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If there's a single phrase in the automotive lexicon that makes us want to obliterate our delicate middle ear organs with a pickaxe, it's "lifestyle car." Opel has taken the unfortunate step of dropping the company's Adam into that phylum, which is a shame since the little runabout looks downright dashing in rally guise. Opel has just announced that it will show off its new FIA R2-spec Adam at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show next month. Expect to see the little competitor go through homologation and final development early this year, with privateer teams able to purchase their own shortly thereafter.

With a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 185 horsepower and 140 pound feet of torque in rally spec, the Adam should be reasonably quick. A five-speed sequential transmission and limited slip differential put that muscle down, and four-piston Brembo front brakes help bring the party to a stop. The driver also gets the luxury of a hydraulic handbrake and the cabin is fitted with Sparco competition seats, an LCD gear indicator and a MONIT trip computer. Check out the full press release below for more information.

Opel is also set to show off its Adam ROCKS Concept. The design study is an "urban mini-crossover" that's both wider and taller than the current production Adam. Check out out in the associated gallery, and be sure to take a peek at the quick press release.
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NEW LIFESTYLE CAR ADAM BOUND FOR INTERNATIONAL RALLYING

04/02/13

Geneva world premiere of concept study in FIA-based R2 specification

ADAM is important part of Opel motorsport program

Development and homologation during 2013

Admissible for all national championships in Europe


Geneva/ Rüsselsheim. Opel returned to motorsport with the ADAM Cup in November 2012. At the Geneva Motor Show the brand now presents another star in the firmament: a new concept study of the recently introduced ADAM lifestyle car, built based on FIA R2 regulations. Its final development and homologation are planned during 2013. With the ADAM R2, Opel takes another step in its new motorsport strategy by offering a top-class vehicle for international customer rallying which will be eligible for every national championship in Europe.

Chic, classy, eye-catching: this applies to the ADAM in general, as well as its R2 rally variant. Special body components from the sporty Opel OPC product line, quick release catches on the hood and tailgate, as well as under-ride guards front and rear, emphasise the sporty format of this athletic asphalt and gravel specialist. Its unique shell also harbours pure high-tech.

The ADAM R2 is powered by a 1.6-litre ECOTEC 16V engine with variable camshaft phasing that develops around 185 hp and maximum torque of about 190 Nm in its competitive configuration. Power is transmitted through a Sadev sequential five-speed gearbox and a limited-slip differential with a multi-disc lock. The chassis set-up, including asphalt and gravel settings, guarantees maximum traction and dynamic handling. Excellent deceleration is provided by a braking system with a hydraulic 'fly-off' handbrake, Brembo 4-piston front brake calipers and braking pressure regulation for the rear axle.

The R2's cabin features all the attributes of a professional competition vehicle, and many details are already part of the specification to be homologated this year by FIA, the world motorsport association. Equipment includes: an integrated safety structure; SPARCO Competition racing seats compatible with the HANS driver safety system; a cockpit with an LCD gear indicator, control light and MONIT trip computer; a central control panel; a map reading light and an electric fire extinguisher.

The ultra-compact R2 is based on the new ADAM Cup variant. This already marks the first step in Opel's new, European-focused program to promote customer rallying, which will enable talented young drivers to gradually progress to the pinnacle of European competition. From the 2013 season, up to 40 ADAM Cup vehicles will compete for brand trophies in Germany and France. In the German ADAC OPEL RALLYE CUP, the winner of a special "Rallye Junior" rating (for drivers up to 27 years of age) will advance into the R2 class, with special support in the next season from Opel and the ADAC.

ADAM CONCEPT ROCKS UP TO GENEVA

Vauxhall's ROCKS concept raises ADAM to the next level of individualisation

Industry first urban mini-crossover has fierce design and muscular proportions

Open air freedom thanks to fabric cabrio roof

World Premiere at Geneva Motor Show next month

Luton/Geneva– Vauxhall is set to wow Geneva show-goers next month with its ADAM ROCKS concept, an urban mini-crossover that could open a new segment in the industry.


Compared with the production ADAM, ROCKS is taller, wider, tougher yet more compact in appearance, while offering a cabrio roof. It showcases how ADAM's unique personalisation – the current production model has over a million different specification and trim combinations – could be taken one step further.

"With even bolder design than any other ADAM, the ROCKS shows the vast potential for personalisation our stylish urban-chic newcomer offers. It combines the toughness of a crossover with the coolness of open air driving," said Malcolm Ward, Vauxhall/Opel Lead Design Director. "As a symbol for fashion-led, active drivers wanting to stand out from the crowd, ADAM ROCKS is just one possible answer to the question of how new development paths for this unique car could be forged."

ADAM ROCKS' new crossover body style is supported by a chassis that is raised 15mm with a 20mm wider stance. Agile parkour athletes, who move from one place to another, negotiating urban obstacles in between, were the inspiration for this sporty crossover concept.

