Opel has inaugurated a new engine plant in Szentgotthárd, Hungary, two years after the project was announced.
The 500 million euro world-class flex-plant was inaugurated in the presence of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Opel/Vauxhall Deputy Chairman Thomas Sedran. Orban acknowledged the importance of the new facility for the Hungarian economy, while the Opel executive emphasized that the investment is an important part of Opel/Vauxhall product offensive. “We are investing billions of euros in 23 new models and 13 new engines by 2016. Many of these engines will be built right here in Szentgotthárd,” Sedran said at the inauguration ceremony.
The plant will produce fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel engines and will have the ability to quickly adapt production depending on market demand. Opel’s new facility will employ more than 800 people and build 500,000 engines per year at full capacity. Production will start before the end of this year, with the first engine to be made in Szengotthárd to be the 1.6-liter gasoline unit, available with various levels of power.
These engines will power the face-lifted Opel/Vauxhall Astra range, including the new four-door sedan. According to Opel, these engines “provide extraordinarily high maximum torque along with significantly reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.” All of the engines built in Szengotthárd will meet the strict Euro 6 emissions standard.