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    Opel Slashes Hours At Main German Factory

    Opel Slashes Hours At Main German Factory
    Deutsche Welle
    October 1, 2019



    Workers will have to rely on government compensation after Opel slashed hours at its historic German plant. Production will be cut massively next year.

    Workers at the Opel factory in Germany's Rüsselsheim will be working reduced hours, the auto manufacturer confirmed on Tuesday.

    The reduced hours for about 2,600 employees of the long-struggling company will last at least six months. There will be some government compensation for affected workers, including partial, untaxed pay from unemployment insurance.

    "This step serves to create a socially acceptable bridge solution," the company said.

    The Rüsselsheim plant is Opel's biggest and oldest manufacturing plants, operating since 1898. The production run for the Zafira model at the plant has just ended and sales for the Insignia limousine, also built at the plant, have been weak.

    According to internal forecasts, only 42,000 cars will be built at the plant next year — about a third of what was produced in 2018. Theoretically, around 180,000 cars are possible at full capacity.

    In June, French parent company PSA announced it would move Astra production from Poland to Rüsselsheim at the end of 2021, a move the company said would secure the future of the plant.

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    Re: Opel Slashes Hours At Main German Factory

    That's 42,000 cars globally between the American Buick Regal, Opel, Vauxhall and Holden. Not looking good...

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    Re: Opel Slashes Hours At Main German Factory

    You know what would be good about Opel news?....Less of it.

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    Re: Opel Slashes Hours At Main German Factory

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Buttons View Post
    You know what would be good about Opel news?....Less of it.
    Fortunately for General Motors, they can for the most part ignore any news about Opel/Vauxhall.
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    Re: Opel Slashes Hours At Main German Factory

    Go for a stroll down the street, it is all VW (mostly Golf), Kia and Toyota (lots of Auris). Also full of BMW, Audi and MB. Opel cant really hold a candle to the popularity of Renault.

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    Re: Opel Slashes Hours At Main German Factory

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Buttons View Post
    You know what would be good about Opel news?....Less of it.
    Well if you aren't looking for lots of news, you are at the right website!

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    Re: Opel Slashes Hours At Main German Factory

    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    Fortunately for General Motors, they can for the most part ignore any news about Opel/Vauxhall.
    Yeah, it's not Peugeot-Citroen who own now the hot potato.

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    Re: Opel Slashes Hours At Main German Factory

    This might just show Mother Barrah is no fool. So Opel Cars will be built in Turkey, Ukraine and where else now? Tunisia?

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    The last great Opel. RIP

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post


    The last great Opel. RIP
    I'm partial to the Zafira myself



    It is a shame America never got it because Americans wouldn't get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Self Reliance View Post
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    The last great Opel. RIP
    I'm partial to the Zafira myself



    It is a shame America never got it because Americans wouldn't get it
    It is based on D2XX just like Equinox, and near exact exterior dimensions but you get 2 more seats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Self Reliance View Post
    It is based on D2XX just like Equinox, and near exact exterior dimensions but you get 2 more seats
    Europeans can get 7 seats in the same space it takes to seat 5 Americans - in reality it's a 5+2, not a full 7 seater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Self Reliance View Post
    It is based on D2XX just like Equinox, and near exact exterior dimensions but you get 2 more seats
    Europeans can get 7 seats in the same space it takes to seat 5 Americans - in reality it's a 5+2, not a full 7 seater.
    Being able to seat 2 more kids is still worth it. Instead about a foot of the Equinox’s length is wasted on a useless long hood for form sake

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    Quote Originally Posted by Self Reliance View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Self Reliance View Post
    It is based on D2XX just like Equinox, and near exact exterior dimensions but you get 2 more seats
    Europeans can get 7 seats in the same space it takes to seat 5 Americans - in reality it's a 5+2, not a full 7 seater.
    Being able to seat 2 more kids is still worth it. Instead about a foot of the Equinox’s length is wasted on a useless long hood for form sake
    I haven't driven the new Zafira but the Equinox turning circle covers 3 post codes. I liked the size though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post


    The last great Opel. RIP
    It wasn't that great. Definitely fun, but only if you didn't want to bring any friends. And, Turbo lag was extensive. I was getting dragged off by normally aspirated 4.0 Falcons (for the first 80 feet) 😄
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