The ADAM ROCKS concept will be on the Opel/Vauxhall stand in Hall 2 of the show.


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      inthelv
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm old enough to remember the Kadett fondly. C'mon Buick, get it right this time, be GM's USA branch of Opel!
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @inthelv
        Fondly remember the Kadett?! My mom had one when I was a little kid and I clearly remember that thing being a total POS. Replaced the distributor once or twice each winter, left us stranded on MANY occasions, rusted out after just 3 years, etc. I recall her getting towed home from a job interview with the thing. It was hands down the biggest piece of crap that my family ever owned, and we had 3 Chevettes and a Nova (not the cool muscle car version).
          Sir Duke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          My uncle had one (late 60s vintage) in South America, it was a piece of crap on that continent too.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 2 Years Ago
        @inthelv
        Couple comments here - I bought a 1968 Opel Kadette Rally in 1974 - it has absolutely no rust, none, zilch and it was in Michigan since new - so, no, not buying the BS rust-bucket comments. It was a great running car - the only issue is that it needed premium; it was faster than my 1967 Dodge Dart with the 276 in^3 V8 that I replaced with it. And aatdufus: You always go on like you are some kind of expert - here's the deal - you AREN'T: "... the ill-fated Saturn Aura wagon ..." There was NO Saturn Aura wagon. The Aura sold very well, as did the Pontiac G6. The problem was that GM had three divisions selling basically the same vehicles. Saturn and Pontiac had higher sales volume than many other OEM's brands; but the marketing and costs for differentiating the stying between brands was no longer a viable business model. The Aura was very well received by the press as well - it was the 2007 NAIAS car of the year.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          Another idiot with a huge mouth. I never said it reached production. I said ill-fated. Saturn were due to launch an Aura wagon in 2007, a rebadge of the Vectra wagon and to be imported like the Astra. Likewise, Saturn were due to market a version of the mk5 Corsa from 2010. Neither made it to showrooms. You ought to know this stuff. And yes, in the States GM had too many models competing directly . Ive long said it was a major contributing factor to its demise.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          As a reminder to what I said: " could have taken on the Passat wagon".
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @inthelv
        Also, recall how the US branch of Opel thing went for Saturn...
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          Yes indeed, and that's wasn't Opel's fault - it was GMs. GM missed a huge golden opportunity with Saturn, when it had the superb Astra diesels, OPC, Twintop, and commercial van all at its potential disposal - as well a regular three-box Astra sedan. Instead, GM allowed VW to maintain its exclusivity in the US market with C-segment diesels and its Eos CC, turned its nose up at a superb hot hatch, and politely gave Ford's Transit Connect the entire ride of the range in the novel-for-USA small commercial van business. Then there's the ill-fated Saturn Aura wagon - a rebadge of the Vectra wagon which more a huge loading capacity and could have taken the Passat wagon head on. But what did GM decide? To bring the worst engine in the entire Astra line-up to the States in hatchback form only. It shirked on a proper Americanisation process too, omitting essentials like cup-holders and solely sticking to a 24-hour clock. In short - GM could have been sitting on a gold mine with Saturn, but opted instead to do what GM did so well with product ideas akin to its attitude in selling the Blazer in Europe with no diesel and in LHD in Britain, and offering a FWD Cadillac with no diesel. They played at running a car business, and went bankrupt as a result.
          Sir Duke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          aatabloke: Saturn, like Oldsmobile and Pontiac had to die in order for GM to live. GM had too many balls in the air at the same time. Ford for the same reason had to sell off Jaguar, Aston Martin, Range Rover and kill off Mercury. Now, if only they would build a proper Lincoln and stop the practice of dressing up Fords. Back to GM, I think GM still has too many brands. Of the lot, Vauxhall is the weakest, then Opel. Vauxhall has no exclusive models, probably because there is no real business case for incurring the expense. Opel is alive, only because its models are shared (Buick & Vauxhall). On it own, Opel couldn't survive either. Buick is only alive at the behest of the Chinese market. In the US, Buick steals sales from the Chevrolet on the high end and Cadillac on the low end. If Buick went away, both Cadillac and Chevrolet would benefit. I am not saying that they would pick 100% of the Buick customers. 25% - 35% each is probably more realistic. GMC only exists, because some Americans don't seem to mind paying more for a dressed up Chevrolet. Holden in recent years also heavily rely on sharing platforms (Vauxhall, Buick & Chevrolet) in order to survive. So there, Chevrolet and Cadillac in reality are the only brands GM needs if they are going to be the most efficient company they can be. Free of competition from stablemates, both brands would do even better than they are now.