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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...

September management briefing: Frankfurt review

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...


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.


Graeme Roberts | 3 Jun 2015

In advance of the media launch of a 'revived' or 'retro' model line I usually coat myself liberally with sweetened cynicism based on what has gone before. Ford Mustang (which never really went away but went smaller for a while), Fiat 500, Volkswagen Beetle - they've all worked, more or less. But Pontiac Le Mans, oh dear, oh dear.

Latest Interviews

Matthew Beecham | 18 Nov 2015

Continuing just-auto’s series of interviews with tier one suppliers, Matthew Beecham spoke to Fritz Schweindl, Director Advanced Engineering International Automotive Components (IAC) Europe. IAC is a global supplier of automotive components and systems, including interior and exterior trim.


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

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.


Glenn Brooks | 23 Sep 2015

Tim Tozer, the head of Vauxhall Motors and Opel Ireland, has left General Motors. His replacement is Rory Harvey, a British national, most recently employed as the head of sales for Opel Europe, based in Ruesselsheim.


Dave Leggett | 22 Jul 2015

Opel/Vauxhall claims it is leading the field with the seats that will be fitted to the new Astra.


Dave Leggett | 20 Jul 2015

Car sales data released by JATO shows the European car market ending the first half of the year hit a high with sales up 14.6% in June and 8.4% during the first half versus the same period last year.


Graeme Roberts | 3 Jul 2015

General Motors' OnStar 'personal connectivity and service assistant', currently being launched by Vauxhall in the UK and Opel in Europe, has received an award from a top consumer magazine.


Dave Leggett | 29 Jun 2015

Opel in Germany is to offer a new car sharing scheme called 'CarUnity' that enables vehicle owners to offer their own cars for rental or to rent a car themselves.


Dave Leggett | 18 Jun 2015

Data released by JATO Dynamics shows that Europe's car market slowed to growth of just 0.8% in May. However, the underlying picture remains one of national markets in recovery.


Graeme Roberts | 6 Jun 2015

Vauxhall did indeed release teaser photos of the new Astra (shared with European unit Opel) due to make its public debut at Frankfurt next September.


Simon Warburton | 2 Jun 2015

BMW says it is to start assembling X4 models in Kaliningrad in partnership with Avtotor.


Dave Leggett | 2 Jun 2015

Opel has said that the construction of a seven-storey powertain testing and engineering building at Russelsheim is proceeding according to plan.


Dave Leggett | 22 May 2015

The UK car market continues to turn in high monthly numbers, but it is topping out according to Vauxhall MD Tim Tozer.


Simon Warburton | 18 May 2015

Opel is to feature its LED Matrix IntelliLux lighting system at the Frankfurt International Motor Show this year for its Astra range.


Dave Leggett | 12 May 2015

Opel has said that its sales in April were up 4%, boosted by a strong gain in Germany.

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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