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28 Sep 2017

Award-Winning: Opel OnStar Wi-Fi Hotspot and KARL ROCKS

Award-Winning: Opel OnStar Wi-Fi Hotspot and KARL ROCKS

“Car Connectivity Award” and “autonis” design award go to Rüsselsheim


Rüsselsheim.  The powerful 4G LTE internet connection which is available as part of Opel OnStar has won the “Car Connectivity Award” 2017. The readers of auto motor und sport and technology magazine CHIP were asked to vote for the vehicles with the best connectivity for the fourth time. The Wi-Fi Hotspot[1] amassed 21.1 percent of the votes in the “Price Performance Star” category because Opel offers cutting-edge technology at affordable prices. The internet connection is integrated in the Opel OnStar system and up to seven devices can be connected simultaneously. This personal connectivity and service assistant comes with a wide range of assistance and information offerings and is standard on the new Insignia.

“We are delighted to receive this award. Digital connectivity of the vehicles is a key priority at Opel. Our customers are always online when on the road thanks to OnStar and our hotspot for fastest possible mobile connectivity,” said Todd Gaffner, Director Connected Services Opel/Vauxhall Europe.

Opel KARL ROCKS voted best looking minicar

Elsewhere, there was also reason to celebrate for the Opel KARL ROCKS. It was voted “autonis – best design novelty 2017” in the “minicars” category by the readers of auto motor und sport with 22.2 percent of the votes. Around 16,600 participants had ranked the 88 most important newcomers of the last 12 months in ten different categories.

“A readers’ choice award is always something special because it is based on the customers’ preferences. Obviously, it is fantastic that our little city explorer, the KARL ROCKS, has come out on top,” said Karim Giordimaina, Director Interior Design. “The KARLS ROCKS also reflects our design philosophy ‘Sculptural artistry meets German precision’ making it a real eye-catcher.”

The silver coloured roof rails, rugged front and rear bumpers with integrated skid pads, front and rear wheelhouse mouldings and unique 15-inch bi-colour look alloy wheels blend in perfectly with typical Opel design cues such as the Opel blade that sweeps dynamically up towards the rear. Combined with the sloping roofline this creates a dynamic, sporty appearance that links the KARL ROCKS to the KARL while simultaneously giving it a distinct rugged look.


[1] OnStar Services require activation and account with OnStar Europe Ltd. Wi-Fi Hotspot Services require account with nominated network operator. Charges apply after expiry of applicable trial periods. All services subject to mobile network coverage and availability. Check [LOCAL SITE] for service limitations and charges.



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