Zaragoza, Spain - Opel chief executive officer Michael Lohscheller has confirmed that the next-generation Corsa hatchback will include a pure electric model, as early as 2020, making it the first electric Opel to be built in Europe.

The new Corsa, which will be built on the Peugeot 208 platform, will be first to be rolled out under Groupe PSA ownership and will be made only at the Zaragoza plant in north-eastern Spain, starting in 2019. It will be one of four electrified models in the Opel lineup by 2020.

This had been made possible, said Lohscheller, by a new social framework agreement with the unions, signed at the end of January, that would make the plant more competitive and allow further investment at Zaragoza

More than 10 million Corsas have been made in Spain since production of this model began in 1982 at Zaragoza, which also builds the Opel Mokka X, the Opel Crossland X and the Citroën C3 Aircross.

This one huge plant produced no less than 876 672 cars in 2017.

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