Opel to build next Zafira at PSA plant in Sochaux, France

Article by Anita Panait, on September 26, 2013

Opel will build the next generation Zafira minivan at PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's plant in Sochaux, France, Les Echos has reported. Opel is currently producing the Zafira at its Bochum site in Germany, which is set to be shut down by the end of 2014. Zafira’s production at Sochaux is part of an agreement inked in early 2012 between Opel and PSA, according to the French newspaper, citing unidentified sources privy to the matter.

General Motors invested EUR320 million ($418 million) in 2012 to acquire a 7 percent stake in PSA as part of an alliance that entails joint purchasing and vehicle development aimed at improving their results in Europe.

Les Echos added that the agreement could also entail Opel’s Zaragoza site in Spain building Citroen’s C3 Picasso small minivan. The site currently builds the Meriva small minivan, Corsa subcompact and Mokka small SUV.

Providing an ideal mix of functionality and comfortability, the all-new Opel Zafira Tourer carries on the Insignia values to the monocab segment - elite characters, ingenious innovations, sculptural and dynamic design. Opel set up the seven-seat compact van segment in 1999. With a widely re-modelled Flex7 seating system, the all-new Zafira Tourer now sets pioneering standards in interior versatility and atmosphere.

However, the third-generation Zafira's ingenuity go well past this recently made, adjustable seating configuration. The Opel Zafira Tourer in general exhibits a major stride forward and expresses new initiatives. It is the perfect versatile companion, not just for families. Its exquisite design, roomy lounge atmosphere, redesigned chassis and new advancements provide calm driving with optimal comfortability and safety.

The second generation of the Opel Eye front camera creates the basis for a range of cutting-edge assistance systems, and Opel is the first automaker to offer a compact van with adaptive, radar-based speed control.

The engine range on offer for the new Opel Zafira Tourer will at first comprise highly proficient diesel and gasoline engines with yield from 81 kW/110 hp to 121 kW/165 hp. Not long after the start of sales, a particularly low-consumption ecoFLEX model with a 2.0 CDTI common-rail turbo diesel and default Start/Stop technology will join the Zafira Tourer family. The Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX, brags one of the values in the compact monocab segment with only 119 g/km CO2. What's more, this comes with an energetic performance of 96 kW/130 hp and peak torque of 300 Newton meters.

Additionally offered is the distinct economical natural petrol variation of the all-new Zafira Tourer. The Opel Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG turbo ecoFLEX (110kW/150hp) will be available in early 2012.

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