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American Ambassador Visits Opel Eisenach Plant

13 Apr 2015

  • Plant Director Elvira Tölkes welcomes Ambassador John B. Emerson for informational visit
  • Tour of flexible manufacturing facilities for Opel ADAM and Corsa

Opel News - Visit to the Eisenach production area: Plant Director Elvira Tölkes, US-Ambassador John B. Emerson and US Consul General Scott R. Riedmann (from left)

Rüsselsheim/Eisenach. The ambassador of the United States of America, John B. Emerson, visited the Opel plant in Eisenach today, where the successful small cars Corsa and ADAM are built. He was welcomed by Plant Director Elvira Tölkes: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to present our modern and extremely flexible plant to the ambassador.”


“I am pleased that General Motors is fully committed to Opel. This is also underscored by the strong economic ties between the USA and Germany. Here in the Eisenach plant, tradition and innovation come together. I was particularly impressed with the seemingly countless possibilities to individualize the vehicles – something like that is only successful with qualified employees and highest precision,” said Emerson, who was accompanied by U.S. Consul General Scott R. Riedmann.

Opel News - Meeting in Eisenach: Plant Director Elvira Tölkes, US-Ambassador John B. Emerson and US Consul General Scott R. Riedmann (from left) with the Opel Corsa

Elvira Tölkes explained to the guests the important role that the Eisenach plant plays in Opel’s small car strategy. “Opel is the only manufacturer that not only developed two small cars in Germany, but that also builds them here. This gives our plant excellent prospects for the future and is also an acknowledgement of the employees who set standards in quality and productivity here in Eisenach.”  Due to high demand, a third shift will be added in Eisenach mid-year, for which more than 400 new employees will be hired.


The vehicles from Eisenach are an important part of Opel’s product offensive: to 2018 the brand will introduce 27 new cars and 17 new engines to the market. Thanks to its renewed portfolio, Opel aims to increase market share in Germany to ten percent by 2022 and to eight percent in Europe.