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Opel Plans Small Electric Car, Along with Ampera Electric Hybrid

Electric car could be based on Corsa hatchback or Agila subcompact.

Published: 17-May-2011

Opel, General Motors Co.'s European unit, is planning to introduce a premium model above its top-of-the-range Insignia as well as an electric car smaller than its Ampera, Opel's new head told a German paper.

"The Opel brand can't content itself with the Insignia," Karl-Friedrich Stracke, head of Opel since April, was quoted saying in an interview with Welt am Sonntag.

The model would come to market in four to five years in a new crossover segment not directly competing with models offered by BMW AG, Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz or Volkswagen AG's Audi, Stracke added.

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