Peugeot Citroën South Africa (PCSA) has taken over the local distribution of Opel vehicles just as the new Corsa hatchback arrives.

In a statement, the French firm’s local arm confirmed the “much-anticipated incorporation of the Opel brand into the Peugeot Citroën South Africa stable has taken place”.

PCSA, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the newly formed Stellantis group, currently distributes Peugeot and Citroën vehicles in South Africa.

“Of course, we are very excited to be distributing Opel vehicles,” said Leslie Ramsoomar, managing director of PCSA.

“The brand has a large following locally, and the future product line up is very exciting, with four product launches or updates planned for this year.

“It is a natural progression, as the three brands complement each other, each appealing to a specific customer profile. In addition, it allows our multi-brand dealers to have a single point of contact with the OEM.”

PCSA says it is “very clear” in its approach to the Opel brand, “assuring dealers and customers that the impact to them should be minimal”. Indeed, the company says there are “no immediate changes planned to the existing dealer network”.

“One of our focus areas for this year is training, with an emphasis on quality and customer service, working with the existing dealer network,” said Ramsoomar.

The firm says the new, sixth-generation Corsa has just arrived in South Africa, offered with a 1,2-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine sending 55 kW to the front axle via a five-speed manual gearbox. Boot capacity comes in at a clamed 309 litres.

Pricing is set to start at R289 900 for the new Corsa Edition, with “further versions planned for the first quarter this year”.