Now that Opel workers in Bochum refused a plan to keep the factory open, now that an intervention by UAW’s Bob King went exactly nowhere, the question is where to move production of the Opel Zafira when Bochum closes its doors by end of 2014.
In the running: Rüsselsheim, Germany, and Ellesmere Port, UK.
Both locations are top options on the lists of GM and Opel managers, Automobilwoche [sub] says. Opel’s board of management will make a decision by June, which the supervisory board will have to approve. A member of the supervisory board told Automobilwoche that “business aspects” speak for Ellesmere Port, however, he hopes that the Zafira will remain in Germany. The union has half the seats of Opel’s supervisory board, and we know what the unions hope.