Probably after realizing that their medium-sized sedan was becoming increasingly bland when it comes to styling, the people in charge of Opel decided to completely revamp its design, so the new Insignia looks nothing like any other Opel made until now. The guys in charge of the new line of design are Bryan Nesbitt and Mark Adams, who were both on GM Europe's payroll when the Insignia was launched.
Although it's not exactly the most ferocious-looking car in the European mid-size segment, the Insignia doesn't look like your average sedan (or liftback) either. It all starts at the front, which doesn't have anything in common with any previous model from Opel, apart from the general lines of the logo.
Even though the grill is completely filled with chrome, the effect it gives isn't as bling bling as you'd expect, but instead "elevates" the car to a more premium look. Next are the swooping headlights with integrated LED daylight driving lights, whose effect at night is as staggering as it is on any modern Audi, while the safety they bring from the visibility point of view is already known by now.
Getting to the view from the side, the "four-door coupe" look becomes obvious, since the line which follows the roof is swooping so downwards towards the rear. Although it's very distinctive, especially for an Opel, the side view kind of reminds us of a number of cars, which isn't necessarily a bad thing since we're only talking about sportier and/or more luxurious cars.
The rear is exactly how you would expect it to be after having a look at the front and the side. It makes the car look compact, sporty and classy at the same time, which is no easy feat. Overall, along with the huge 19-inch wheels, the Opel Insignia puts some old design clichés to good use and comes up with a few new ones, therefore achieving pretty high marks in the design chapter. Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Have you guys ever paid any attention to how the... ahem... Germans spell "Opel"? I think it's so funny it makes albino people tan... Umm, yeah, I know. I've been told I have an odd sense of humor before. It's probably from my German genes, which I got from my father's second grandmother.
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