Production of the new Zafira compact van begins this week at Adam Opel AG’s Bochum, Germany, plant. The new Zafira goes on sale July 9. To date, Opel-parent General Motors Corp has invested about €400 million ($517.4 million) to train the plant’s workforce and modernize the Bochum plant, which also builds the Opel Astra station wagon. “We are about to write another chapter in Opel’s compact van success story,” says Plant Manager Martin Apfel. Bochum began assembling Zafira “pilot” ...

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