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China Car History: The China-Made Opel Corsa B Hatchback

August 22, 2016 by Tycho de Feijter

China Car History: The China-Made Opel Corsa B Hatchback

Today in China Car History the story of the China-made Opel Corsa B hatchback, with many thanks to Sam Faulkner who got me on the trail of this great oddity.

What we knew: The Corsa B was manufactured in Germany from 1993 until 2000. From 2001 until 2005 the Corsa sedan and wagon were made in China by Shanghai-GM under the Buick Sail name, and after 2005 under the Chevrolet Sail name.

What is new: the Corsa hatchback was made in China as well. Under the Opel Corsa name. Production started all the way back in 1993 and lasted until about 1996.

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Spotted in China: Opel Omega 2.0 GL

September 12, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Opel Omega 2.0 GL

A light gold Opel Omega 2.0 GL sedan, Spotted in China close to the eastern section of the Third Ring Road in Beijing. The Omega was in reasonable shape but in urgent need of a good clean-up. The paint was fading a bit and some panel gaps were a tad too wide. Rust however was nowhere to be seen and all parts appeared to be in place.

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Spotted in China: Opel Vectra B sedan

June 8, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Opel Vectra B sedan

A wondrous white Opel Vectra B sedan, Spotted in China in a faraway suburb in east Beijing. The Vectra B was most famous for its mirror-integrated-in-bonnet design, and that indeed still loox very impressive today! This particular B is a top-spec CD variant, further spiced up with darkened windows, a subtle body kit, and AMG alloys. Check:

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Spotted in China: Opel Astra F sedan

May 7, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Opel Astra F sedan

A very green Opel Astra F sedan, Spotted in China close to the eastern section of the Third Ring Road in Beijing. The good Astra was in a good shape; clean paintwork, no rust, no bruises, and no missing parts. The Astra F was manufactured from 1991 until 1998, it was never officially exported to China so how this Opel ended up in the capital is something of a mystery.

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Opel Adam will be a Buick in China

February 24, 2014 by W.E. Ning

Opel Adam will be a Buick in China

The Opel Adam will be rebadged as Buick for the China car market, launch is expected for 2015. General Motors wants the Adam in China to compete with the successful Fiat 500. The ‘Buick Adam’ will be imported into China but local production is very well possible further in the future. Price is yet unknown but the Fiat 500 does 169.800 yuan to 268.800 yuan, so price of the Adam will likely sit in the same range. Engines: 1.2 petrol with 69hp and 1.4 petrol with 100hp.

The Buick Adam will be the first high-end city car for GM in China. So far GM has focused entirely on cheap city cars. However, recent success of Fiat and Smart has shown there is a large market for hip and high-quality city cars that are bought by hip and reasonably-rich city folk who want to show off their wealth and hipness but don’t want a large car, and definitely no sedan like their parents have.

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Spotted in China: Opel Omega GL

January 3, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Spotted in China: Opel Omega GL

A wine red Opel Omega GL, Spotted in China close to the Chaoyang Park in central Beijing. The vehicle didn’t look very good but was clearly still driven, and that is better than good. The Opel Omega was never officially exported to China but strangely there are quite a few around. This particular car was fitted with period-optional racy tires and alloys. The tires looked very old and were in urgent need of replacement.

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Spy Shots: Opel Meriva testing in China

July 17, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Spy Shots: Opel Meriva testing in China

Spy shots showing the Opel Meriva MPV testing in China. The Meriva will be launched on the Chinese car market before the end of this year, debut is expected for the Guangzhou Auto Show in November.

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Opel Insignia Sports Tourer hits the Chinese auto market

April 30, 2013 by W.E. Ning

Opel Insignia Sports Tourer hits the Chinese auto market

The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, a wagon, has been launched on the Chinese auto market. Price starts at 325.000 yuan and ends at 375.000 yuan. The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer is imported into China and thus very expensive. The Insignia sedan is made locally, rebadged as the Buick Regal. Read more »

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Opel will launch three new cars on the Chinese market

April 3, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Opel will launch three new cars on the Chinese market

Opel will launch three new cars on the Chinese car market this year. The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show later this month, and the Opel Astra GTC and Opel Zafira Tourer will follow in the second half of this year.

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Spy Shots: Opel Insignia Sports Tourer seen testing in China

February 19, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter

Spy Shots: Opel Insignia Sports Tourer seen testing in China

Spy shots from the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer testing in China. The Sports Tourer (wagon) will be imported into China from April on, price will range from 320.000 yuan to 370.000 yuan. Power will come from a sporty 2.0 turbo with 220hp and 350nm.

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