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General Motors said it will put its new Opel/Vauxhall small cabriolet into production at its Polish plant in Gliwice.

The new model is part of the company’s EUR11bn (US$15bn) investment in European operations announced last year.

It will be based on Opel/Vauxhall’s compact vehicle architecture which is also the basis for the current Astra, the SportsTourer wagon spin-off and the upcoming GTC. The convertible will hit the market in 2013 – the same year that Opel/Vauxhall is also launching the new small car.

Subsequent to a joint agreement between management and employee representatives during the restructuring at the Opel plant in Gliwice, the cabrio will be built alongside Astra models.

Opel/Vauxhall CEO Nick Reilly said: ““The new convertible will be a great addition to our product lineup. It follows the long-standing tradition of highly emotional and legendary Opel/Vauxhall cabrios that provided important halo effects on our brand.”

Previous Opel/Vauxhall cabrios include the two-seat Tigra and four-seat Astra convertibles, both with folding metal roofs, and fabric roof Astra cabrio. Some have been built by specialsts such as Bertone rather than in-house.

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