Next-generation Opel Mokka will be produced in Europe rather than in Korea

Article by Christian A., on March 22, 2013

Opel will produce the next generation of its Mokka subcompact crossover in Europe rather than in Korea where the existing model is built, Thomas Sedran, Opel's strategy chief, confirmed. He said that Opel is presently assessing if other models may be assembled in Europe and Korea. Its considerations include the Korea-made Antara medium SUV and Europe-made Agila small minivan.

So far, the company hasn’t decided on the locations yet. He also pointed out the opportunities for rebadged Opel models to be built in China.

He said that Opel is studying a plan to offer the Cascada mid-sized convertible under parent General Motors' Buick brand. The convertible was introduced at the recently held Geneva auto show.

It’s possible that the Cascada will help fill a gap in the Buick portfolio as a Riviera replacement.

Already, the U.S. automaker has rebadged the European brand's mid-sized Insignia sedan as the Buick Regal and the Astra compact and Mokka as the Excelle and Encore respectively. Sedran pointed out the presence of a market for cars “Made in Germany” that could range from 30,000 to 40,000 units annually.

New Opel SUV represents the known brand strengths: driving energy, flexible for the everyday, and evocative design. The Mokka takes Opel's design ethos of mixing sculpting artistry with German meticulousness and expresses it through a compact SUV. The Mokka illustrates a strong character with sculptured and refines touches while keeping an athletic edge with strong body forms.

The prominent front grille, the protective covering around the bumpers and wheel arches are accentuated by Opel's signature blade on the side that flows up to the back. The Mokka's athletic and muscular shape is also emphasised with a higher clearance, so that it is also suited for gravel surfaces, along with its 1,540mm tread width.

Mokka interior is also genuine Opel. Sculpted design touches are seen in the brand’s signature wing-shaped instrument panel and in the sculpted door surfaces. Traditional Opel values like adaptability and practicality can also be seen: from the instrument panel’s twin glove compartment configuration, the tunnel console’s closed storage, to the recessed lower pockets in the front and rear doors. With up to 1,372 litres in load space and almost 19 storage areas, including front side pockets that can store 1.5 litre bottles, a family’s practical needs have clearly been considered.

So, the Mokka meets all every day requirements as well as those for weekend adventures. As a sub-compact SUV, it is just as comfortable in the city as it is in the suburbs. Research suggests the normal Mokka customer is middle-aged and very active so that leisure activities are central. Because of that, the Mokka comes with many extra options and exclusives like the Opel Eye front camera or the FlexFix bicycle carrier, perfect for anyone who wants to balance a busy daily life with play.

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