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Opel developing next-gen petrol engines for all PSA brands

FiestaST

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Opel has announced that its Rüsselsheim Engineering Centre has taken on the global responsibility of developing the next generation of four-cylinder petrol engines for all PSA Group brands – itself, Peugeot, Citroën, DS Automobiles and Vauxhall.

The German automaker says the next generation of four-cylinder engines will be “optimised for operation in combination with electric motors” and will be used in the drivetrain of hybrid systems. Market introduction is scheduled for 2022.

Its engineers are developing the new generation of engines using the current PSA Group 1,6-litre four-cylinder PureTech units are a starting point. The new engines will be developed to meet the future emission standards of three major markets: China, Europe and North America.

Opel promises that the new power units (which will feature direct-injection, turbocharging and variable valve control) will be highly efficient and deliver low fuel consumption and low CO2 values.

“Rüsselsheim already had global responsibility for engine development when we were still part of General Motors. With the development of the new generation of four-cylinder petrol engines, we can exploit one of our key competencies. The economic direct-injection, in combination with hybrid technology, will consolidate the strong position of Groupe PSA in lowering CO2 emissions,” said Christian Müller, Opel’s managing director engineering.

In addition, the engineering team in Rüsselsheim will also lead the development of light commercial vehicles for the entire group.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/opel-developing-next-gen-petrol-engines-psa-brands/

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Good news for all, except VW, cause, you know.... German Prosecutors Fine Volkswagen €1 Billion
 

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I wonder whether PSA will reduce their diesel lineup?

Peugeot were always notable for their diesel engines as far as I know. But now they are no longer popular - thanks to VW of course.
 

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In a sense VW has given the automotive industry a few directions and trends. They make dodgy dual clutch transmissions, the industry develops better automatics. They cheat with diesels, the industry improves petrol engines and doubles up on their electric efforts. They make long lists of optional extras, the industry puts in more standard equipment in cars.

So it's good I'd say.
 

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Peugeot-based Opel Corsa confirmed for 2019

Opel has confirmed that it will introduce an all-new Corsa hatchback in 2019, and that (as had been expected) it will be based on new parent company PSA’s CMP architecture, which will also underpin the next Peugeot 208.

This forms part of the group’s strategy to gradually shift all Opel products over to Peugeot’s platforms, in order to save development and production costs, while also dodging royalties on technology developed when GM owned the German brand.

Opel’s Crossland X and Grandland X crossovers are already based on PSA platforms through a partnership that was formed before the French Firm bought Opel, and despite having a great deal in common beneath the skin, the Opel products still have their own distinctive styling.

This bodes well for the new Corsa retaining its own design personality, although its acclaimed 1-litre three-cylinder turbopetrol engine will almost certainly be replaced by PSA’s 1.2-litre PureTech equivalent, which is offered in normally aspirated and turbocharged guises.

Although not officially confirmed, it’s a given that Opel’s Astra and Insignia models will eventually be replaced by cars based around PSA’s weight-saving EMP2 platform that currently underpins Peugeot’s 308, 3008 and 508.

The flexible platform, according to PSA, allows each brand to personalise their cars to match the respective “brand character”.

“Hardware, software, the choice of modules, different set-ups, calibration – all this helps us create a brand-specific character for each and every car. It also permits us to safeguard and further develop the Opel DNA and make sure that an Opel drives like an Opel,” said Opel’s engineering head Christian Müller.

Opel to develop group’s new 4-cylinder engine

Furthermore, Opel will take responsibility for various PSA engineering projects.

This includes developing the next-generation ‘high-efficiency’ four-cylinder engine range that will be used across all PSA brands (Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall), it was announced at Opel's tech day in Rüsselsheim this week.

The engines, which will come on stream from 2022, will be used in conjunction with electric motors in future hybrid models, and will feature turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve control.

The new four-cylinder engines will exist alongside the Peugeot-developed PureTech three-cylinder units.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/peugeot-based-opel-corsa-confirmed-for-2019-15471926
 

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Vauxhall design concept hints at brand’s future styling

Image hints at a concept car, expected to be fully revealed later this year, that will represent Vauxhall’s future design direction

Vauxhall has shown the first glimpse of a design concept that will preview the design of its future models, centring around the Insignia.

