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Opel Will Still Run Itself

Opel Will Still Run Itself

Despite being sold to PSA Group, Opel will apparently still run itself. As part of that autonomy, the German carmaker will keep its existing product plans largely unchanged as well, with seven new or redesigned vehicles coming to market over the next few years according to Automotive News.

Opel’s product plans aren’t the only thing staying put. CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann is staying on, as is most of his executive team. This means Opel will continue to focus on churning out new SUVs and electric vehicles.

In speaking with German publication Auto, Motor, Und Sport Neumann stated that the brand’s priority right now is launching a new flagship SUV and more EV’s. Though Neumann declined to discuss details of the future products, he did confirm that new products will be build on Peugeot platforms to scale out PSA Group’s costs.

Opel will continue to sell the Ampera-e electric vehicle, which is Opel’s version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV. In fact, Neumann uncovered the fact that Opel is entitled to the next-generation Bolt EV after the current one as part of the transaction with General Motors. Details of the other EV’s Opel is working on are not yet known.

One of the first new Opel products that will migrate to a PSA platform will be the Corsa. It was largely believed that GM had no avenue to producing a viable next-generation Corsa, so the car has been delayed a year so that it can migrate to the Citroen C3 platform.

Neumann also explained that Opel could ultimately serve as PSA Group’s conduit to new global markets, including North America. He stated that the company’s primary goal for now is to be profitable in Europe before examining other markets such as China or North America.





 

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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. Andrew_L
    I wouldn't say a month but maybe the first year things don't "improve" so they can have an excuse.
    carnut
    I wonder how long it will be before they start trying to manipulate things?
    arutherford
    Ill give it a month before the French start walking in the door.
    Andrew_L
    megeebee
    I know there's been a lot of hand wringing and know-it-all-ism about this, and the OMG! about product for GM/Buick. But I have to wonder how Opel will do without GM's influence.


    Well the Regal is set for a while since the Insignia just got redone. It's AFTER that I am curious what they will do. Will they just use the same Chevy platform with the Malibu and do different body styles ie hatch and wagon? Interesting times a head for Buick.
    megeebee
    I know there's been a lot of hand wringing and know-it-all-ism about this, and the OMG! about product for GM/Buick. But I have to wonder how Opel will do without GM's influence.
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