President of General Motors Europe Dr. Karl Thomas-Neumann has announced that GM’s Germany-based Opel subsidiary will invest €130 million in its engine and component production plant in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
The funds will pay for equipment to produce bodywork components and front seat structures for the next generation D2XX-based Opel Astra, as well as axles and body components for the next-gen E2XX-based Opel Insignia. The money will also aid in the manufacturing of a replacement for the 2.0-liter diesel engine that will be Euro 6 compliant and will begin rolling off production lines in October of 2014, roughly a year from today.
“Kaiserslautern delivers high tech products to our automobile production plants which are of the highest quality”, said Neumann. “In this way, the plant makes a significant contribution to the success of our automobiles and to our product offensive which will secure the launch of 23 new models and 13 new power units over the course of the coming years.”
The Kaiserslautern plant consists of four centers, including:
- Engine manufacturing
- Bodywork and seat manufacturing
- Chassis components, and
- Press shop
All four units will benefit from the €130 million investment.