- 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.