Founded in 1862 in Rüsselsheim, Opel is one of the most technologically advanced automobile manufacturers in Europe. We have a long and rich history. Our company is shaped by our passion for cars. Together with Vauxhall, our sister brand in the U.K., we sell vehicles in over 35 markets in Europe. We operate 13 vehicle, powertrain and component plants in 8 countries and employ around 47,000 people. Many additional jobs are provided by some 5,000 independent sales and service outlets.
We not only build cars, we live for cars. Outstanding design, innovative technology and environmental friendliness are the hallmarks of our vehicles. One of our most exciting plans for 2011 is the launch of the Opel Ampera, the first extended-range electric vehicle.
In 2009, for the third consecutive year we sold over 1.2 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 6.4 percent. In our homemarket in Germany, Opel regained the number two position with a market share of 8.6 percent.