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Opel OnStar to Be Showcased at Geneva Motor Show

The 85th Geneva International Motor Show is probably the poshest automotive event of 2015, but besides all the debuts from McLaren, Ferrari and other high-maintenance manufacturers, volume carmakers are also coming with exciting products.
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Known as Opel throughout Europe (except for the UK where Vauxhall is the name of the game), the GM-owned automaker will bring three important displays at the Swiss auto show. First and foremost, there's the Opel Corsa OPC, the most powerful variant of the quirky supermini. With 207 horsepower and 245 Nm on tap minus the additional 35 Nm of the overboost function, the 1.6L turbo engine can propel the OPC from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.8 seconds.

In addition to the Corsa OPC pocket rocket, the Opel Karl will also make its first outing at the Geneva Motor Show. With a starting price of just 9,500 euros (including VAT) in Germany, this little bugger promises seating for five and 75 HP from a new 1-liter EcoTec three-banger mill. Opt for the ecoFlex package and fuel consumption can be reduced to only 4.3 liters per 100 km/h combined, which equates to 66 UK mpg.

But there's something just as important as the Karl and Corsa OPC slated to make its debut at the upcoming motor show – the Opel OnStar personal mobility and service assistant. Basically the European version of the GM OnStar suite of in-vehicle technologies, we're told that Opel OnStar will be introduced across the model range starting this coming summer.

Data such as tire pressurse or oil life can be accessed via the Opel OnStar smartphone app, while locking and unlocking the vehicle is also possible with the simple touch of your phone's touchscreen. Vehicle Diagnostics is also available, its role being to send a monthly report to the owner with the most important vehicle data. Besides its standard safety and emergency services, the Opel OnStar system adds a Wi-Fi hotspot feature that's able to connect up to 7 devices to the World Wide Web simultaneously.


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