Opel has ambitious plans to introduce 27 new models and 17 new engine offerings by 2018. Fittingly, Opel’s newest powertrain center is scheduled to be completed in the year 2017 but, today, Opel held a traditional topping-out ceremony for the seven-story building in Rüsselsheim.
Topping-out refers to the final beam of a structure being put into place, which has traditionally been marked with a ceremony before the final stages of a project are finished. The €210 million project is reportedly on schedule, with no major setbacks in site.
Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann, Opel Group CEO, emphasized the importance of this investment for the future of the brand. “We take our responsibility for the climate and environment seriously and are on track to meeting the CO2 target set for 2020. The new powertrain center will make our work even more efficient. It will not only strengthen Rüsselsheim but also the entire GM development network and it ensures that Opel will remain at the forefront of clean propulsion.”
The powertrain center will house 43 performance test benches. Totaling 36,000 square-meters, three-wings with a workshop, office building and technical center will be included in the final build.
The Opel powertrain center will be the largest building investment in Rüsselsheim since the opening of the Opel production plant in 2002.