Almost twenty years after OnStar made its debut in North-America, Opel has officially unveiled its plans to introduce the product in Europe starting in August.
While this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Opel’s plans to add the vehicle connectivity service to its lineup, the announcement at Geneva crystallized exactly which OnStar services will be offered. Luckily, GM drivers on the continent will be privy to much of the same features we use here: 4G LTE, Emergency Services, Remote Link, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostics, and Remote Services, which allows drivers to have their doors unlocked remotely– an admittedly handy feature if you’ve ever locked your keys in the car.
But best of all, the company will offer OnStar and in-car WiFi free for a year. With an offer like that there is no doubt GM Europe is keen to add Europeans to the OnStar service; a user base that already clocks more than 6.5 million customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and China.
Opel OnStar will be available initially in 13 European markets: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, with more to follow later this year.
The company also unveiled the Karl, a brand-new entry-level five-door for the small car segment, and the new fifth-generation Corsa OPC. With 207hp and a short-ratio six-speed manual, the front-wheel-drive OPC can hit 60mph in less than seven seconds.
Check out Opel’s super-intense OnStar video below: