Opel Cars for Sale in Ghana
Opel is an automobile brand founded in 1862 by a German entrepreneur named Adam Opel. Since 1931, Adam Opel AG is wholly owned by General Motors of America. With its current lineup of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, Opel is targeting many geographical markets including Africa, Europe, Middle East and some Pacific states. Other markets like Australia, New Zealand, South America, United States, Canada and United Kingdom receive Opel vehicles under Holden, Chevrolet, Saturn and Vauxhall badges. Although Opel is targeting some of the African countries, it does not officially cover the Ghanaian market. However, the grey car markets here do proffer different Opel cars for sale in Ghana.
Technologies and Innovations from Opel
Opel had been involved in manufacturing its own engines from 1932 to 1998. In this period, the company produced Opel CIH (Cam in head) straight-four and straight six engines, and Opel OHV four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines. The Opel OHV and CIH were then replaced by the GM Family II engines with different configurations and cubic capacities. These engines are found on various old Opel models like Kadett, Ascona, Vectra, Rekord, Manta, Omega, Calibra, Frontera and Sintra. Besides, the Opel Astra and Zafira are still using GM Family II engines. Other GM engines used in the currently offered models include GM Small Gasoline, Medium Gasoline, Medium Diesel, GM Ecotec, GM Family 0, GM Family 1 and EcoFLEX engines. Coming to the gearbox, Opel vehicles come with AT6 high-torque automatic, Opel six-speed manual, Easytronic, MT6 and MTA transmission.
Popular Opel Models in Ghana
As the German automaker does not officially exist in Ghana, you will mostly find old Opel vehicles in used condition only. The most sellable Opel cars in Ghana are described hereunder:
Opel Astra – The Opel Astra is a compact car manufactured in hatchback, sedan and wagon body styles. It was launched in 1991, and is currently in its fourth generation. However, those available in Ghana belong to first and second generation. The prices of this car vary between GHC 4,000 and GHC 120,000.
Opel Vectra – The Opel Vectra is a large family car produced by Opel between 1988 and 2008. In these two decades, the company delivered three generations of this car. You can easily find the second and third generation Vectra in Ghana for as low as GHC 4,500.
Opel Meriva – The Opel Meriva was launched as a mini MPV in 2002, while the second generation came out as a compact MPV in 2010. In Ghana, the Meriva is mostly available in first generation models with prices ranging between GHC 15,000 and GHC 20,000.
Opel Corsa – The Opel Corsa is a supermini hatchback and the oldest Opel model currently in production. Recently, Opel launched fifth generation Corsa (Corsa E) with new styling and features. But in Ghana, you can put your hands onto only second and third generation Corsa within a price range of GHC 8,500 – GHC 16,000.
Other popular Opel cars available in the Ghana include Zafari, Agila and Omega.
Availability of Opel Cars in Ghana
As mentioned earlier, Opel does not have any authorized dealer in Ghana, therefore, interested customers can always get used Opel cars at many local dealers in major regions in the country. Opel spare parts are also widely available in the many parts of the capital city and other regions. Here are Jumia Car listings from local dealers according to location;
European Car of the Year Awards
Opel vehicles have won the European car of the year award for four times. The Opel Kadett E was the first Opel car to become the European car of the year in 1985. It won the same award three more times; Opel Omega A in 1987, Opel Insignia in 2009 and Opel Ampera in 2012. Besides, many Opel vehicles had been shortlisted for the award between 1980 and 2011.