From South Korea, development of the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Antara will be transferred to Opel's Ruesselsheim headquarters. Production of the compact SUV will also be moved to Germany.
In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Opel/Vauxhall sales and marketing boss Alain Visser said that the Antara’s successor, which will arrive in the market in 2014-2015, will be based on Opel’s global compact architecture for the first time.
He said that the technical development center in Ruesselsheim is tasked to develop the successor to make sure that the Antara successor will be “a very true Opel."
According to Opel union boss Klaus Franz, the automaker is considering moving the SUV's output to Germany from South Korea, where it is built by sister division GM Daewoo Auto & Technology Co. Franz said that like the Zafira, the next-generation Antara could be built in Bochum, as they use the same architecture.
Franz added that the company is studying which investment would be necessary and how high the potential sales volume in Europe would be.
Production in Bochum would be viable at 50,000 to 60,000 units a year. JATO Dynamics said that the current Antara shares GM's global compact crossover architecture with its sister model, the Chevrolet Captiva, which outpaced the Antara in Europe last year with 25,880 units sold to 9,147.