Start of production for High-Tech Diesel at Opel Kaiserslautern

Exceptional attendance: Start of production of the Euro 6 diesel with Pieter Ruts, Assistant Plant Manager, Peter Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Opel Group, Jim DeLuca, GM Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing, Christian Müller, Vice President GM Powertrain Engineering Europe, Peter Winternheimer, Plant Manager (acting), Dr. Jens Wartha, Global Program Manager and Chief Engineer and Marc Schiff, Executive Director Manufacturing (from left to right).

Exceptional attendance: Start of production of the Euro 6 diesel with Pieter Ruts, Assistant Plant Manager, Peter Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Opel Group, Jim DeLuca, GM Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing, Christian Müller, Vice President GM Powertrain Engineering Europe, Peter Winternheimer, Plant Manager (acting), Dr. Jens Wartha, Global Program Manager and Chief Engineer and Marc Schiff, Executive Director Manufacturing (from left to right).

Assembly line: Start of production of the new, super clean 2.0 CDTI in the Opel plant in Kaiserslautern.

Assembly line: Start of production of the new, super clean 2.0 CDTI in the Opel plant in Kaiserslautern.

– New engine already meets strict Euro 6 emission standards;

– Engine to be used in Insignia and Zafira;

– Key component in Opel powertrain offensive.

Important guest: Jim DeLuca, GM Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing, made the trip from the United States to witness the start of production of the new high-tech diesel in Kaiserslautern.

Important guest: Jim DeLuca, GM Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing, made the trip from the United States to witness the start of production of the new high-tech diesel in Kaiserslautern.

Start of production: The new 2.0-litre diesel engine will roll off the production line Kaiserslautern. The ultra-modern engine already meets strict Euro 6 emission standards.

Start of production: The new 2.0-litre diesel engine will roll off the production line Kaiserslautern. The ultra-modern engine already meets strict Euro 6 emission standards.

Kaiserslautern, Germany —— Opel Kaiserslautern is celebrating the arrival of a new engine. Regular production of the new 2.0-litre diesel started with Jim DeLuca, GM Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing, and Peter Christian Küspert, Vice President Sales & Aftersales Opel Group in attendance. The ultra-modern engine already complies with strict Euro 6 emission standards.

The high-tech diesel, offering 125 kW/170 hp and impressive torque of 400 Nm will be available for Opel’s flagship, the Insignia, and the Zafira Tourer. However, the new 2.0 CDTI does not just impress with its power and torque but also with considerably reduced consumption and emissions. Noise and vibration levels were lessened so that the engine offers smoothness previously unknown in this segment. The new diesel is five decibels quieter than its predecessors in idle mode.

Thus, the 2.0 CDTI fulfils all important requirements of a modern engine and will increase the desirability of the Opel diesel portfolio. It marks the start of a new generation of large diesel engines, which will be developed by engineers in Torino and Rüsselsheim with the team in North America also assisting.

“The plant in Kaiserslautern is making a valuable contribution to Opel’s powertrain offensive by producing the youngest member of the two-litre diesel engine family. We are proud to have been chosen to build this high-tech engine. The experienced team will master this task and deliver in the usual high quality,” said Peter Winternheimer, provisional plant manager of Opel Kaiserslautern.

The plant in Kaiserslautern, which is known as a centre of competence for engines along with bodywork and chassis components, has a long tradition in engine construction. Since 1980, over nine million engines have been produced in Kaiserslautern. Diesel engines have been made there since 1982. In 1996, a new diesel engine plant was built and production increased.

Opel recently announced further investments for the production of a new engine and transmission family to be produced in Kaiserslautern and other plants.

[Source : General Motors]

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