Minicar and electric-vehicle top priority at Opel, CEO says

Opel Trixx Concept

Opel’s new CEO Nick Reilly, says that a new minicar is a “top priority” at Opel and Vauxhall. He said that the European brand is also looking into launching an electric-vehicle. As of right now, Opel doesn’t have an entry into Europe’s fast-growing minicar segment to compete with vehicles such as the Ford Ka, reports Automotive News.

“In my view Opel needs a mini in today’s market, that will be our top priority,” Reilly said.

Reilly said that another electric-vehicle besides the Opel Ampera, which is based on the Chevrolet Volt, is also being considered. He said that the Ampera will originally be imported to Europe from the U.S. when its goes on sale in 2011; nonetheless, production will move to Europe in the future.

– By: Stephen Calogera