Opel is officially no longer a General Motors brand, and that means changes are inbound to the German brand’s future. On deck after only two days since the sale is the next generation, Opel Corsa F.
CarScoops reports the Corsa F, which was expected as a 2019 model, will now show face around 2020 as PSA Group, Opel’s new owner, switches the vehicle to a PSA platform. This will likely be the first vehicle to arrive under Opel’s new French ownership.
Opel already has two PSA-based products through a prior General Motors-PSA strategic alliance in the 2018 Opel Crossland X and the upcoming Grandland X, but PSA will continue to transition Opel’s entire lineup to PSA platforms, powertrains and technology with five more PSA-based Opels through 2023, according to the report.
Existing Opel models, all based on GM platforms and technology, will ride out their lifecycles, and in the meantime, may not be sold in new markets by PSA, per a non-compete agreement as part of the sale. That means we won’t see an Opel or PSA-based Opel hit the United States anytime soon, folks. The same goes for GM, which cannot introduce a new vehicle in the European market with similar technologies already underpinning its Opel products.
Opel will also continue to supply vehicles for Buick and Holden per the agreement, which means Holden’s imported Commodore and North America’s Buick Regal are safe for the immediate future.