When thinking about German automakers, one will surely think of BMW, Volkswagen, Porsche, Mercedes, and Audi because we have all of those cars on our side of the Atlantic. In Europe though, those names would be joined by Opel. The good news is that soon we too will mention Opel when asked to list German car manufacturers. Planning to get rid of the import rivals, General Motors decided to bring an import of its own. The company is going to start selling Opel in 2013.
Being European division of General Motors, Opel is rarely seen on the American roads. Probably, it is caused by the fact that GM has a lot of brands operating in the U.S. market, or because various Opel models have been sold here wearing Saturn, Cadillac, or even Buick badges. But now, with Omega-based Catera replaced by the CTS and with Saturn leaving us for good, we have only one Opel product, which is the Buick Regal based on the Opel Insignia. It is still unknown whether the U.S. Opel will be a brand-new product specifically made for the American consumers or something based on a current model. The rumors say that the new vehicle will be a small hatchback wearing an Opel badge and a nameplate Allegra or Junior.