• Peugeot Citroen South Africa (PCSA) is the new distributor of Opel.
• The German brand will launch its latest Corsa in 2021.
• The small city car will compete in a tough segment.
Peugeot Citroen South Africa (PCSA) announced it will take over distribution of Opel vehicles in SA with the announcement of the long-awaited official launch of new Corsa.
The German brand has had a presence in the market since the 1930s.
"Of course, we are very excited to be distributing Opel vehicles," said Leslie Ramsoomar, Managing Director of Peugeot Citroen South Africa.
"The brand has a large following locally, and the future product line up is very exciting, with 4 product launches or updates planned for this year," Ramsoomar said.
PCSA, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stellantis, currently distributes Peugeot vehicles, and since October 2019 Citroen vehicles.
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" stated Ramsoomar. "In addition, it allows our multi-brand dealers to have a single point of contact with the OEM".
No immediate change to Opel's dealer network
PCSA have been very clear in their approach to the Opel Brand, assuring dealers and customers, that the impact to them should be minimal, with no immediate changes planned to the existing dealer network, customers can be assured that they 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" assured Ramsoomar," working with the existing dealer network".
New Corsa on the way
The new model with a three-cylinder - 1.2-litre petrol engine, generating 55kW. The cockpit design features a driver-oriented instrument panel say the company. The controls of the interior are laid out based on the principle of functional grouping and cognitive ergonomics,
Compared to the outgoing model, the new Corsa lost up to 10% of weight, translating into a curb weight of 980 kilograms for this five-door model in its lightest form. It is about 108kg less than the car it replaces, even though they are roughly the same size. The new Corsa is 4.06 meters long, with a boot capacity of 309 litres, increasing the outgoing model of 10%.
The new Corsa Edition will cost R289 900 and will be simply the first derivative launched this year, with different versions planned for the first quarter this year.