After the news all but confirmed it, General Motors Europe has officially gone on record saying that it will save the Ellesmere Port plant in the United Kingdom, which was previously rumored to close after 2015. Additionally, the Gliwice, Poland plant will also stick around. Both plants will be tasked with building the next generation Opel/Vauxhall Astra, which is set to launch in 2015. The plan calls for a total investment of €300 million towards retooling the plants, and the Ellesmere plant will receive an additional 700 jobs.
As for the Bochum, Germany plant, the writing seems to be on the wall. With the new Astra being built in Gliwice and Ellesmere and PSA taking over assembly of the next generation Opel/Vauxhall Zafira, there seems to be nothing for Bochum to bring to the table. That is unless GM decides to build upcoming Chevrolets in the facility.