February 20, 2009

GM Europe in talks with Opel

Per DerSpiegel, General Motors Europe is currently in the works to develop a plan in order to avoid massive layoffs and plant closures regarding Opel in Germany, Vauxhall in Britain and Saab in Sweden. Currently, Opel employs 26,000 workers at four plants in Russelheim, Bochum, Kaiserslautern and Eisenach in Germany.

Berliners are keeping a close eye on the news.

@inpressulum (Berlin, Germany): bin gespannt wie viele opel-angestellte morgen früh nicht mehr dort arbeiten #finanzkrise (i'm curious how many opel-staff tomorrow morning no longer work there #financialcrisis)

@baumfleisch (Berlin, Germany): Saab stellt Insolvenzantrag und soll mit Opel fusionieren um jobs zu retten. http://tinyurl.com/dypy4x (Saab is bankrupt and should merge with Opel in order to save jobs.)

@Askowronek (Berlin, Germany): Steinbrück schließt Hilfe für Opel nicht aus … Darf man erfahren, wofür OPEL das Geld verwendet? Für neuerliche Rationalisierungen doch wohl (Steinbrück includes support for Opel ... Can not you find what OPEL the money used? For further rationalizations surely)

@KTGuttenberg (Berlin, Germany): @FrankGarrelts Gute Idee. Dann ist der nächste Opel ein Porsche - ein Volksporsche. Das hat Potential! (Good idea. Then the next Opel a Porsche - a Porsche people. That has potential! )

One man posted a 1970's Opel commercial from YouTube.

@ixa (Berlin, Germany): In memoriam Opel http://tinyurl.com/bfmnhk

Another made this observation about a current marketing campaign by Opel.

@kaipiranha (Berlin, Germany): Interessante Musikwahl für den aktuellen Opel-Spot: "Bittersweet Symphony" von The Verve (Interesting choice of music for the current Opel Spot: "Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve)

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