Vauxhall on a roll

Vauxhall Adam - phased out next year
End of the line for Vauxhall Viva

THE future's looking brighter for Vauxhall under its new French owners with no fewer than eight all-new or refreshed models in the pipeline before the end of next year.

Many experts feared for the future of the company when the Peugeot-Citroen alliance - collectively called PSA - bought Vauxhall and sister company Opel from General Motors last year.

But now the company looks to be on a roll with new models already launched using PSA Group underpinnings and more on the way, including a brand new Corsa which will be built on the same platform as the Peugeot 208.

Several electric-powered and hybrid models are on the way too as Vauxhall takes advantage of PSA's expertise in alternative-fuel technologies.

"Vauxhall goes electric" was one of the commitments made by the company in November 2017 as part of its future strategy and next year will see the launch of an all-electric version of the new Corsa and a hybrid version of the Grandland X.

The company says that it will have four electrified models on offer by the end of 2020 and an electrified version of every Vauxhall model by 2024. The aim, says Vauxhall, is to "democratise electro-mobility" and to "transform e-car demand from niche to volume."

But there will be casualties as the company targets what it calls "high volume and profitable segments" of the new car market. The current Adam and Viva city cars are being axed, although they will remain on sale until the end of next year.

By the end of next year Vauxhall says it will be offering one of the newest portfolios of all volume manufacturers and it is committed to launching at least one all-new model every year for the foreseeable future.

As well as the new Corsa, next year will see the arrival of a successor to the successful British-built Vivaro in both van and passenger car variants while there will also be additional versions of the Combo van.

A successor to the hugely-popular Mokka X compact SUV will follow in 2020 and will play a pivotal role in Vauxhall's plan to expand the proportion of its SUV sales from 25 to 40 per cent by 2021.

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