Opel may move up end of production at German plant

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

BERLIN (AP) — General Motors Co. says it could end car production at a German plant at the beginning of 2015, two years earlier than planned, as it tries to turn around its European unit amid economic gloom in the region.

Opel announced last month it plans to stop producing cars at its plant in Bochum, northwestern Germany, in 2016 when it stops making its current Zafira model. It has been negotiating with employee representatives on its turnaround plan.

A letter to employees Tuesday from Steve Girsky, chairman of Opel's board of directors and GM vice chairman, says results in those talks are needed in February. He says that if there's no deal, Zafira production in Bochum would end Jan. 1, 2015, after an existing agreement to keep the site open expires.

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