Opel Sales Rise in First Three Months of 2015, Backed by Mokka Demand

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If you were worried about the future of European automaker Opel, the company GM very nearly closed a few years ago, don't be. The Germans have begun the recovery process, with the help of cars Europeans like.
In the first three months of 2015, Opel managed 279,306 new registrations. The 3.1% increase is small, only 8,500 cars, but any positive news is welcomed after so many years of slipping results. Opel and its British sister brand Vauxhall's results were slightly better than the overall European vehicle market‘s 2.8 percent increase.

Peter Christian Küspert, Vice President Sales and Aftersales, Opel Group, was pleased with market share growth: “In countries like the UK, Spain, Italy, Poland and Turkey, demand is considerably higher than last year. With our young and attractive model portfolio, we benefit from this.”

Partially responsible for the results is the Mokka subcompact crossover. After production moved from South Korea to Zaragoza, Spain, demand never slowed. New engines, including a 1.6-liter diesel, were added to the range recently.

The company's sales counters can look forward to even more positive results in the near future, as the Corsa E is likely to be in high demand. Opel also increased commercial vehicle sales. 4.2% of the overall LCV market share belongs to the Movano makers, the highest since 2009.

“The LCV business offers tremendous potential for growth, and it is a key pillar of our long-term plan DRIVE! 2022," Kuspert says.

In other news, car production at the Opel plant in Gliwice has topped 2 million units, after a Holden Cascada destined for Australia left the assembly line.
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