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GM INAUGURATES $300 MILLION FACILITY IN ELLESMERE PORT, ENGLAND

 GM INAUGURATES $300 MILLION FACILITY IN ELLESMERE PORT, ENGLAND
 ZURICH, Switzerland, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors Executive Vice President Louis R. Hughes today officially inaugurated the company's new $300 million manufacturing facility in Ellesmere Port, England, for the production of Opel's new 2.5-liter ECOTEC-V6 engine, which will soon be available in the Opel Vectra/Vauxhall Cavalier model line. The ECOTEC-V6 powerplant has four valves per cylinder and is characterized by its compact design and extremely low emissions and fuel consumption figures. It is the result of an intensive four-year development program by the engineers at the company's Technical Development Center at Opel in Ruesselsheim, Germany.
 Speaking at the inauguration ceremonies, Hughes said, "I'm especially pleased to be here today to celebrate the advent of a new era, not only for the plant and its employes, but also for our company in Europe. This is an important new engine for Opel and Vauxhall in Europe, and what you see today is a credit to everyone involved with this project."
 Following the start of production earlier this year at the new Opel plant in Elsenach, Eastern Germany, and at the company's new engine and assembly plant in Szentgotthard, Hungary, the new V6 engine facility also incorporates the latest in lean and modern manufacturing techniques. In-process checking systems, supported by sophisticated on- line diagnostic equipment, monitor each component as it is produced to ensure absolute consistency throughout the entire build process. Covering 37,000 square meters, the new facility consists of six machining lines for cylinder heads, cylinder blocks, crankshafts, camshafts, con-rods and two engine assembly areas. When running at full capacity, the plant will employ up to 450 people producing a maximum of 135,000 engines annually, the majority of which will be exported to continental Europe.
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