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by Brett Davis

A range of new Opel models is in the pipeline according to Opel and Vauxhall CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke, who has expressed he wants the company to produce a new flagship luxury model, a crossover, and a new sports car.

The Opel Insignia, set to launch in Australia during the third quarter of this year, is currently the company’s flagship vehicle, and it has been highly praised by international media. Stracke says he wants to build on its success and offer something with a higher level of luxury.

Stracke spoke out about plans at a recent Frankfurt event, saying, “I believe we need a top of the line car to be positioned in the luxury segment. The Insignia car has done a great job of showing we can make premium-like products, but establishing ourselves properly in this territory will be a long journey”.

He also said it would be beneficial for the company to bring out an all-new crossover to take on the premium SUV segment, including rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and BMW X5.

Opel doesn’t currently offer any type of SUV or crossover in its international line-up, with the sub-compact Opel Mokka set to become the first later this year. It’s rumoured the new SUV model could be based on the Buick Enclave, using the GM Lambda platform.

A new sports car was also mentioned, with Stracke saying in a recent Autocar report the company could benefit from “possibly another roadster … a car with a deeper connection into the company than the Opel-Vauxhall VX220 and the Opel Speedster that came from the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky.”

Before anything is given the green light however, Stracke made it clear that plans would have to be assessed after it launches the new Ampera, Mokka, Astra convertible and Junior in 2013.




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