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Design Milestones

See how emotional appeal and practical breakthroughs define Opel’s design over the ages.

Opel’s design milestones
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Opel’s tradition of environmental responsibility goes a long way back.

Opel’s sustainability milestones

INNOVATION MILESTONES.

More than 110 years of new ideas – from the first affordable “Doctor’s Car” to the extended range electric vehicle. Making your mobility simpler, safer, more comfortable and enjoyable. That’s innovation by real people for real people.

Opel Innovation - 2014 Opel Mokka takes All-wheel Drive Car of the Year award for 2nd time

2014 Opel Mokka takes All-wheel Drive Car of the Year award for 2nd time

The Opel Mokka was the number one readers’ choice in the Auto Bild Allrad awards, retaining its All-wheel Drive Car of the Year title in the "Off-road vehicle and SUV up to 25,000 Euros" category. The Mokka polled 18.7% oft he vote, putting it clearly ahead of the Škoda Yeti (14.6%) and the Nissan Qashqai (12.4%).

Opel Innovation - 2014 ADAM wins Readers Choice in Mini segment

2014 ADAM wins Readers Choice in Mini segment

In the 38th Readers’ Choice Award of the highly respected German auto motor und sport, magazine the ADAM won with 24.2 percent of the votes in the mini car category, defeating the VW Up (23.9%) and the Mini (16.6%).

Opel Innovation - 2014 Opel Zafira Tourer is Most Environmentally Friendly Van 2014

2014 Opel Zafira Tourer is Most Environmentally Friendly Van 2014

For its outstanding environmental qualities Auto Trend magazine and Ökotrend Environment Institute chose the Zafira Tourer as Most Environmentally Friendly Van 2014.

Opel Innovation - 2013 Opel ADAM wins Connected Car Award for IntelliLink

2013 Opel ADAM wins Connected Car Award for IntelliLink

With the IntelliLink infotainment system, the Opel ADAM is the best connected small car on the market. This was the opinion of the Auto Bild and Computer Bild editorial teams. Major advantage: Opel ADAM's IntelliLink is compatible with both Apple iOS and Android software-operated smartphones and comes for a very attractive price.

Opel Innovation - 2013 Opel Ampera wins eCar Award

2013 Opel Ampera wins eCar Award

In the eCar Awards 2013, more than 13,000 readers of Auto Bild and Auto Test chose the Opel Ampera over 15 competitors as the "best overall concept" for everyday use among the "first evergreens" of electric mobility.

Opel Innovation - 2013 Opel retains Plus X Award for Most Innovative Brand

2013 Opel retains Plus X Award for Most Innovative Brand

Opel voted Most Innovative Brand for the third time after 2010 and 2012. Outstanding models and technologies impressing an international jury of experts gained a total of 21 seals of approval for Cascada, ADAM, Mokka and Zafira Tourer. The FlexFix® bicycle carrier system of the ADAM, Cascada and Zafira Tourer BiTurbo voted “Best Product 2013.”

Opel Innovation - 2013 Opel ADAM wins red dot design award

2013 Opel ADAM wins red dot design award

The Opel ADAM is the latest Opel model to receive the highly prestigious red dot Design Award. The 37 member international jury chose the highly original ADAM in the category Automotive & Transport, making it the fourth Opel product to be so honored since 2009.

Opel Innovation - 2012 Opel Astra GTC wins red dot design award

2012 Opel Astra GTC wins red dot design award

The 30 judges on the red dot award panel praised the Astra GTC for “scoring points with its striking and sporty design” as it became the third Opel model to win one of these prestigious awards since 2009.

Opel Innovation - 2012 Opel Zafira Tourer wins Golden Steering Wheel

2012 Opel Zafira Tourer wins Golden Steering Wheel

For the 37th anniversary of the Golden Steering Wheel awards from the Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag readers voted the revolutionary Opel Zafira Tourer, the lounge on wheels, winner of the van category. This is the third time the Zafira has won this important award following triumphs in 1999 and 2005.

Opel Innovation - 2011 RAK e

2011 RAK e

A major step on the path to attainable electric vehicles for younger drivers the Opel RAK e opened a new page in emission free motoring development. An advanced tandem concept that showed a purposeful and practical new way forward, one that could be enjoyed from the age of 16.

