Vauxhall may have to source its cars from Korea if General Motors retains the brand after a possible sale of sister brand Opel.
The possibility of Opel becoming separated from GM leaves what one US-based General Motors insider described to Autocar as “a precarious position” in terms of future models and ongoing production in the UK.
GM is weighing up a plan involving sourcing models from its Korean subsidiary, GM DAT (formerly known as Daewoo). It carried out a similar move when its Australian outfit, Holden, began sourcing its front-drive cars from Daewoo instead of Opel in order to improve flagging profits, hit by a weak Australian dollar and a strong Euro.
As a result, many Holden-badged Opel-sourced models have since been replaced by cheaper Daewoo-produced successors.
Under a similar scheme, Vauxhall models such as the Corsa, Astra and Insignia would, in the longer term, be replaced by Daewoo-produced models such as the Kalos, Lacetti and Epica.
“If Opel is sold and becomes separated from General Motors it will leave Vauxhall in a rather difficult position. In the longer term, there may be no option than for it to begin sourcing future models from Daewoo,” said our US source.