Production of the Opel Mokka will move from Korea to Spain in 2014 in a bid by General Motors to boost its ailing and underutilised European operations.

The Opel Mokka compact SUV – badged as a Vauxhall Mokka in other markets – arrives locally in October. Once here, it will belatedly join its Chevrolet Trax-based sister car, the Holden Trax, due to land next month.

Industry journal Automotive News Europe reports that production of the Opel Mokka will switch from its current base at GM Daewoo’s Bupyeong plant in Korea, to Opel‘s Zaragoza factory in Spain from mid-2014.

Holden Trax

According to the report, GM has said the production shift would help meet high European demand for the Mokka as well as free up capacity at the Bupyeong facility.

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said in a statement that the decision to transfer Mokka manufacturing was part of GM’s strategy of building vehicles where they are sold.

Aimed at addressing Opel’s current capacity underutilisation in Europe, Neumann said “[the decision] is good news for the entire organisation.”

The move is also said to aid in safeguarding 5800 jobs at the Spanish plant.

While GM builds its own Chevrolet Trax SUVs at its plant in Silao, Mexico, Opel Australia’s head of marketing and public relations, Michelle Lang, said our Mokka will be produced in Korea with only some markets to receive models produced in Spain.

“At the moment we have no indication of which markets specifically will be catered for by the Zaragoza plant,” Lang said.

Holden Australia says it will source the Holden Trax from Korea from its mid-August launch, and continue to source it from the Bupyeong plant in 2014. It has no plans to build the Trax in Australia.

The Opel Mokka and Holden Trax will challenge the likes of the Ford EcoSport, Renault Captur and Peugeot 2008.

  • F1orce

    That’s great. Spain seriously needs the employment.

    • asdfg

      So do Greece.

  • marc


  • $29896495

    Build cars where they are sold?

  • Opelman

    The Mokka will definately compliment the Opel range in Australia when it arrives in the next few months. A much needed vehicle in the booming SUV market. With the Opel Adam, and the varied models on offer, they should of got creative and offered Latte, Soy Cap and Affogato to the Mokka range. It will definately be a vehicle that Cappucino lovers and soccer mums will buy. Would make it interesting LOL :)

    • $29896495

      Except sold by Holden

    • Dr Sheldon Cooper

      I hate to be nitpicky but it is rather annoying when people say, “should OF”. It Is “should HAVE”.

      And it is GOTTEN, not GOT.

      You’re welcome.

      • $29896495

        As Americans say, “Bring to the Mall”.

  • Dr Sheldon Cooper

    It is interesting that GM wants to SAVE 5000 jobs in Spain but NOT in Aust. Just say it, GM – labor is cheap in Spain and NOT in Aust. We can take it.

    • $29896495

      Don’t think that’s it. Australia is seen as out of the loop. Even with the falling dollar which in turn means that despite what they say it cost to pay workers on the US balance sheets it actually costs less. GM speak contains a lot of BS spin. Spain they build a full range of cars not just one big hulking mass that nobody else wants.