Fiat Group Automobiles SpA in Turin, Italy, and Adam Opel GmbH in Russelsheim, Germany have signed a contract whereby Fiat will supply several variants of its vehicles to Opel, commencing December 2011.
The vehicles, based on the Fiat Doblo platform, will be produced at the Tofas plant in Bursa, Turkey. It will be sold 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 continue to use the Combo name for the 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 Russelsheim 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 6000 vehicles in 2011. The program 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.