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Opel/Vauxhall to produce second flagship in Rüsselsheim and to invest in new engine and transmission production

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Rüsselsheim. During her second visit to Germany this year, Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, announced considerable additional investments. Barra confirmed that a new model will be produced at Opel's traditional headquarters in Rüsselsheim by the end of the decade. "This SUV will be the second flagship alongside the Insignia," Barra said. As announced in March, 245 million euro will be invested in Opel's Rüsselsheim plant to meet future requirements. Furthermore, Barra declared additional investments of more than half a billion euro in the engine and transmission plants in Rüsselsheim, Kaiserslautern and Tychy (Poland), thus providing the impetus for Opel/Vauxhall to move to the next stage of its powertrain offensive with fuel efficient engines and transmissions.

  • GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra announces production of a new SUV in Rüsselsheim
  • Considerable investments in engine and transmission production in the Rüsselsheim, Kaiserslautern and Tychy plants
  • Third shift at the Eisenach plant will be added next year
  • Clear commitment to Opel/Vauxhall, Germany and Europe

"Opel/Vauxhall is of high strategic importance for GM. The product offensive with 27 new models and 17 new engines has enjoyed a very successful start. These additional investments will help the brands shine again and further strengthen our position in Europe. They are a clear sign of GM's commitment to Opel/Vauxhall, to Germany and to Europe," said Barra.

Opel Group CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann was delighted by the clear message: "General Motors and Opel/Vauxhall are closer than ever before. Opel/Vauxhall has General Motors' full support, the additional investments are further proof of the excellent cooperation."

Both Mary Barra and Dr. Neumann pointed out that all necessary decisions were taken after a constructive dialog with employee representatives. They recognized the cooperation with the European employee representatives and Opel/Vauxhall's general works council.

Dr. Neumann also announced that a third shift will be established at the plant in Eisenach as of mid-2015. "This is good news for Eisenach as we are enjoying strong demand for the ADAM and the new Corsa."

Mary Barra expressed her delight with the new Corsa, adding that 45,000 orders before the official market launch show that the fifth generation of the small car is well on its way to becoming a bestseller.

THE NEW SEAT ARONA: MODERN URBAN CHARACTER

THE NEW SEAT ARONA: MODERN URBAN CHARACTER

Posted on: 16th Aug 2017

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STAYING SAFE AND ALERT WITH THE ALL-NEW VAUXHALL GRANDLAND X SUV

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Posted on: 3rd Aug 2017

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HYUNDAI IONIQ NAMED

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Posted on: 3rd Aug 2017

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VAUXHALL REVEALS NEW INSIGNIA GSI AHEAD OF FRANKFURT DEBUT

VAUXHALL REVEALS NEW INSIGNIA GSI AHEAD OF FRANKFURT DE...

Posted on: 21st Jul 2017

With its debut set for the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Vauxhall has released first pics of the all-new Insignia GSi, which will deliver high levels of performance through all-wheel drive, a new chassis and Brembo brakes, and will be powered by a refined 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine.