Opel and Vauxhall confirmed that they will build a convertible based on the Astra compact car at the factory in Gliwice, Poland. The move is a part of the brand’s planned 11 billion Euro investments to renew its lineup over the next five years.
CEO of Opel/Vauxhall Nick Reilly said that convertible will end up giving the brands a more halo effect.
“The new Convertible will be based on Opel/Vauxhall’s compact vehicle architecture which is also the basis for the current Astra, the Astra SportsTourer and the upcoming Astra GTC,” Opel said in a statement. “It will hit the market in 2013 – the same year that Opel/Vauxhall will also launch its chic and stylish small car meeting the growing demand for vehicles in line with a young and urban lifestyle.”
Opel said that the name, pricing and equipment for the convertible will be announced at a later date.
“The new Convertible will be a great addition to our product lineup,” said Opel/Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly. “It follows the long-standing tradition of highly emotional and legendary Opel/Vauxhall Cabrios that provided important halo effects on our brand. With its sleek and elegant design, our new Convertible will fully deliver on that same promise.”
The model will compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Gold Cabriolet, which will debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.
– By: Omar Rana