Opel has created a unique Adam which shows how important the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is to automakers.

Opel has created a unique Adam which shows how important the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is to automakers.

Presented to U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson and the State Secretary for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the one-off model shows the challenges automakers face when trying to export a European car to the United States.  As such, it features arrows and commentary that point out all the changes that would be required to export the Adam to America.  These include the headlights and airbags as well as the front, roof and rear-end structures.

As Opel explained, making cars such as the Adam US-compliant would require a huge investment.  The company went on to say these expenses "normally result in such projects no longer being profitable."

In a statement, Opel CEO Dr. Karl-Thomas Neumann said "This Adam shows exactly how many chances we are missing out on because of pointless obstacles. The different safety norms would mean us having to put in an enormous effort – even though the safety standards are already extremely high on both sides of the Atlantic."  He went on to praise TTIP by saying it "... offers the unique opportunity of taking the current transatlantic standards and norms and further developing these together."

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