Sat, 05 Mar 2005

From: AFP

GM to make mid-size cars in Germany

FRANKFURT: General Motors, the world's biggest car maker, said on Friday it had chosen its German unit Opel over Swedish subsidiary Saab to make its mid-size cars in future.

"GM has decided to build specific Opel and Saab models, based on a common platform, at (Opel's main site) Ruesselheim from 2008," GM Europe announced in a statement released here.

The auto giant had undertaken an "intensive" analysis of both the Ruesselsheim site just outside Frankfurt and Saab's Trollhaettan plant in Sweden over the past few months.

The analysis was to determine which site offered the best business model that could meet "GM's production demands in Europe in future," the company said. -- AFP