Following General Motors’ €1.3-billion sale of the Opel and Vauxhall brands to French automaker PSA Groupe, the next-generation Opel Corsa subcompact will be underpinned by PSA – not GM – technology when it launches.
Opel had previously said that its next Corsa, which is expected to launch sometime in 2019, would be based on GM tech. However, Reuters reports that German outlet Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz broke the news today in its online edition that Opel has decided to use Peugot tech instead, in order to allow for higher sales margins.
The new, sixth-generation Opel Corsa will be built at the marque’s Saragossa (Zaragoza) plant in Spain – Opel’s largest manufacturing facility, where the current, fifth-generation model is built. It will be Opel’s fourth joint project with PSA Groupe, after the forthcoming Crossland X subcompact CUV, Grandland X compact CUV, and the replacement for its aging Combo (D) van.
The Opel Corsa has been produced in Saragossa, Spain since the launch of the first-generation model in 1982. In the UK, it’s sold under the Vauxhall brand.