The concept, which could be fully revealed at this year's Paris motor show but has been shown only in images so far, features the familiar, scythe-shaped daytime running lights that feature on the brand’s current models. This is the only design detail to have been revealed so far.

The car takes the form of a low-slung model, with a long bonnet that features a more pronounced central crease than the Insignia's and a shallow glass area that harks back to Opel sports cars of old. However, the concept is depicted under a sheet, so it’s not yet clear whether it's a two or four-door model.

A lesser focus on the grille in what design details can be seen suggests that the brand’s design will focus more upon EVs - confirmed by Vauxhall’s plan for the eCorsa in 2020. The Corsa is currently the UK's fifth-best-selling car, making it Vauxhall's and the PSA Group's best-seller.

The lights stretch almost the full width of the new concept's front, too, suggesting that Vauxhall will abandon the tall, central grille it currently uses and revert back to a wider grille – as seen on the Firenza also featured in the image – for its conventionally powered cars.

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller revealed that Vauxhall and its sister brand will still share designs in the future and that they are still “finding a new face right now”.

Despite the concept having the appearance of a sports car, Opel-Vauxhall does not have any immediate plans to launch a halo model, said Lohscheller. “They might become a little easier for us as part of a bigger group, but we would have to find intelligent solutions,” he said.

What the concept doesn't preview is a production version of the 2016 GT concept - a 144bhp, 1.0-litre-engined rival to the Mazda MX-5.

The PSA Group aims to return Opel-Vauxhall to profit by 2020, with an operating margin of 2%, and increase that to 6% by 2026.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/vauxhall-design-concept-hints-brand’s-future-styling

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so let me understand this,

PSA trying to beat ford with its ecoboost engine, that's the MOST efficient petrol engine ever made?
 

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Because they don't catch fire. Instead they just surrender to the heat and break down
I'd rather have that than go down a Ford blaze.

Seriously though, Opel has developed some pretty durable and widely used powertrains in the past under GM. They certainly have the know how and skill to produce a good 4 potter. Not that PSA has not done that with their brilliant 1.6t Prince engine (BMW used them), but seeing as they have Opel, might as well use them.
 

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I'd rather have that than go down a Ford blaze.

Seriously though, Opel has developed some pretty durable and widely used powertrains in the past under GM. They certainly have the know how and skill to produce a good 4 potter. Not that PSA has not done that with their brilliant 1.6t Prince engine (BMW used them), but seeing as they have Opel, might as well use them.
Agreed I love Opel but the french part worries me a little bit. But credit where credit is due PSA's 1.2L PureTech engine is an absolute gem of an engine. Would take that over that Ford 1.0L EcoBlaze unit any day of the week.
 

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Ambitious revival planned for Vauxhall-Opel under PSA

Radical overhaul aims to simplify tech make-up, return to profit and expand globally

Vauxhall-Opel has launched a massive, all-encompassing revival project aimed initially at “fixing Europe” and then launching itself into the world’s biggest export markets, first China and then possibly the US.

Carlos Tavares, CEO of the PSA Group that acquired Vauxhall-Opel last year, is convinced that despite a long history of unprofitability under former owner General Motors, the revived British-German concern can become “a true European champion”. Car customers’ appreciation for “German precision” will be used as a basis to build exports where PSA’s French marques might not do as well.

Under new plans announced in Rüsselsheim, Germany, Vauxhall-Opel will end links with GM by 2024, building every new model on one of two highly flexible PSA-derived platforms, CMP and EMP2.

It will offer an electrified (battery or plug-in hybrid) version of every Vauxhall-Opel model by 2024.

The electric initiative will start in 2020 with four models: a battery version of the newly launched 2019 Corsa; the Ampera-e; a Grandland X plug-in hybrid; and an electrified van. PSA’s new and extremely comprehensive development plan for Vauxhall-Opel – revealed last week by CEO Michael Lohscheller, engineering director Christian Müller and design chief Mark Adams – introduces a new suite of production efficiencies aimed at achieving a 2% operating margin by 2020 and a 6% margin, considered the industry standard, by 2026.