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          "Saturn, like Oldsmobile and Pontiac had to die in order for GM to live. GM had too many balls in the air at the same time." Absolutely - I agree with all you've said. But that's the situation they were faced with no choice of avoiding, in part due to the catalogue of poor management decisions I alluded to in my post. "Back to GM, I think GM still has too many brands. Of the lot, Vauxhall is the weakest, then Opel. Vauxhall has no exclusive models, probably because there is no real business case for incurring the expense. Opel is alive, only because its models are shared (Buick & Vauxhall). On it own, Opel couldn't survive either. " You're displaying an awful lot of naivety, which I gathered in your earlier post enquiring into the source of the Adam nomenclature. Vauxhall and Opel aren't merely brands - they're subsidiaries, and they haven't shared market space since 1984 when the Opel Manta departed UK shores. Vauxhall isn't weak, far from it; it represents GM Europe in the UK, and the UK is GM Europe's largest European market at almost 11% of market share. The mainstream Insignia model's largest market is the UK - thanks in part to the enormous company car market which is the largest in the world. That's why the Insignia originally debuted in London. Furthermore, you make no mention of Vauxhall's long-standing commercial joint venture with Renault, which it also builds for Opel. While Opel would probably struggle in the current market conditions on its own, it has the technical expertise and engineering prowess to build some of the world's leading mainstream cars. "Buick is only alive at the behest of the Chinese market. In the US, Buick steals sales from the Chevrolet on the high end and Cadillac on the low end. If Buick went away, both Cadillac and Chevrolet would benefit. I am not saying that they would pick 100% of the Buick customers. 25% - 35% each is probably more realistic." I agree with you that Buick survives due to China. In North America, it's become the outpost for Opel essentially having replaced Saturn in that role. Thing is, Saturn was a better fit for the role in the first place, hence my earlier post. "GMC only exists, because some Americans don't seem to mind paying more for a dressed up Chevrolet." Can't really comment here, suffice to say there's no reason to maintain a separate commercial brand. Vauxhall dropped its Bedford division by the same virtue in the late 1980s. "Holden in recent years also heavily rely on sharing platforms (Vauxhall, Buick & Chevrolet) in order to survive." Holden are market-specific just like Vauxhall is, although they do furnish Vauxhall with its VXR8 and they sell the Maloo in the UK in limited numbers. These days they're mainly GMDAT rebadges.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          "So there, Chevrolet and Cadillac in reality are the only brands GM needs if they are going to be the most efficient company they can be. Free of competition from stablemates, both brands would do even better than they are now." As far as the Americas are concerned in the current climate, I'd agree with you. Internationally, most certainly not. Cadillac has a poor image in Europe especially, mainly because the general populace equate Cadillac with large American cars with inefficient engines, but also because of the appalling marketing attempts GM has made over the past twenty years - during that time, Cadillac has been re-launched no fewer than four times. Chevrolet does quite well in Europe, where people realise that they're essentially Daewoos (regardless of the fact that they're now GM-DAT) wearing a bejewelled American badge. As such, they're branded as budget models with Vauxhall/Opel positioned in the mainstream, in much the same way as Skoda is positioned compared to VW. It's a structure - when economic climes are stable - that works. But if you think Chevrolet would replace Opel in Europe, forget it. It'll never happen. In just the same way that Opel will never replace Vauxhall in peoples' buying habits.
      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 2 Years Ago
      ZB - i really, really don't get your attitude here - I mean, WTH??? Where is the issue with the launch of this Opel?? Please explain how this is being launched as a 'lifestyle car'?? Do you not understand the European market where a hot hatch is worthwhile?? Or don't you get it that this is extremely competitive in it's segment?? It seems like you are just don't understand the European market and are clueless as to what the intended market is for this car, which by all indications is hugely competitive in it's segment!
      Kahz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks a bit like a juke
      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      There is a Dude named Roger G. McCormack. He is supposed to be Making Buick's product line productive and getting rid of hubcabs. Perhaps pressure should mount on him to do something. Consindering his claim to fame is running HUMMER and Saab.There should be no suprise why nothing is happening with Buick. This dude took Buick over From Susan (Babe) Dorcherty and nothing has been happening at Buick since. He is classic old GM and should go and find employment somewhere else.
      Bryan Lund
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey, Autoblog, why does your system add these phantom \\\'s in a popcorn fashion every so often. Could we get a witness and fix this software flaw goin\' on?
      Bryan Lund
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice color combo. The hood and headlights in front look a tad like my 1999 Kia Sephia. I\'ll take one. Notice I said take. Not buy.
      audisp0rta4
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an adorable lil racing car, lol!
      Jackie Ashley Wolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      I expect this car to be used in the Trophée ANDROS, it could be the Tigra's successor.
      Sir Duke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Could someone please explain the "Adam" moniker on this car? Seems rather stupid to give a model an arbitrary boy's name. Why not Mikey, Hans or Bubba? Don't bother pointing at the Ferrari Dino, as it was named for Enzo's son.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sir Duke
        [blocked]
          inthelv
          • 2 Years Ago
          Sounds like someone has problems with his manhood..... Maybe a marathon of Stallone flicks will bring you back to your Man place?
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