Opel Vectra: Overview

The new Vectra and Signum models are on the starting grid: sales of the new versions of the successful Opel mid-size models will start September 17, shortly after they premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. Highlights include a completely new, striking face in dynamic Opel design language, an extensively modified engine range with a brand new, top-of-the-line 230 hp 2.8-liter V6 turbo unit, as well as an array of unique technical features. The new Vectra and Signum models also feature new chassis tuning including optimized steering precision for more distinctive driving dynamics with improved comfort. The IDSPlus (Interactive Driving System) chassis with electronic CDC (Continuous Damping Control) is still unique in this class and now also available with the 2.2 Direct engine. Also best-in-class: bi-xenon headlamps with curve and cornering light (AFL - Adaptive Forward Lighting), as well as the maintenance-free diesel particulate filter system fitted as standard with all diesel variants, including the new 100 hp 1.9 CDTI. Additional features include a state-of-the-art cellular phone console with Bluetooth technology, and the innovative Trailer Stability Assist, which prevents dangerous yawing of the car-trailer combination. 2006 Opel Vectra 2006 Opel Vectra

"The new front clearly expresses the superb driving dynamics of the new Vectra models and new Signum. Combined with numerous class-leading technical innovations, the course is set for continued success in the mid-size segment", says Hans H. Demant, Vice President Engineering, General Motors Europe. Like their predecessors, the new Vectra and Signum will be produced in the state-of-the-art Rüsselsheim plant.

Shortly after the launch in 2002, the Vectra already became one of Europe's most successful sedans in the classic mid-size segment, and held on to this position in the first half of 2005 with a segment share of over 10 percent in a highly competitive environment. In total, over 600,000 third-generation Vectras have been sold worldwide to date. This model range also played a major role in Opel's 30 top results in numerous tests carried out by German and European automotive press since 2004. The Signum also achieved excellent results in customer satisfaction in the latest J.D. Power Report in Germany: the Signum was named best German car in the survey, which also assesses reliability.

New Vectra and Signum buyers benefit not only from a fresh design, improved driving dynamics and many refined details, but also from the same competitive entry-level prices of their respective predecessors, with Vectra prices starting at 20,350 euros and Signum prices at 23,680 euros (recommended retail prices ex works in Germany including VAT).

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