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Opel: at home in Europe and the world

From its birthplace in Rüsselsheim, the Opel brand has spread out across Europe and the world. We operate modern production and assembly facilities in many European countries and sell our cars all over the world. The Dudenhofen Test Centre is located near the Rüsselsheim headquarters.

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Rüsselsheim: a centre for modern production

Opel’s company headquarters is in Rüsselsheim, Germany, where the company was founded over 110 years ago. In 2002, a record investment of € 750 million made it one of the world's most modern car factories. The annual capacity of the new plant is 180,000 vehicles. The successful Opel Insignia is made here. Rüsselsheim provides a modern workplace for about 15,600 employees.

Opel: at home in europe and the world

Opel is one of Europe’s largest automakers and has been part of the French automotive company Groupe PSA since August 2017. In 2016, Opel sold approximately 1.2 million vehicles. The company was founded in 1862 by Adam Opel in Rüsselsheim, Germany, and has maintained its headquarters in the brand’s hometown for 155 years.

Dudenhofen test centre

Tests and road trials have been an essential part of vehicle development ever since cars were designed and built. The Dudenhofen Test Centre was opened in 1964 near Opel’s Rüsselsheim headquarters. It has been continuously improved to provide the best proofing grounds for the development of safe, environmentally friendly, dynamic and reliable vehicles. Every factor affecting the driving performance of your car is put to the test on a wide variety of tracks. Advanced engineering facilities enable the precise testing and measurement of factors such as durability, emissions, safety, performance and consumption.

Test track overview

On the test tracks theory meets reality. And good ideas get separated from the not so good. The test tracks include:


  • Skid pad for testing cornering ability
  • 4.8 km high-speed circle track allows speeds of up to 250 km/h without lateral forces
  • Comfort and noise measurement track to ascertain rolling tire noise, interior noise and driving comfort
  • Torture track brings the truth to light over 900 meters of potholes and humps, the “washboard”, cobbles and pavé
  • Hill track puts steering, transmission and brakes to the test with gradients of up to 30 %
  • The endurance test track offers many different road surfaces including asphalt and cobblestones, waves and numerous curves, plus gravel, mud, forest and dust trails, a water or salt water bath and two loading ramps
  • The performance area is perfect for proving vehicle dynamics or for driver training
  • The handling track goes through 16 curves and hollows, uphill and downhill

Proofing services

The driving and engineering services of the Test Centre are also available for companies that do not belong to Opel Automobile GmbH. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


Please contact us for further questions:

Opel Automobile GmbH
Opel Test Center
Am Opel Prüffeld 2
D-63110 Rodgau-Dudenhofen

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