Opel’s Zaragoza plant celebrates 30 years of manufacturing image

The Opel/Vauxhall plant in Zaragoza, Spain, has celebrated its 30th anniversary, having produced more than eleven million cars during the three decades.

The plant, which currently makes the five-door Corsa variant and the Meriva MPV, has held an anniversary ceremony, with celebrations being part of Opel brand’s 150th anniversary.

Located in the region of Aragon, the plan started life in 1982, when the first Corsa model rolled of the assembly line. The event marked the beginning of the plant’s extraordinary success story: no less than six different Opel models have been produced in Zaragoza over the years.

So far, Opel has invested more than 4.1 billion euros in the plant, which hires around 6,000 people. Since its opening, the Zaragoza facility built 9,161,725 Corsa vehicles, 1,331,966 Meriva, 213,369 Combo, 250,728 Tigra, 153,908 Kadett and 52,731 Astra.

The Zaragoza celebration comes right during Opel’s 150th anniversary year. In 1862, the company started out as a sewing machine factory in Rüsselsheim, Germany, then switched to bicycle production and started making cars in 1899.

At a ceremony attended by senior government representatives, Managing Director Antonio Cobo, praised the dedication of the employees and their “Passion for Quality” philosophy.