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PSA Factory in France Adds Opel Mini-SUV


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PSA Group says its assembly plant in Poissy, France, will add a next-generation Opel/Vauxhall-branded mini-crossover model later this year.

Local media reports suggest the B-segment vehicle will be the next-generation version of the Opel Mokka X currently built in Zaragoza, Spain. That car rides on the Gamma II platform developed by General Motors Co., which sold Opel to PSA in 2017.

The French-built successor model will use PSA’s new CMP (common modular platform) chassis, which is designed to accommodate both piston and electric powertrains. The CMP is debuting now with the launch of PSA’s DS 3 Crossback, a small crossover offered with a choice of either propulsion system. The four-door Crossback is replacing the three-door DS 3 hatchback.

The 81-year-old Poissy plant also makes the Peugeot 208 supermini. Last year the facility produced 175,000 cars. The CMP platform will enable the factory to build piston- and battery-powered vehicles on the same line, according to the company.

PSA aims to offer an electrified version of all new models beginning this year. It expects to offer plug-in or all-electric versions of all models by 2025.

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