Antwerp produces new Opel Astra

5th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

5 January 2004, BRUSSELS – Opel Antwerp saw the first of its new Astra models leave its assembly hall Monday morning, the success of which will be pivotal in securing the future of the Antwerp plant.

5 January 2004

BRUSSELS – Opel Antwerp saw the first of its new Astra models leave its assembly hall Monday morning, the success of which will be pivotal in securing the future of the Antwerp plant.

The new Astra, which received positive feedback at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is the first of three new models which General Motors-owned Opel will be producing in Antwerp.

Some 5,500 workers received extra training in preparation for the manufacture of the new Astra – production of the existing model will be discontinued at the end of March.

Antwerp will also be producing the new estate model Astra after the summer, the new three-door model from January 2005, as well as spare parts for GM plants in Germany and the United Kingdom.

An average of 1,100 new Astras will be assembled daily in Antwerp, 97 percent of which are destined for international export.

Subject: Belgian news

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