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Opel revives legendary GSe


Opel’s famous GSI badge proudly displayed on the Commodore and the Monza and the award-winning Manta GSe, a modern take on the legendary Manta from 1970.

Opel’s famous GSI badge proudly displayed on the Commodore and the Monza and the award-winning Manta GSe, a modern take on the legendary Manta from 1970.

Opel’s famous GSI badge proudly displayed on the Commodore and the Monza and the award-winning Manta GSe, a modern take on the legendary Manta from 1970.

Opel has announced it will reintroduce and redefine a range-topping GSe sub-brand.

Clearly underpinning the German carmaker’s plan to offer an electrified version of every model in its portfolio by 2024, and to be a fully electric brand in Europe by 2028, the renewed GSe brand stands for Grand Sport Electric.

Florian Huettl, Opel CEO, said: ‘I am very happy to announce the return of GSe as our top of the range, sporty sub-brand in the immediate future. We have once again taken inspiration from our rich heritage – as we did for our new critically acclaimed bold and pure design – and given it a modern twist.

‘In future, the label GSe will not only signify dynamic, fun to drive cars but also stand for ‘Grand Sport electric’, in full alignment with our ambitious plans to become a fully electric brand.’

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In addition to athletic looks based on Opel’s new design, future GSe customers can look forward to a chassis set-up to deliver a high level of driving fun and engagement.

Like all Opel models, the GSe line-up will be ‘Autobahn proof’ thanks to extensive testing on German motorways. Simultaneously, GSe models will combine performance with the option of emissions-free mobility.

Opel recently presented the Manta-e GSe, a modern take on the legendary Manta from 1970. It shows how timeless the lines from 1970 still are today.

What was sculptural and straightforward half a century ago, still fits perfectly with the Opel design philosophy today. It presents a strong, clear stance and confidently starts a new future: electric, emissions-free, full of emotions.

The Opel Manta GSe is also a tribute to the beautiful Manta A that provided the inspiration for the design of the new Opel brand face, the Opel Vizor, which seamlessly integrates the grille, the lighting system and the Blitz brand emblem into one single module. All new Opel models feature the Vizor, including the new Astra and Astra Sports Tourer.

The multi-award-winning Manta GSe follows Opel’s ‘simply electric’ route to the electrification of the brand. Whether passenger car or light commercial vehicle, every Opel model will be electrified by 2024.

Today, Opel customers already have the choice between 12 electrified models, from plug-in hybrids such as the Astra, to all-electric vehicles from the Corsa-e small car, to the Zafira-e Life ‘lounge on wheels,’ and from the Combo-e-Cargo to the Vivaro-e van and the exciting new Grandland..

Powered by efficient petrol and diesel engines from launch in Ireland, customers have a choice between a 1.2 130hp 6-speed manual petrol (139g CO2), a 1.2 130hp 8-speed automatic petrol (145g CO2) and a 1.5 130hp 8-speed automatic diesel (135g CO2).

The new Grandland plug-in electric hybrid 225hp 2WD version will arrive later in 2022 (31g CO2 combined), with a 300hp AWD version to follow.

Available in three trims, the Grandland SC trim retails from €37,395 plus delivery and standard equipment includes active emergency braking, cruise control with speed limiter, active lane keep assist, side blind spot alert, enhanced traffic sign recognition, driver attention alert, hill start assist with electronic parking brake, electronically controlled dual zone air conditioning, DAB radio, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, 7” touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, front console USB, 230V plug in 2nd row, 17” alloy wheels, auto headlamps, front fogs, rain sensitive windscreen, front and rear parking sensors and rear view camera.

The luxurious top-of-the-range Elite trim retails from €41,995.

Toyota launch new service link warranty

Toyota, Ireland’s best-selling car brand, has just launched Toyota Relax, a unique ‘service activated’ warranty which brings a whole new level of peace of mind to Toyota vehicle owners, especially in these challenging financial times.
Any Toyota passenger car or light commercial vehicle owner who services their vehicle within the Toyota network automatically receives a 12-month warranty.

Toyota Relax is available to anyone who owns a Toyota vehicle up to 10 years old (or which has covered up to 185,000 km on the odometer), regardless of whether they purchased it at a Toyota dealership or not.

Every time the vehicle is serviced within the Toyota network a new additional 12-month warranty is triggered up until the vehicle is 10 years of age or has completed 185,000 km.

Building upon Toyota’s stellar reputation for quality, durability and reliability, Toyota Relax is yet another example of the company’s commitment to its customers and its ongoing focus on providing an excellent ownership experience, well beyond the initial vehicle purchase.