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A Star is Born – Opel Astra GSe

If you’ve been reading my pieces for some time, you might have seen me defending PHEVs in a few occasions, saying I think they are an excellent step towards electrification for those that want to make do with one car or just can’t be bothered with the charging infrastructure woes (an ever growing group, mind […]

Reet Grand – 2023 Opel Grandland SRi review

2023 Opel Grandland review NZ

New Zealand’s lowest-emissions car brand (with ICE and EV’s) Opel, have added another vehicle to their expanding line-up. It’s called the Grandland SRi and it’s an SUV that claims to be ‘for those that want everything’ – we wanted to spend a week with it and Opel NZ gladly obliged. The Grandland nameplate was first […]

Zero Emission Hero

Wojtek Czyz Paralympian

New Zealand’s (now) very own Wojtek Czyz is making waves, and not just in the world of para badminton. No stranger to global fame having won no less than four Paralympic Gold Medals over the years, he’s just been highlighted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG) Action Goals initiative, as a champion […]

A shot of Mokka, no ICE – Opel Mokka-E review

I find it very interesting to see the shift in consumer behaviour moving to crossover SUVs when in many instances, they are almost the same offering as the hatchbacks they are replacing. So having the opportunity to try out another model of this very hot segment, I jumped right onto it: thanks to Opel NZ, […]

Astra(eco)nomical – Opel Astra SRi review

2023 Opel Astra SRi review NZ

After having a bit of an OE break, the ever-popular Astra hatch is now back in NZ, only this time it comes with an Opel ‘blitz’ badge and a cabinet full of awards. It’s bold, it’s pure and Opel says that it’s autobahn-ready too – so best we found out what all the fuss is […]

Bold and Pure – The man behind Opel’s new design language

Mark Adams, Vice President Design Opel/Vauxhall

We talk to Mark Adams, Vice President Design Opel/Vauxhall about the new design direction he is taking German brand Opel in and why he’s so excited about it. Mark Adams started his career at Opel/Vauxhall in 2002 as head of exterior development for concept and production vehicles. His first project was the Insignia concept and […]