Huge interest in the Insignia GSi: Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller with Chancellor Angela Merkel, VDA president Matthias Wissmann, Hesse’s prime minister Volker Bouffier, Opel CFO Philippe de Rovira and Hesse’s minister of finance Thomas Schäfer, Maros Sefcovic, member of the European Commission and federal minister of transport Alexander Dobrindt (from the left).

Angela Merkel Visits Opel at Frankfurt Motor Show

Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Opel stand during her tour of the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA) and informed herself about the Rüsselsheim carmaker’s motor show premieres. The chancellor was greeted by Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller and Philippe de Rovira, Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Chancellor Merkel was accompanied by Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt, the prime minister of Hesse, Volker Bouffier and Matthias Wissmann, the president of the German Automobile Association (VDA). Michael Lohscheller explained to Chancellor Merkel the important role played by the new Insignia, which celebrates its world premiere at the IAA as the top-of-the-line GSi version. “Developed and produced in Rüsselsheim, the Insignia is an important part of the future – for Opel, for Rüsselsheim and for the state of Hesse,” said Lohscheller.

The Opel CEO also emphasised the potential of the new constellation within the French PSA Group: “We are now part of the second largest automobile manufacturer in Europe. By combining our strengths we want to restore Opel to sustainable profitability and success. The announcement of our first plug-in hybrid with the Grandland X is an example of the opportunities that await us within the PSA concern.”

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