According to a report from The Detroit Free Press. The strategy consists of using six general sets of parts to build any GM vehicle globally, from the Chevrolet Spark, to the Cadillac CT6, to the GMC Sierra. Of the set of six, Opel would have used just three: front-wheel drive based minicars, subcompact and compact vehicles, plus midsize sedans and SUVs.
GM President Dan Ammann said that in this plan, Opel would have accounted for only 20 percent of the automaker’s global production of vehicles moving forward.
“GM will also be able to reallocate research and development, engineering, manufacturing, and marketing investment once required for Opel to brands and regions that offer more potential for profit,” IHS senior analyst Stephanie Brinley said.
The sale of Opel also lets GM save roughly $1 billion a year thanks to not needing to develop products that meet European regulatory and market demands, which is an investment that can not be shared with other regions.