The VW hunters

Due later this year, Opels are al­ready test­ing on our roads

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‘‘ We have our launch lineup now ab­so­lutely set in stone,’’ says Opel’s Michelle Lang. ‘‘ We have played it down un­til now. We wanted to be sure we had ev­ery car we wanted, and we have the first eval­u­a­tion cars here now.’’

Opel has the hot As­tra GTC coupe as the head­line car of a sur­pris­ingly var­ied range.

When they go on sale on Septem­ber 1, Opel also will have the Corsa in three and five-door hatch­back form, the As­tra as a hatch and tourer wagon and the Camry-sized In­signia as a sedan and wagon.

‘‘ Opel has his­tor­i­cally of­fered an as­pi­ra­tional, wellde­signed Ger­man car at an af­ford­able price point,’’ Lang says. ‘‘ We think we will be able to carve out that niche in Australia.’’

The big ques­tions are still to do with the pric­ing of the Opels, and how they will sit against thevw­polo, Golf and Pas­sat— as well as bench­marks in­clud­ing the Mazda3 and Ford Mon­deo.

Lang says Opel can­not con­firm prices. How­ever, there will be no ex­change rate-driven boost for buy­ers, de­spite the strength of the dol­lar.

‘‘ We are go­ing to be pitched fairly and squarely at the Volk­swa­gen seg­ment,’’ she says. ‘‘ But it’s more than a price point, it’s how the cars are equipped and the amount of power.’’

Lang says the hottest fu­ture model, the baby Opel Ju­nior, a Fiat 500 ri­val, is ‘‘ not at this stage’’ on the list for next year.

Opel is ben­e­fit­ing from a $13.4 bil­lion in­vest­ment by GM Europe over the next three years in tiny new green en­gines, bat­tery-pow­ered city run­abouts and all-new mod­els.

Light­ning strike: The Opel Corsa, a ri­val for Volk­swa­gen’s Polo, has started eval­u­a­tion driv­ing in Australia

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