The Opel Signum is a large family car produced by General Motors in Germany since 2003. It is primarily sold in Europe, but is sold in the United Kingdom under the Vauxhall Signum name. The Signum is based on the long-wheelbase version of the GM Epsilon platform, which is also used by the Vectra Caravan, and features an unconventional design with a large hatchback and an almost vertical tailgate. It sits between a traditional large family car and executive car in size, as well as with its price, with prices higher than the Vectra but lower than the Audi A6. The Signum was designed to partially replace the Opel Omega and to appeal to a new market segment.
In North America, there is a similar car based on the same concept and platform, called the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx.
Differences compared to Vectra
Compared to the standard 5-door Vectra, the Signum is stretched by 13cm in its wheelbase and 23cm in length, with the same width and a slightly (by 6mm) taller height. This gives the rear passengers extra legroom. Instead of the traditional three-passenger seat setup, the Signum has two separate seats at the rear, which can be adjusted in various ways, including in length and reclining the backrests. There is also a narrow central section, which includes a folding armrest and can serve as an extra third seat. Additionally, the rear seats can be folded down individually to provide further cargo space, a system called Flexspace.
The Signum shares many body panels and interior components with the Vectra, however it has a unique tailgate and rear fender design. In 2005, the Signum was facelifted alongside the Vectra lineup, given a new front design and other minor changes.
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