Reports have begun surfacing that GM’s Opel division (Vauxhall, too) is seeking a partner to develop future hybrid vehicles. In doing so, the move would thin out development costs, while combining resources.
According to Opel boss Karl-Friedrich Stracke, the need for a partnership has arisen from European legislation that calls for automakers to sell vehicles that emit 95 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer or less.
“We need hybrid technology starting with compact cars and upwards,” Stracke said. “Hybrid technology is becoming increasingly more important. We are not holding any concrete talks but a cooperation would be certainly a good way to cut costs.”
The recently-appointed Opel CEO hopes that the brand’s only battery-powered vehicle — the Detroit-Hamtramck-built Ampera — will sell around 12,000 units or so in 2012.