Opel may have been sold to French automaker PSA Group, but CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann will remain at his post and press on with plans to produce more electric vehicles and even a flagship SUV.
In an interview with a German motoring magazine, Neumann told Auto Motor und Sport that "it is important for me to stand before employees and show leadership. I have done this in the past and will continue to do so." We shouldn’t see too much conflict between him and PSA's CEO Carlos Tavares as they both “have great respect for each other”, which sets a “good foundation for continued cooperation”.
Neumann goes on to state that even though Opel’s future models will be underpinned by PSA platforms instead of GM's, the brand will still have its own leadership, its own design and develop its own cars. They don’t want to be similar to each other as Opel is still recognized as a German brand even though it is now owned by a French company.
For the foreseeable future, Opel will be run as a separate company with separate management and the brand will be allowed to sell the outgoing Ampera-e and follow up models with the European market as a priority.