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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Air bag recall still confusing

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...

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 'viving the Vauxhall Viva

In advance of the media launch of a 'revived' or 'retro' model line I usually coat myself liberally with sweetened cynicism based on what ha...


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: Driving for fun...

Dave Leggett | 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.


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.


COMMENT: Volkswagen outsells Vauxhall in UK

Glenn Brooks | 7 May 2015

Ford is secure as market leader in Britain but there was a major upset in the April passenger car market with Vauxhall losing its traditional second place to Volkswagen.

Latest Interviews

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.


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.

Latest News

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 | 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.


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.


UK suppliers benefit from UK vehicle output growth

Dave Leggett | 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.


UK sales rise 12% in February

Graeme Roberts | 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.


GENEVA: Russia and diesel worry GM Europe chief

Roger Stansfield | 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.


OnStar to be 'revolutionary' in Europe - Opel head

Dave Leggett | 3 Mar 2015

General Motors' European chief, Karl-Thomas Neumann, believes that the rollout of the company's OnStar telematics system to Europe will have a revolutionary impact on the auto industry.


GM targets 100,000 for new baby

Roger Stansfield | 3 Mar 2015

General Motors expects its new entry-level car, which will be badged as the Opel Karl in mainland Europe and revive Vauxhall's Viva nameplate in the UK, to sell close to 100,000 units a year.


EU car sales up 6.2% in January

Dave Leggett | 17 Feb 2015

The EU's car market got off to a strong start in January with sales up 6.7% to just under a million units, according to data released by ACEA.

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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