Vauxhall will drop combustion altogether in 2028 and has promised to offer an electrified version of every model by 2024.
The commitment follows parent company Stellantis’ vow to go all-electric in Europe by 2026 and launch 75 new pure-electric models globally by 2030.
As part of the push, successors to the Vauxhall Crossland crossover and Vauxhall Insignia sedan will be purely electric, confirming that the brand will maintain an offering in these segments beyond the cars’ current life cycles.
Whether or not they will retain the names of the current combustion models remains to be seen.
It was also confirmed today that Vauxhall will bring the reborn Manta – an electric SUV set to rival the Toyota bZ4X – to the UK. The original Manta sports coupe from which it takes its name bore the Opel badge exclusively, but this development means that the new car will carry the British brand’s emblem in its home market. A spokesperson confirmed that it will sit alongside the Insignia successor, rather than replacing that model.
The Manta EV will arrive by 2025 and is expected to be one of the first cars to use Stellantis’ new STLA EV architecture, which will be available in four sizes and rolled out across the group’s global portfolio of 14 brands.
Vauxhall said the Manta is “emissions-free, versatile and a car to please heart and mind”. Other clues to its positioning are promises it will be “surprisingly spacious” and a “new take on a classic” that suggests it will take inspiration from its 1970s namesake.
Joining the Manta, Vauxhall Corsa-E, Mokka-E, Combo-E Life, Vivaro-E Life, Insignia successor and Crossland successor in Vauxhall’s battery electric passenger car range will be the new Vauxhall Astra- E from 2023, which Vauxhall has now confirmed will be available as a Sports Tourer station wagon, just like the combustion car.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-03 13:57:04