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Opel will ax three cars to focus on SUVs, electrified models

Auto News - Published on Thu, 11 Oct 2018

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Auto News reported that Opel will add three models and end sales of three others as the company focuses on high-growth SUV segments and high-volume models such as the next Corsa hatchback. Opel said that The Adam and Karl minicars, and the Cascada convertible, will not be replaced when production ends in 2019, dropping the models will reduce complexity, improve efficiency and help the automaker meet tougher CO2 emissions limits.

The Karl, which is called the Viva in the UK, is imported from a General Motors plant in Changwon, South Korea. The Adam is built in Eisenach, Germany, and the Cascada is produced in Gliwice, Poland.

Opel said it has three key launches by 2020: the new Corsa subcompact, the Mokka X SUV successor and a new Vivaro van.

The Corsa will go on sale next year with conventional engines. A full-electric version will go on sale a year later, although customers will be able to order it by next summer. A replacement for the Vivaro van is due next year.

The Mokka X successor is due in 2020. It will be sold alongside the Crossland X small SUV. The Mokka X expected to be repositioned to create more distance between the two models. Opel has said it wants SUVs to account for 40 percent of sales by 2021, up from 25 percent now.

Along with the Astra compact car and Insignia midsize model, the Mokka X is one of the few cars left in Opel's range based on a GM platform rather than PSA architecture. PSA is moving all Opel models to its platforms after it bought Opel and its British sister brand Vauxhall from GM last year in a USD 2.6 billion deal.

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Thu, 11 Oct 2018
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