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ANALYSIS: BMW sales collapse in largest EU market

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...

COMMENT: Hyundai's Aslan premium sedan bombs

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


VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 'viving the Vauxhall Viva

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.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: London on the show circuit?

Graeme Roberts | 29 May 2015

As those - all three of you - who honour me with your occasional presence on my self-curated 'just-auto' Facebook page may have guessed, when I'm not helping to cover the current cutting edge state of the autobiz, I like to wallow in a rose-tinted backview of the 1960s when British, Australian and Canadian cars dominated my import-restricted former colony, V8s were an attainable aspiration (one could put one in one's Cortina if one so wished), petrol was cheap (diesel for trucks only) and the Holy Grail for a Kiwi Kar Nut was the annual Earls Court show in London.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Bank holiday and election fever

Graeme Roberts | 8 May 2015

A short week for us due to the first (of two) bank holidays has ended in a surprise majority win for the Conservatives overnight (along with the virtual elimination of Labour from parliamentary seats in Scotland) and we look forward to one party rather than (compromised) coalition rule for the UK. I doubt the autobiz has any problem with that.


Briefing: GM's OnStar system planned for Europe

Cat Dow | 21 Apr 2015

The wave of advanced vehicle connectivity technologies coming to vehicles embrace a number of interlinked elements, from seamless personal connectivity, to driver assistance systems (and autonomous vehicle control), intelligent transport systems, on-board telematics and the changing human machine interface itself inside the vehicle. In this month's management briefing we talk to OEMs and examine key aspects of the connectivity revolution coming down the line. In this instalment, Cat Dow runs the rule over GM's plans to launch its OnStar telematics service in Europe in October 2015.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: Tim Tozer, Vauxhall's new chief

Chris Wright | 11 Aug 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

Dave Leggett | 27 Jun 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

Opel claims best-in-class for new Astra seats

Dave Leggett | 22 Jul 2015

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


European car market up 8.4% in H1 [includes data]

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.


OnStar wins magazine technology award

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.


Opel offers new car sharing scheme

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.


Europe's car market was positive - just - in May

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.


New Opel/Vauxhall Astra teased

Graeme Roberts | 3 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.


BMW to start X4 Kaliningrad build with Avtotor

Simon Warburton | 2 Jun 2015

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


Construction of Opel powertain facility on track

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.


UK car market has topped out - Vauxhall chief

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.


Opel to show IntelliLux lighting at Frankfurt show

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.


Opel gets German market boost

Dave Leggett | 12 May 2015

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


Volkswagen Golf stays top of European tree in Q1

Graeme Roberts | 22 Apr 2015

European new car sales were 8.9% higher in Q1 2015 than in the same period in 2014, according to JATO Dynamics. March sales were up 11.1%.


GM boosts global sales 2% in Q1 2015

Graeme Roberts | 21 Apr 2015

General Motors (GM) sold 2.4m vehicles globally in the first quarter of 2015, up 2% compared to a year ago.


Opel Adam Rocks S sole world debut at AutoRAI 2015

Glenn Brooks | 20 Apr 2015

Opel was the only manufacturer to announce a world premiere at AutoRAI 2015.


GERMANY: Mazda outsells Nissan as Qashqai crashes

Glenn Brooks | 16 Apr 2015

Thanks to a plethora of new and updated models, Mazda has found itself in the extraordinary situation of having overtaken Nissan in Europe's largest national market.


Opel to add third shift at Eisenach plant

Dave Leggett | 15 Apr 2015

Opel is to add a third shift at its Eisenach plant 'mid-year' due to high demand for its products. The plant makes the Corsa and Adam models.


SPAIN: GM & PSA confirm future B-LCVs for Vigo

Glenn Brooks | 15 Apr 2015

General Motors and PSA Peugeot Citroën have revealed plans to build what they term "next generation small light commercial vehicles (B-LCV)" at the French firm's Vigo plant in Spain.


Two millionth Gliwice vehicle is a Holden

Graeme Roberts | 10 Apr 2015

Opel has made the two millionth vehicle at its plant in Gliwice (GM Manufacturing Poland).


GM halts outgoing Volt for the summer - report

Graeme Roberts | 9 Apr 2015

General Motors reportedly will stop production of the Chevrolet Volt range extender EV for the northern hemisphere summer to reduce about seven months of unsold stock and smooth the way for the next generation model.


GM convinces European Chevy dealers to stay GM

Cat Dow | 1 Apr 2015

Opel/Vauxhall's European chief has told just-auto that it has convinced 80% of duo Opel-Chevrolet dealerships to remain 100% GM, following Chevrolet's exit from Europe.


Kremlin mulls US$332m automotive subsidy: analyst

Simon Warburton | 20 Mar 2015

Russia is mulling providing subsidies to the automotive industry this year of RUB20bn (US$332m) says a Moscow analyst, with the country facing unprecedented economic headwinds.


Rouble pressure drives Russia opportunity: Avtotor

Simon Warburton | 19 Mar 2015

Pressure on the Rouble is creating headaches for producers with exposure to overseas currencies, but also provides impetus for domestic manufacture says one automaker in Russia.

Latest blogs

GM Luton plant site redevelopment slow

Graeme Roberts | 2 Jun 2015

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


[updated @ 14:00 BST] Opel Astra 'official' pics hit the web

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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