The changes to be implemented for the European operations of General Motors would be more radical than anticipated, according to a Der Spiegel magazine report. Sources inside Opel told Der Spiegel that the senior General Motors managers in North America have decided to move the production of the Astra from Opel’s main Russelsheim plant in Germany.
The Astra will now be produced at its Polish-based Gelwice factory and Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port operations in the UK. Opel worker’s union representatives became upset. They imply that the production of the Astra is priced 220 euro higher at Ellesmere Port than in Russelsheim. Losing Astra would mean that Russelsheim will only produce one model – the Insignia.
Job reductions of as many as 200 workers are mooted for Opel’s development centre in Russelsheim. It’s also believed that General Motors will very soon announce the closure of Opel’s Bochum plant, which presently produces the Zafira and Astra.
The Der Spiegel report also stated that General Motors is considering a plan that would lead to the next generation Zafira being conceived and developed by PSA (Peugeot Citroen), with which it owns 7% in shares.
Presenting a faultless combination of versatility, safety and entertainment, the new Opel Zafira Tourer conveys the Insignia values to the monocab segment - exceptional qualities, groundbreaking technologies, sculptural and energetic design.
Establishing the seven-seat compact family van since 1999, the fresh design of the Zafira offers an extensively redesigned Flex7 seating system giving you freedom to rearrange the Zafira Tourer to meet the diverse wishes of you and the passengers while still leaving enough room for everyone’s possessions.
But behold! The innovations of the third-generation Zafira go well beyond this technologically advanced seating configuration. Expressing novel ambitions, the Zafira Tourer is the epitome of family cars. Starting with its eye-catching design, the refreshed interior is well-lit, spacious, and welcoming. Driving efficiency is enhanced with an upgraded chassis and new technologies ensuring stress-free driving plus maximum luxury and protection.
Moreover, the state-of-the-art Opel Eye (second-generation) front camera builds the basis for a range of ground-breaking driving assistance systems, making Opel the first automobile manufacturer to offer a compact van with adaptive, radar-grounded speed regulator.
The German-engineered engine for the new Opel Zafira will originally consist of extra-economical diesel and gasoline engines with output from 81 kW/110 hp to 121 kW/165 hp. Following the start of sales, a fuel-efficient ecoFLEX model with a 2.0 CDTI common-rail turbo diesel and standard Start/Stop technology will join the Zafira Tourer family. Boasting astonishing values in the monocab class with just 119 g/km CO2, the Zafira Tourer 2.0 CDTI ecoFLEX is in a class of its own. If that doesn’t impress you, the Zafira also comes with a feisty performance of 96 kW/130 hp and maximum torque of 300 Newton meters.
Also available is the environmentally-friendly and low-cost natural gas variant, the Zafira Tourer 1.6 CNG turbo ecoFLEX (110kW/150hp) will be on the market in early 2012; ensuring that there is an Opel for everyone.