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Details about the restructuring of Opel under the leadership of the PSA Group, owner of the Peugeot, Citroen and DS brands, have leaked ahead of their official announcement.

According to the Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung, Opel’s Russelsheim technical centre will become a key research hub for the French-German automaker, and will focus on developing partial or full electrification solutions for all of PSA’s platforms.

As we already knew, models in Opel’s range will be shifted on to PSA platforms as they come up for renewal. Vehicles built on GM’s platforms incur a licensing fee and, it’s believed, cannot be sold outside of Opel’s exisiting sales territories.

The report claims Opel will tap into “new markets”, some of which were formally marked as taboo by its former parent company. Although the newspaper doesn’t name any potential expansion countries, it’s likely PSA is looking to bring Opel to China, a market in which its former sister brand Buick has a very strong presence.
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