FRANKFURT (Reuters) - General Motors plans to develop its future compact model class at its German Ruesselsheim facility, a company spokesman said on Friday.
"Here in Ruesselsheim, we will now not only have responsibility for developing the mid-class car -- which customers might know as the Vectra -- but also the worldwide responsibility for developing the compact class," said the spokesman for GM's German unit Opel.
The decision will bolster job security for the 7,000 employees at the international technical development center in Ruesselsheim, said the head of Opel's employee council, Klaus Franz.
"It's once again proof that Germany as a place to do business is globally competitive," Franz said.
GM announced last year that it wanted to build automobiles in the future based on a common architecture, which would mean building all GM compact class cars on the so-called Delta platform.
Management and worker representatives reached agreement in early March on a restructuring plan for the Ruesselsheim plant after months of discussion. The agreement secures the continued operation of the plant until 2010 in exchange for wage concessions.