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34 discontinued models

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Now part of General Motors, Opel GmbH is a German car manufacturer of long tradition, being founded in 1863 by Adam Opel. Like many other manufacturers, Opel started out with something other than cars, in this case sewing machines and then bicycles. In 1899 he had already bought a car manufacturing plant that belonged to Friedrich Lutzman. When Adam passed away, his two sons dedicated themselves to building cars for two more years with Lutzman before setting out on their own.


Their next partner in 1902 was the French carriage maker Darracq, with Opel providing the bodies. This partnership too came to an end in 1906 when Opel had enough expertise to make their own cars. The first model had been introduced at the Hamburg Motor Show in 1902. Cars were made at the Opel plant starting with 1907, in parallel with sewing machines, until 1911 when a devastating fire burned down the factory almost completely.

When production resumed, only cars continued to be made and instead of sewing machines, Opel started making motorcycles. In 1913 they had already become the biggest car manufacturer in Germany. Except Opel didn't stop there and in 1924 introduced the first mass-production assembly line in Germany, the first model to roll out being the Opel Laubfrosch (the Tree Frog).

By now Opel cars already had a reputation for being cheap and reliable, a fact which helped the company survive inflation and still maintain the title of biggest car maker in Germany until 1928. But the depression was nearing and the Opel brothers were now in search of a partner to help them push on. That partner was the American GM who, in 1929, bought the majority of shares but left Opel all the decision-making when it came to car production.

By 1930 Opel was the largest manufacturer of cars in Europe. That and the fact that its partnership with GM gave it access to foreign markets made Opel the opportunity to expand production further and launch new models like the Opel Olympia, the first mass-produced car to have an all steel body and frame.

WWII was a hard time for the Opel factory and indeed the whole company. The first car to roll out of the factory after the war was the Blitz truck, and then, much later, passenger car production resumed with the Olympia. The factories weren't fully repaired until 1956 when Opel managed to produce its 2 millionth car.

Running at full capacity Opel opened up a new plant at Bochum where a new model, the Kadett, rolled out, marking a whole era for the German manufacturer. Next, the line up was diversified to include something for the sports car afficionados, the GT. Having made these changes, Opel retained its title as biggest car manufacturer in Germany in 1972.

What followed next could easily be interpreted as Opel's attempt to take over the world. In 1963 it opened a plant in Ellesmere Port, England, then in 67 a plant in Antwerp, Belgium with GM. In the 80s there are several more plants being opened around the Globe: Zaragoza, Spain in 1982, a transmission and engine plant in Viena, Austria that same year, in 1986 (also the year the Ascona is launched) a new GM plant in Zurich, Switzerland and in 1989, after buying 50% of Saab, an GM assembly plant is opened in Turkey.

As Vectra, the most successful model is launched in 1988, Opel introduces catalytic converters on all its cars. A year later the sporty Calibra is premiered, while the brand has already made 25 million cars since it first started out. in 1991 the Kadett is retired and Astra is named as successor. The Frontera and later the Monterey will be Opel's offroad vehicles launched one year apart, starting with 1991.

In 2000, Opel begins production of the Agila, a microvan, the first of its kind in Germany. But the new century isn't just abot new cars, it's also about reinventing the old, as the new generation of the Corsa is unveiled in 2001 and the second generation Astra. The sport market segment will be filled by the Speedster (2002) and the Tigra (2004).

Opel has made a point in staying ahead of the game and in bringing quality to the masses at affordable prices. Lately though, it seems that Opel might be trying to break into a whole new class, one with the other German heavy contenders, Mercedes, BMW and Porsche, where luxury is paramount, with the introduction of the 2008 Insignia.
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production models:
sort:yearname
OPEL Grandland  specs and photos

OPEL Grandland

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel · Hybrid · Hybrid gasoline

2 generations

2021 - present
OPEL Astra 5 Doors specs and photos

OPEL Astra 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Diesel · Gasoline · Natural gas

9 generations

2021 - present
OPEL Mokka specs and photos

OPEL Mokka

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel · Electric

3 generations

2020 - present
OPEL Corsa 5 Doors specs and photos

OPEL Corsa 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel · Natural gas · Electric

9 generations

2019 - present
OPEL Insignia specs and photos

OPEL Insignia

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel · Natural gas

7 generations

2019 - present
OPEL Zafira specs and photos

OPEL Zafira

vans

Hybrid · Gasoline · Diesel · Natural gas

9 generations

2019 - present
OPEL Astra Sports Tourer specs and photos

OPEL Astra Sports Tourer

wagons

Diesel · Gasoline

4 generations

2021 - present
OPEL Combo specs and photos

OPEL Combo

vans

Diesel · Gasoline · Natural gas

3 generations

2018 - present
OPEL Corsa OPC specs and photos

OPEL Corsa OPC

hatchbacks

Gasoline

2 generations

2015 - present
OPEL Ampera specs and photos

OPEL Ampera

hatchbacks

Hybrid · Electric

2 generations

2016 - present
OPEL Corsa 3 Doors specs and photos

OPEL Corsa 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel · Liquefied petroleum gas (lpg) · Natural gas

