Thanks to the PSA takeover of the Opel/Vauxhall we already see some benefits in the form of technology developed by the French group that will find its way into the new Corsa. This was disclosed by a spokesperson for the Rüsselsheim-based company, but they didn’t reveal whether this takeover will rush the delivery date of this supermini, ahead of its 2019 debut. As you recall the Corsa F was announced in December last year which is about three months before the General Motors and PSA finalized their negotiations.
With new Corsa using the PSA hardware, it is suffice to say that Peugeot and Citroën will reap the benefits in the form of greater economy scales thanks to reduced manufacturing costs that on the other hand boost their profit. Since we are also talking about Peugeot it is fair to mention their new 208 which has already been spotted testing a few months ago, and it is a great opportunity for a heads up, meaning you should expect that the new Corsa and 208 are going to have a lot in common.
For its new Corsa, Opel has prepared a more detailed and in-depth facelift which will definitely be a whole lot better than the ongoing best-selling model. But this new collaboration will bring benefits in something else as well. The talks regarding the Crossland X and Grandland X (mostly based on the 2008 and 3008) have intensified, and an addition to this is the fact that the Opel’s Combo is more than obviously related to the Peugeot Partner, Citroën Berlingo, and the Fiat Doblo. If you recall, during GM’s era there were plans to announce the launch of these new workhorses riding on the PSA developed platform sometime in 2018, but since this new situation emerged, we will have to wait and see if the things will change now that PSA is in charge.
All of us believe that a possible future scenario will be that more and more future Opel/Vauxhall will use components from the PSA models in order to continue further optimization and reduction of expenses. This possibility has fans and enthusiasts of the brands divided with some saying that it is a good thing, while others suggest that it’s a bad and that Opel should engineer their own cars, but what exactly will come out of this only time will tell. It might also end up being a not huge of a deal for most potential customers. Why? Well, if you look at the VW and their MQB platform you will see that a lot of other models from multiple manufacturers rest upon the same platform and share a lot of same hardware. So, if the things turned out good for the VAG why shouldn’t it be the same for the PSA?