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Kez Casey | Mar, 17 2017 | 0 Comments

Notwithstanding its sale to the French PSA Group, German brand Opel is pressing-on with plans for more electric cars and a brand-defining large SUV.

According to Automotive News Europe, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann – who is to remain in the top job – confirmed more EVs are under development to join the company’s existing Ampera-e (based on the Chevrolet Bolt).

Further, Mr Neumann said Opel’s planned new product onslaught will continue with seven new models scheduled for launch, including the touted SUV which is planned to sit alongside the Insignia (the vehicle which will be sold locally as the all-new Holden Commodore) as the company’s flagship models.

The Opel Insignia in Holden Commodore guise
The Opel Insignia in Holden Commodore guise

Moving forwards, Opel vehicles will share platforms with PSA products but will be designed and developed in Germany. Mr Neumann said the switch to PSA platforms will take some years.

Opel’s large seven-seat SUV was announced in late 2014 by General Motor’s chief Mary Barra as she revealed a multi-million dollar investment in the Russelsheim, Germany plant to cater for both it and the all-new Insignia.

Speculation has the car debuting a sporty coupe-like body – designed under the auspices of GM styling chief Mark Adams – and riding on a new version of GM’s Epsilon 2 platform (also used for some Cadillac and Chevrolet models) which is 136kgs lighter and is stretched to provide a wheelbase of 2.83-metres.

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