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ANOTHER YEAR OF RECORDS FOR OPEL/VAUXHALL IN EUROPE

Best-Ever Results: Sales of 1.61 Million Cars & 12 Percent Market Share Astra: Almost 700,000 Sold in First Year; New Corsa to Debut this Spring
 ZURICH, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Opel and it Vauxhall sister brand in the United Kingdom achieved all-time-high unit sales in Western Europe of 1.61 million passenger cars in 1992 (1991: 1.55 million) -- the eighth consecutive record sales year for the company. Opel sales grew by 60,000 units, or 3.9 percent, in an overall stagnant Western European market of 13.4 million units. The Opel/Vauxhall market share in Western Europe rose to a best-ever 12.0 percent (1991: 11.6 percent). Total GM group sales in Western Europe were 1.69 million units and the company's market share was 12.6 percent -- for the No. 2 position among all car manufacturers in Europe.
 GM Europe President Louis R. Hughes said in Zurich: "Opel's strength in Europe in 1992 largely reflects the strong position achieved by the new Astra, which had sales of almost 700,000 units last year" (compared with top Kadett sales of 628,000 units in 1989). Over 310,000 Astras were sold in Germany and 86,000 units in the U.K. Astra volume almost doubled in Italy to 69,000 units (1991: 35,600), as Opel sales rose in that country by 42 percent, to 136,000 units, making Italy the company's third-largest market in Europe. Opel sales in France grew by 20 percent, to a best-ever 129,000 units.
 Opel Volume and Share Growth in 12 Countries
 Opel's sales volume increased in 1992 in 12 countries (Vauxhall in the U.K.), with substantial growth in Italy (+ 42.6 percent), Greece (+ 36.7 percent), Norway (+ 24.3 percent) and France (+ 20.0 percent). Market share rose in 12 nations as well. The company's sales balance is exemplified by the fact that it has a penetration of at least 10 percent in 12 different markets. Opel (Vauxhall) is among the top three makes in 11 countries of Western Europe.
 New Facilities Start Production; Strength in Traditional Markets
 In Hungary, Opel has become the market leader among all makes, following the start of engine and Astra production at the Szentgotthard plant in mid 1992. The Astra has become the best-selling Western car in that country. The start of Astra production at the new Opel plant in Elsenach has helped Opel maintain its market leadership in the five new federal states of Germany -- a position it has held since unification. Over 125,000 new Opel cars were sold there in 1992. Total Opel sales in Germany last year were 670,000 passenger cars, for a penetration of 17.0 percent. In the United Kingdom, Vauxhall sales rose by 7.0 percent, to 266,000 cars, and a best-ever market share of 16.7 percent.
 Vectra and Calibra Again Segment Leaders
 With total sales of 416,000 units, the Vectra was again the best- selling mid-size car in Europe. Germany (164,000 units) and the U.K. (108,000 units) were its most important markets. The Calibra (56,000 units) also maintained the No. 1 position it has held in the coupe segment in Europe since its introduction two years ago.
 Opel Market Leader in 4 Countries
 In the Netherlands, Opel was the market leader in 1992 for the 24th year in a row, with a share of 15.0 percent on sales of 71,000 units. In Switzerland, Opel was the No. 1 brand for the 11th consecutive year, with sales of 41,000 cars and a penetration of 14.1 percent. Opel was also the top-selling make in Denmark and Norway. It was No. 2 in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany and the United Kingdom (Vauxhall).
 New Corsa in the Spring
 Louis R. Hughes expressed confidence as far as 1993 is concerned: "Opel's commitment to environmental and safety initiatives will also be evident in the new Corsa to be launched this spring. This new car has technological and safety features found so far only in larger automobiles. We call it "the grown-up small car."
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