In March 1990, a collaboration between the Eisenach Automobile Plant (AWE) and Adam Opel AG was agreed and the decision was made to set up an Opel plant in Eisenach in the AWE branch in the west of Wartburgstadt , which was built in the 1980s . On October 5, 1990, an assembly line for the Opel Vectra was opened together with the then Eisenach automobile plant . Federal Chancellor Helmut Kohl was the guest of honor at the opening ceremony .
On December 13, 1990, the President of the Treuhandanstalt , Detlev Rohwedder , the CEO of Adam Opel AG, Louis R. Hughes , and the managing director of the Eisenach automobile plant signed a property purchase agreement to enable the construction of a new automobile assembly plant. The foundation stone was laid on February 7, 1991, and the topping-out ceremony for the new plant on September 9, 1991 , in which Opel invested around one billion Deutschmarks. Almost at the same time, the Eisenach automobile plant was wound up and production of the Wartburg 1.3 stopped there.
The new plant started production of the Astra and Corsa models on September 23, 1992 . With its 1900 employees, it was one of the most successful and productive automobile plants in Europe at the time.
With the introduction of the three-shift system, the construction phase of the plant was completed on October 4, 1993. The 500,000th Opel built in Eisenach rolled off the assembly line on October 16, 1996, and the one millionth on November 16, 1999.
In the course of the economic problems of the parent company General Motors as a result of the financial crisis from 2007 , the maintenance of the Opel plant in Eisenach was temporarily in question. Production at the factory was temporarily stopped.
The Eisenach plant has been part of Adam Opel AG since November 2013 and operates as the Adam Opel AG Eisenach plant, and as the Opel Automobile GmbH Eisenach plant since 2017.
Fernando Andreu from the Opel Zaragoza plant has been Plant Manager in Eisenach since January 2018, replacing Pieter Ruts, who is taking on the role of Industrial Program Director at Opel headquarters. In autumn 2018, the end of Adam production for May 2019 was announced; then the plant is to be modernized and then the Opel Grandland X , from 2020 also as a hybrid variant , will be produced. As early as August, the first steps to change production were taken, which will not affect ongoing production.
On May 3, 2019, the last Opel Corsa rolled off the assembly line in Eisenach after 26 years . The Corsa F has only been manufactured in the Opel plant in Saragossa since June 2019 . The last Opel Adam also rolled off the assembly line on May 3, 2019 after more than 6 years.
Chronological production overview
- 1990 - 1992: Opel Vectra
- 09.1992 - 04.1995: Opel Astra F
- 06.1993 - 07.2000: Opel Corsa B
- 04.1998 - 12.2000: Opel Astra G
- 08.2000 - 07.2006: Opel Corsa C
- 10.2001 - 07.2003: Opel Astra G
- 08.2006 - 10.2014: Opel Corsa D
- 01.2013 - 05.2019: Opel ADAM
- 08/2014 - 05/2019: Opel ADAM ROCKS
- 11/2014 - 05/2019: Opel Corsa E.
- 01.2015 - 05.2019: Opel ADAM S
- since 08. 2019: Opel Grandland X
- since 8th 2019: Opel Grandland X PHEV
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