2011 AFL wins Euro NCAP Advanced Award

2011 AFL wins Euro NCAP Advanced Award

In recognition of the massive safety improvement in dark or bad visibility conditions the European New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) awarded the Opel Adaptive Forward Lighting (AFL) system an Advanced Award. This is the second NCAP Advanced Award, following the 2010 award for the Opel Eye system.

Opel Innovation - 2010 Opel Movano front & rear wheel drive

2010 Opel Movano front & rear wheel drive

A first for Opel, the new Movano offers front or rear wheel drive. It also offers one of the widest range of body variants in class, vans with four vehicle lengths and three heights. State of the art comfort, outstanding operating economy high quality and advanced infotainment and navigation, wide ranging options and equipment, all add up to the perfect range.

Opel Innovation - 2010 GTC Paris

2010 GTC Paris

Presented at the Paris Motor Show, this concept is built to express the most emotional side of the Opel brand. The three-door hatch is pure but sporty, simple but expressive and at the same time bold and iconic. Keeping in line with Opel’s DNA, it is an achievable dream car, conceived to showcase an energized brand.

Opel Innovation - 2010 Flextreme GT/E

2010 Flextreme GT/E

The Opel Flextreme GT/E concept visualizes the qualities that characterize the re-energized Opel brand: High emotional appeal, efficient environmental performance and expressive design – engineered with German precision.

Opel Innovation - 2010 Meriva FlexDoors®, Flex Rail®

2010 Meriva: FlexDoors®, FlexRail®

The unique rear-hinged rear doors of the new Meriva make it easier to get into and out of the rear seat. FlexDoors® also provide greater safety, especially for young families. The FlexRail® centre console turns the space between the front seats into a variable storage system.

 

Opel Innovation - 2008 Insignia: AGR, AFL+, FlexRide, Opel Eye

2008 Insignia: AGR, AFL+, FlexRide, Opel Eye

Insignia is launched with a wide array of innovations. The Opel Eye is a small wide-angle, high-resolution on-board camera reads road signs and lane markings, thus improving driving safety. The FlexRide adaptive suspension system reacts instantly to changing conditions and adapts to driving style. AFL+, the next generation of Adaptive Forward Lighting automatically adjusts to conditions, ensuring safer and more relaxed driving. The ergonomic seats get the AGR seal of approval which is a special distinction for quality given by an independent panel of ergonomics experts and doctors.

Opel Innovation - 2006 Corsa: FlexFix®

2006 Corsa: FlexFix®

The FlexFix® rear carrier system simply slides out from the rear bumper, so it doesn’t take up storage space in your garage or home. Fist featured on the Corsa, later on Insignia, Astra and  new Meriva.

Opel Innovation - 2005 Astra GTC: Panoramic Roof

2005 Astra GTC: Panoramic roof

The Astra GTC is the first series vehicle available with a panorama windshield extending from the hood to the B pillar. This innovative windshield offers driver and front seat passenger an almost unlimited field of vision and creates a whole new sense of space.

Opel Innovation - 1999 Zafira: Flex7 Seating System

1999 Zafira: Flex7® seating system

Flex7® seating system in the Opel Zafira. Beginning with the Zafira, Opel decides that interior flexibility should be an essential feature in the design of each of its cars.

Opel Innovation - 1995 Full Size Airbags

1995 Full size airbags for front passengers in all carlines

Opel raises safety levels by making full-size airbags for driver and front passenger standard equipment in all carlines.

Opel Innovation - 1989 First European Manufacturer With Catalyst as Standard

1989 First European manufacturer with catalyst as standard

Opel is first European manufacturer to offer three-way catalytic converters as standard on all gasoline models, thus helping to reduce noxious exhaust emissions.

Opel Innovation - 1986 Omega: Aerodynamic World Champion And DSA Suspension

1986 Omega: Aerodynamic World champion & DSA suspension

Omega makes its début with the best drag coefficient in its class, at 0.28. It also features a wide range of innovations, including the new active safety chassis that gives it unprecedented stability. The Omega is elected Car of the Year 1987.