Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

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    Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

    Next-Gen Peugeot Partner, Citroën Berlingo & Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018
    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:34 am | Posted by Dan Mihalascu

    PSA Peugeot Citroën and General Motors have announced that their next-generation small light commercial vehicles (B-LCV) will be built at the French automaker’s plant in Vigo, Spain.

    As part of their existing alliance agreement, the small vans will share a common platform, PSA’s latest LCV architecture. The vehicles will replace the Citroën Berlingo, Peugeot Partner and Opel/Vauxhall Combo, with the first units to arrive on the market in 2018.

    Despite using the same platform, the vans “will be differentiated and consistent with their respective brand appearance,” the automakers say.

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    Re: Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

    The article says nothing about it, but you have to wonder if GM has spoken (or will speak) with their PSA partners about also producing/importing this product for the NAFTA region?

    We all know that GM is offering the "CityExpress" through their agreement with Nissan. I'd imagine that such an offering was/is only a temporary solution until a home-grown product is developed. Selling a version of the Combo (and the other Opel/Vauxhall vans) in North America as part of a larger-consolidated van portfolio makes a lot of sense.

    What's more, since PSA doesn't have a partner in the NAFTA region (unless you count their small car partnership with Toyota or their SUV/Crossover agreement with Mitsubishi), there won't be any legal ramifications if such a product were domestically sold/produced.
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    Re: Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

    I wonder if we'll be getting this as a Chevy? FCA is bringing over the Fiat Doblo as a Ram something-or-other, and Ford has the Transit Connect, so it would compete well in our market.
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    Why do all of the 'new' vans have to be scary ugly?

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    Re: Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by nadepalma View Post
    The article says nothing about it, but you have to wonder if GM has spoken (or will speak) with their PSA partners about also producing/importing this product for the NAFTA region?

    We all know that GM is offering the "CityExpress" through their agreement with Nissan. I'd imagine that such an offering was/is only a temporary solution until a home-grown product is developed. Selling a version of the Combo (and the other Opel/Vauxhall vans) in North America as part of a larger-consolidated van portfolio makes a lot of sense.

    What's more, since PSA doesn't have a partner in the NAFTA region (unless you count their small car partnership with Toyota or their SUV/Crossover agreement with Mitsubishi), there won't be any legal ramifications if such a product were domestically sold/produced.
    GM doesn't have any "home-grown" LCV product in Europe it's totally dependent on PSA, Renault and Nissan, some built by Opel/Vauxhall but only to PSA/Renault/Nissan designs.

    GM needs to man-up and design some LCVs and build them for North America and Europe - that's what the big global vehicle makers do!

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    Re: Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

    Still a PSA which means might not come to NA

    GM is missing on the Euro Vans.

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    Re: Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by minnfang View Post
    Why do all of the 'new' vans have to be scary ugly?
    Indeed - why can't they just be the nice square boxes they are? Big US vans always had box shapes.

    But indeed, nowadays, they all have to get all swoopy like they're trying to be sports cars (or sport sedans trying to look like sports cars). They wind up just looking weird.

    The first Ford Transit to come here had a nice simple box shape. Very pleasing little machine. Then they decided to make it look more like a car. Fail.

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    Re: Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

    Holden need this as well see lots of the old model combo every where.
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    Re: Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by Butz View Post
    Still a PSA which means might not come to NA

    GM is missing on the Euro Vans.
    IMHO the CHICKEN TAX has more to do with the Nissan VS PSA compact van as the Nissan is paid for by Nissan/NY taxi VS GM footing a bill for a NOT much better product

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    Re: Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

    At least the properties of a (current) Berlingo look better than those of a Fiat Doblo...






    Although Opel did a poor job "fixing" the nose to make it consistent to the Opel look. The Doblo looks better than the Combo. I hope the new PSA platform will look better.

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    Re: Next Opel/Vauxhall Combo to Arrive in 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    GM doesn't have any "home-grown" LCV product in Europe it's totally dependent on PSA, Renault and Nissan, some built by Opel/Vauxhall but only to PSA/Renault/Nissan designs.

    GM needs to man-up and design some LCVs and build them for North America and Europe - that's what the big global vehicle makers do!
    Agree.

    GM has yet to figure out that it is better off designing their own LCV products based on one of their own architectures since it reduces overall administrative and engineering costs and gives GM 100% control of where the products are marketed and how and as an added benefit gets 100% of the revenue generated by the LCV.

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