The Opel Test Center Dudenhofen in Dudenhofen, Germany, has been in existence for fifty years. Since the opening in April 1966, the new Opel models are being put to the test here at the Opel Test Center Dudenhofen. The development of new technology is a spearhead. The Opel Test Center Dudenhofen also contributes significantly to improving the reliability, comfort and safety of the Opel models. The driving qualities are of course also examined.
It started as a private property
The Opel Test Center Dudenhofen started as an 2,6 km2 large private area with various test tracks with various types of road surface. The center southeast of Frankfurt provided testing space for many Opel models. From Kadett-B to the Insignia, from Manta to the current Astra: they have all been subjected to intensive tests. In recent decades, the center has been modernized and expanded several times. Currently, “Dudenhofen” offers a total of 90 kilometers of test facilities. Furthermore, it offers all possibilities to simulate a service life of fifteen years / 24 km in just 200.000 weeks. Employees of the Opel Test Center work in three shifts. They do that seven days a week. The test drivers jointly cover 40.000 kilometers every day. They wear out about five hundred tires a month.
Largest extension in history
Opel started in 2013 with the largest expansion of the Opel Test Center Dudenhofen ever. Additional test jobs will be realized in the coming years, as well as new test facilities for autonomous driving systems and future emission measurements. The number of employees in the ultramodern Opel Test Center Dudenhofen will eventually increase to seven hundred.
10 September open day
The jubilee will be celebrated on 10 September with an open day. Enthusiasts and interested parties can then get an exclusive look behind the scenes. Opel expects to meet such 20.000 visitors at the center, where many models of the GM subsidiary were intensively prepared for a successful career.