It’s as Ger­man as Big Ben

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News -

Ellesmere Port builds As­tras badged as Vaux­halls. The As­tra has been made at Rus­selsheim in Ger­many since last year and pre­vi­ously was made in Bel­gium, Bri­tain, Poland and Rus­sia.

The Ger­man plant last year built 18,300 ex­am­ples out of the Euro­pean to­tal of 328,900 As­tras.

Opel is putting on a brave face. CEO Karl-friedrich Stracke says Rus­selsheim, the only plant build­ing In­signias, is one of Opel’s most mod­ern sites.

‘‘We ex­pect fur­ther im­prove­ments in ef­fi­ciency, which would lead to ad­di­tional in­vest­ments,’’ he says.

re­ports Gmex­ec­u­tives as say­ing there is a glut of man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity in the Euro­pean car in­dus­try and ‘‘one or two plants’’ could be in line to close.

Opel will launch the As­tra range in Australia in Au­gust, in com­pany with the In­signia sedan and wagon and Corsa light car.

Neil Dowl­ing

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