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GM STARTS OPEL ENGINE PRODUCTION IN HUNGARY

 GM STARTS OPEL ENGINE PRODUCTION IN HUNGARY
 SZENTGOTTHARD, Hungary, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors'


newest and most modern Opel engine plant in Europe was officially dedicated in Szentgotthard today by the Hungarian Minister of Industry and Trade, Dr. Ivan Szabo, and GM Europe Vice President Hans Huskes.
 The engine plant will have the capacity to produce as many as 200,000 1.6 liter petrol engines annually, mainly for export to other Opel plants in Europe. It is thus the more significant part of the approximately DM 400 million total investment in the GM Hungary project, which also includes the assembly of Astras that began in March this year. The new engine plant in Szentgotthard will operate on three shifts. Depending on market demand, it has the flexibility to further increase production capacity.
 The engine plant is highly automated. State-of-the-art technology is used in the machining of the cylinder block, the crankshaft and the connecting rod. For example, by applying high-speed boring on the cylinder block line, the usual 162 seconds process time is reduced to 14 seconds, and also results in improved geometry of the cylinder bore.
 During the dedication ceremony, GM Hungary Managing Director Ernst A. Hofmann stated that since the start of sales on April 12 this year, 3,500 Opel Astra units have been sold or ordered in Hungary, already enabling the Astra to take over the No. 1 spot among Western cars sold in Hungary.
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