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    Whilst driving to work yesterday down the A500 I saw a load of new astra's being delivered all with opel badges front and back.

    Are these to be re-branded to vauxhall and if so why?

    Anyone on here know?

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    Can't imagine it.... Opels would be LHD surely?

    Could be a mistake, or could be some sort of fiddle like adding a valve cap and saying they were UK built, isn't the VX built here, but the Opel built in Europe?

    Who knows?

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    Well I too thought the Astra was being made in UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eashton View Post
    Whilst driving to work yesterday down the A500 I saw a load of new astra's being delivered all with opel badges front and back.

    Are these to be re-branded to vauxhall and if so why?

    Anyone on here know?
    Ellesmere Port, near Liverpool is a main plant for Astra production, both Opel and Vauxhall versions - same as the continental plants which build Astra all do both Opel and Vauxhall.

    Rhd Opels are common in Republic of Ireland and Malta and a number have been imported for use here - about 10 years ago one of the big car supermarkets in Cannock was taken to court over importing Opel and re-badging them as Vauxhalls - it's illegal even for private individuals to do that.

    nb - putting Opel badges on a Vauxhall is more common here than the other way round - but it would still have to be sold as it's original brand.

    I imagine that the same can happen for all Opel/Vauxhall models.

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    So whats the difference between Opel and Vauxhall versions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eashton View Post
    Whilst driving to work yesterday down the A500 I saw a load of new astra's being delivered all with opel badges front and back.

    Are these to be re-branded to vauxhall and if so why?

    Anyone on here know?
    Were these being dropped at a garage or did you just see them on a transporter??

    Quote Originally Posted by eashton View Post
    So whats the difference between Opel and Vauxhall versions?
    Its just the badge thats different. Cyprus is another RHD country too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitch1965 View Post
    Were these being dropped at a garage or did you just see them on a transporter??


    Its just the badge thats different. Cyprus is another RHD country too.
    I saw a Vauxhall in Cyprus earlier in the year. Was a facelift Vectra C Elite Taxi. To be honest I thought they only had Opel there?

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    On a transporter, did not see if they turned off towards dealer or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eashton View Post
    So whats the difference between Opel and Vauxhall versions?
    Basically just the badge - the GM company in each country can, and does, vary the specification to suit the local market - so that German and Italian market Opels may have slightly different spec, regardless of build plant. This is true of all GM, Ford, VAG etc models

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    The Vauxhall brand is only sold officially in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - the Opel brand being used throughout the rest of Europe and would have replaced Vauxhall in the UK if the Magna deal had gone ahead - Australia and New Zealand use the Holden brand - the rest of the world is mainly Chevrolet. This is all for the same models built in a plant that suits GM not related to the consumer market being sold into.

    When GM introduced fuel injection, in the '80s for the 4-cyl Family-B engines fitted to Vauxhall Astra 1.8 (Opel Kadett), Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8/2.0 (Opel Ascona) and Vauxhall Carlton 1.8 (Opel Rekord), sales outstripped European plant capacity, by a long way, so engine/transmissions were brought in from Holden in Australia as they had spare capacity - but they were indistinguishable from German-built engine/transmissions - although Luton assembled Cavaliers and Ellesmere Port assembled Astras they brought the fuel injected engines in from Germany and Australia.

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