Opel/Vauxhall’s new owners are already making product changes. A report out of Europe’s AutoExpress suggests the company has decided to kill off plans to produce a new large SUV based on the Insignia sedan.
PSA Group, the brand’s new owner, has asked Opel management to draft a plan for profitability over the next 100 days. Apparently during this planning process management decided to shelve the large SUV plans, largely because it was a GM project using a GM platform.
Details on the SUV were not exactly scarce. Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann actually went so far as to confirm plans for the SUV at last year’s Paris Motor Show. He actually even confirmed it would be produced at the company’s Russelsheim, Germany assembly plant.
The SUV was expected to be named Monza and rival the likes of the Ford Edge, which are considered large SUVs on the European market.
Insiders have suggested that PSA management may ultimately decide to give the Opel brand a large SUV based on a PSA platform instead, but word on that is not definitive.