Opel

GM, Opel and the price of freedom

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2017

If General Motors' sale of its Opel and Vauxhall brands were an NBA trade, the commissioner likely would veto it for being too lopsided.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

A new powerhouse emerges

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2017

To say that Carlos Tavares has surprised everyone would be an understatement. Tavares is a bold leader. It will be very interesting to watch PSA. I don't think he is finished.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

More scale doesn't always mean better

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 13, 2017

GM's disposal of Opel ("Auf Wiedersehen, General Motors," Feb. 20) will perhaps serve to further erode one of our most cherished, but wrongheaded, dogmas: Since a) scale certainly matters when it comes to cutting cost, then b) more scale is always a good thing.... Read More »

MULALLY's SECOND MIRACLE

Ford looks for upside in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2017

Ford gets buffeted by the same headwinds as General Motors, whether home or abroad, yet it earned $1.2 billion in Europe last year. A timely restructuring helped, but there's more to it than that.... Read More »

GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Station wagons back on stage to cure SUV fatigue

10:19 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2017

At the Geneva auto show, the world's blue-blooded European carmakers showed off their newest creations in a parade of carbon-fiber reptiles that command six-figure sums. But across the show floor, an even stranger beast appeared -- one many thought to be extinct: the station wagon.... Read More »

Marchionne sees VW bid for Fiat Chrysler as Opel sale seen spurring car deals

March 7, 2017 16:52 CET

Volkswagen could make a bid for Fiat Chrysler following PSA's move to form Europe's second-largest carmaker with the purchase of Opel, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: How BMW, VW see GM-PSA deal

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 7, 2017

BMW, VW weigh in on GM, PSA; Neumann keeps Opel post; Cadillac's European ambitions; In Geneva: Fastest Honda ever sold in U.S.; Lambo's powerful Huracan; A zippy car from Tata.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Sergio still open to GM tie-up

8:45 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2017

Sergio still open to GM tie-up; Geneva highlights: VW's robo-taxi vision, Volvo's all-new XC60, Aston launches a sub-brand; Study ranks Porsche best in responding to online queries.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: For engineering, the good and the bad of GM's move to unload Opel

2:55 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2017

GM's sale of Opel/Vauxhall to PSA will have wide-ranging effects on the U.S. automaker as an engineering organization.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Opel buy boosts PSA in German, UK markets

2:30 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2017

PSA's purchase of Opel/Vauxhall gives it a sizeable share of Europe's two biggest car markets, Germany and the UK. This is an immediate prize the French automaker didn't have before the deal, as customers in the two countries don't buy cars from its Peugeot and Citroen brands in any great volume.... Read More »

PSA OPEL TIE-UP

VW CEO sees no immediate trouble from PSA-Opel deal

March 7, 2017 07:51 CET

PSA's purchase of GM's Opel/Vauxhall division will cause no immediate problems for VW Group's core autos division, which is undergoing major restructuring, VW CEO Matthias Mueller said.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: For engineering, the good and the bad of GM's move to unload Opel

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

The sale of GM's Opel and Vauxhall brands to PSA Group will have wide-ranging effects on General Motors as an engineering organization. And some will be positive.... Read More »

PSA OPEL TIE-UP

New Opel Corsa delayed as PSA pushes technical convergence

March 6, 2017 13:04 CET

The new Opel/Vauxhall Corsa will be delayed as new owner PSA moves to shift the brand's next-generation cars onto the French automaker's platforms.... Read More »

PSA agrees to buy Opel in $2.3 billion deal, sets recovery goals

March 6, 2017 07:44 CET

PSA agreed to buy GM's Opel unit for 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion). The French automaker vowed to return Opel and its UK-based sister brand, Vauxhall, to profit with an operating margin of 2 percent within three years and 6 percent by 2026.... Read More »

Why GM is selling Opel to PSA

5:43 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

After years of losses that totaled nearly $20 billion, GM will unload Opel and Vauxhall because Europe's geo-political and regulatory climate demands more investment when GM executives see a bigger need to focus on North America, China and emerging technologies. “The mass-market opportunity in Europe is no longer compelling,” GM President Dan Ammann told analysts.... Read More »

PSA OPEL TIE-UP

UK focused on Astra production after PSA buyout

March 6, 2017 17:48 CET

The UK government and the country's biggest trade union are focused on securing long-term production of the Astra after PSA confirmed it would buy the Vauxhall brand from General Motors. GM had committed to build the model until about 2021 in northern England and PSA has said it will honor existing agreements.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

5:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) at first glance seems to have cost the French automaker a bit more than pre-deal expectations of just below 2 billion euros, but this is just an optical illusion.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Birth of a 'European champion'?

8:30 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA to buy GM's Opel-Vauxhall for $2.3B, Barra calls deal 'win' for all; U.S. expected to reconsider emissions rules; Ford tests 3-D printed race-car parts; How Uber picked up PR crisis.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Tavares wins favorable terms with Opel takeover

5:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA's agreement to buy GM's Opel/Vauxhall unit in a transaction valued at 2.2 billion euros ($2.3 billion) at first glance seems to have cost the French automaker a bit more than pre-deal expectations of just below 2 billion euros, but this is just an optical illusion.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

The incredible shrinking GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

Not long ago General Motors was a juggernaut in the global automobile industry. Sadly, it appears that time has passed.... Read More »

PSA OPEL TIE-UP

Timeline – Opel history, from sewing machines to sale to PSA

March 6, 2017 09:25 CET

A chronology of Opel's history and its sale to PSA Group.... Read More »

Will purchase of Opel mean deja vu for PSA?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2017

PSA Group has purchased the loss-making European arm from a U.S automaker before. It didn't go well.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for March

March 6, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at whether the EU's next wave of emissions targets will doom vehicles powered by traditional combustion engines in the world's largest economic bloc.... Read More »

PSA OPEL TIE-UP

PSA's purchase of Opel will bring challenges and benefits

March 5, 2017 14:13 CET

PSA's rationale for acquiring GM's chronic money loser, Opel, has many industry watchers puzzled but it has potential benefits for both sides, analysts and experts say.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Opel comes to its senses on Crossland X

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2017

Opel has come to its senses. The brand planned to focus on the wrong product at the Geneva auto show -- its second-generation Insignia -- while leaving its all-new Crossland X small crossover behind. Thankfully, the company changed its mind.... Read More »

 
China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales. ...
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How China dealer association resolved Audi's dealer crisis


3:59 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Audi's dispute with some of its China dealers, that threatened to blow up into all-out war, finally ...
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Lithium next German power play?

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28 2017

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BMW, Daimler and VW came together to acquire Nokia's HERE high-definition mapping unit in 2015 so wi ...
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