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Opel reaches severance deal with workers at Bochum, Germany, plant

June 16, 2014 17:18 CET
Opel has reached a severance deal with workers at its factory in Bochum, Germany, a crucial step in the GM unit's restructuring to return to profitability.... Read More »

 

Opel exec: EU regs make car design tougher

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Europe's increasingly stringent emissions standards are putting more pressure on vehicle designers. "In the last five to 10 years designing cars has gotten a hell of a lot tougher," Opel/Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams said at the Automotive News Europe Congress in Brussels.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Ford of Europe's quiet designer made a big impact

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
Martin Smith, Ford's longtime design director for Europe, is not a man of many words. Smith has always preferred to let his vehicle designs do the talking from his long career at Audi through stints at Porsche and Opel and the last 10 years at Ford of Europe.... Read More »

 

2014 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

EU rules up pressure on car design, Opel exec says

June 5, 2014 06:01 CET
Opel/Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams told the Automotive News Europe Congress that car designers are facing increasing pressure to meet the demands of tougher EU rules on CO2 and pedestrian protection.... Read More »

 

Opel plans return to profit through closer ties with parent GM

June 4, 2014 12:38 CET
Opel aims to return to profit and increase its market share in Europe by focusing on smaller cars using more components from parent company General Motors, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann says.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Ford of Europe's quiet designer made a big impact

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The Sunday Times of London once referred to him as "Audi's Modest Mr. Smith." Indeed, Martin Smith, Ford's longtime European executive design director, is not a man of many words.... Read More »

 

Opel factory closure will cost more than 550 million euros, report says

May 16, 2014 19:10 CET
The closure of Opel's factory in Bochum, Germany, is set to cost at least 550 million euros ($754.41 million), sources said.... Read More »

 

European auto sales expand at slowest pace in 5 months

7:18 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2014
European car sales rose at the slowest pace in five months in April as doubts about economic growth in the region contributed to a drop in deliveries in Germany, Europe's biggest market.... Read More »

 

Opel CEO targets No. 2 sales position in Europe in comeback drive

6:19 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
GM's Opel brand is targeting second place in deliveries in Europe in the coming years as new models attract buyers. Opel currently is the third-largest brand in the region, behind VW and Ford, according to data from the ACEA trade group.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Opel will focus on crossovers to boost sales and return to profit, CEO says

April 15, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel will focus on crossovers as part of its product push to boost sales and return to profit, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

 

Opel may break even before 2016, report says

April 14, 2014 15:34 CET
Opel may break even before its 2016 deadline, a report said, citing an interview with CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann.... Read More »

 

GM to invest $449 million in plants for next-generation Volt, 2 future products

12:25 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $449 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and a battery assembly facility in suburban Detroit to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt and two future vehicles that weren't disclosed.... Read More »

 

Opel to add EV as soon as 2016, report says

April 7, 2014 15:00 CET
Opel plans to add an electric car below the Ampera by 2016 or 2017 as part of its effort to meet tougher EU emission targets, a report says.... Read More »

 

Russia's slump threatens Ford, GM in Europe

April 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Russia's falling ruble, shrinking car demand and threat of additional economic sanctions are hitting automakers such as Ford and GM's Opel division just as their European operations are recovering from a six-year slump.... Read More »

 

Russia's slump threatens Ford, GM in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
Russia's falling ruble, shrinking car demand and threat of additional economic sanctions are hitting automakers such as Ford and General Motors' Opel division just as their European operations are recovering from a six-year slump.... Read More »

 

Opel will build a Buick for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
General Motors' Opel unit said it will build a Buick model for the United States at its plant in Ruesselsheim, Germany. Opel said production will begin in the "second half of the decade" without naming the model.... Read More »

 

GM pulling Opel out of China after two decades

1:35 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
GM will pull Opel from China next year after failing to gain traction in the market over the last two decades and will invest in Europe to boost the German car brand’s sales in its home region.... Read More »

 

Opel will build Buicks in Germany for U.S.

March 28, 2014 12:37 CET
Opel said it will build a Buick model for the United States at a plant in Germany. It said production would begin in the second half of the decade without naming the model. Opel also said it will stop exporting vehicles to China.... Read More »

 

GM preps more fuel-efficient engine family for small cars

March 19, 2014 15:19 CET
GM is creating a suite of 11 new small powerplants that the automaker says will be quieter and more refined than those found in some rival models.... Read More »

 

Opel maps comeback as Chevrolet's shadow lifts

March 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Opel is embarking on its largest ever marketing campaign in Germany as the General Motors unit seeks to revitalize itself following GM's decision to pull sister brand Chevrolet from Europe.... Read More »

 

Hits & Misses

Daring design is the norm at Geneva show

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Automakers are looking for a healthier European market this year, and their new products reflect the confidence.... Read More »

 

Opel maps comeback as Chevy's shadow lifts

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
Opel is back to being General Motors' mainstream brand in Europe with the decision late last year to yank Chevrolet from the market, and Opel has the full backing of GM's new leadership. Now comes the hard part.... Read More »

 

Opel aims to become No. 2 automaker in Europe by 2022, CEO says

March 4, 2014 20:52 CET
Opel wants to overtake PSA/Peugeot-Citroen to become the second-largest carmaker in Europe by 2022, the German automaker's CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, said.... Read More »

 

Opel will offer 4G OnStar system

March 4, 2014 15:13 CET
General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall unit said it will launch a WiFi-enabled version of GM's OnStar connectivity system in major European markets by 2015.... Read More »

 

OLD PROBLEMS FOR NEW GM

GM execs brace for recall fallout

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2014
Top GM executives are under intense pressure to explain why it took them a decade to order a fix for a faulty ignition switch. Mindful, perhaps, of the backlash that hit Toyota during its unintended-acceleration crisis from 2009 to 2011, GM has struck an unusually contrite tone in its statements since the recalls, saying it is "deeply sorry" for its response to the switch defect.... Read More »

 

 
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