Opel Zafira On Sale In Australia From Mid-2013: Official Photo:

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TMR Team | Apr, 09 2013 | 13 Comments

UPDATE: Opel has announced it is leaving the Australian market immediately. More information here.

The Zafira people-mover is returning to Australia - but like the smaller Astra, this time it will wear Opel's lighting bolt instead of the Holden lion.

Unveiled in 2011, the third-generation Zafira has been on Opel Australia's agenda for sometime, and reports earlier this year confirmed the wagon had achieved Australian Design Rules compliance.

This week, Opel Australia boss Bill Mott has confirmed the seven-seat Zafira will debut locally in the middle of this year, with pricing and specifications to be revealed closer to launch.

While exact details are still to come, Mr Mott confirmed that local models will be available with Opel's 1.6 litre turbo four-cylinder petrol and 2.0 litre turbodiesel engines.

Among the Zafira's rivals will be Kia's new Rondo, due in May, and the ageing Citroen C4 Grand Picasso (the recently revealed 2013 model is still to be confirmed for Australia).

In Australia, the Zafira will form Opel's fourth model line, after last year's debut of the Insignia, Astra and Corsa models.

The Zafira name will be familiar to Australian buyers, with the first-generation model offered locally by Holden between 2001 and 2005.

Poor sales and high import costs led to its eventual retirement, and the second-generation model never made it to Australia.

Another new Opel offering - the compact Mokka crossover - is also understood to be on the company's agenda for Australia, although confirmation is still to come.

Watch for more details on the Zafira's local launch in the coming months.

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