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Opel Begins Development of Second Generation Insignia

The Opel Insignia has been with us for longer than you'd think. It was first shown in 2003, previewing a production model for the middle sedan class. Production started with a four-door in 2008, followed by a notchback later that year and an estate. Soon, the Insignia was winning awards and setting new production milestones, making us forget Opel had ever made the Vectra.
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Last year, a comprehensive update was announced, which included a cosmetic facelift, new engines and a redesigned interior. However, this reputable German model is getting on in the years and its shortcomings are only going to become more evident when the new VW Passat is launched.

Thus, GM's European division has started work on the second generation. This is an early prototype that has been spotted for the fist time while undergoing winter testing in Northern Sweden. There's nothing to give it away, other than a large bulge in the hood which suggests engine clearances were insufficient. This often happens when new cars are provided with more forward-placed engines to increase legroom for the passengers.

The new Insignia is due out in 2016 and should make a radical change in design, adopting LED headlight technology and lighter materials. It's platform is likely to be shared with the new Chevrolet Cruze sedan, the first model that used the D2XX architecture.

 
 
 
 
 

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