Opel vows SA future after GM pull-out

  • Brand to expand and strengthen its portfolio
  • Crossland X soon, Grandland X early 2018
  • Dedicated distributor Williams Hunt from  2018
NEW OPELS ON WAY TO SA: Bill Mott, Opel’s international sales director, reveals that the Opel Crossland X (pictured) will come to South Africa. Image: Opel / Quickpic.
NEW OPELS ON WAY TO SA: Bill Mott, Opel’s international sales director, reveals that the Opel Crossland X (pictured) will come to South Africa. Image: Opel / Quickpic.

JOHANNESBURG. Opel says it has cemented its commitment to South Africa with plans to strengthen the brand and grow its market here through a new distributor and fresh vehicles.

The Williams Hunt group will be the dedicated distributor for Opel products in South Africa from January 2018. It’s been a major Opel partner in SA for many years with about 20% of overall sales.

Bill Mott, Opel’s international sales director,
GOOD NEWS GUY: Bill Mott, Opel’s international sales director, brings good news to SA Opel owners. Image: Opel / Quickpic

The German brand will launch the Opel Crossland X in the second half of 2017, the Opel Grandland X in 2018, and says Opel customers can expect more German-engineered vehicles thereafter.

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Opel has been in the SA auto market since the 1930’s. Its current range includes the Adam, Corsa, Astra and Mokka.

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Bill Mott, Opel’s director of international sales, told The Corner in a media release: “Opel has had great success in South Africa. The Opel Astra won the 2017 South African Car of the Year title.

“Customers can expect the same quality of post-sales support and no change to existing warranties as we continue to grow in the South African market.”

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This year (2017), the news release added, would be the most active year in the brand’s history through a “7 in 17” model offensive – said to be more than any previous year.

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It also claimed that, through 2015/16, Opel sales in South Africa grew 9.6% against an overall market decline of 15.5%.

Mott again: “We view South Africa as an important market. We are confident the brand will continue to grow globally on the solid foundation built through more than 80 years.”

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