Opel, Crossland X, B SUV, Meriva, 2008, C3 Aircross, Torquing Cars

For a while, the small MPV segment had a decent following in South Africa.  The best seller on a regular basis was the Opel Meriva – based on the Corsa platform and providing space for a family in a compact package, the Meriva was a good, solid performer.  But times … Read moreContinue Reading

Bill Mott, Opel, Opel South Africa, Crossland X, Williams Hunt, Torquing Cars

After the recent announcement that General Motors would be pulling out of South Africa, Opel was left in limbo.  No longer a subsidiary of GM, but not yet divorced from GMSA.  There were thoughts that Opel may pair operations with Isuzu and rely on people with knowledge of the brand, … Read moreContinue Reading

GMSA, Opel, Isuzu, Chevrolet, General Motors South Africa, General Motors

And how this will affect your Chevrolet/Opel/Isuzu going forward…   In a shocking revelation made today at a press conference in Port Elizabeth, General Motors South Africa announced that it would be pulling out of South Africa completely by the end of 2017.  Along with it, General Motors South Africa … Read moreContinue Reading

Opel, PSA, Opel Sold, Peugeot, Citroen, Vauxhall

General Motors hasn’t known what to do with its German subsidiary, Opel, for some time.  Back in 2009 GM put Opel up for sale before reneging on that decision.  Then in 2011 rumours circled that GM were once again planning on offloading the chronically underperforming brand.  However, they made an … Read moreContinue Reading

Opel, Astra 1.4T, Astra K, Kyalami, Roarke Bouffe, Torquing Cars

Receiving an invite to a track day is met with various levels of excitement.  These excitement levels increase when the track in question is the world famous, and recently upgraded Kyalami Grand Prix circuit.   The car I’d be driving is Opel’s latest Astra; not in OPC guise (that doesn’t … Read moreContinue Reading