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Latest insights


Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.


New Astra Sports Tourer & future Opel/Vauxhalls

27 July 2016

Vauxhall can’t seem to catch the Focus and Golf but the addition of the new estate is giving the griffin logo brand a strong sales boost, the Astra pulling past the VW Polo in June to become the UK’s sixth best selling model.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Geneva, mostly

4 March 2016

A fair number of interesting stories came out of Geneva this week. We learned, for example, that Jeep almost got yanked from the UK market in 2012. And has apparently been saved by the (Fiat-built) Renegade. Volkswagen's little diesel difficulty isn't worrying GM Europe - Opel's boss wants to increase the diesel mix as he also adds a little electrification to the bowl. Even better, after years of losses and not a little restructuring pain (RIP Bochum and Antwerp plants), breakeven is on the cards this year.


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Redesigned Vauxhall (Opel) Astra

6 October 2015

Executives' pride in Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant having secured the contract to be the lead factory for the new generation Astra was palpable at the UK media launch. It was clear that union flexibility was the key to the British plant getting the nod over the Germans - securing 2,000 automaker and supplier jobs until at least 2020 - and led to Bochum, instead of Ellesmere Port, facing the axe. No more British built Astras would also have meant no more British Vauxhall cars (the former Luton car plant is now a development site) and no more Ellesmere Port.

Latest interviews


GENEVA - Interview with Opel CEO Neumann

2 March 2016

General Motors Europe boss has told just-auto that the company is off to a strong sales start as it looks to hit breakeven in 2016. In a wide-ranging interview in Geneva, he also said that Opel is looking to address its weakness in SUVs, is concerned about the UK’s currency movements and believes that Opel should focus on efficiency gains for combustion engines - rather than go for hybrids - in meeting tighter CO2 emission rules.


Interview with Vauxhall MD Tim Tozer

17 September 2015

General Motors' UK operations' chief is Vauxhall MD Tim Tozer. He tells just-auto about the brand's high hopes for the new Astra and the resurgence of the UK manufacturing plant that makes it (one of two in Europe).


INTERVIEW: Tim Tozer, Vauxhall's new chief

11 August 2014

The appointment of a non-GM person reflects the way the US giant is moving as is the way it has dealt with the recall crisis in the US.


INTERVIEW: GM President Dan Ammann

27 June 2014

General Motors President Dan Ammann says that GM is performing to plan and that its European operations are on target to achieve profitability by "mid-decade".

Latest news


First images of GM's E2JO Opel & Vauxhall Insignia

7 December 2016

At the same moment when General Motors Europe's Opel and Vauxhall lifted an embargo on publishing images of the next Insignia hatchback, the near identical car, which will be exported to Australia and New Zealand as the Holden Commodore, was also revealed.


Geneva show debuts list - Volkswagen Arteon

28 November 2016

A third vehicle world premiere for the 2017 Geneva motor show has been added to just-auto.com's debuts list.


Opel expands Onstar to 18 new countries

25 November 2016

Opel says its OnStar service has expanded into 18 additional markets, featuring 19 languages.


Opel/Vauxhall updates Intellilux headlamps

9 November 2016

General Motors Europe's Opel and Vauxhall brands will launch the next generation of IntelliLux LED lighting with the redesigned Insignia Grand Sport in 2017. The latest lamps feature new functions that further improve night time visibility.


2016 Paris motor show - premieres list

30 September 2016

The Audi Q5, Citroën C3, Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Micra, Peugeots 3008 & 5008, Porsche Panamera, Renault Alaskan and Škoda Kodiaq were the most important production models at the 2016 Paris motor show. As for design studies and prototypes, the BMW Concept X2, Generation EQ SUV from Daimler, Lexus UX, Renault Trezor and Volkswagen I.D. were the main show stoppers. Surprisingly, the BMW 5 Series, Infiniti QX50 and a mid-life facelift for the VW Golf did not appear.


Opel planning chief finding predictions problems

29 September 2016

As someone charged with looking into the future, Toscan Bennett, vice president strategy and planning for Opel, is finding it harder and harder to make predictions.


Let the EV range war commence - Paris show

29 September 2016

Renault may have been a little too quick with its press release claiming a new range record of 250 miles (400kms) for its Zoe EV. A walk over to the Opel stand at the Paris show would have revealed the record had already been broken.


Chevrolet announces Bolt EV range 238 miles

13 September 2016

Chevrolet has announced the upcoming 2017 Bolt EV, on sale later this year, will have an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles, well up on rivals such as the Nissan Leaf which are now good for about 125 miles.


Opel Ampera-e to make global debut at Paris show

25 August 2016

Opel said this week it would "revolutionise electromobility at the up-coming Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris as its latest Ampera-e electric car makes its world debut".


Opel Russelsheim starts updated Zafira production

24 August 2016

The first updated Opel Zafira has been built in Opel’s Rüsselsheim plant. Production started with a red unit with OPC line package, equipped with AFL LED technology (adaptive forward lighting) and radar-based adaptive cruise control.


