Opel’s new CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann isn’t officially CEO yet, and he already is facing a rebellion of his troops. Opel dealers threaten to discontinue the brand if Opel won’t withdraw a new distribution system. The dealers say the system comes from where Neumann and Opel’s sales chief Matthias Seidl come from: From Volkswagen.
The new system cuts into dealer margins and is so complicated that “I have to hire a mathematician to understand it,“ an enraged Opel dealer told Automobilwoche [sub]. The dealers say the system is similar to those at Volkswagen and Skoda. Neumann was Volkswagen’s chief in China before he decided to take the top job at Opel. Seidl came from Saab, but spent 20 years at Volkswagen . Some point the fingers at Girksy “who wants to increase Opel’s profits by decreasing dealer profits,” as a comment in Das Autohaus reads.