Interview with Uwe Hochschurtz
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The new Opel boss Uwe Hochschurtz has big plans. Opel should become profitable in the long term and become a technology leader in electromobility. We spoke to the former Renault manager.
For links on this page, Site receives. A commission from the dealer, Z.B. For marked. More InfoSvon General Motors has been accommodated by the French brand for several years and is now a sub-brand of the Stelltis Group. The huge brand network includes Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, Dodge, DS Automobiles, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Opel, Peugeot and Vauxhall. For Opel boss Uwe Hochschurtz, the influence on the group’s major strategy lines is limited. What can the Germans do and where does the traditional Russelsheim brand develop? Site met the Opel boss for an interview.Site: Mr. Hochschurtz, you are now around 100 days of Opel boss. What is your first conclusion?
Uwe Hochschurtz: That was the most exciting and varied 100 days of my life. Especially since the world premiere of the new Astra fell directly to my first working day. I was very pleased with the positive response to our youngest family member. The announcement that a purely battery-electric variant will also be available from 2023 has also been very well received.
Opel Opel boss Uwe Hochschurtz (as of December 2021)
At Opel it goes uphill. The Corsa sells very well. But a swallow does not make a summer yet. How do you want to keep the economic upswing?The Corsa is even the best -selling car in Germany in November. And our other models are also very successful. The result: In our highly competitive home market in Germany we have been increasing our market share for 14 months in a row. In the commercial vehicle sector we already have almost 100 as of November.000 transporters sold – an increase of 12 percent. Overall, Opel has continuously presented impressive economic results in recent years. Overall, we are there as strong as it has been for a long time. Now we want to further profile and emotionalize our brand – and of course continue to grow profitably.
Purely electrically until 2028 – but not everywhere
This is an ambitious goal. How do you want to do that?The signs are positive that things go uphill. Especially with a view to our electrification offensive: Already today we offer nine electrified models-including our complete transporter portfolio. By 2024 we will offer an electrified version of each model. This speed of electrification will give us an advantage – and we will win new customers.
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Opel should become a purely electrical brand by 2028. However, some analysts and other automobile manufacturers see this step as premature. Do not close some markets?Everyone has to decide for themselves which direction they are hitting. We are convinced that there is no alternative to the battery -operated electric vehicle and that we cover a large part of the market. In our international markets outside of Europe, we will continue to offer models with an combustion engine when asked. In addition, we have just handed over the first fuel cell transporter to the customer Miele-our Opel Vivaro-e hydrogen.So fuel cell or hydrogen vehicles are a real alternative?Absolutely. Where this technology will first prevail in commercial vehicles. The Vivaro-e hydrogen is refueled in three minutes and then has a range of 350 kilometers-plus 50 kilometers of electrical range from the charged battery. Incidentally, we have planned for our battery -electric vehicles that we will charge in a minute for 30 kilometers of electricity in the future.
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Currently, however, the electrical Opel are not exactly known for fast loading times. So how should that work?Already today they invite a Corsa-e or Mokka-E on a quick charging station to up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. With our loading times overall, we are already very competitive if you are not exactly comparing us with high -priced sports cars. And with the next model generations, which of course are based on the new Stellantis platforms, we will be leaders during loading times and the ranges. That becomes clear from 2024. We will have the technologies to load extremely quickly and enjoy even larger ranges. It’s also about the weight of the vehicle. From 2025 we also produce our own high -performance batteries in the Kaiserslautern plant. Mercedes also participated in this joint project a few weeks ago. With this gigafactory we will be significantly less dependent on foreign suppliers in the future.And the new manta should then provide emotions from 2025?We will bring the manta in the middle of the decade to new life. In a new, attractive shape and purely electrical. This will make the Manta-E an Opel electric car that is fun and affordable every kilometer. With that we meet the nerve of people, as you can see on the Corsa-e and Mokka-e.
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How free are they in model planning?We develop and design our cars here in Russelsheim. Nobody talks us in there. But this freedom also goes hand in hand with duties. If you have this freedom, you also have to make sure that these vehicles sell well. Of course we use the group’s synergy effects that result from technologies and purchasing.So you also have the right to reject a group platform or technology.Of course we could do that. I talk about such topics at least twice with our CEO Carlos Tavares every week. We are very, very free in our decisions. If we do not want to use a platform, but a larger or a smaller one, then we also have to take responsibility and be able to guarantee excellent packaging and earn money with this car.Wolfgang Gomoll led the interview
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