Opel recently announced its Mokka SUV has entered production at the automaker’s facility in Zaragoza, Spain, moving from General Motors’ plant in Bupyeong, South Korea. The move secured 5,700 jobs at the plant and ensured an additional 80 million Euro investment in the facility on top of the 210 million the automaker has already pledged to invest this year.
Because of the significant investment and large employment opportunities Opel’s continued attention towards its Zaragoza plant has spurred, Spain’s new head of state, King Felipe VI, made an appearance as the guest of honor at the official production commencement ceremony for the Mokka. King Felipe succeeded his father on the throne, King Juan Carlos I, in June of this year.
Opel predicts around 20,000 Mokkas will roll off the Zaragoza assembly line this year, with production increasing considerably next year as more parts begin local production. Production of the Mokka secures jobs at the plant for years to come as it joins two other critical Opel models built at the plant, the Corsa and Meriva.