A plug-in hybrid Astra might be produced in Russelsheim from 2021 on.
The popular European compact Opel Astra is still in the middle of its life cycle, but Opel/Vauxhall already is gearing up for the next generation (from 2021).
PSA Group recently announced that the model (currently produced in Ellesmere Port, UK and in Gliwice, Poland) will also be produced in two plants. One of them is confirmed to be Russelsheim, Germany, while the other one is expected to be Ellesmere Port, which however depends on the final terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
The new Opel/Vauxhall Astra to be based on the Groupe PSA EMP2 platform and according to the press release, Astra “to be a strong contributor to Opel brand electrification”.
PSA didn’t reveal more details, but an electrified Astra sounds like a plug-in hybrid, which maybe will get 13.2 kWh battery just like the Opel Grandland X Hybrid4.
“The Astra is traditionally one of Opel’s most popular models. The next generation, based on the Groupe PSA EMP2 platform, will also allow the production of an electrified version of the compact class bestseller in Rüsselsheim. The decision was made possible by further improvements of efficiency and competitiveness of the plant. The Opel flagship Insignia will continue to be manufactured in Rüsselsheim as well.”
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