Opel/Vauxhall is expecting the same kind of sales boost from the Mokka small SUV that the brand enjoyed last year from the arrival of the new-generation Corsa small hatchback, CEO Michael Lohscheller says.
"At Opel, 2021 will be the year of the Mokka, as 2020 was the year of the Corsa," Lohscheller said in a recent interview with Automotive News Europe. The new Corsa took third place in Europe's small car segment in 2020, overtaking rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta.
The coronavirus pandemic delayed the rollout of the Mokka, which was first shown in late 2020 but went on sale across Europe only in April.
The Mokka shares its CMP architecture with a number of other Stellantis models, including the DS 3 Crossback and Peugeot 2008 small SUVs.
It is Opel/Vauxhall’s second offering in the small SUV segment, joining the slightly larger Crossland, which was launched in 2017 as part of a program of jointly developed models between what was then PSA Group, now part of Stellantis, with Opel/Vauxhall's former owner, General Motors. Those PSA-GM models included the Opel Grandland X compact SUV and Citroen C3 Aircross small SUV.
PSA bought Opel/Vauxhall in 2017 in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros.
The first-generation Mokka, based on a GM global architecture, was launched in 2012. It was restyled and renamed Mokka X in 2016. Opel said it sold 1 million units of the first-generation model.