PSA’s Opel kicks off production of the GM-engineered 2017 Insignia image

This is among the final cars to be developed by Opel in collaboration with its parent General Motors – the Insignia is the model that also inspires the new Holden Commodore and the upcoming Buick Regal.

The harbinger of things that will never come, the second-generation Insignia has now kicked off production at the Rüsselsheim plant in Germany. The company invested more than €500 million in retooling the assembly plant in order to prepare for the introduction of the midsize model’s sedan and wagon body styles. The first 2017 Insignia to come out of the production line is the Grand Sport – a white example packing the turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine developing 170 horsepower. The predecessor is now Opel’s fourth best-selling model of all time and back in 2009 it received the 2009 European Car of the Year award.

Insignia-Fertigung im Opel-Werk Rüsselsheim, Februar 2017

It’s larger and with a completely different design – though the interior is not that different from the compact Astra. It’s also up to 200 kilograms (441 pounds) lighter than the first generation. It comes as a Grand Sport sedan or practical Sports Tourer wagon, but also as a rugged Country Tourer in the months to follow, if we are to believe the rumor mill. We’re also eagerly-awaiting the performance-oriented OPC version.