Opel and Vauxhall have released new details about their product offensive. The PSA Group-owned brands will launch eight new or refreshed models from early 2019 to the end of 2020.
Three of the launches are all-new models. They include the Corsa supermini, the successor to the Mokka X compact crossover, and the Vivaro van/minivan based on the Citroën Jumpy, Peugeot Expert and Toyota ProAce. The current Vivaro uses the Renault Trafic platform.
The sixth-generation Corsa and the new Vivaro will arrive in 2019 joined by additional variants and equipment versions of the Combo. The successor to the Mokka X will follow in 2020 and will play a pivotal role in Opel/Vauxhall’s push to expand SUV sales from 25 to 40 percent by 2021.
Four electrified models by the end of 2020
For the first time, the Corsa will offer an all-electric version that will be one of four electrified models on offer by the end of 2020. The second known model is the Grandland X plug-in hybrid. Customers will be able to order both by the summer of 2019.
Finally, by 2024 every Opel/Vauxhall model will have an electrified version. That’s because the automaker aims to “democratize electro-mobility while further improving its combustion engines.”
Adam, Karl/Viva, and Cascada will be axed
Since the automaker will be investing primarily “in high-volume and profitable segments,” current underperforming models won’t get replacements. Those include the Adam and Karl/Viva city cars as well as the Cascada convertible. None of them will receive successors after the end of their life cycles. However, they will remain on sale until the end of 2019. In the UK and Ireland, for example, Opel/Vauxhall has already retired the Cascada.
Opel and Vauxhall claim the new portfolio will allow them to cover around 80 percent of the mainstream market volume in 2020. The newcomers will offer “significantly higher efficiency and customer-orientation” while reducing complexity.
Note: Opel GT X Experimental study pictured
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