When you are looking for a family hatch there are the usual culprits Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. However the Opel Astra has curved itself into this category. Being part of the GM family, the car is rebadged in different markets. It is known as the Vauxhall Astra in the UK and as the Buick Verano Hatch. As for the Australian market it has endured a checkered history, but it’s finally available with the new 2015 launch as the Holden Astra. The Opel Astra is held in high esteem and is considered a class leading 5-door family hatch.
The Corsa has to be the bestselling car this German automaker has ever made. No kidding, “big things come in small packages.” How big of a thing is the Opel Corsa? Big enough that it’s extremely popular in Britain, where it has been a commercial success story as it has been the bestselling supermini in 2005, and has also been the second best purchased car in Britain in the years 2002, 2003 and 2004. In the British market the car is under the Vauxhall marque, which is owned by Opel’s parent company GM. It had a stint under the Holden marque in Australia, however it was pulled of as GM cut costs. The car is available throughout most of the world except in Australia and America.
Well, in Germany there are the three auto giants that have been making waves for decades these are the Volkswagen Group, BMW and Diamler AG. Now apart from these triumvirate there is Opel which is owned by General Motors. Opel as a brand doesn’t quite register up there with the likes of the afore-mentioned, however it does make great cars like the Opel Insignia.
This model has so many names that you may start to wonder if GM have ever heard of brand confusion. To me brand confusion happens when one person goes from point A to B and finds product X at point A being named as product Y at point B. If this car was a person they would have so many akas that you’d thing they have split personality. The Buick Regal as it’s known in China is known as the Opel Insignia in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Oh and let’s not forget that it is known as the Vauxhall Insignia in the UK and is under the Holden marque in New Zealand and Australia. Now those are so many names for a globetrotting client to remember.