With the sale of Opel and Vauxhall to PSA Groupe, General Motors will rely on the French automaker to build a German car for export as an American Buick and Australian Holden. Globalization at its finest. However, following Opel’s latest future roadmap, released last week, PSA doesn’t plan on keeping the current Insignia around very long.
In fact, it has a lifespan of, at max, six years. PSA Groupe said it will accelerate the transition from GM architectures and all Opel vehicles will ride on the French automaker’s platforms by 2024 at the latest. The current Opel Insignia—North America’s Buick Regal Sportback and Australia’s Holden ZB Commodore—currently rides on GM’s E2 platform. Obviously, there’s no future for E2 at Opel. PSA will scale the brand’s current platforms from nine to just two for greater efficiency and synergies.
Opel, and parent company PSA, will supply the 2018 Regal and its variants for its lifecycle after GM moved production from Canada to Germany for the latest car. But, GM must have a future gameplan for the sedan and station wagon, aka, the Buick Regal TourX.
Either a replacement and development of the next car are already underway or the Regal could simply go away after Opel completes its shift from GM to PSA architecture.