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Tony O'Kane | Feb, 14 2013 | 2 Comments

Opel's compact Mokka SUV is high on the company's local wishlist, Australian boss Bill Mott told TMR at this week's OPC launch event.

It was a sentiment backed up by Opel Australia Product Manager, Min-Sean Chew, who added that an entrant in the hugely popular SUV segment is a priority.

“The obvious choice is Mokka," Mr Chew said to TMR.

“It’s selling up a storm in Europe at the moment. There’s been roughly 80,000 Mokkas sold in Europe since it launched last year, so it’s obviously a great product."

“We definitely want it and we’re definitely looking at it, but I can’t confirm anything at this point.”

The Mokka is roughly comparable in size to a Skoda Yeti, available with an 85kW 1.6 litre petrol, 103kW 1.4 litre turbo petrol or a 96kW 1.7 litre turbo diesel, in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations.

The Mokka’s underpinnings are similar to those of the upcoming Holden Trax, but Bill Mott said that there was more than enough differentiation between the two cars to make the Mokka stand out against the Trax.

However, Mott said that the similarities between the Opel Ampera and Opel Antara with the Holden Volt and Holden Captiva 5 respectively meant that neither would be considered by Opel Australia.

Mott also expressed skepticism about whether Opel’s funky Adam city car would be viable in the Australian market.

“We are looking at it,” he said. “But I must say we’re looking at it a bit skeptically, because probably the biggest factor is the complexity of the car."

“You can personalise it to the -nth degree, and what it would mean for us is that the car is built in Germany, you have to give the order two months in advance and it’s a couple of months getting here."

“So it’s a long delay and it’s not a vehicle you could ever really sell from stock in a vehicle warehouse."

“We’re not saying no to it, but we need to think long and hard about how we make it work for us.”

One other thing the brand’s local subsidiary is considering is the importation of commercial vehicles like the Renault Trafic-based Opel Vivaro and Renault Master-based Opel Movano.

However Mott said that branching out into the light commercial vehicle market will have to wait for now, as Opel Australia focuses on building up its passenger car sales.

One thing is clear: along with this week's introduction of the OPC sports range, Opel's local range is set to grow.

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