New Opel entrance

Opel South Africa is now a registered private company owned by Opel Germany. Following the withdrawal of General Motors from the local scene and the subsequent sale of the Opel brand to Peugeot Citroen, the Mzansi business has been unstable. With the latest investment of R700 million into parts, warranty and service plans for Opel customers, it is envisaged that new life will be breathed into it and allow it to rise to the top again.


Opel has been in Mzansi for 80 years under different owners. It has been loved and respected by hundreds of thousands of people over that period of time and has picked up several accolades, including Car of the Year awards. Over the past year or so though, much of this goodwill has been left to wither away. Currently there are 35 Opel dealerships, with more expected to open over the next 5 years. Over R20 million has also been spent on updating dealership signage to get in line with Opel’s international look and feel.


Brian Hunter, General Manager of Unitrans Opel Southern Africa, said: “We are delighted that investment in the Opel brand in South Africa has now exceeded R1.5 billion when one combines the investment of Opel International, the Unitrans Opel distributor and the group of Opel Dealers. We estimate that this investment now employs over 1 000 people.”

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