Opel History

A brand with a longstanding heritage

Opel is a brand with a long-standing tradition in Europe and today produces and sells vehicles worldwide. Opel was founded in 1862 in Rüsselheim, Germany and joined the General Motors family of cars and trucks in 1929.

Adam Opel founded Opel in 1862 to manufacture high-quality sewing machines in volume. The company later became a leading producer of bicycles before assuming its current role as one of the world's largest producers of automobiles. Opel's vision has remained constant from the beginning: make technology affordable for everyone. Learn more about Opel's products and activities, as well as its relationship with General Motors.

Opel business highlights

The total vehicle market in total Europe showed a small improvement in 2004 with total industry sales of 20.63 million units, an increase of about 50,000 units versus 2002.

Total Opel/Vauxhall sales in total Europe reached 1.62 million vehicles, resulting in a market share of 7.85 percent.

In 2004, Opel and Vauxhall's best-sellers were Astra (415,000) and Corsa (383,000) , accounting for almost half of the brands' total registrations. Innovative monocabs also continued to play a key role with the five-seater Meriva and seven-seater Zafira accumulating joint sales of just under 400,000.Source: Opel