We had heard mumblings of an Opel EV to be built alongside the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, and it seems more likely than ever the Orion assembly will be taking on the additional capacity for the Opel Ampera-e.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra revealed the Opel Ampera-e during the annual Car-Symposium in Germany last week as a surprise to many. The automaker originally insisted an Opel EV was not in the works, at least nothing like the Bolt EV.
Automotive News Europe reached out for comment with no response from Opel, but for a strategic planning and logistical point of view, it only makes sense.
The news also follows recent spy shots of a rebadged 2016 Chevrolet Volt testing in Europe, spinning the rumormill to deduce a second-generation Opel Ampera is on the way after confirmation of its death. However, it’s unknown if Vauxhall and Holden will receive a right-hand drive variant of the second-generation Volt at this time.