The R&D centre inside Vauxhall-Opel’s giant Rüsselsheim HQ will be expanded to become a centre of excellence for the whole PSA Group in 15 key areas – including seats, future petrol engines, hydrogen research and US legislative requirements – while keeping its status as the home of Vauxhall-Opel design.

Its petrol engine work will include designing a new generation of units, fully capable of hybridisation, for the whole PSA Group. It will also design forthcoming platforms for the whole group’s light commercial vehicles.

New platforms will save money:

The decision to use just two highly flexible platforms instead of a previous nine is one of the main drivers of future profitability, Vauxhall- Opel chiefs claim. Platforms and out-of-sight mechanical parts account for around 60% of a car’s material cost, and using either the CMP (small) or EMP2 (larger) platform from PSA will save between 20% and 50% in development cost compared with previous platforms.

Engineering bosses have revealed that the new Corsa is at the 50% end of the savings scale – clearly because of its under-skin relationship with baby Peugeots and Citroëns – although Vauxhall-Opel bosses insist the car will “be very much a market leader in design and quality”.

Engineers say the EMP2 platform can support saloon, hatchback, estate, van, coupé and convertible models, with four different track dimensions, five wheelbases, two cockpit architectures and two rear suspension designs on offer. It can also accommodate very large wheels, a previous limitation.

Simplified engine range with electrification:

Vauxhall-Opel says its main powertrain focus will be meeting emissions targets. With PSA (but independent of the group at the time), it made the decision last year to comply with new engine exhaust regulations earlier than required. It now claims 79 of its models already comply ahead of time with forthcoming EU6d TEMP regulations, the toughest standards yet.

In future, all Vauxhall-Opel models will use just four engine families instead of a previous 10. Rüsselsheim will take global responsibility for designing and developing the PSA Group’s four-cylinder engines in the future. (One senior engineer let slip that a 1.6-litre four is coming soon, fully hybridised like the rest.)

Opels and Vauxhalls will also make good use of PSA’s highly rated family of PureTech three-cylinder engines.

Through PSA, Vauxhall- Opel will have access to a new, electrified eight-speed dual- clutch transmission – plus an even newer (and extremely light) hybrid ’box, called DT2, with an integrated 48V motor inside its housing both to provide drive or to recover energy when coasting.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/ambitious-revival-planned-vauxhall-opel-under-psa
 

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Q&A: Michael Lohscheller, Opel CEO

Will Vauxhall and Opel models be identical in the future?

“Yes, because this system has worked well for about the past 40 years. Vauxhall is a huge market for us. The input of British buyers is vital.

And with Steve Norman, we have a very experienced guy in charge of Vauxhall. We make sure we hear the voice of the Vauxhall customer at every stage.”

How long will the relationship with GM, mainly Buick, continue?

“We still have a contractual relationship. We produce cars for them and we take cars from Korea. This will continue for maybe two or three years. But we’ve announced that all Opel and Vauxhall cars will have electrified versions by 2024. That should be a strong clue.”

How will you make the distinction between Opel and Vauxhall, and the models of other PSA brands – Peugeot, DS and Citroën –that use a lot of the same hardware?

“We are finding a new face right now. Today, we are talking engineering, but our very firm intention is to keep the Opel and Vauxhall brand values very separate and we are working on that right now. In three or four months, we will make our intentions very clear.”

You’re a full-line manufacturer. Do you intend to launch models in new segments, or kill any?

“We always explore new ideas, but for now we should concentrate on doing some of our existing cars as well as possible. A good example is the Combo [small van]. It’s a growing segment and electrification is going to play a huge role there. PSA is the market leader, but Vauxhall-Opel is tiny. We can do much better.”

What is your policy on sports cars?

“I love sports cars, but they are a challenge. Maybe they might become a little easier for us as part of a bigger group, but we would have to find intelligent solutions.”

You have a new plan to implement. When will you know if you have succeeded, and what will success look like?

“Success will be us making money; getting to a 6% operating margin as soon as possible. Success will also be becoming a global player. It is very important that we grow outside Europe. If I can fix Europe quickly, then I want to have electric Opels in China.”

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/qa-michael-lohscheller-opel-ceo
 
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