MOTORING NEWS - The Opel X family that was launched locally in mid-May consists of the Grandland X, Crossland X and Mokka X. It has proved its immediate appeal to the readers of the international Off Road and SUV Magazin as thousands of readers voted the Opel Grandland X as the best car in its segment in the 2018 off-road awards.
It is the first time that readers could vote for their favourite in the two wheel drive SUV segment. The Opel Grandland X left eleven competitors in its wake.
Michael Walter, marketing manager compact cars at Opel Germany, said they are especially happy when they receive such readers' choice awards. "They show that customers like our new Opel Grandland X. We have established a true challenger amongst SUVs in the new Grandland X. The vehicle looks great, is exceptionally well built, comes with technological highlights and offers driving pleasure in abundance."
Sibling Opel Crossland X also impressed with its stylish appearance and flexible configuration possibilities, finishing third in the same category as its bigger brother Grandland X.
The two latest additions to the Opel SUV family are continuing the off-road success story of Opel's Mokka X. This robust and attractive adventurer was a two-time winner in the sub-compact SUV segment in 2013 and 2014.
All three models offer driving pleasure and practicality in addition to numerous technology and comfort highlights such as forward collision alert, LED headlights and certified ergonomic seats, while also delivering outstanding German engineering, build quality and value for money.
Readers of Off Road magazine have been voting for their favourite off-road vehicles and SUVs since 1982. This year, readers of its sister magazine, SUV Magazin, were entitled to vote for the first time. More than 43 500 votes were cast in the survey.
The off-road and SUV fans could choose between 174 vehicles in 12 categories, making Opel's success in taking first and third places even more significant.
Opel is one of the oldest car brands operating in Southern Africa and the brand has built a solid reputation in the more than 80 years that the brand has been in the country. The South African Motoring Guild voted the new Opel Astra as South African Car of the Year for 2017 after it was also Car of the Year in 12 European countries, as well as Overall European Car of the Year. Opel also won the prestigious Car of the Year award in South Africa in 1991 (Opel Monza), in 1994 (Opel Kadett) and in 1995 (Opel Astra).