August 22nd marked the start of production for the new Opel Insignia when the first model rolled off the assembly line.
Over 3,000 employees will build the Insignia, that is exclusively produced in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Rüsselsheim is where Opel’s have been built since 1899.
To date around 600,000 units of the Opel flagship have been made and Opel is particularly proud of the flagship’s top ratings for quality. In the DEKRA Used Car Report 2012, the Insignia came out number one (for the second consecutive year) with the fewest faults in its class.
With the new generation, the entire Insignia portfolio (saloon, hatchback, sports tourer and OPC version) has been renewed. The new generation features even more distinctive design, a new high-quality interior and newest generation infotainment system with intuitive operation. In addition, the new highly efficient engines set standards in this segment – including petrol and diesel engines with best in class economy.
A new 2.0-litre turbo CDTi engine with six-speed manual transmission and Start/Stop, consumes just 3.7 litres diesel per 100 km and emits only 99 g/km CO2 (NEDC).
Insignia’s latest family member is also eager to take off from the starting blocks: the Insignia Country Tourer with all-wheel drive, higher ground clearance and SUV character will also be built exclusively in the Rüsselsheim plant like all other Insignia variants.
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel CEO said: “Opel has the strongest model portfolio ever, and the Insignia is a very important part of that. High quality-standards, attention to detail, and the power to innovate have resulted in this car.”