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Opel/Vauxhall News: Opel Says Goodbye To Adam EV Plans, Says Hello To OPC Plans?

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William Maley

Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

November 19, 2012

Opel has put a halt on plans of doing an electric version of the new Adam, citing sticker shock if it was to go on sale.

"It was a business decision. We could not charge the customer the price needed to make it work on the cost side," said Dieter Metz, chief engineer for the Adam.

Documents obtained by Automotive News Europe last year showed the company was cancelling it due to "excessively high additional investments.”

Automotive News Europe also reports that the Adam EV had reached the prototype stage with an Adam using components from the Chevrolet Spark EV.

In other Adam news, Evo magazine is reporting that Opel is considering an OPC version of the Adam to take on the Fiat 500 Abarth and MINI Cooper S.

Power would come from a 1.4L turbo four-cylinder mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. A source tells magazine that the horsepower rating could be around 180 HP. There will also be changes to the suspension, braking, and body.

If given the green light, the Adam OPC could be shown as a concept at the Geneva Motor Show next March with a production model following sometime in 2014.

Source: Automotive News Europe (Subscription Required), Evo Magazine

William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.


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Build it and they will come!

Ship the Adam OPC to the US and you will make millions if not billions.

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This is a sound decision since people are not stupid and do not want electrification, by and large.

I like the Adam. The OPC version sounds like great fun. Could be a Buick David.

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I like the Adam. The OPC version sounds like great fun. Could be a Buick David.

Buick David? Hmmm.... I see what you did there :P

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That Astra OPC is one slick package...it's too bad automakers don't sell 3dr hatchbacks in the US anymore.

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