Opel is a German automobile manufacturer established in 1862, mainly serving the motor vehicle market in Europe, Asia and Africa and selling cars under its sister brand Vauxhall in the United Kingdom. Previously owned by U.S. based General Motors until 2017, it was bought by Groupe PSA, also home to French car brands Peugeot and Citroën.
In 2017, Corsa was the most produced Opel/Vauxhall model, at 248,271 units. It was followed by the Astra K and Mokka/Mokka X, each with over 180,000 units produced. In terms of motor manufacturing, its Szentgotthard plant in Hungary was the company's greatest engine producer, having made more than 486,000 such items.
In the past few years, Opel/Vauxhall sales in Europe fluctuated. Between 2011 and 2018, the first year recorded proved to be the peak, before sales declined by roughly 15 percent the next year. In 2018, the German automaker sold 884,412 passenger cars. Of these, every fourth was sold in its home market, making it the most important.
In Czechia, Opel suffered a decline of nearly 24 percent between 2017 and 2018, although figures were still noticeably higher than at the beginning of the reporting period. The fall in car sales was even more prominent in Turkey, where sales more than halved.
By comparison, in 2018, new registrations of Vauxhall passenger cars reached 177,298 units in the UK.
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