Automobile Industry

Fotograf: Roger Richter, Wiesbaden

Employing nearly 50,000 people, the automobile sector is one of Hessen’s key industries. One of its flagship companies is Opel in Rüsselsheim, whose production facility is one of the most modern in the world and produces up to 180,000 cars per year. The Kassel region hosts Daimler and Volkswagen production facilities as well as a spare parts and logistics centre of the VW Group. But Hessen also has many suppliers such as Continental, Veritas and Bosch. A striking feature of the industry is its international orientation: Companies such as Seat or Ferrari have their German headquarters here. The Hessian automobile industry has an export ratio of 54%.

Asia is also strongly represented: Numerous Far Eastern companies maintain distribution and logistics facilities or dedicated research and development centres in Hessen. Opel’s scientists are researching alternative propulsion technologies in order to make General Motors cars smaller, more affordable and more efficient. The launch of the new Opel Ampera, a fully electric vehicle, demonstrates that the electric car is not only clean and environmentally friendly but also visually appealing. Hessen forms a European transport hub and is focussing on the electric vehicle sector.

“The Rhine-Main region is very important for us. It is often associated with the Opel name in Rüsselsheim. But that misses the fact that the whole Frankfurt area has been shaped by the automobile industry. Rhine-Main has become a real centre for this sector.”
Dr Thomas Sedran, Deputy Board Chairman, Adam Opel AG.


  • Volkswagen
  • Daimler
  • Hyundai
  • Kia Motors
  • Seat
  • Skoda
  • Jaguar
  • Ferrari
  • Fiat
  • Chevrolet
  • Land Rover
  • Maserati