The new-gen model to be integrated in Germany alongside the Insignia and will be based upon the PSA Group’s EMP2 platform.
Opel has revealed the next-generation Astra little car will be built at its Rüsselsheim facility in Germany from 2021, also validating an electrified version.
Presently, the Astra is put together at Ellesmere Port in the UK, and Gliwice in Poland– the previous supplying Australia’s now-axed Holden Astra Sportwagon, and the latter the source of the Holden Astra hatchback which remains on sale.
The move suggests the Astra will be built alongside the bigger Insignia (offered here as the Holden Commodore) at the German facility, with a second factory set to produce the popular small car, though the company hasn’t verified where the additional website will be.
Opel also verified the new Astra will ride on the PSA Group’s ubiquitous EMP2 modular architecture, which underpins a series of models consisting of the Peugeot 308, 3008, 5008, and Citroen C5 Aircross, which will enable an “amazed variation”– though it’s unclear whether the new Astra will use fully-electric, hybridized versions, or both.
” This is a crucial step forward for the Rüsselsheim plant. This financial investment will permit operate in two shifts and protect the sustainable future of the Rüsselsheim plant,” stated Michael Lohscheller, CEO of Opel.
” This result shows the determination of all involved stakeholders to come to an outcome that works for all parties. Rüsselsheim will continue to play a crucial function in the industrial footprint of Groupe PSA.”
It’s not the first time the Astra has been integrated into Rüsselsheim, having formerly been produced at the German facility between 2009 and 2015 in its previous generation.
It’s uncertain how this statement impacts local versions of the Astra, given Opel has just recently been acquired by the PSA Group from General Motors (GM), Holden’s parent.
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