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Opel, full name Adam Opel AG, is an automobile maker from Germany, founded in 1862. Since 1929, Opel is the German brand of the American automaker General Motors. Opel has about 35,000 workers. The company headquarters are in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Other German plants are in Eisenach and Kaiserslautern. In Great Britain, Opel cars are called Vauxhall. Opel would later engineer cars for GMDAT, and still engineers them for GM Korea. From 2007-2009 three Opel models (the Antara, the Astra and the Vectra) were sold in the United States under the Saturn marque. Upon the discontinuation of Saturn Buick became responsible for importing the Opel models. The only Buick cars to not be Opels are the Enclave CUV and the full sized LaCrosse sedan.

Car models

Passenger cars: Adam | Antara | Ampera | Astra | Cascada | Corsa | Insignia | Karl | Meriva | Mokka | Zafira Tourer

Commercial cars: Combo | Vivaro | Movano

Concept cars: Antara GTC | Astra OPC X-Treme | Eco Speedster | Flextreme | Flextreme GT/E | Frogster | GTC Concept | Insignia Concept | Monza Concept | RAK e | Snowtrekker | Trixx

Historic cars: Agila | Admiral | Ascona | Blitz | Calibra | Commodore | Diplomat | Frontera | GT | Kadett | Kapitän | Manta | Monterey | Monza | Olympia | Omega | Rekord | Senator | Signum | Sintra | Speedster | Tigra | Vectra

Current model range

The following tables list current and announced Opel production vehicles as of 2017:

Adam Opel Adam 1.4 Slam – Frontansicht, 15. Januar 2014, Düsseldorf.jpg City car
  • Hatchback
Ampera-e Opel Ampera-E - Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris 2016 - 009.jpg All-electric subcompact car
  • Hatchback
Astra Opel Astra 1.6 CDTI ecoFLEX Dynamic (K) – Frontansicht, 23. Dezember 2016, Düsseldorf.jpg Small family car
  • Hatchback
  • Sports Tourer (Estate/Wagon)
Cascada Opel Cascada 1.6 EDIT Innovation – Frontansicht, 23. März 2014, Düsseldorf.jpg Small family car
  • Convertible
Combo Life 2018 Opel Combo Life Leonberg IMG 0158.jpg Leisure activity vehicle
  • Van
Corsa Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTI ecoFLEX Innovation (E) – Frontansicht, 24. Dezember 2015, Ratingen.jpg Supermini
  • Hatchback
Crossland X 2017 Opel Crossland X front (red) 3 crop.jpg Subcompact crossover
  • MPV/SUV
Grandland X Opel Grandland X IMG 0398.jpg Compact crossover SUV
  • SUV
Insignia Opel Insignia Grand Sport 1.6 Diesel Business Innovation (B) – Frontansicht, 5. Mai 2017, Düsseldorf Large family car
  • Grand Sport (Hatchback)
  • Sports Tourer (Estate/Wagon)
  • Country Tourer (AWD Estate/Wagon)
Karl Opel KARL (1).jpg City car
  • Hatchback
Mokka X Opel Mokka X 1.6 CDTI ecoFLEX 4x4 Edition (Facelift) – Frontansicht, 23. Dezember 2016, Düsseldorf.jpg Subcompact crossover SUV
  • SUV
Zafira Opel Zafira post facelift 2016 with front styling more conservatively done than hitherto.jpg Large MPV
  • MPV

Light commercial vehicles

Corsavan Car-derived van
  • Van
Combo Opel Combo Kastenwagen 1.6 CDTI (D) – Frontansicht, 5. September 2012, Wuppertal.jpg Panel van
  • Van
Vivaro Opel Vivaro B.JPG Light commercial vehicle
  • Van
Movano Opel Movano B front 20100705.jpg Light commercial vehicle
  • Van
  • Chassis cab
  • Crew cab

OPC models

Opel produces high-performance derivatives of their cars developed by OPC.

Astra OPC 2012 Opel Astra (AS) OPC 3-door hatchback (15922355098).jpg Compact sports car
  • Hatchback
Corsa OPC Supermini
  • Hatchback

Discontinued models

System Lutzmann
Lutzmann Motorcar.jpg
1899–1902
Darracq
1902 Opel Darracq.jpg
1902–1907
Doktorwagen
Opel 4 8 PS Doktorwagen 1910.jpg
1909–1910
Laubfrosch
Opel laubfrosch.jpg
1924–1931
Olympia
1936 Opel Olympia.JPG
1935–1970
Kadett
Opel-kadett-1936.jpg
1937–1940
1962–1991
Kapitän
1939 Opel Kapitän, Owner Arild Nilssen who, as his lady companion wear matching attire cropped to highlight the car.jpg
1939–1970
Olympia Rekord
Opel Olympia Rekord sharkmouth ca 1954.jpg
1953–1957
Rekord
Opel Rekord A6 f.JPG
1953–1986
Commodore
MHV Opel Commodore A Coupé 01.jpg
1967–1982
GT
Opel GT 2012-09-01 14-23-06.JPG
1968–1973
Ascona
Ascona B rechts.jpg
1970–1988
Manta
Opel Manta 01b Foto MSp 2006-10-13.jpg
1970–1988
Senator
Opel Senator CD.jpg
1978–1993
Omega
Opel Omega Kombi front 20080118.jpg
1986–2003
Vectra
Opel Vectra I front 20080328.jpg
1988–2009
Calibra
Opel Calibra front 20071212.jpg
1989–1997
Agila
Opel Agila B front.JPG
2000-2014
Signum
Opel Signum front 20090919.jpg
2003–2008
Meriva Meriva B Facelift Front.jpg 2003–2017

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