A 90 million eeuro investment by GM at Opel's Eisenach plant will lead to a new city car in 2013
23 September 2010

Production of Vauxhall/Opel’s sub-Corsa city car will commence in 2013 at Opel’s Eisenach plant following a 90 million euro (£76.5m) investment in the facility by General Motors Europe.

“This is a further milestone in the growth strategy for our business,” said Opel/Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly. “Our 90 million euro investment in the Eisenach plant will significantly strengthen its role within our European manufacturing network, and will offer customers a brand-new model with innovative technology and exciting design.”

The investment will also secure jobs at the plant for “years to come”, said Reilly at today’s press conference in Ruesselsheim.

The new city car has been codenamed ‘Made in Eisenach’ and is described by Opel/Vauxhall as “a small-sized fuel-efficient car” that doesn’t “compromise on technology, design or convenience”. The firm has also said that it could launch an all-electric version in the future.

The CEO also said there were plans to launch a “small SUV” in the coming months, expected to be a facelift of the current Antara.

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23 September 2010

[quote Autocar]Production of Vauxhall/Opel’s sub-Corsa city car will commence in 2013 at Opel’s Eisenach plant following a 90 million euro (£76.5m) investment in the facility by General Motors Europe.[/quote]

That is a seriously unattractive 'thing'

23 September 2010

Hopefully this new Vauxhall/Opel will look fresh and unique. Still think they need to launch this small SUV that was supposed to based on the Corsa.

Once this new 'Junior' car comes out its going to make the Corsa look dated though!

But glad to see Vauxhall/Opel on a roll with good looking new products: Meriva, Astra, Insignia, new coming Zafira etc

23 September 2010

2013 is a long way off. The city car has been one of the great success stories of the last decade, GM really need to pull their finger out.

But why make it in Germany? It must have a small margin anyway because of the size of it, but all the competitors make their cars in much cheaper parts of the world.

24 September 2010

It does seem strange to build a city car in Germany, not exactly known for its cheap labour, I expect it could be a sop to the German government regarding the failed sell off of GM Europe.

25 September 2010

These tiny cars need my invention to be safer in collisions.

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25 September 2010

Germany must have given them a good deal.

Also with this being a European car and Germany being a central hub in Europe the location may make sense and save a lot of money on distribution. Which can only be a concern if the price of oil goes up effecting cargo transport costs.

But anyway the car is horrid looking.

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