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by Tim Beissmann

Opel – the German arm of General Motors – is working on a flagship large car to sit above the Insignia.

Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke told German publication Tagesspiegel his brand has started development of a new large car.

“We need a car above the Insignia and we are working [on it],” Mr Stracke said.

Earlier reports have suggested the new model could be based on the long-wheel base Epsilon II platform (currently underpinning the Saab 9-5 and Buick LaCrosse), and may feature advanced fuel cell or hybrid technology.

Mr Stracke gave no indication of when to expect a concept or production version of the new flagship Opel.

The Opel brand will launch in Australia in the second half of 2012, with the medium Insignia sedan and wagon to be joined by the Astra hatch and wagon and the light-sized three- and five-door Corsa hatches in the initial product wave. Opel Australia says it will expand its local offering to include more nameplates in a second wave of launches further down the track.

Would you like to see a larger Opel – potentially a similar size to the Holden Commodore – in Australia? Let us know in the comments section below.

Note: 2010 Opel Flextreme GTE Concept pictured.




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