In negotiations to purchase GM’s European Opel division, French automaker PSA Group has reportedly expressed a notable amount of interest in the Opel Mokka crossover and new Opel Ampera-e electric car.
The Mokka has been a strong seller in Europe. Sold in North America and China as the Buick Encore, the B-segment/subcompact crossover is based on GM’s Gamma 2 platform shared with the Chevrolet Trax and Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo. Meanwhile, the Ampera-e is sold as the Chevrolet Bolt EV in North America. The vehicle represents GM’s first mass-production purely-electric vehicle with a pure electric range of over 200 miles.
In acquiring Opel, PSA will likely pay sustained licensing fees to General Motors for the vehicles developed by the latter as well as intellectual property associated with the vehicles, making it difficult to determine the total value of the transaction.