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Opel's German technical center gains bigger role

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Opel's German technical center gains bigger role

Michael Knauer

Automobilwoche -- January 28, 2010 06:01 CET

DETROIT/ RUESSELSHEIM - Opel engineers in Germany will take on a greater role as part of parent General Motors Co.'s new global development strategy.

In future, product developers at Opel's technical development center in Ruesselsheim will design and develop all cars that reach the market as Opels from start to finish.

The development of a minicar below the Corsa subcompact has priority. It will be designed for the European market in Ruesselsheim.

Karl-Friedrich Stracke, GM's vice president for global vehicle engineering, said Opel would again build niche vehicles such as the GT, which until last year was produced in GM's plant in Wilmington, Delaware, alongside its sibling, the Saturn Sky.

"We really need every single engineer," said Stracke, a German mechanical engineer who was director of product development at the Russelsheim technical center between 1999 and 2004.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100128/COPY/301279949/1076#ixzz0dvBiHDmR

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