a concept car.
The 1968 Opel Coupé could not deny a certain similarity to the legendary 1968 American Corvette, nor did it want to. It followed a new design style called the "Coke Bottle Shape", which also outstanding the Stingray. "Besides having a fantastic look, the Opel sports car was primarily designed to impress with sophisticated aerodynamics," explains Erhard Schnell, GT designer at the time. A sleek front end with retractable headlamps that rotate on the longitudinal axis, broad fender, tapered flanks in the door area, then bulky rear fenders which flow into the rear with sharp separating edges and round lamps - these were the Opel GT's key design characteristics.
"Safety belts are standard, please buckle up" - this was the Opel advertisement that promised GT occupants outstanding acceleration. And the driving performance the sporty 90 hp two-seater offered was truly top class in the late 1960s. Its 1.9-liter engine accelerated the GT from zero to 100 km/h in 10.8 seconds, and on to a top speed of 185 km/h. Almost 40 years ago, this was really fast. As a top model in the upper mid-class segment at that time, the Opel Rekord 1.9 had a top speed of 160 km/h, for example. The 200 km/h threshold was like the sound barrier, and had just been crossed by the muscle cars of that generation, such as the Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 with a 200 hp V8 engine. A Porsche 912 - which was commonly considered to be a car in the shape of the first 911, with four cylinders and 90hp, just like the Opel GT − also had a top speed of 185 km/h, but took 12.5 seconds from zero to 100 km/h.
Opel GTW Geneve Concept (1975)
Opel Concept M (2002)
Opel Eco Speedster Concept (2002)
Opel GTC Geneva Concept (2003)
Opel Insignia Concept (2003)