The General Motors plant in Figueruelas, Spain celebrated a milestone this week: its 12-millionth vehicle, a fifth-generation Opel Corsa Color Edition, just rolled off the production line. The magma red five-door features the 115hp 1.0L three-cylinder engine and will soon hit a showroom somewhere in Germany.
While the men and women at the plant deserve a pat on the back the Corsa, Opel’s perennial bestseller, is the real hero here.
Though the 33-year-old plant has also produced the Kadett, Astra, Tigra, Combo, Meriva and Mokka at one time or another, the small hatchback has been its steak and potatoes: it’s produced 10-million Corsas to date.
Though we don’t hear much about it, mainly due to the fact all the vehicles it produces are bound for Europe, the Figueruelas plant is vital to the economy of the Aragon community.
GM España directly employs more than 5,000 people, while a further 28,000 people are employed by the almost 300 suppliers located in the region. The plant will also bring aboard 1,800 new recruits over the next three years.
It’s a potent Opel manufacturing hub and its viewed as a core tenant of the company’s plan to return to profitability and of its new product and powertrain offensive that will see 27 new models and 17 new engines introduced by 2018.