PARIS -- PSA Group will add production of an Opel small SUV in Poissy, France, the company said on Wednesday.
PSA did not say which Opel model the Poissy plant will get. Press reports said it will be the next version of the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka X.
In a statement PSA said only that the vehicle will be built on the group's CMP platform and have an electric drivetrain option. A PSA spokeswoman said that the name of the model would be revealed at a later date.
The factory at Poissy, outside of Paris, dates from 1938 and has recently started up a new assembly line to produce vehicles with the group's multi-energy CMP platform, starting with internal combustion and electric versions of the DS 3 Crossback.
All new PSA Group vehicles starting this year will have electric or electrified versions, with the goal of a fully electrified lineup by 2025.
The existing version of the Mokka X was developed by Opel when the brand was owned by General Motors. It is built in Opel's factory in Zaragoza, Spain, after some of production was shifted in 2013 from Bupyeong, South Korea in response to strong European demand. The SUV shares GM's Gamma II platform with the Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore.
The new Mokka X was due to be developed as part of a joint engineering effort between PSA and General Motors, but PSA's purchase of Opel/Vauxhall from GM in 2017 left development temporarily in limbo before it resumed on a PSA platform. The new Mokka X is scheduled to be launched next year.
Opel said in 2017 that the next-generation Mokka would be built in Eisenach, Germany, but the PSA spokeswoman said that plan was based the model being built on GM technology and has been abandoned. PSA has since allocated Grandland X production to Eisenach, starting this year.
So it begins French assembled Opels, Carlos Tavares CEO has already disposed of most of the very expensive labor costs in Germany, and now the new SUV will get assembled in France rather than Germany in the future. French PSA Citroen/Peugeot plants are run half the running costs of an German plant my only question is that l have been asking on here for years on here a long time before GM sold off Opel is why did GM not move all thier expensive production & design centre out of Germany 2 decades ago even maybe to the USA like Apple do have which would have been a USA Design centre excellence knowledge base for Buick now. PSA genuinely look like they will now make Opel profitable in the future they will be move onto French designed platforms, use rebadged Citroen/Peugeot PSA cars the new 7 seat highly practical Opel Combi Life that is one of most roomy Opel small cars in ages, not a typical cramped Opel designs where aerodynamics domineered destroyed sales Opel market share and made some cars unpractical like the Opel Insignia a two seater car uncapable of carrying 4 tall adult in any comfort the Insignia certainly is not helping General Motors Holden brand out at the moment more like destroying it.
Why could GM not have done what Carlos Tavares has done at PSA today a couple of decades ago by not moving this SUV not to expensive Germany as GM was planning to with it, instead move it out of expensive German like PSA have done move it to France (Some where even cheaper in Europe not France) and cut the yearly labor/operating cost in half by 50%, Ford of Europe are now facing the same problem the sky high labor costs at it's German plant producing Fiesta/Focuses are crippling them at the moment just like when GM owned Opel the sad thing is just look at massive revenue Ford/Opel have in Europe is massive being eaten by expensive labor cost.
Carlos Tavares said a German Opel plants cost twice as much to assemble an Opel car than French PSA Citroen/Peugeout plant does in France, why did General Motors beancounters in Detroit not spot this decades ago? I can see this change of move of the new SUV that was destined under GM to be assembled in Germany is now going to be assembled in France instead as the first big sign that Opel will be very profitable under PSA, why could GM not have done all this decades they seemed totally domineered by what the Germans wanted.