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Headquarters in Rüsselsheim

Opel – the company

Opel is one of Europe’s largest automakers. It was founded by Adam Opel in 1862 in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Opel and its British sister brand Vauxhall sell over one million vehicles annually. In 2014 this made it the third-largest passenger car brand in the European Union. Opel is conducting the largest model offensive in its history and will introduce 29 new models from 2016 to 2020. Opel has entered new segments with vehicles such as the compact Mokka SUV, the small lifestyle ADAM and the elegant Cascada convertible.

Headquartered in Rüsselsheim, the company operates 10 plants and four development and test centers in seven European countries. Opel employs around 34,500 people in Europe, with more than 16,500 in Germany. Opel and Vauxhall are present in over 50 countries. In 2014 Opel/Vauxhall sold 1.095 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles worldwide.

The Opel Group GmbH was established effective July 1, 2014 as a sister company of Adam Opel AG. This new company is responsible for Opel/Vauxhall as well as all GM operations in Europe. The Opel Group Management Board and Chairman Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann are also based in Rüsselsheim. The operative business of Adam Opel AG remains unaffected by this reorganization.

Opel sites in Europe

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Opel's European Plants Aspern Rüsselsheim Luton Plant Ellesmere Port Plant Szentgotthard Eisenach Kaiserslautern Zaragoza Gliwice Tychy

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