PSA-Owned Opel Plans Plug-In SUV for 2019
When General Motors sold its German-based Opel, the speculation was that ever tightening emission standards in the European Union was going to severely penalize the company, making it an ever greater loss generator. With its eyes set more on the burgeoning and more profitable car market in China, the Detroit auto industry giant decided to sell its German stepchild and its British sibling Vauxhaul. The buyer as the struggling French auto consortium, PSA, makers of both Peugeot and Citroen car lines.
Among PSA's plans is to as soon as practical, cease production of the Zafira Tourer minivan, on which it pays licensing fees to GM, and replace it with a new SUV model based on its common vehicle platform dubbed EMP2, which the company "teased" using the illustration below.
One of the promising characteristics of the EMP2 platform is that it can be adapted to offering a plug-in electric hybrid option, which apparently is what PSA and Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller are planning. In a presentation on the firms PACE turnaround program, Lohscheller intimated that a PHEV option would be offered in a 7-seat SUV configuration to be built in Eisenach, Germany. No details beyond that were announced.
For more on the Opel transition story, check out Autonews Europe.
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