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You just never know what your dash cam is going to capture on an average day in Russia. Take these drivers, who were motoring along in the Russian city of Dyatkovo, minding their own business, when out of nowhere, an Opel Zafira took off like a 747 leaving LaGuardia.

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The European financial crisis has claimed another victim, as Opel has stated that it is going to close its Bochum, Germany facility. The closure is set to occur in 2016, when the current Opel Zafira minivan ends its production run. According to Automotive News Europe, parent company General Motors is looking to minimize the impact to the 3,300-strong workforce by adapting the plant to focus on component and distribution efforts.

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General Motors' European divisions are keeping mum on the details, but Opel and Vauxhall are preparing to unveil some sort of new concept car next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Click on image to get full-size pics of the Opel Zafira ecoFLEX Turbo CNG minivan

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At the GM/US BioEnergy media event a while ago, GM had, appropriately enough, some of their flex-fuel vehicles from around the world on display. Not to drive, but to peek at. The one that stood out to me was the Zafira, usually sold with the Opel badge, but this particular minivan had the Chevy symbol and lots of Flexpower branding on the sides. GM is doing some tests with the Zafira here in Michigan, but nothing special.

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Think you've seen a lot of tie-ins involving Disney/Pixar's Cars this summer? Well, here's one more, in which the stars of the Opel lineup get a Pixar-style rfacelift.

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This week, Maryland congressman Steny Hoyer drove the HydrogGen3, a fuel cell vehicle based GM's Opel Zafira (a regular Zafira is pictured). The test drive at the Walker Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealers in Bowie, Maryland, is the spearhead to Hoyer's plans to introduce the PROGRESS Act in Congress. The comprehensive energy bill, among its provisions, would establish a National Energy Security Commission and advocate rail transportation. Hoyer states that current federal energy polices based on more oil

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