Opel

Opel will export cars to Tunisia, Morocco

Jan. 28, 2018 21:38 CET

Opel will export cars to Tunisia and Morocco from its European plants, CEO Michael Lohscheller told a German paper. Sales in both markets will start in April.... Read More »

Opel threatens to move Corsa production from Spain in union standoff

Jan. 25, 2018 11:51 CET

Opel could move production of the Corsa hatchback from its Zaragoza plant in Spain after failing to reach a deal with unions to improve the factory's competitiveness. Opel's new owner, PSA, says its Spanish plants are more efficient.... Read More »

PSA to tap GM expertise in return to U.S.

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2018

France's PSA Group has found a bonus benefit in engineers from its newly acquired Opel unit. The former GM employees are helping make PSA products compliant with United States regulations,... Read More »

PSA to electrify global product lineup by 2025

9:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2018

PSA plans to bring electrified options to its full car and light-truck lineup by 2025, joining other automakers in pledging to widely deploy partial or fully electric powertrains to lower emissions, CEO Carlos Tavares said Wednesday.... Read More »

Opel is latest automaker hit by German pay strikes

Jan. 17, 2018 17:05 CET

German industrial workers including more than 8,000 from Opel took part in strikes, continuing a series of walkouts in support of union demands for an industrywide 6 percent pay increase.... Read More »

Opel will skip Geneva auto show

Jan. 16, 2018 13:20 CET

Opel will skip the Geneva auto show in March as the brand comes under pressure from new owner PSA to cut costs in an effort to reverse years of losses.... Read More »

PSA will lose Vauxhall sales if UK plant shuts, union warns

Jan. 10, 2018 12:09 CET

PSA's Vauxhall brand would lose sales if the automaker closes its Ellesmere Port factory in England, a union chief warned.... Read More »

PSA CEO Tavares eager to get started with Opel turnaround

Jan. 2, 2018 06:01 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares is eager to get started with turning around the automaker's newly acquired Opel/Vauxhall business.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: PSA got a bargain with Opel, former GM Europe boss says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2017

PSA got a "good deal" when it bought General Motors' European operations, Opel/Vauxhall, says Nick Reilly, who was GM's troubleshooter before he retired in 2011.... Read More »

Opel will shorten workers' hours in restructuring

Dec. 15, 2017 11:56 CET

Opel has reached an agreement with unions to trim working hours and offer early retirement packages. The deal is aimed at cutting costs after PSA acquired the money-losing automaker from GM.... Read More »

GM could re-enter Europe with self-driving tech or mobility services

Dec. 12, 2017 09:36 CET

GM could return to Europe by offering self-driving technology or mobility services, CEO Mary Barra said. GM has been investing more in self-driving cars, electric vehicle technology and ride-sharing services.... Read More »

Sogefi sees Opel, turbocharging boost despite diesel slump

Dec. 8, 2017 10:24 CET

Sogefi expects a boost to its business through PSA's acquisition of Opel as the German automaker shifts to using PSA engines equipped with Sogefi components. The supplier also sees growth as automakers increasingly use turbochargers in downsized gasoline engines to reduce CO2 emissions.... Read More »

PSA outlines plan to de-GM-ify Opel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

Said PSA's Carlos Tavares: "We are moving from a world where the center of decision is Detroit to a world where the center of decision is not Paris, it's Ruesselsheim."... Read More »

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Why Opel expects to thrive under PSA ownership

Dec. 3, 2017 06:01 CET

Opel faced a number of restrictions under GM ownership that covered areas such as where it could build and even sell its cars. Now, under PSA control, the money-losing German carmaker believes it will finally thrive.... Read More »

PSA said to demand refund from GM over Opel emissions

Nov. 29, 2017 15:44 CET

PSA, which paid General Motors 1.3 billion euros for GM's European operations, now wants about half of the money back because Opel's engines are too inefficient to meet CO2 emissions reduction targets, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

PSA may build engines in Opel factory, report says

Nov. 24, 2017 11:42 CET

PSA will use an Opel factory to build 200,000 gasoline engines instead of its own Trnava plant in Slovakia, as initially planned, as the automaker gears up to produce more vehicles based on its future common modular platform, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

Opel puts dealer network under scrutiny

Nov. 15, 2017 12:17 CET

Opel plans to change the incentive system used by its European dealers to promote sales of higher-priced vehicles. The plan includes introducing a new top trim line called Ultimate.... Read More »

Challenges loom for Opel recovery plan

Nov. 13, 2017 09:57 CET

Opel's plan to return to profit has similar goals to PSA's recovery road map. But Opel may have a hard time bouncing back as it faces weak demand in key markets and the high costs of funding new technologies.... Read More »

Opel's production shift to Europe worries S. Korean workers

Nov. 13, 2017 09:32 CET

Opel's plan to stop importing cars from South Korea is worrying workers at GM's Korean unit, which is already grappling with slumping sales.... Read More »

Opel's ambitions put China, Russia, even U.S., on radar

Nov. 10, 2017 06:01 CET

Opel's global export push could mean production of its cars in PSA's plants in China, Russia and Iran and even sales in the U.S., home market of former owner GM.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2017

The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped in.... Read More »

Opel teases new SUV that will come with 7 seats and plug-in hybrid version

Nov. 10, 2017 10:46 CET

Opel teased a new SUV that will go into production in 2019 with seven-seat and plug-in hybrid variants. The model will join the Crossland X and Grandland X in the automaker's SUV/crossover lineup as parent PSA moves to underpin all Opel vehicles with its platforms.... Read More »

Opel bets on electric power in bid for profitability

Nov. 9, 2017 08:24 CET

Opel said it will launch a full-electric version of its Corsa subcompact and avoid mass layoffs as part of its first business plan under new owner PSA.... Read More »

Opel turnaround plan will seek to end years of losses under GM

Nov. 8, 2017 14:40 CET

Opel's first business plan under its new French owners, PSA, will set out how the German automaker will reach profitability that has eluded the former GM division since 1999.... Read More »

Opel's restructuring plan to cut models, boost EV competence

Nov. 6, 2017 12:40 CET

Opel will reduce the number of models it sells to concentrate on high-margin segments and will also develop electric expertise for parent PSA, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported.... Read More »

 
Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23 2018

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Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Wesley Wren
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 2018

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Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, ...
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Bangle's quest to ban banality

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2018

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Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believ ...
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New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2018

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New ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider says plug-in hybrid will be a "great technology for the next 10 to ...
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BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16 2018

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It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for tw ...
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Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14 2018

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Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said. ...
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Alpine, Fiat, Volvo find subtle ways to show national pride

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9 2018

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The pride that Europe's automakers have for their homelands was on display this week at the Geneva a ...
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