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OPEL Vectra Sedan Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 6
First production year: 1988
Engines: Gasoline, Diesel
 

2005 - 2008

Opel refreshed the third and last generation of the Vectra lineup in 2005 and dramatically improving its styling, but it was a little too late for the European sedan. The German carmaker built the third generation of the Vectra on the GM's Epsilon platform and introduced it on the market in 2002. It made it in three body shapes: three-box sedan, two-and-a-half hatchback, and station wagon. On the outside, the most striking difference was on the headlights, where a pair of swept-back, tear-shaped headlights replaced the previous, squared-looking lamps. The Vectra finally received t...

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gasoline engines:

  OPEL Vectra Sedan 1.6L 16V 5MT (110 HP)

  OPEL Vectra Sedan 1.8L 16V (140 HP)

  OPEL Vectra Sedan 1.8L 16V 5MT (122 HP)

  OPEL Vectra Sedan 2.2L 16V DGI 5MT (155 HP)

 

2002 - 2005

Opel introduced the third generation of its mid-size contender, Vectra, on the European market at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, and it was a big departure from its predecessors. GM developed the Vectra on the Epsilon platform shared with the Saab 9-3, and it was available in three body shapes: sedan, hatchback, and station wagon. The four-door version was considered a middle-management vehicle aimed at Volkswagen's Passat and Ford's Mondeo customers. The exterior featured a new design trend for its headlights, with a rectangular, swept-back look and a pair of headlamps inside. ...

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gasoline engines:

  OPEL Vectra Sedan 1.8L 16V 5MT (122 HP)

  OPEL Vectra Sedan 2.2L 16V 5MT (147 HP)

  OPEL Vectra Sedan 2.2L 16V DGI 5MT (155 HP)

 

1999 - 2002

In 1999, Opel introduced a mid-life cycle refresh for the Vectra's lineup and brought more appeal to its sedan version with better engines and a revised look. At a glance, there was nothing changed on the Vectra, although the carmaker stated that it changed or improved 2,500 parts. Opel tried to fix some technical issues which affected the reliability. For the facelifted version, the Vectra Sedan received new headlights and smoked taillights. The original shape remained with a mix of biodesign and conservative styling like its artistic department was divided. If they couldn't...

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1995 - 1999

Opel introduced the second generation of the Vectra in 1995 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It was one of the most important premieres from that year. GM placed its bets on the Vectra. After a not very successful first generation, the design department burned the midnight oil to came up with a better-shaped vehicle, and the result was the 1995 Vectra, also known as Vectra B. It was a world car since it was sold under different names and badges. GM used the same platform for the Saturn L-Series, which was not that successful. The 1995 Vectra was a significant improvement over its predecess...

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1992 - 1995

Opel introduced a facelifted version for the first Vectra generation in 1992, four years after it launched the model on the European market. When Opel decided to retire the old Ascona lineup, the new model was a complete change. It was no longer wedged-shape and, also, designed for the rising European middle-class. It was also used as an executive sedan in former East-European communist countries. In 1992, the German brand introduced a facelift after four years of the vehicle on the market. It was the bio-design era, but Opel lost time developing the car, and it was too late to catch i...

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1988 - 1992

Opel changed its game when it replaced the Ascona with the Vectra, going into a completely new direction in 1988. Before the Vectra and the Astra, Opel played the sportiness card with the Manta GTE or the Kadett GSI. But with the new range, it tried to say that it changed its direction towards the regular family-oriented vehicles and the car-rental companies. The Vectra's first-generation played on the safe side: new platform, front-wheel-drive, and engines for every taste. At the front, the Vectra featured a front fascia with rectangular headlights and corner-mounted turn signals...

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