RUSSELSHEIM, Germany — Adam Opel AG has begun pilot production of what it calls its new “leanfield” plant in Russelsheim to build the next-generation Vectra model. The plant will produce 270,000 vehicles annually on three shifts and will replace the current aging assembly operation, which opened in 1954, with similar capacity. The plant now builds both Vectra and Omega models. The General Motors of Europe operation will spend DM1.5 billion (US$652 million) on the new plant, which ...

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