RUESSELSHEIM -- Opel/Vauxhall is about to start its largest ever product offensive, Alain Visser, head of marketing and sales, told Automotive News Europe.
"Next year, the year of our 150th anniversary, we are launching the largest product offensive in our history with a wide range of new introductions," Visser said in an interview at the brand's headquarters in Ruesselsheim, Germany.
According to Automotive News Europe, the General Motors Co. division will introduce at least six new vehicles in 2012.
The launches include the Zafira Tourer minivan in January, the Combo light commercial van in February, three variants of the Astra compact model in the summer and a small SUV in the autumn.
The new Astra models are the face-lifted three- and five-door hatchbacks, a four-door sedan and a high performance version sold under the OPC badge.
Early in 2012, Opel/Vauxhall will launch sales of a minicar, codenamed the Junior. Opel calls the car a "lifestyle" model and it will be aimed at the iPod generation. The car's final name is not yet decided.
Two other Opel models, the Astra GTC and the Ampera electric car, will launch later this year.
Opel and its UK unit Vauxhall will sell more than 1.28 million vehicles this year, up from 1.22 million last year, Visser said, allowing it to maintain its position as GM's second best-selling brand globally after Chevrolet.
In 2012, the division aims to sell 1.2 million to 1.3 million vehicles "depending on how the market develops," Visser said.
The sales goals will translate into a European market share of 6.2 percent, up from 6.1 percent last year. "Next year we want to move toward 8 percent in Europe," Visser said.