Vauxhall’s next Agila small car will be a wholly GM developed car, according to head of sales and marketing Alain Visser.
Speaking at Geneva to Automotive News Europe, Visser confirmed that the deal that sees the Agila and it’s twin, the Suzuki Splash built at Suzuki’s Hungarian factory is due to expire soon, and that the follow-up, will be developed without collaboration from the Japanese manufacturer.
And with Suzuki Motor Corp selling a 20 per cent stake to Volkswagen AG late last year, continuing co-operation between Suzuki and Vauxhall looked unlikely to continue long-term. “Suzuki has different plans now’ said Visser, ‘We will continue to work with Suzuki on the current Agila, we have not dropped the Agila in our future product plan.”
Vauxhall/Opel clearly feel there is a good market for the little MPV with almost 60,000 Agilas sold in 2009. Visser gave no firm details on the new car, but did say “You will have a modern, sporty three-door Corsa, you have a more family oriented five- door Corsa, you have a fashion mini(car), a practical low-priced city car Agila. That’s the kind of portfolio we are looking at.”