Citing Brexit, GM's Opel reduces working hours

22 August 2016

General Motors' European unit Opel/Vauxhall is scaling back working hours at two German plants due to lower demand for the Corsa and Insignia models, citing Britain's recent 'Brexit' vote to leave the European Union.


just-auto Plus only New Opel Astra features Borbet BS5 wheels

3 August 2016

The new Opel Astra and the Borbet BS5 create a particularly beautiful combination, the classic Y-spoke wheel and the dynamic compact car are true soulmates when it comes to presentation. The newest edition of the Opel Astra is fresher, sportier and more...


just-auto Plus only Opel announces management changes

1 August 2016

The Opel plant in Kaiserslautern will get a new plant manager: Peter Winternheimer will take over the reins at the engine and component plant in western Palatinate on 1 August, 2016. The 47-year-old, previously director manufacturing engineering, strategy and...


Opel’s 2L diesel engine tweaked for marine

13 July 2016

Opel has created its first 2-litre diesel engine for marine applications.


Opel adds adaptive LED headlamps down the range

8 July 2016

Opel is adding as an option adaptive forward lighting (AFL) and full LED headlamps to vans and sport utility vehicles in the compact market segment.


ACEA revises up 2016 growth forecast to 5%

2 June 2016

Europe's Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), has revised its forecast for 2016 car registrations up from its initial January forecast of 2% growth. 


Opel CEO refutes rigged emissions allegations

18 May 2016

Opel Group CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has reiterated the company’s strong rebuttal of claims in the German media that it has rigged emissions tests on some of its diesel engine models.


Opel refutes ‘defeat device’ allegations

17 May 2016

Opel has refuted claims in Germany that it has so-called ‘defeat devices’ installed to some of its diesel engine models in order to rig emissions tests.


Stephen Girsky to retire from General Motors board

25 April 2016

Former General Motors vice-chairman and top Opel and GM Europe executive, Stephen Girsky, will retire from the automaker’s board of directors next June. He joined the board in July 2009.


Opel adds integrated wireless charging to Adam

31 March 2016

Opel is offering a vehicle-integrated wireless charging in selected model variants of the Adam model. It says the advantage is reduced clutter and no need for cables.


Opel announces vehicle emissions initiatives

30 March 2016

Opel says it will publish WLTP test cycle based fuel consumption numbers, reflecting more everyday driving conditions and it will also implement improved SCR diesel applications in new vehicles – which will lower harmful NOx emissions. The initiatives are voluntary ahead of regulatory changes in Europe.


Opel appoints new head of vehicle engineering

11 March 2016

Opel has announced that William F. Bertagni will take over as Vice President Vehicle Engineering, Europe effective April 1. He will replace Charles Klein who is appointed Executive Director Global CO2 Strategy & Energy Center at General Motors. Bertagni will also replace Charles Klein as a member of the board of Adam Opel AG.


Opel invests more in Russelsheim design centre

9 March 2016

Opel says it is continuing to invest in its design centre at Russelsheim. New visual and communication technologies are to be created at EUR11m which Opel says "will allow even better and more effective work once it is completed in June 2017".


Opel sales up 15% in February

8 March 2016

Opel has confirmed strong sales across Europe in February, boosted by ramping up new Astra sales. The strong February figures will come as a boost for GM in Europe which is aiming to hit breakeven on its operations this year.


Opel plans to increase diesel mix in Europe

2 March 2016

Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has told just-auto that the brands are planning to increase diesel mix in Europe, in spite of the uncertainties caused for diesel’s outlook due to the ramifications of VW’s so-called ‘dieselgate’ scandal and its wider fallout.


GENEVA - Opel boss lets slip on Holden model

1 March 2016

An open secret about a future General Motors Holden model for Australia has been inadvertently confirmed, according to an Australian media report.


Opel CEO becomes LinkedIn "influencer"

29 February 2016

Opel/Vauxhall CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann will expand his social communication activities to LinkedIn as a member of the "influencer" programme limited to 500 participants worldwide.


GM's Opel promises Europe a "revolutionary" EV

11 February 2016

General Motors' European unit Opel said it would launch "a revolutionary" new battery electric car next year as part of its plan to launch 29 new models between 2016 and 2020.


Europe sales up 9.3% in 2015 as VW leads

1 February 2016

In 2015 the European car market totalled 14.2m new registrations, an increase of 9.3% over 2014 full year results; the highest since 2009. The market benefited from the last two months of double-digit growth with December setting the highest positive monthly change of the last three years at 1.16m units. Therefore, the last quarter volume increase was the highest of the year, standing at 10.2% more than in Q4 2014, representing 3.42m cars sold in total. The Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate, SAAR, came in at 16.52m units.


GM shifts 9.8m in 2015

21 January 2016

General Motors' global sales reached 9.8m vehicles in 2015, up 0.2% year on year, for the company's third consecutive year of record sales.

Opel news

First images of GM's E2JO Opel & Vauxhall Insignia

7 December 2016

At the same moment when General Motors Europe's Opel and Vauxhall lifted an embargo on publishing...


Geneva show debuts list - Volkswagen Arteon

28 November 2016

A third vehicle world premiere for the 2017 Geneva motor show has been added to just-auto.com's d...


Opel expands Onstar to 18 new countries

25 November 2016

Opel says its OnStar service has expanded into 18 additional markets, featuring 19 languages....


Opel/Vauxhall updates Intellilux headlamps

9 November 2016

General Motors Europe's Opel and Vauxhall brands will launch the next generation of IntelliLux LE...


2016 Paris motor show - premieres list

30 September 2016

The Audi Q5, Citroën C3, Hyundai i30, Kia Rio, Land Rover Discovery, Nissan Micra, Peugeots...


Opel planning chief finding predictions problems

29 September 2016

As someone charged with looking into the future, Toscan Bennett, vice president strategy and plan...



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