Opel Builds 500,000th Insignia

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During the worst market slowdown seen by the European car industry in Decades, Opel has something to celebrate today. It’s not the launch of a brand new model, but their plant in Russelsheim has reached a rounded production number for the Insignia flagship sedan, launched in October 2008.
Since then, 500,000 Insignias have rolled out the Russelsheim plant’s doors, and the car that marked the magic number was celebrated by bosses and employees alike. The vehicle in question was a hite Insignia Sports Tourer fitted with the new 2.0-liter BiTurbo diesel rated at 195 hp, a brand new engine released in February this year.

"I and all the employees here at this plant are very proud of today’s achievement," said the plant's director, Axel Scheiben. "Right from the start we knew that the Insignia was a true winner. I am delighted that the 500,000th Insignia is equipped with the latest two-liter BiTurbo diesel engine. The new unit was launched very recently and has already enjoyed very positive feedback from the media and customers."

Opel says that 40 percent of Insignias built by Russelsheim were estates, a further 40 liftbacks and only 20 percent sedans. It seems this car is missing its vocation!
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