9.11.2017Vauxhall reveals electric plans
Vauxhall has announced a new strategy that focuses on electric models, which includes the news that the next-generation Corsa will be available as a pure-EV.
The plan comes after the PSA Group - previously consisting of Peugeot, Citroen, and DS Automobiles - completed the purchase of Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors earlier this year.
Named PACE!, the strategy states that Opel/Vauxhall is aiming for electrification and CO2 emissions leadership in the market, with all passenger car lines to be electrified by 2024.
By that date, all models will be available as a pure-electric or plug-in hybrid at the very least, and by 2020, the company will have four electrified models on the market, including the Grandland X PHEV revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and an all-electric next-generation Corsa.
A reduction in costs by 700 euros per car is aimed for by 2020, and greater inter-group research, development, manufacturing, and parts sharing is likely to see an increase in both profitability and new models coming to market sooner.
Opel/Vauxhall currently uses nine different platforms, but by 2024 it will have two modular architectures underpinning its model range. The number of powertrain ‘families’ will be reduced from the current ten to four too.
From 2024, all Opel/Vauxhall models will be built on PSA Group architectures as the current generation of vehicles reaches the end of their product lifespans. First to switch will be the Combo, though the Corsa is the next model after that, in 2019. The manufacturer will launch nine new models by 2020.
Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller, said: “PACE! will unleash our full potential. This plan is paramount for the company, to protect our employees against headwinds and turn Opel/Vauxhall into a sustainable, profitable, electrified, and global company.
“Our future will be secured and we will contribute with German excellence to the Groupe PSA development. The implementation has already started with all teams eager to achieve the objectives.”