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    No replacement for Signum

    9 May 2007 | Source: just-auto.com editorial team

    Opel has decided not to replace the Signum so the Vectra will become its top model.

    According to auto motor und sport magazine, Opel CEO Carl-Peter Forster has decided to end production of the Signum from summer 2008 and not replace it with a new model.

    The magazine said the Signum failed to meet its objective of helping position the Opel brand further upscale. Deleting it will better position Opel to reduce average CO2 emissions of its vehicle fleet.

    Earlier this year, another German car magazine reported that the next Signum would be renamed Kapitän, harking back to the name of a medium-sized Opel line in the 1960s and 70s.

    According to the latest magazine report, the Tigra Twin Top coupe-cabriolet is also being reconsidered, given its very low volumes.

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    It was to be expected. Such a bold move to enter that segment with a hatch is allways risky. Renault had 2 big disastours. Noone else dares...
    In 10 years or so, Opel can try again.

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    I think I can count the number of Signums I've seen on the roads with my fingers (mind you, didn't know it was different to a Vec Estate until fairly recently). They seem to be a bit of a rarity, and very very similar to the Vectra estate - are they not?
    Can anyone explain the difference between a vec estate and signum, apart from the quaint posterior that adorns the latter?

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    Not to put it down, but a Vectra estate with a different rear is what most ppl would think of a Signum on 1st sight, if it hadn't been branded as an Omega replacement I think more ppl would have bought one, but it just doesn't have exec appeal in the same way the Omega did.

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    It is a shame, because they are lovely cars and it will just prove Clarkson right

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    Clarkson was never right. This is business.

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    I think the problem was they were just too expensive. Marketed against bmw's etc. It really was a car with no market at all, hence the risk in launching them. They are great cars though and picked up second hand at a great price..... Its a shame to see them go.....
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    It was supposed to compete with Audi's avant's, but it never really had a chance.

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    Vauxhall never actually marketed or even said that the Signum was an Omega replacement. It was the press that came to this conclusion.

    In a way, it is good that it is not being replaced, it is obvious that any replacement would be a better car, and the current Signum's residuals would suffer.

    I was talking to a guy a couple of weeks back at a caravan site where there were 5 Signums on the site including mine. I had never seen so many used for towing. This guy was a trader, and he was telling me that since big 4x4's were being hammered on tax, the likes of Signums are only just being realised to be a top car and a very very good tow car, due to very good diesel engines and a very short rear overhang, makes it a good tow car.

    And all Signum Diesels have a maximum tax group of F.

    I personally think the Signum will be like the Senator, people will suddenly realise what a very good car they are.

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