March 17, 2020

Business as usual for Opel after PSA Group takeover

Business as usual for Opel after PSA Group takeover

Opel to continue on same path, for now…

It appears the PSA Group is going to take a watch and see type approach to their new purchase – Opel/Vauxhall.

After buying the GM-owned car brands earlier in the month, the parent company of Peugeot/Citroen will keep Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann in his job, while the car models that Opel had been making plans for will continue.

Mr. Neumann has told the German car publication ‘auto, motor und sport’ that Opel will continue to have its own leadership, its own design and develop its own cars.

The biggest changes though, according to the Opel CEO, is that future products will be built on PSA platforms, rather than GM platforms.

There is no official word yet on exactly when that change will start to be made.

What about the Opel-sourced Holden Commodore?

There was also good news for Holden Commodore fans - the Opel chief said it was business as usual for the Insignia.

This comes after Holden recently confirmed that the take-over wouldn’t affect the supply of the Opel-sourced Commodore and Astra.

While a planned new SUV will also be put into production soon.

Opel in China?

Mr Neumann told auto, motor und sport that getting Opel into China isn’t a high priority, instead his focus is on ensuring Opel is profitable in Europe.

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Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both.Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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