Opel to build Ford Ka rival at Eisenach plant in east Germany

Opel Trixx Concept

Opel and Vauxhall announced today that they will build an all-new small car below the Corsa that will compete with the likes of the Ford Ka. Production of the model will take place at Opel’s Eisenach plant in the east German state of Thuringia.

“This is a further milestone in the growth strategy for our business,” said Opel/Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly. “Our €90 million 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.”

During a press conference in Eisenach today, Reilly said the plant”s production flexibility would be further enhanced to allow the new car to be built efficiently on the existing production line. This investment will secure the jobs in Eisenach throughout the years to come, he added.

“This new product will be an important element in our growth strategy” said Reilly. “Along with other new vehicles, such as the upcoming electric Ampera, a sporty coupe and a small SUV, we will significantly expand our product lineup in the future and offer customer choices in several more segments.”

– By: Omar Rana