Opel and Vauxhall remain a part of General Motors’ (dwindling) global empire for the time being. The brands’ new owners, France’s PSA Groupe, are on schedule to take control of the European subsidiaries by the year’s end.
But, now, that’s been delayed, according to Business Day. Opel employees have reportedly delayed the takeover process amid concerns previous contracts and agreements upheld with GM will not be honored by PSA Groupe. Notably, it concerns Opel’s research and development center.
The R&D center employs around 7,700 workers and develops a multitude of things from engines, to car technology and more. Employees want to make sure a previous agreement is guaranteed between Opel and GM—stating PSA will continue to commission new projects from the research unit for the next three years.
“We are on a good path regarding the transition, although there are still some open questions to be cleared up,” Opel communications chief Michael Goentgens stated. “We expect the merger with PSA to be completed in the second half of 2017,” he added.