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GM’s Opel May Shift Corsa From German Plant to Spain, Focus Says

May 19, 2012

General Motors Co. (GM:US)’s Opel unit is looking at shifting production of its Corsa model away from Eisenach in Germany, Focus magazine reported, without saying where it got the information.

Opel chief Karl-Friedrich Stracke has ordered an internal evaluation of whether the Corsa could be moved after 2014 when a new version comes out, Focus said. GM’s Zaragoza plant in Spain might benefit from such a plan, it said.

Without the Corsa, the Eisenach factory’s future would be entirely dependent on the success of a smaller “mini” model scheduled to be built there from 2013 and targeting sales of at least 100,000 a year, the magazine said.

GM said May 17 it will concentrate production of an updated Opel Astra at plants in England and Poland and end construction of the model in Ruesselsheim, Germany.

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