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THE WEEK THAT WAS - Geneva, mostly

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 i...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: Redesigned Vauxhall (Opel) Astra

Executives' pride in Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant having secured the contract to be the lead factory for the new generation Astra was pal...


Glenn Brooks | 23 Sep 2015

In the second and final part of this month's management briefing, we take a look at the stand out concepts, production cars and trends seen at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA motor show.


Glenn Brooks | 29 Jul 2015

GM Europe's Mokka is one of the most successful B-SUVs in the region, but does that mean that few people are interested in a pricey Corsa? Not at all, with orders for Opel's new OPC and Vauxhall's just-launched VXR soon to cross the 1,500 cars mark.


Glenn Brooks | 9 Jul 2015

The 12 percent YoY rise in the June German passenger cars market has seen some notable changes to the usual pecking order. Opel muscled past both Ford and BMW to take fourth position behind Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and third-placed Audi.


Glenn Brooks | 9 Jun 2015

It was launched with great fanfare only last year but sales of the Aslan, Hyundai's import-fighter, continue to disappoint. This is worrying news for HMG in its home market.

Latest Interviews

Dave Leggett | 2 Mar 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.


Dave Leggett | 17 Sep 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).

Latest News

Simon Warburton | 2 Jun 2016

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


Dave Leggett | 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.


Dave Leggett | 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.


Graeme Roberts | 25 Apr 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.


Dave Leggett | 31 Mar 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.


Dave Leggett | 30 Mar 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.


Dave Leggett | 11 Mar 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.


Dave Leggett | 9 Mar 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".


Dave Leggett | 8 Mar 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.


Dave Leggett | 2 Mar 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.


Graeme Roberts | 1 Mar 2016

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


Dave Leggett | 29 Feb 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.


Graeme Roberts | 11 Feb 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.


Graeme Roberts | 1 Feb 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.


Graeme Roberts | 21 Jan 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.


Graeme Roberts | 18 Jan 2016

Last year, 2015, new car registrations in Europe's Big Five markets passed the 10m units mark, increasing by 8.8% compared to 2014. All five markets posted positive growth with Germany leading the way with 3.2m units, up by 5.6%, although this was the lowest annual increase among the five countries.


Graeme Roberts | 21 Dec 2015

Renault said its Batilly plant, which makes the large Renault-badged Master van plus variants for GM Europe's Opel and Vauxhall brands, and Nissan Motor Europe, has broken a production record in 2015.


Graeme Roberts | 17 Dec 2015

European new car sales experienced a 27th consecutive month of growth during November 2015 with volume up 13.5% year on year, the second largest rise this year, according to analysts at JATO Dynamics. This followed a significant slowing of growth during October as a consequence of smaller increases in the 'Big Five' EU markets.


Dave Leggett | 4 Dec 2015

Opel has strongly denied a German media report that suggested it has understated CO2 emissions on a diesel variant of its Zafira model range by 15%.


Graeme Roberts | 26 Nov 2015

PSA Peugeot Citroen is failing to convince customers of the value and attractiveness of its cars, chief executive Carlos Tavares told a German magazine.


Dave Leggett | 16 Nov 2015

Opel is claiming that an innovation on the new Astra model helps to make the cabin “a warm and welcoming personal wellness oasis”.


Graeme Roberts | 1 Oct 2015

A total of 30 car lines sold by GM's joint ventures in China were eligible for the 50% vehicle purchase tax cut from October 1 through the end of 2016. The government reduced the tax levied on new passenger vehicles with engines of 1.6 litres and under to 5% from the previous 10%. GM and its joint ventures have a total 128 trim levels that will benefit from this incentive policy, the automaker said.

Latest blogs

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jun 2015

What to do with an old vehicle plant site once last units have been shipped and the buildings bowled?


Glenn Brooks | 1 Jun 2015

What appear to be official media-release shots of the next Opel Astra have appeared on the web. The five-door will have its official public debut at September's IAA in Frankfurt.

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