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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? N...
Big News this week was the incredible confirmation - from NHTSA - of a 5.1m recall of Honda/Acura cars with airbags with Takata inflators. I...
| 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.
| 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.
| 22 May 2015
I was at the SMMT's annual test day yesterday. At this agreeable event, vehicle manufacturers make cars available for journalists to drive at a proving ground, so it's an opportunity to get an update on latest product and meet up with people - either arranged or because you happen to bump into them.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 22 Jul 2015
Opel/Vauxhall claims it is leading the field with the seats that will be fitted to the new Astra.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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%.
| 21 Apr 2015
General Motors (GM) sold 2.4m vehicles globally in the first quarter of 2015, up 2% compared to a year ago.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 13 Mar 2015
A new report reveals a big jump in demand from British vehicle manufacturers for British-made components and estimates that domestic component suppliers saw a 19% rise in sales to British vehicle manufacturers in 2014.
| 5 Mar 2015
UK new car sales rose 12% year on year in February to 76,958 cars, for a third consecutive full year of increases.
| 4 Mar 2015
The president of General Motors Europe, Karl-Thomas Neumann, is marking exactly two years in the job at the Geneva show having made considerable strides to update the Opel/Vauxhall product portfolio and powertrains and exercise the cost controls necesssary to return the group to profitability by next year.
| 2 Jun 2015
What to do with an old vehicle plant site once last units have been shipped and the buildings bowled?
| 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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