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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...

ANALYSIS: New Corsa VXR & future Opels/Vauxhalls

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.

ANALYSIS: BMW sales collapse in largest EU market

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.

COMMENT: Hyundai's Aslan premium sedan bombs

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.

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.

Latest Interviews

IAC on personalizing tomorrow’s car interiors

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.

Interview with Vauxhall MD Tim Tozer

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

CEO says PSA needs to improve in Germany

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.

Opel adds ‘AirWellness aroma system’ on new Astra

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”.

30 GM China car lines eligible for vehicle tax cut

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.

UK/IRELAND: Shock as Vauxhall/Opel boss Tozer goes

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.

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 | 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.

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).

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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