Opel - History and Heritage

Opel History & Heritage

More than a century of innovations have paved the way to Opel's most modern models. A fascinating journey in time.

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The Opel Astra has been crowned the 2017 SA Car of the Year.

  • 16 Mar 2017

The Opel Astra is the Wesbank South African Guild of Motoring Journalists’ 2017 Car of the Year, making South Africa the thirteenth country where the Opel Astra has been recognised as a Car of the Year since its global introduction in 2015.

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Opel Meriva 1.4T Cosmo Named As A Finalist In The South African Guild Of Motoring Journalists’ 2013 Car Of The Year Awards

  • 29 Oct 2012

Opel’s new Meriva, launched into the South African market in March of this year, has been named as one of 12 finalists in the South African

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Astra GTC wins red dot design award 2012

  • 03 Jul 2012

The Opel Astra GTC has been given the prestigious "red dot design award" by a panel of international judges in this year's product design category.

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Opel AFL lighting system wins Euro NCAP Advanced award

  • 23 Nov 2011

The independent consumer organization, European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), has given its Advanced award to Opel for the automaker’s safety lighting system AFL (Adaptive Forward Lighting).


Opel Meriva wins the Golden Steering Wheel 2010.

  • 04 Nov 2010

The Opel Meriva has won the Golden Steering Wheel Award 2010, continuing in the footsteps of Opel vehicles in internationally renowned automotive competitions

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