“In my view Opel needs a mini in today's market, that will be our top priority,” Nick Reilly, CEO of Opel, said on a conference call to reporters this weekend. He continued by saying that Opel is actively looking at introducing a battery-powered electric car to compliment the Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid. For those of you who haven’t followed the cross marketing and production of the GM family of vehicles, the Opel Ampera is the European version of the Chevrolet Volt. Ironically, the Ampera will be made in the U.S. and imported to Europe when it hits the market in 2011, but we are told eventually it will be made in Europe.
Wearing Opel's Flextreme-based brand identity, the seven-seater offers a fresh face to family transport
Bottom line—Magna International Inc., has been reported by Automotive News to be planning to introduce a minicar to the Opel product line for 2012. Even better, it might have a sister model with an electric powertrain.