The new Insignia model features a lighting and driver assistance system co-developed with Hella, which provides substantially improved performance compared with the previous Vectra and Signum models. The Insegnia will be unveiled at London Motor Show in July 2008.
Since introducing the Bi-Halogen and static cornering lights in 2006 on Corsa and Meriva models, Opel are now aggressively introducing AFS features and actively plotting a course for adoption of further advanced lighting functions. DrivingVisionNews reported last week on the advanced functions built into the Insignia’s front lighting system, including variable beam patterns specifically formed for optimal lighting of town roads, pedestrian areas, country roads, motorways, and in adverse weather. The system also provides dynamic curve light and static cornering light. Ingolf Schneider is Opel’s Supervisor of Body Exterior Lighting. In an interview with the SIA magazine “Ingenieurs de l’automobile”, Schneider said the system is so significant an improvement that Insignia drivers will “be fully aware of the advantages of our state-of-the art lighting system”. In the future, Schneider says, improved map-making capability with GPS will bring even greater improvement; the steering angle sensor will be replaced by GPS information to allow the swivelling headlamps to anticipate road curves. Additional forthcoming improvements are to include an adaptive low-beam cutoff line, which will dynamically adjust the beam range to provide optimum visibility, and automatic high/low beam switching driven by a multifunction camera.