Based on a new agreement between Fiat Group Automobiles SpA and Adam Opel GmbH, the successor to the Opel/Vauxhall Combo model will be based on the Fiat Doblo, and will also be built by the Italian manufacturer. Fiat will supply vehicles comprising several variants to Opel/Vauxhall commencing December 2011. They will produce these cars at their Tofas plant in Bursa, Turkey.
According to Fiat, the Tofas-built vehicles will be badged as Opel and Vauxhall and sold from 2012 onwards on the markets in Europe and several others outside of NAFTA. The models built by Fiat for Opel will continue to wear the Combo designation and will be available in several body variants, including Cargo Vans, Combi, Passenger Vehicles and chassis Cabs.
Fiat said in a statement Monday that the vehicles based on the Fiat Doblo platform will replace the Opel Combo Light Commercial Vehicle. They will be produced at the Tofas plant in Bursa, Turkey, where the Doblo is made.
It will be sold in Europe and other markets except those in North America.
Deliveries in 2011 were put at 6,000 rising to at least 250,000 in time while Tofas will make 1.3 million of the vehicles.
- Supply of derivatives of Fiat’s Doblo model
- Successor to the Opel/Vauxhall Combo model
- Produced at Tofas in Turkey
- Production of more than 250,000 units to start in 2011
Turin/Russelsheim. The Automobile Sector of the Fiat Group (Fiat Group Automobiles SpA, Turin, Italy) and Adam Opel GmbH (R?sselsheim, Germany) have signed a contract agreement whereby Fiat will supply vehicles comprising of several variants to Opel commencing December 2011.
The model will replace the Opel Combo light commercial vehicle, which reaches the end of its lifecycle in the fourth quarter 2011. The new vehicles, based on the same platform as the Fiat Doblo models, will be produced at the Tofas plant in Bursa, Turkey where the Doblo is manufactured. They will be sold by Vauxhall and Opel dealers in Europe and other markets outside of North America starting in January 2012.
Opel and Vauxhall will retain the Combo name for this vehicle range which will include a number of derivatives, including cargo vans, passenger vehicles and chassis cabs. The Opel/Vauxhall design team in R?sselsheim, Germany is actively involved in the development of the new models and works in cooperation with the Fiat Group Automobiles’ Engineering and Design Group in Turin, Italy.
The project calls for an initial supply of up to 6,000 vehicles in 2011. The program is planned to cover the supply of at least 250,000 units. This will extend the total lifetime production of this vehicle platform in the Tofas plant to 1.3 million units. Tofas is a joint venture between Fiat Group Automobile and Koc Holding of Turkey and was established in 1968.