Opel says it will launch as many as eight “all-new or refreshed” models between early 2019 and the end of 2020 … but also axe three established nameplates.
The Rüsselsheim-based automaker says its renewed product offensive has been designed to both “meet customer needs and ensure compliance with the drastic Europe-wide CO2 guidelines which become effective in 2020”. It explains that it will invest primarily in “high-volume and profitable segments”.
In 2019, Opel plans to launch the new generation of its Corsa hatchback as well as the successor to the Vivaro (in both light commercial and passenger vehicle versions). Additional variants of the Combo will also hit the market.
The successor to the Mokka X will follow in 2020, with this crossover set to “play a pivotal role” in the planned expansion of the company’s SUV sales (from 25 to 40 percent by 2021).
The PSA-backed brand furthermore says order books for its upcoming all-electric Corsa as well as for the Grandland X PHEV will be open in 2019. By the end of 2020, Opel plans to boast a total of four electrified models (and by 2024, it hopes to have an electrified version of every one of its nameplates).
So, which models are facing the axe as Opel turns its focus “high-volume segments”? Well, the brand says the Adam, Karl and Cascada will not be replaced at the end of their respective life cycles (but will remain on sale until the end of 2019)…