7 generations

2014 - present
OPEL Insignia Sports Tourer specs and photos

OPEL Insignia Sports Tourer

wagons

Natural gas · Gasoline · Diesel · Ethanol

2 generations

2017 - present
OPEL Astra Sedan specs and photos

OPEL Astra Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

5 generations

2012 - present
OPEL Astra OPC specs and photos

OPEL Astra OPC

hatchbacks

Gasoline

3 generations

2013 - present
OPEL Cascada specs and photos

OPEL Cascada

convertibles

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2013 - present
OPEL Adam Rocks specs and photos

OPEL Adam Rocks

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2014 - present
OPEL Adam specs and photos

OPEL Adam

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2013 - present
OPEL Insignia Country Tourer specs and photos

OPEL Insignia Country Tourer

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2013 - present
OPEL Insignia OPC specs and photos

OPEL Insignia OPC

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2009 - present
OPEL Insignia GSi specs and photos

OPEL Insignia GSi

sedans

Gasoline

1 generation

2017 - present
OPEL Insignia Sports Tourer GSi specs and photos

OPEL Insignia Sports Tourer GSi

wagons

Diesel · Gasoline

1 generation

2017 - present
OPEL Astra GTC specs and photos

OPEL Astra GTC

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2011 - present
OPEL Rocks-e specs and photos

OPEL Rocks-e

hatchbacks

Electric

1 generation

2021 - present
OPEL Crossland  specs and photos

OPEL Crossland

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2020 - present
 
discontinued models:
sort:yearname
OPEL Agila specs and photos

OPEL Agila

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2008 - 2015
OPEL Antara specs and photos

OPEL Antara

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

2 generations

2010 - 2017
OPEL Astra 3 Doors specs and photos

OPEL Astra 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Diesel · Gasoline

4 generations

2005 - 2009
OPEL Astra Cabriolet specs and photos

OPEL Astra Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

2001 - 2006
OPEL Astra Caravan specs and photos

OPEL Astra Caravan

wagons

Diesel · Gasoline

4 generations

2004 - 2011
OPEL Astra Coupe specs and photos

OPEL Astra Coupe

coupes

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2000 - 2006
OPEL Astra Twin Top / Cabriolet specs and photos

OPEL Astra Twin Top / Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

2006 - 2011
OPEL Calibra specs and photos

OPEL Calibra

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1989 - 1997
OPEL Frontera specs and photos

OPEL Frontera

suvs

Gasoline · Diesel

6 generations

1998 - 2004
OPEL GT specs and photos

OPEL GT

convertibles

Gasoline

2 generations

2007 - 2009

2 generations

2013 - 2017
OPEL Kadett 3 Doors specs and photos

OPEL Kadett 3 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1984 - 1991
OPEL Kadett 5 Doors specs and photos

OPEL Kadett 5 Doors

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1984 - 1991
OPEL Kadett Cabriolet specs and photos

OPEL Kadett Cabriolet

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

1987 - 1993
OPEL Kadett Caravan specs and photos

OPEL Kadett Caravan

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1984 - 1991
OPEL Kadett Sedan specs and photos

OPEL Kadett Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1985 - 1991
OPEL Karl specs and photos

OPEL Karl

hatchbacks

Gasoline

1 generation

2015 - 2019
OPEL Manta specs and photos

OPEL Manta

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1975 - 1989
OPEL Meriva specs and photos

OPEL Meriva

vans

Diesel · Gasoline · Natural gas

5 generations

2014 - 2017
OPEL Monterey specs and photos

OPEL Monterey

suvs

Diesel · Gasoline

2 generations

1992 - 1998
OPEL Monza specs and photos

OPEL Monza

coupes

Gasoline

1 generation

1983 - 1987
OPEL Omega Caravan specs and photos

OPEL Omega Caravan

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

1999 - 2003
OPEL Omega Sedan specs and photos

OPEL Omega Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

3 generations

1999 - 2003
OPEL Rekord Caravan specs and photos

OPEL Rekord Caravan

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

1982 - 1986
OPEL Rekord Sedan specs and photos

OPEL Rekord Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

1982 - 1986
OPEL Senator specs and photos

OPEL Senator

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

1987 - 1993
OPEL Signum specs and photos

OPEL Signum

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

2 generations

2005 - 2008
OPEL Sintra specs and photos

OPEL Sintra

vans

Gasoline · Diesel

1 generation

1997 - 1999
OPEL Speedster specs and photos

OPEL Speedster

convertibles

Gasoline

1 generation

2001 - 2005
OPEL Tigra specs and photos

OPEL Tigra

hatchbacks

Diesel · Gasoline

2 generations

2005 - 2009
OPEL Vectra Caravan specs and photos

OPEL Vectra Caravan

wagons

Gasoline · Diesel

4 generations

2005 - 2008
OPEL Vectra Hatchback specs and photos

OPEL Vectra Hatchback

hatchbacks

Gasoline · Diesel

6 generations

2005 - 2008
OPEL Vectra OPC specs and photos

OPEL Vectra OPC

sedans

Gasoline

2 generations

2005 - 2008
OPEL Vectra Sedan specs and photos

OPEL Vectra Sedan

sedans

Gasoline · Diesel

6 generations

2005 - 2008