Opel can look back on a nearly 150 -year history. Adam Opel founded in 1862, the company that first produced sewing machines and bicycles. It was only in 1898 rose Rüsselsheim in the automotive industry. One of the first models was one of the coach cars Opel Lutzmann. 1929, the German car maker became part of the General Motors Group. During the financial crisis, the company was in financial difficulties since 2011, Opel is again a corporation. End of 2011, the electrically -powered Opel Ampera comes on the market.