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Opel to swap Ampera-e for all-electric Corsa

It’s been six months since General Motors completed the sale of its Opel division in Europe to PSA Group, the French parent of the Citroen, DS and Peugeot brands, according to Green Car Reports.

With the sale came licenses to run out the model life of GM-designed vehicles sold as Opel (and Vauxhall in the UK) while PSA developed successors on its own underpinnings.

Source: Opel Media

Now the electric-car piece of that puzzle has come into clearer focus.

It appears that the Opel Ampera-e battery electric car, essentially a Chevrolet Bolt EV with a different nose and badges, will be replaced in 2020 by an all-electric version of the new generation of Opel Corsa, a B-segment hatchback.

That’s the word from industry trade journal Automotive News, which notes that it is one component of PSA’s plans to transition away from GM platforms and launch new models using architectures shared with Citroen and Peugeot models.

That car will launch in 2020, on year after the new generation of Corsa arrives at Opel dealers across Europe.

It will supplant the larger Ampera-e electric car, which launched last year to great enthusiasm in some markets but has since appeared to be in very limited supply, according to numerous complaints by interested buyers.

Just 1,971 units of the Opel Ampera-e were sold throughout Europe, according to JATO Dynamics.

Like the Bolt EV, all Opel Ampera-e electric cars are made at a General Motors assembly plant in Orion, Michigan, and imported into European markets.

Following conclusion of a new labour contract with its workers, the electric Corsa will be built alongside the rest of a new Corsa range to be consolidated into a former GM assembly plant in Zaragoza, Spain.

That plant was included in the 2.2 billion-euro sale of the Opel and Vauxhall brands, factories and financial operations to PSA, first announced in March 2017. GM had owned Opel since 1929 and Vauxhall since 1925.

The all-electric Corsa will be one of four plug-in hybrid or battery-electric Opel models by the end of 2020, the company said.

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