One or the other Opel driver may have already stumbled across it, while for many others the Easter Egg inside the cars might be a real surprise. Because not only game developers and the creators of the Marvel Cinematic Universe like to hide something for the fans in their works. Opel drivers can go on a search. A certain proximity to the sea. Its residents must be granted Opel. Not only since the cult model Manta have maritime references been popular, as demonstrated by the Opel Kapitän and Admiral. But not even all Opel drivers know that the connection today goes further than just to the name. And that even though most of them carry the proof around in their cars at all times.
There is talk of an Easter Egg, which Opel has meanwhile hidden in its cars for years: a shark. But anyone who now goes in search of a dangerous predator in the Corsa, Astra or electric car Mokka-e can rest easy. The sharks are merely a harmless – and rather cute – stylistic element decorating some special places or hidden by Opel designers in inconspicuous places inside their cars:
How the shark got into the Opel
But what's behind it? The shark now has a long history at Opel: In 2006, the predatory fish made its first visible appearance in the Corsa, but it started two years earlier: Opel designer Dietmar Finger worked on the interior of the new Corsa model, more precisely on the glove compartment, similar to the one seen above. On a remark of his son he should have built a shark into his drawing, so the official Opel history says.
Because the idea was well received, the shark spread to other models from then on, including familiar names such as the small Opel Adam, the flagship Insignia from Rüsselsheim or, most recently, the electric car Mokka-e. Tradition has it that at the end of the design process, the chief interior designer one or more sharks placed in the interior – without passing it on to the management team responsible for the overall design, where. The whereabouts of the sharks are to remain as secret as possible until the launch, Opel says.
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In the meantime, the small predatory fish at Opel have officially come of age, for a good 18 years they are included in many models. From the said glove compartment, to the inside of a door handle or cleverly hidden in the cup holder – the designers' imagination knows almost no bounds when it comes to space selection. Only somehow visible it must remain then already, otherwise the whole trouble would be in vain:
Today, the Opel shark has become a classic Easter Egg: A nice attention from the manufacturer that drivers stumble across on occasion and then wonder about and rejoice in – or that insiders can specifically go looking for. Whether for enthusiastic explorers or for curious children, a new Opel thus offers something special even beyond horsepower, kW, towing capacity or range.