Opel Cars

The company was founded on 21 January 1863 by Adam Opel, and at first made household goods, and was a major maker of sewing machines. The founder died in 1895, with his company the leader in European sewing machines sales and producing over 2,000 bicycles yearly. They made their first cars in 1898 having bought the rights to the Lutzmann and sold them as Opel-Lutzmann. However, two years later, following the dissolution of the partnership, Opel's son signed a licensing agreement with Automobiles Darracq S.A. of France to manufacture vehicles under the brand name "Opel-Darracq". The vehicles were Opel bodies mounted on a Darracq chassis, powered by a 2-cylinder engine. In March 1929 General Motors bought 80% of the company increasing this to 100% in 1931. The Opel family gained $33.3 million dollars from the transaction.

Opel was the first brand under General Motors to be launched in the Indian market. It started operations in 1996 with the launch of the Opel Astra. At that time, the Astra was seen as a well-loaded German sedan, and thus received significant interest from Indian buyers. Opel also entered different segments with the Corsa hatchback and the Vectra premium sedan. The Opel brand soon started suffering from limited product options and increasing local competition. General Motors thus decided to replace the Opel moniker in India by introduction of the Chevrolet brand.

The Opel brand was on sale in India. It’s famous for its Opel Astra, Opel Vectra, Opel Corsa models. The manufacturer 7.55 Lakh. There is no official word from the manufacturer on its re-entry into the Indian market.

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      Opel to Reveal New Astra Sedan and Facelift Astra Range

      At the Moscow International Auto Salon that began on 29th August and will run till 9th September, GM will reveal to the world the new Astra four-door sedan along with the facelift of the Astra five-door hatchback and the station wagon, Astra Sports Tourer. Opel is expecting more than a million visitors to the Auto Salon.

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