• Jul 23, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Opel Insignia.

Despite repeated rumblings from industry sources (including Lutz himself) that the Opel Insignia's transformation into a Saturn model was on hold, Bob Lutz now indicates that work is indeed proceeding on making that model ready for the American market. Changes are going to be made to both the interior and the exterior of the Insignia as it morphs into the Aura. Lutz also indicates that the two Epsilon II-based cars will share suspension bits and powertrains, though we are not sure just how many of the six available gas and diesel engines in the Euro-only Opel will make their way Stateside. Also debatable is the Insignia's Haldex all-wheel-drive system that will be offered across the pond. Whatever the case, we hope that the car doesn't see too many changes as it's an extremely attractive and compelling package as it currently sits. Bring it.


[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      GM and Lutz will be utterly condescending if they "americanize" this model. Let the american buyers get used to the complications and quirks of european cars -- if americans get the BMW and Mercedes to function here, they can do so with an Opel, and for heaven's sake educate these Americans about Opel, Holden, Vauxhall, Daewoo-- these brands are all umbrella brands of GM.

      Do not change anything about this car when it's time for it to come to america! If you change it, I will just buy the coming euro Ford Mondeo or Focus.

      Finally, it is funny how american cars are designed around cupholders... haha LOSE WEIGHT AMERICA !!! Enough with the Starbucks and Soda !!!!

      • 6 Years Ago
      ...in 2014...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why, oh why do they always insist on changing things or should I say screwing them up? When will GM learn?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That interior is too crazy. How many buttons are there?? Hyundai might not be innovative in terms of design but at least they keep things simple and functional

      c'mon gm when will you ever learn
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will these people ever get it????

      Unbelievable how a company that's bleeding cash every single day is still going to spend a gazillion to stubbornly unglify a european car before their US customers get their hands on it...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe they'll get rid of that strange line that runs down the front doors... or at least move it up closer to the fenders. Looks out of place to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear GM,

      Please, PLEASE stop shooting yourself in the foot.

      Keep the Insignia as is.

      Fire Lutz. STAT!

      That is all.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Lutz (with his past stint at BMW) is the guy getting GM to bring the Opel & Holden models over here in the 1st place.

        Fire Lutz? Are you NUTZ?? :)Wake up man & do some research!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        azzo45,

        GTO is a "dumb" name? As compared to what? GT-R? Camry? Civic? You, son are a moron.

        Go drink salt water until your Mom updates your ADD meds OK?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Name me another GM executive with the pull & the b*alls to get the European stuff headed to the USA. it has been Lutz who fighting for the good stuff GM has or will have:

        Cleaning Pontiac of their FUGLY cladding look.
        GTO (dumb name) G8
        Solstice/ Sky
        Malibu (& some of the sister cars)
        Camaro
        ZR1
        Cadillac & their V series
        Racing the V series

        I could go on... Bob Lutz is the Product czar & he's IMPROVED the product. GM is a big political mess... one ex marine can only do so much. Lutz has done a good job giving GM a new direction.
        • 6 Years Ago
        azzo- Even Iaccoca had a good history. Once.
        Lutz has devolved into a rent-a-soundbite man.
        http://www.autoblog.com/photos/kiss-my-saturn-astra/933415/
        ^^ That's all I have to say about that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's a beautiful car, but I don't think that the Insignia can save Saturn. I guess we'll wait and see how the U.S. version looks, but Saturn sorely needs an identity and introducing another midsize sedan isn't going to help.

      Why bother having Saturn be the "euroimport" brand. Just bring it over as a chevy and give the impala the boot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wouldn't bring over as a Chevy. I think it's do better as a Buick.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The only thing they should change is the car's badge from Opel to Saturn."


      I agree with you their Angelo.....

      "And given Saturn's poor reputation for reliability, GM should consider just renaming the Division as Opel in the US."


      What poor reputation for reliability?!? Plasticky maybe, unbreakable DEFINATELY..... well mine was until my sister took on an oak tree at 40 miles an hour..... backwards.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they must change something I would like to see it as a Buick and not a Saturn. The waterfall grill would look very nice (as the only change) and it has some design ques similar to the Buick CUV. I know this is not going to happen but I would accept that. Changing it make it a Saturn does not make lots of sense to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The reason why they aren't bringing this over as an Opel is because 95% of people in the U.S. don't even know what an Opel is! Of course a good portion of people on Autoblog know, but the general public would just think, wtf is that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why change anything?, it looks perfect to me, I don't see BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz changing their cars to make them USA friendly, this is exactly why GM is in the shape its in today, rename it a Saturn Insignia and forget the redo of exterior and interior, save the money and make a profit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Phil
        I don't see BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz changing their cars to make them USA friendly

        BMW: They gave the 1-series a trunk, they don't offer 4-cylinders, there is no 128i or 328i or 535i in Europe

        Audi: Q5 has a DSG in Europe, a slushbox in America

        They all change their cars to make them USA friendly. Different suspension, different brakes, different engines, different tansmissions, cupholders...
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