Opel/Vauxhall CEO, Mr Nick Reilly, says a new light hatch is the group's "top priority", while also suggesting that the brand will consider launching an electric vehicle in the not too distant future.

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Currently, Opel has no entry in Europe's fast-growing minicar segment (light hatch) to compete with cars such as the Ford Ka or Volkswagen's forthcoming Up.

Mr Reilly said there has been a structural change in customers' habits with more people downsizing to smaller cars.

“In my view Opel needs a mini in today's market, that will be our top priority,” said Mr Reilly.

The decision could see Opel's 2004 Geneva Motor Show concept, the Trixx 3+1 seater (pictured top), stage a comeback, but we may have to wait until 2012 to find out.

Mr Reilly also said Opel will look at introducing battery-powered electric cars in addition to the Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid, which will have a range-extending combustion engine.

The Ampera, a sister model of the Chevreolt Volt, will eventually be built in Europe but will initially be imported from the US when it goes on sale in 2011.

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Opel's smallest vehicle currently is the Agila, a small minivan which is built by Suzuki in Hungary with its platform sibling, the Suzuki Splash.