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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 2013 this made it the second-largest passenger car brand in the world in the GM group and the third-largest passenger car brand in Europe. Opel is conducting the largest model offensive in its history and will introduce 27 new vehicles and 17 new engines by 2018. 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 has 13 plants and four development and test centers in eight European countries. Opel employs more than 38,000 people in Europe, with over 19,000 in Germany (status December 2013). Opel and Vauxhall are present in over 50 countries. In 2013, 1.064 million Opel/Vauxhall passenger cars and light commercial vehicles were sold worldwide. Opel intends to become the second-largest passenger car brand in Europe by 2022.

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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Europe Plants Aspern Bochum Rüsselsheim Luton Plant Ellesmere Port Plant Szentgotthard Eisenach Kaiserslautern Zaragoza Gliwice St. Petersburg Togliatti Tychy

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