Car of the Year 2009: Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
Insignia's narrow victory is a first for General Motors in 22 years, with Opel Omega the latest model to win the award in 1987. The American carmaker is currently experiencing tough times in the United States due to poor sales affecting most of its brands.
How did Insignia manage to win the award? Experts say Opel's new model combines some of the best features in the automotive markets with eye-catching styling elements and an affordable price.
In terms of features, the base Opel Insignia has an impressive line-up of standard features, with safety systems such as driver and front passenger airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, full-size curtain airbags, ESP, active safety front seat head restraints plus cruise control, power windows, steering wheel mounted audio controls and automatic lightning control.
And because we were talking about an affordable price, the cheapest Vauxhall Insignia costs 16,000 pounds (approx. 18,800 euros).
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