26 Dec '11, 3am

Opel at 150 Years Young: ^WG

Timeline of a struggling German automobile icon. Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - Dec 25, 2011 At one time, Germany’s largest auto manufacturer still has game. In a Christmas week release from Opel, we discover that Germany’s auto manufacturing industry is not just VW, BMW and Mercedes. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, Opel employees will not just be raising their glasses to the New Year but will be toasting the start of the 150th anniversary year of Opel. In 1862, the founding father, Adam Opel, could hardly have envisaged that his firm would one day become one of the biggest car makers in Europe. In the year 1862, Adam Opel uses his father’s locksmith workshop in Rüsselsheim, Germany, to make sewing machines. The business takes off. Soon after, bicycles are sold and in 1886, the first bike, the “Velociped” model has its market launch. Bicycles from Rüsselsheim quickly become popu...

Full article: http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?p=329165

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