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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...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: BMW presser to remember

Graeme Roberts | 18 Sep 2015

Frankfurt. Lots of new cars to read about. Lots of industry news to be told. So what did you ghouls read most? Natch, the report about the poor old BMW chief keeling over at their press conference, of course.

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.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Air bag recall still confusing

Graeme Roberts | 5 Jun 2015

Big News this week was the incredible confirmation - from NHTSA - of a 5.1m recall of Honda/Acura cars with airbags with Takata inflators. It had been flagged up earlier by the automaker but then came the report that neither supplier or US regulator are quite sure of the safety of up to 3m replacement parts.

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

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).

Q&A with Tim Tozer, Vauxhall chief

Dave Leggett | 10 Dec 2014

Tim Tozer, Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall, has been in post since February and is on a mission to redefine GM's UK-only volume brand. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him.

Latest News

UK sales dip for first time in years

Graeme Roberts | 5 Nov 2015

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed UK new car registrations dropped for the first time in more than three and a half years as market growth levelled off in October 2015. 177,664 new cars were registered in the month, a dip of 1.1% on last year’s figure and following a record 43 consecutive months of growth. Year to date data showed the new car market is up 6.4% to 2,274,550 cars -  the best YTS result on record.

Vauxhall MD's 'strategy conflict' with Opel

Dave Leggett | 25 Sep 2015

The sudden departure this week of Vauxhall managing director Tim Tozer follows a disagreement within GM's European organisation on volume targets according to a Vauxhall retail network source speaking exclusively to just-auto.

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.

Vauxhall launches OnStar in UK

Dave Leggett | 30 Jun 2015

Vauxhall says it is bringing OnStar to the UK this summer with a package, which includes a high-speed 4G LTE mobile network for up to seven devices, emergency response notification and stolen vehicle recovery technology. The European headquarters for OnStar will be in Luton, UK, creating some 120 new jobs.

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.

Go easy on the lurid colour combos - Glass's

Graeme Roberts | 10 Jun 2015

A UK used car valuation specialist has warned that 'cosmetically compromised', built to order, new cars could be tricky for dealers to value at trade in time.

Renault motor sport expert's new role at Millbrook

Graeme Roberts | 9 Jun 2015

Millbrook, the former Vauxhall Proving Ground now an independent vehicle test, validation and engineering service provider, has named a former Renault Sport Technologies motor sport director as a COO.

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.

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.

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 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.

UK digital radio fitment continues to rise

Graeme Roberts | 10 Apr 2015

Digital Radio UK said on Friday 450,000 new cars were registered in Q1 2015 with digital radio (DAB) as standard, an increase of 100,000 over Q1 2104 and 130,000 over Q4 2014.

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.

Millbrook improves crash test equipment

Graeme Roberts | 31 Mar 2015

A new servo sled that will improve the accuracy, repeatability and correlation of test pulses to a real crash will be the first facility of its kind in the UK when it is installed at the Millbrook vehicle testing centre near Luton, England, next month.

UK suppliers see large boost in local OEM sales

Graeme Roberts | 17 Mar 2015

A new Automotive Council report, to be presented to the UK automotive sector at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Open Forum on Wednesday (18 March), has revealed a big jump in demand from British vehicle manufacturers for British made components.

EV residual values edge closer to diesels' - Glass

Graeme Roberts | 16 Mar 2015

Electric vehicle (EV) residual value (RV) forecasts for the UK are moving closer to traditional diesel cars as the used car market becomes more accustomed to the technology they contain, according to valuation company Glass's.

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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