We just received a statement from GM Europe stating that Opel will, indeed, be making its way to China after all. In fact, Opel is already in China.
“There are actually no change in plans and Opel will continue to export vehicles to China,” wrote Klaus-Peter Martin of GM Global Communications.
The official statement comes days after a Gasgoo article (that we ended up picking up) detailing that the German brand would not be coming to China, contrary to previous reports. It appears that Gasgoo misunderstood the difference between building Opels in China — which still isn’t and never was never the plan — and an export strategy from Europe — such as the one in place currently.
Presently, Opel offers the Zafira, Antara, and last-generation Astra in China. “Other Opel vehicles will be added to the portfolio soon,” wrote Mr. Martin.
The GM Authority Take
China is currently the only place where Opel-based Buicks will be sold alongside actual Opels in the same geographic market, a move most GM Authority readers seem to be strongly against — as evidenced by the following poll: