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Fiat agrees to supply vehicles to Opel

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Milan — Fiat Group Automobiles SpA has agreed to supply the German automaker Adam Opel GmbH with at least 250,000 commercial vehicles beginning next year.

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.

The vehicles, including cargo vans, combis and passenger vehicles, will be supplied from December 2011 for sale by Vauxhall and Opel dealers in Europe and markets outside of North America.

Fiat, which controls the U.S. automaker Chrysler, aims to become a global car company able to produce 6 million vehicles a year by 2014. The Italian automaker's bid for Opel failed in 2009.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101129/AUTO01/11290370/Fiat-agrees-to-supply-vehicles-to-Opel#ixzz16ig3H3H

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FIAT TO SUPPLY COMMERCIAL VANS FOR OPEL

By Andrew Ganz

Although Fiat unsuccessfully tried to buy Opel last year from General Motors, the two brands have launched a new partnership that will see the Italian automaker supplying commercial vans to replace Opel’s Combo.

Fiat will supply at least 250,000 Doblo vans – rebadged as Opel Combos – beginning in 2011. The vans, which will be built at a Fiat-Koc Holding joint venture facility in Turkey, will be sold in most markets outside of North America as Opels.

Opel will receive both commercial vans and passenger-oriented models of the Doblo, a high-roof van that can be ordered with two wheelbases and a wide variety of gasoline and diesel engines. Opel engineers have already been dispatched to Turin, where they are involved in reshaping the Doblo for Opel buyers.

The announcement will significantly increase capacity over the 100,000 vans Fiat currently builds in Turkey. Fiat says it will deliver at least 6,000 Opel-badged vans in December of 2011 before entering full scale production in 2012; neither automaker has divulged annual production estimates after 2011.

The move is hardly the first time a General Motors subsidiary has collaborated with Fiat; GM – primarily through Opel and its former Saab division – was most recently active in developing the Alfa Romeo 159′s platform. At the time, GM intended to use the front-wheel-drive architecture for its own product, but subsequent financial woes put the project on hold.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/fiat-to-supply-commercial-vans-for-opel.html

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Fiat will build light vans for Opel

The next Opel/Vauxhall Combo will be based on the Fiat Doblo. Pictured is the current Combo.

Paul McVeigh November 30, 2010 06:01 CET

Fiat S.p.A. has signed a deal to supply General Motors Co.'s Opel/Vauxhall unit with at least 250,000 units of a new light van range.

The vehicles will succeed Opel's Combo model, which reaches the end of its lifecycle in the fourth quarter 2011, and will be built on Fiat's existing platform for its Doblo van.

The vans will be sold by Opel and Vauxhall dealers in Europe and other markets outside North America from 2012.

Opel said the Doblo-based vans will retain the Combo name and the range will include a number of derivatives, including cargo vans, passenger vehicles and chassis cabs.

Opel designers in Ruesselsheim, Germany, are involved in the development of the new models in cooperation with the Fiat's engineering and design Group in Turin, Italy.

The vans will be built alongside the Doblo at a plant Fiat jointly operates with Koc Holding under the Tofas venture in Bursa, Turkey.

The Combo is currently built at Opel's factory in Zaragoza, Spain, along with the Corsa and Meriva models.

The factory built 29,904 Combos last year, down from 56,934 in 2008, according to Opel data.

The deal to supply the Combo, the first of this kind between Fiat and Opel, is one of many accords global carmakers are signing to rationalize production in the face of diminishing demand in mature markets.

Under the terms of the deal, Fiat will start supplying 6,000 vehicles to Opel in December 2011 with a view to hiking production to "at least 250,000 units," Fiat said.

Fiat currently produces more than 100,000 Doblo vans a year at the Turkish plant.

Buoyant sales of light commercial vehicles were one of the drivers of forecast-beating third-quarter results at Fiat, which is Europe's sixth-largest carmaker.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101130/ANE/311299917/1193#ixzz16mTNdIPd

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Fiat and GM must be feeling a little déjà vu

November 30, 2010 - 12:01 am ET

Fiat's deal to supply General Motors's Opel/Vauxhall with at least 250,000 units of a new light van range has some interesting background that must have executives at both companies experiencing a little déjà vu.

The Opel/Vauxhall Combo replacement will be based on Fiat's Compact platform, which was originally called SCCS (short for Small Common Components and Systems) when Fiat and GM started co-developing it in Turin in 2002.

The platform, which was part of the former partners' strategic alliance, underpins the Fiat Grande Punto, launched in 2005, and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa that arrived in 2006.

In addition, about a year ago Fiat was bidding to take over Opel from a struggling GM, which decided to keep control of its European unit.

Fiat wanted control of Opel to boost its global scale and because it sought GM's more modern compact and mid-sized platforms.

With the deal announced this week, Opel gets a bigger, more flexible vehicle to replace its Corsa-based Combo. It gets the van quickly and will spend a fraction of what it would have cost to do the van alone.

Fiat wins by boosting output of its platform 25 percent to about 1.3 million units.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/article/20101130/BLOG12/311309978/1308#ixzz16mUf5tFn

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Fiat to Supply Opel with Commercial Vehicles Made in Turkey

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2010

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In this day and age, automakers are either buying each other up forming new groups or constantly deepening their cooperation with their counterparts. The Fiat Group, which recently acquired a 20% stake in Chrysler, is now expanding its commercial vehicle joint ventures to include GM's European Opel and Vauxhall units.

The Italian company, which has a joint venture for larger LCVs with the PSA Peugeot-Citroen Group, has signed a contract agreement with GM to supply vehicles comprising of several variants to Opel starting from December 2011. The new model will replace the German firm's Combo light commercial vehicle, keeping the same name. The range will include a number of derivatives, such as cargo vans, passenger vehicles and chassis cabs.

The new Opel Combo will be based on the same platform as the current Fiat Doblo models, with production to take place at Fiat's Tofas plant in Bursa, Turkey where the Doblo is manufactured. According to the announcement, the project calls for an initial supply of up to 6,000 vehicles in 2011, and gradually increase to at 250,000 units per year.

The new Combo will be sold by Vauxhall and Opel dealers in Europe and other markets outside of North America starting in January 2012.

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Fiat to supply Opel with a range of vans

by Noah Joseph (RSS feed) on Dec 2nd 2010 at 7:58AM

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Fiat and Opel have been dancing at arms length for years. The relationship looked like it could grow closer as a result of GM's recent downsizing, but the Italian automaker didn't end up acquiring the General's European operations in the end. The two automakers have, however, announced a new arrangement that will have Fiat supplying Opel and its British counterpart Vauxhall with rebadged versions of its Doblo van.

Not even taking into account impending platform-sharing with Chrysler, Fiat already produces a number of vehicles with or for other automakers, including commercial vans with PSA Peugeot-Citroën and the compact SX4/Sedici with Suzuki.

The Opel vans will be produced at Fiat's Tofas plant in Turkey, with several derivatives planned, including chassis cabs, cargo vans and passenger vehicles. They'll be sold in Europe and overseas markets (but not in North America), replacing the Opel Combo that itself was based on a Fiat platform that underpins the Corsa.

[source: Fiat]

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FIAT AND OPEL SIGN AGREEMENTS FOR SUPPLY OF VEHICLES

* Supply of Fiat's Doblò derivatives

* Successor to the Opel / Vauxhall Combo

* Produced at Tofas in Turkey

* Production in excess of 250,000 units to start in 2011

Turin/Rüsselsheim: The automobile sector of the Fiat Group (Fiat Group Automobiles SpA, Turin, Italy), and Adam Opel GmbH, (Rüsselsheim, Germany), have concluded negotiations and signed a contract whereby Fiat will supply vehicles comprising several variants to Opel, commencing December 2011.

The vehicles, based on the same platform as the Fiat Doblò, will be produced at the Tofas plant in Bursa, Turkey, where the Doblò is manufactured, and will be sold progressively by Vauxhall and Opel dealers in Europe and other markets outside NAFTA from January 2012. The model will replace the Opel Combo Light Commercial Vehicle.

Opel and Vauxhall will retain the Combo name for this new vehicle range, which will include a number of derivatives including Cargo vans, Combis, passenger vehicles and chassis cabs. The Opel / Vauxhall design team in Rüsselsheim is actively involved in the development of the new models with Fiat Group Automobiles' Engineering and Design Group in Turin.

The project calls for an initial supply of up to 6,000 vehicles in 2011. The programme is planned to cover the supply of at least 250,000 units, which will extend the total life-time production of this vehicle platform in Tofas to 1.3 million units.

Tofas is a joint venture between Fiat Group Automobiles and Koc Holding of Turkey and was established in 1968.

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http://www.autoblog.com/2010/12/02/fiat-to-supply-opel-with-a-range-of-vans/

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