With the Rekord E/ Carlton MK2 introduced in 1977, Opel/ Vauxhall continued its tradition of building of functional and reliable family cars. Very little had changed from its predecessor the Rekord D in terms of engine.
Different type of CIH engines were used with the 1.7N (60 hp), 20N and 20S up to the 20E (110 hp)
In 1982 a strongly renewed Rekord/ Carlton E2/ MK2 was launched after 992,965 Rekord/ Carlton E1/ MK1. The body work had a Cw-value of 0.36 and new 1.8 engines with 75 or 90 hp were added. In 1984 the 2.0E engine was replaced by the 2.2i with 115 hp and the 1.8 equipped with an injection version (100 hp). This engine also found a home in the GTE Kadett and Ascona models.
In August 1986 Opel closed the chapter for the Rekord/ Carlton and introduced its successor, the Omega Commodore.
In 1978 the third Commodore series came onto the market. The C-Commodore was initially available with a 2.5S (115 hp) six cylinder engine, later a 2.5E (130 hp) was added. The introduction of this sporty family car did not turn out to be a success. The reduced interest in sporty sedans was not reclaimed. It became the least successful model selling only 80,000 vehicles.