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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.

IGNIS - RANKED HIGH IN THE URBAN WORLD

IGNIS - RANKED HIGH IN THE URBAN WORLD

Posted on: 13th Apr 2017

Suzuki is very pleased to announce that the IGNIS is a Runner-Up in the Urban Car category of the 2017 World Car of The Year. The compact crossover was voted highly by the judges at a ceremony at the New York International Motor Show on April 12th.

VAUXHALL REVEALS ALL-NEW INSIGNIA COUNTRY TOURER

VAUXHALL REVEALS ALL-NEW INSIGNIA COUNTRY TOURER

Posted on: 5th Apr 2017

The latest addition to the all-new Insignia range, Vauxhall's all-wheel drive Insignia Country Tourer will debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show (September 14th to 24th). The Country Tourer is more spacious and considerably lighter than its predecessor, thanks to an all-new architecture, and comes with a wide range of innovative technologies....

SEAT LAUNCHES SPORTY FR ON HIGH-SELLING ATECA

SEAT LAUNCHES SPORTY FR ON HIGH-SELLING ATECA

Posted on: 5th Apr 2017

Fun at the wheel, luxury and refinement, combined with a stylish and sporty character - SEAT has unveiled the Ateca FR. The latest addition to the brand's high-selling SUV range will take to the stage at the Barcelona International Motor Show, AUTOMOBILE BARCELONA, from the 11th to 21st May 2017.

SEAT WILL STRENGTHEN ITS SUV OFFENSIVE WITH A THIRD MODEL

SEAT WILL STRENGTHEN ITS SUV OFFENSIVE WITH A THIRD MOD...

Posted on: 28th Mar 2017

SEAT's model line-up keeps getting bigger. The carmaker will reinforce the product offensive that began with the Ateca with the launch of a third SUV, which will become the flagship model of SEAT. This new SUV will be positioned one segment above the successful Ateca, feature 5 and 7-seater versions, and will reach dealerships in 2018.