Opel, the German automobile manufacturer created a large family car titled the Vectra for almost 20 years. There were three generations of the Opel Vectra, the A, B, and C. From 1988 until 2008, the Opel Vectra was in production until it was replaced by the Opel Insignia. Just like many of Opel’s other vehicles, the Vectra too was so popular that other manufacturers decided to rebrand the vehicle and sell it on their own platform. Both technicians and owners that work on Vectras as well as rebranded versions can use an Opel Vectra workshop manual in order to keep these vehicles in good shape.
The United Kingdom sold the Vectra as the Vauxhall Cavalier and the Vauxhall Vectra. Australia sold the Opel Vectra as the Holden Vectra while Latin America sold it as the Chevrolet Vectra. Throughout the course of the Opel Vectra’s production, there were many significant improvements and changes that Opel enthusiasts saw, all of which were impressive.
Opel’s first generation of the Vectra was called the Vectra A and it was in production for almost 7 years before it was replaced by the second generation. In October of 1988, this four-door notchback saloon was released. It was also produced as a five-door hatchback too which was seen as impressive. The first generation A had so many different engine options that one could choose from. These ranged from a 1.4 L 14NV I4 (petrol) all the way to a 2.0 L C20LET I4 (turbocharged petrol). There were also two diesel engine choices.
In 1995, the Vectra B was released at the Frankfurt Motor Show as a five-door estate. With the introduction of the second generation, there were a number of different engine options that came along with it. During the production years of the second generation, upgrades included a modified body with improved handling.
Opel Vectra C was the third and final generation that was in production for 6 years. This model had an increased curb weight which made a modified engine necessary. Over the 6 year production that the Vectra C had, there was a five-door estate, four door notchback saloon, and a five door hatchback.
Although the Opel Vectra did come to an end after the third generation, many Opel enthusiasts still have a great appreciation for the vehicle. Today, the Vectra can still be found scattered all over Europe as well as other parts of the world that rebranded the vehicle. An Opel Vectra service manual can help keep these vehicles working and reliable.