The Peugeot e-208 could be the first model based on the STLA Small

According to a Spanish media report, Stellantis plans to start producing electric cars based on the STLA Small platform at its plants in Spain in 2026. There is now also an alleged model schedule - as well as initial forecasts for unit numbers.

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As the portal La Tribuna de Automoción claims to have learnt from “reliable industry sources,” the Zaragoza plant will be the first to build the next generation of the Peugeot e-208 from December 2026, followed by the next Opel Corsa Electric from May 2027. At the Vigo plant, the new Peugeot e-2008 will roll off the production line from September 2027.

This information also fits in with the current state of knowledge. According to a report by El Mundo, Stellantis promised the Vigo works council in November 2023 that it would build small electric cars based on the STLA Small there from 2027 or 2028. The new e-2008 model from Vigo is an obvious choice, as the current generation based on the e-CMP is already being built there.

Even though the production of the small EVs on the new platform in Zaragoza and Vigo has already become apparent (though Stellantis has yet to officially confirm it), there have been no details about a possible timetable or quantities. That has changed: according to La Tribuna de Automoción, Stellantis will build 335,000 units of the 208 and Corsa in Zaragoza in 2028 – the first full year for the new Corsa and 2008 – and 182,000 Peugeot 2008 in Vigo.

The future of the Lancia Ypsilon from Zaragoza is in doubt

It should be noted that these are the production figures for the entire series, i.e. including the combustion engines. However, as the roadmaps of the individual Stellantis brands set clear targets for the complete electrification of the new car range, most of these are likely to be EVs. That should be the case for Opel at least, as the Rüsselsheim-based company will be a pure EV brand from 2028, according to current plans.

According to the report, there will be 150,000 units of the Corsa Electric in 2028, while the Peugeot e-208 is expected to reach 185,000 vehicles – after 158,000 units in 2027. If these figures are correct, it also means that Stellantis is primarily planning with these two models from Zaragoza. With 335,000 vehicles in 2028, the plant would already be close to its 2023 production (365,739 units). There would then only be little room for manoeuvre for another model. The Lancia Ypsilon, which will soon celebrate its premiere, will also soon roll off the production line in Zaragoza based on the current EV CMP. La Tribuna de Automoción speculates that the Lancia could be relocated to an Italian Stellantis plant when the plant switches to STLA Small.

With this production forecast, Stellantis is also assuming a significant increase in model sales. Given market developments, La Tribuna de Automoción also quotes other sources who doubt that Stellantis will sell 335,000 small cars from Zaragoza. Other “industry sources” assume that the carmaker will sell 216,000 vehicles in 2028.

While the future of the small Lancia is still unclear, things are already becoming more concrete for the other two current model series from Zaragoza: The Citroën C3 Aircross and Opel Crossland are also currently still rolling off the production line in Spain based on the CMP. However, their successors will probably be converted to the CMP Smart Car platform – and thus positioned as emphatically affordable EVs. The C3 Aircross will be the slightly larger version of the ë-C3, and the Crossland will also use this platform as a low-cost model in contrast to the Mokka Electric. The CMP smart car models will be built at the Stellantis plant in Trnava, Slovakia.

As mentioned above, none of this has yet been confirmed by Stellantis – probably for negotiation reasons. That is because the car manufacturer is still discussing the exact amount of subsidies with the Spanish government. If the deal is finalised, Stellantis’ final approval should follow soon.


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