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.