Nostalgia can be good and bad for automakers. Look too far back and you’ll lose foresight. Forget about it altogether and you’ll lose the specialness that attracted loyal followers in the first place.
For a while, Opel in South Africa has dwindled behind the competition. Which was sad since the brand was so favoured by local buyers; but decisions to streamline the model line-up diluted its appeal.
Now the automaker is on a mission to redeem itself not just here, but globally. This is what we heard at their four-model product launch in the Eastern Cape on Wednesday.
Opel’s marketing folks talked about rekindling the glory days; where the mention of Opel sparked excitement, thanks to local icons like the Superboss and GSI-badged thrillers.
Marking the revival is the return of the Opel Astra sedan derivative, which went away quietly in 2002. And we also heard that an OPC version would be looked into.
Then there’s the arrival of the Corsa OPC Nurburgring Edition, only a handful will be available for purchase in South Africa and most of them already have buyers. It’s more expensive than the standard Corsa OPC but comes with more power, more kit and of course exclusivity.
It wasn’t intended as a high volume seller, but rather according to Opel, something that would cast a bright glow on the rest of the range, joining halo models like the Astra OPC launched early this year.
Opel also launched a new turbocharged derivative of the five-door Corsa and reminded us of the existence of their Meriva MPV.
We spent time with all these models – most with the OPC and Astra sedan – so be sure to read our impressions on the Surf4cars website.
Bank queues, home affairs, doctor’s waiting rooms. Traditionally, the least interesting activities known to mankind. Thankfully you don’t have to page through that tatty copy of Huis Genoot anymore.
Following a very successful launch of an exciting car app for iPhone and iPad, Cars.co.za has developed a unique car app for Android that puts the site’s massive database of cars for sale in South Africa into your pocket – available anytime, anywhere.
The app is fast, convenient and features clever tools to help you find the perfect car for your budget.
Get the latest car news, research new car prices and specs, and tag your favourites to view later. It’s all at your fingertips.
Cars.co.za is proud to present our local app tailored for the Android platform.
The new Cars.co.za Android app is a first for South Africa in offering a comprehensive new car database that is constantly updated with pricing and specs. You’ll find everything you need to know about that new model right here. An exclusive list of new car specials is also available.
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The Tools section of the new app offers a handy vehicle finance calculator and insurance quote generator – providing all the information you might need to make the best purchasing decision.
I came across this wicked little GIF today. I can’t remember where so sorry for not providing credit, but it was quite cool to see the changes over the years. I had to watch it a couple times to truly appreciate it.