To attract young people in Germany, Opel takes over the Citroën Ami, with a Rocks-e with a slightly different look.
The sympathetic Citroën Ami now has a German cousin: the Opel Rocks-e ! The Blitz has decided to take over the license-free car since Germany has regulations making it attractive across the Rhine.
As in France, an AM license allows you to drive light mopeds and vehicles limited to 45 km / h without taking the full license, and from 15 years in Germany.
On the other hand, we can say that Opel has not sprained to adapt the Friend to its stylistic codes. The body panels, designed to be as cheap as possible to produce, are precisely the same.
The details change: hubcaps, logos obviously, and a different decoration using the neon yellow specific to the brand.
Identical technique, comparable prices?
Technical level, no change either. We, therefore, find a power of 8 hp, a WLTP range of 75 km, and a speed limited to 45 km / h.
The set weighs only 471 kg, thanks to the widespread use of plastic and the total absence of equipment (air conditioning, radio, airbags, etc.).
Opel does not specify for the moment the prices of its minor without an electric license, but they should not be too far from its French cousin, which starts at 6,090 €, an ecological bonus of 900 € deducted.
It will be available in several trim levels like the French: the basic Rocks-e, then the Rocks-e Klub, and finally the Rocks-e TeKno.
It remains to be seen whether Opel will decline its micro-utility cart, as is the case for the Citroën with the Ami Cargo.
The Opel Rocks-e will be available in Germany this fall, with other markets in 2022. It is hard to imagine competing with Citroën in France, but it could be rebadged Vauxhall and then join the United Kingdom.