The imminent launch of the all-new Opel Corsa comes with the news the Opel brand is now incorporated into the Peugeot Citroen South Africa (PCSA) stable.
The Opel brand has won the South African Car of the year title four times since 1991.
“Of course, we are very excited to be distributing Opel vehicles,” says Leslie Ramsoomar, Managing Director of Peugeot Citroën South Africa. “The brand has a large following locally and the future product line up is very exciting, with four product launches or updates planned for this year”.
PCSA, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stellantis, currently distribute Peugeot vehicles and since October 2019 Citroën vehicles as well. Opel becomes the third Stellantis brand to be distributed by PCSA.
“It is a natural progression, as the three brands complement each other, each appealing to a specific customer profile” says Ramsoomar. “In addition, it allows our multi-brand dealers to have a single point of contact with the OEM”.
PCSA is clear in its approach to the Opel Brand, assuring dealers and customers, the impact to them should be minimal, with no immediate changes planned to the existing dealer network and customers will still have access to the same service points as they previously did.
“One of our focus areas for this year is training, with an emphasis on quality and customer service, working with the existing dealer network.”
The sixth generation Opel Corsa, which will be available at Opel dealerships across South Africa soon,
has been named Company Car of the Year, and most recently, it received the Connected Car Award from the Auto Bild Group.
It launches locally as a single derivative with a 3-Cylinder 1,2-litre petrol engine, generating 55 kW and, compared to the outgoing model, is 10% lighter, translating into a curb weight of 980 kilograms for this five-door model in its lightest form.
The new Corsa is 4,06 meters long, with boot capacity of 309 litres, an increase on the outgoing model of 10%.
The new Corsa Edition will cost R289 900 and will be simply the first derivative launched this year, with further versions planned for the first quarter this year.