Opel Trixx supermini concept
Information often leaks out in bits and pieces. Yeah, we'd rather have it all thrown at us at once, but it usually doesn't work that way. In the case of Opel/Vauxhall's all-new city car, the reports have trickled in and each one draws us a bit closer to understanding what's in the works, but with only a hint here, and another there, the whole picture still hasn't come into view.
Here's what we know about Opel/Vauxhall's city car: the vehicle, smaller than the company's subcompact Corsa, will hit the market in 2013. Opel will target the premium end of the city car segment and compares its upcoming vehicle to the Ford Ka, Volkswagen Up, Fiat 500, Mini Cooper and others that hang in the supermini segment's high end. There's also a rumor circulating around that suggests a battery-powered version of Opel's city car.
Now, here's the latest that has trickled in: General Motors of Europe will invest 90 million euro ($126.5 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) into Opel's Eisenach plant. The updates to the facility will allow Opel to crank out 90,000 city cars per year beginning in 2013. Opel chief executive officer, Nick Reilly, outlined of the importance of GM's investment:
Here's hoping that the next time we update Opel's city car plans, everything will be revealed. Sure, that's wishful thinking, but stick with us anyway for the next bit of info that trickles in.Our 90 million euro investment in the Eisenach plant will significantly strengthen its role within our European manufacturing network, and will offer customers a brand-new model with innovative technology and exciting design.