Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Opel presents new Corsa-e Rally at German Rally Championship finale

  • Brand cup: introduction of ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup to DRM participants
  • Presentation: Opel Corsa-e Rally at ADAC 3-Städte Rallye on October 18-19
  • Development: test phase of Opel’s new electric racing car has begun

Opel Corsa-e Rally

Development of the Opel Corsa-e Rally has begun as planned. New electric racing car powered by a 50 kWh battery is currently undergoing numerous endurance and performance tests at the Test Center in Dudenhofen. This will ensure that the 136hp Corsa-e Rally with 260 Nm of torque meets the high standards of the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup. The debut of the world's first rally brand cup for electric cars is scheduled for late summer 2020. The first Cup season will include at least eight events over the year into 2021, primarily within the framework of the German Rally Championship (DRM). The final schedule is planned to be announced at the Essen Motor Show (November 30 – December 8, 2019).

Opel Corsa-e Rally will already be presented to participants and media representatives next weekend (October 18-19) at the 2019 DRM season finale, the ADAC 3-Städte Rallye around Freyung in Lower Bavaria. Presentation of the ADAC Opel e-Rally Cup and the associated Opel and ADAC joint promotion concept is scheduled for Friday at 1 p.m. for the teams and at 2 p.m. for media representatives. Electric racing car will be on display in the Freyung service area on both rally days. Opel Motorsport Director Jörg Schrott will be on site and available to answer any questions from interested parties and journalists.

“Until now the German rally scene was able to read about the Opel Corsa-e Rally and admire the vehicle for the first time at the official world premiere at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt – and now we are pleased to present our show car to the rally teams at the DRM season finale. Some potential participants, some of them from abroad, will travel to the ADAC 3-Städte Rallye specifically to see the vehicle and learn more about our forward-looking concept on site. We're looking forward to the contact and interaction with the teams,“ says Jörg Schrott.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller Awarded “MANBEST 2019” by the AUTOBEST Jury

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller with New Opel Corsa-e

Next honour for Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller: After already winning the “Eurostar 2019” award presented by industry magazine Automotive News Europe, Lohscheller has now been recognized by the renowned AUTOBEST jury and named “MANBEST 2019”.

“This award is obviously a great honour for me personally, but I would like to dedicate it to our entire team. Opel’s comeback story since becoming part of Groupe PSA would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of each and every Opel employee. We can once again be proud of our brand and proud of what we have achieved as a team. And I promise that together we will ensure that the Opel Blitz continues to shine,” said Michael Lohscheller.

“In a time when Opel was searching for the path to success, Michael Lohscheller was the right man, at the right time, with the right vision and strategy to push the German carmaker into a new era of success. Michael Lohscheller is the first European CEO of Opel who has successfully driven the company to profit after almost two decades,” said AUTOBEST Chairman Dan Vardie.

Following the takeover of Opel by Groupe PSA in the summer of 2017, the management team led by Michael Lohscheller developed a comprehensive restructuring plan called PACE!. Overarching goals: with PACE! Opel will become sustainably profitable, global and electric. Consistent implementation of this plan under Lohscheller has seen Opel register a recurring operating income of €859 million in 2018 – the highest operating profit in the 157-year company history after nearly 20 years of losses. In the first half of 2019, Opel was able to further improve its results and achieved an operating income of €700 million in a difficult environment for the entire industry.

“MANBEST” award, which was introduced to recognize the leading automotive managers has been presented by AUTOBEST since 2001. AUTOBEST jury members represent 31 European countries, making it the largest independent motoring jury in the world in terms of the number of represented countries.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Production of All-New Opel Corsa Starts in Zaragoza

  • Sixth generation of the bestseller is even more modern, efficient, dynamic and attractive
  • Opel goes electric: Battery electric Opel Corsa-e to follow in early 2020

All-New Opel Corsa: Groupe PSA Chairman of Managing Board Carlos Tavares, King Felipe VI of Spain, Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller

Sixth generation of the Opel Corsa is now rolling off the production line at the Spanish Groupe PSA plant in Zaragoza: King Felipe VI of Spain, Groupe PSA Chairman of the Managing Board Carlos Tavares and Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller kicked off serial production of the Opel bestseller at a ceremony with employees and invited guests on Monday.

New Opel Corsa is now rolling off the production line at the Spanish Groupe PSA plant in Zaragoza

Sixth generation of the small car is even more modern, efficient, dynamic and attractive than its predecessors. All-New Opel Corsa is one of the most aerodynamic models in its class and considerably lighter than its predecessor. Weight reduction matches the overall sporty impression – the lightest Opel Corsa stays below the 1,000 kilogramme mark. In addition, there are highly efficient engines with lower fuel consumption and CO2 values than the best of the previous generation.

“Corsa is not only one of the most successful models in recent history with sales of around 14 million units in the last 37 years but also a milestone in our electrification offensive. As of early 2020, we will also build the Corsa-e in Zaragoza. Corsa-e will be the first fully electric Opel “made in Europe”. This is a very clear sign that we are bring the future to the Zaragoza plant with the new Corsa – and that Opel goes electric,” said Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller.

Opel Corsa-e, which comes with an output of 100 kW (136 hp) and an electric range of 330 kilometres (WLTP)1, makes electric mobility accessible to everyone. Together with the Opel Grandland X Hybrid4, the Corsa-e will sound in the electric era at Opel. Brand with the “Blitz” will offer an electric version of every model in its portfolio in 2024 already.