The rumors were true, as Opel has officially announced plans to expand production of the Mokka crossover to the General Motors’ plant in Zaragoza, Spain — which will begin churning out the little crossovers by the second-half of 2014. At the same time, the Mokka will still be made at Bupyeong, South Korea.
According to WardsAuto, Opel will invest a total of €200 million ($256 million) to produce the model in Zaragoza. In the initial phase, $80 million USD will be invested in the plant for production, with the decision to produce the Mokka at the facility helping to safeguard 5,800 jobs at the Spanish plant, which currently produces the Corsa and Meriva.
“This is another great day for Opel/Vauxhall,” stated Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann. “After the recent decision of GM to invest 4 billion Euros in its European operations and an additional commitment to invest 230 million Euros in the Development Center in Ruesselsheim, Germany, this is further proof that we are on the right path.”