By the start of the new decade, customers won't be able to buy a new Opel Adam. Opel Karl and Opel Cascada won't also be available. This is because Opel will stop selling the Adam and Karl city cars as well as the Cascada compact convertible starting 2020 as the carmaker shifts its focus and comply with future emissions regulations.
According to Opel, it will not replace the current iterations of the Adam, Karl and Cascada when they reach the end of their life cycles. However, the Adam, Karl and Cascada will still be sold until the end of 2019. That gives customers planning to acquire any of these to-be-ditched models more than a year to make their plans a reality. Opel said the decision was meant to help the carmaker comply with future carbon dioxide emissions guidelines and to help it shift its focus to high volume segments.
This decision to discontinue the Adam, Karl and Cascada forms part of greater scheme at Opel -- the PACE! Plan. This PACE! Plan is essentially a new product offensive meant to meet the needs of customers while ensuring compliance with the stiff carbon dioxide guidelines that will take effect in 2020.
As part of the PACE! Plan, Opel will release eight all-new or refreshed models that compete in high-volume and profitable segments from early 2019 to the end of 2020. The PACE! Plan entails Opel to offer at least one all-new model onto the automotive market every year. For instance, Opel will commence sales of the next generation of the Opel Corsa as well as the successor models to the Vivaro as light commercial vehicles and passenger cars in 2019. Furthermore in the same year, the carmaker will commence sales of the new variants and equipment versions of the Combo.
In 2020, Opel will be bringing to the market the successor model to the Opel Mokka X, which will play an crucial role in the carmaker’s plans to further increase the proportion of the its SUV sales from the current 25 percent to 40 percent by 2021.
Also part of the PACE! Plan was the “Opel goes electric” commitment. In the summer of 2019, Opel will open the order books for the Corsa all-electric five-seater and the Grandland X PHEV. Opel expects to have four electrified models by the end of 2020 as well as an electrified version of every Opel model by 2024.
Opel chief executive Michael Lohscheller remarked that the carmaker will offer fun to drive and emotionally designed models that will allow customers to take advantage of the broad introduction of innovative technologies and affordable electrification.