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PSA-Opel fusion shakes up European production footprint

Nov. 1, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA's takeover of GM's Opel was a game-changer for Europe's vehicle assembly footprint. Automotive News Europe's latest Guide to European Assembly Plants shows how the acquisition has boosted PSA's capacity so it can better challenge VW and Renault-Nissan.... Read More »

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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup

Oct. 31, 2017 06:01 CET

Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular compact SUV segment, which is dominated by the Nissan Qashqai and Volkswagen Tiguan.... Read More »

PSA CEO Tavares signals possible cost cuts at Opel

Oct. 20, 2017 16:30 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has signaled possible cost cuts at Opel, noting in a newspaper interview that production costs were at least 50 percent higher than at the company's French factories.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant

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

Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs at the UK factory that builds Astra cars, which would make sense if customers were turning away from cars such as the Astra Sports Tourer built there. But the fact is they are not.... Read More »

Former Opel development chief Forst will help monitor VW

Oct. 19, 2017 09:28 CET

VW Group's U.S.-court appointed monitor, Larry Thompson, has recruited former Opel development chief Rita Forst to help him oversee the automaker following its diesel-emissions cheating.... Read More »

PSA will cut 400 Vauxhall jobs in UK; says production not competitive compared with France

Oct. 13, 2017 20:41 CET

PSA is cutting a quarter of the workforce at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port factory in England. The plant builds Opel and Vauxhall Astra cars for European markets.... Read More »

PSA secures future of two French plants with new models

Oct. 13, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA will add production of new vehicles at its Sochaux and Mulhouse plants in France in 2020 and 2021.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Loss of marketing exec stings at Opel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2017

Tina Mueller was a bright spot in Opel's management, having revived what was perceived to be a bankrupt brand in Germany.... Read More »

Opel will switch to PSA engines, putting jobs at risk

Sept. 29, 2017 06:01 CET

Opel's engines will gradually be replaced by powertrains from the automaker's new owner, PSA, a move likely to affect thousands of assembly workers and development engineers.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2017

Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who is joining German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO.... Read More »

Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company

Sept. 25, 2017 19:46 CET

Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. Mueller is the second leading executive to quit Opel since PSA acquired the automaker from GM.... Read More »

Opel marketing chief to leave automaker, report says

Sept. 25, 2017 09:11 CET

Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, is leaving the automaker, Handelsblatt reported. If confirmed, Mueller would be the second leading executive to quit Opel after Karl-Thomas Neumann, who resigned as CEO following PSA's takeover of the former GM unit.... Read More »

PSA factories appear 'more efficient' than Opel plants, Tavares says

Sept. 18, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA factories appear to be more productive than plants operated by the automaker's newly acquired Opel/Vauxhall business, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said.... Read More »

PSA's Tavares prepares ground for deep cuts at Opel

Sept. 12, 2017 12:33 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares began preparing the ground for deep cuts to turn around the automaker's newly acquired Opel/Vauxhall business.... Read More »

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Opel Grandland X will be brand's first mainstream model with plug-in hybrid

Sept. 12, 2017 14:36 CET

Opel's Grandland X will be the brand's first mainstream model to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain variant. The compact crossover will go on sale this month in Europe.... Read More »

Opel engine-testing jobs at risk from regulatory push for EVs, PSA's Tavares says

Sept. 12, 2017 16:47 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said European policymakers were responsible for the fate of 800 jobs at Opel's engine testing facility in Germany, given that a regulatory push to promote EVs could lead to sweeping job losses.... Read More »

PSA supports EVs for Opel if they are profitable, Tavares tells paper

Sept. 10, 2017 12:51 CET

PSA will support Opel to introduce electric cars but the switch must be profitable for it to be successful, PSA CEO Tavares told a German newspaper.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Fast-changing Frankfurt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2017

At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed.... Read More »

Opel widened Q2 loss to $250 million, sources say

Sept. 2, 2017 13:14 CET

Opel, which GM has sold to PSA, widened its losses in the second quarter to around $250 million, sources said.... Read More »

Opel debuts new retail format in Germany

Aug. 15, 2017 12:47 CET

Opel is piloting a new retail format that offers German customers the opportunity to purchase a new car while shopping in a mall, mimicking a concept first developed by the UK's Rockar dealership group for Hyundai.... Read More »

PSA finalizes purchase of Opel/Vauxhall from GM

Aug. 1, 2017 09:38 CET

PSA completed its takeover of the Opel and Vauxhall brands from GM on Tuesday, installing a fresh leadership team including new manufacturing, engineering and purchasing chiefs.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: End of an era: GM officially sheds Opel

8:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2017

After 88 years with GM, Opel now part of PSA; How they did it: FCA, Toyota execs on boosting quality; Autonomous cars make cross-border trek; Honda profits rise; Wells Fargo sued.... Read More »

GM faces earnings test as several plants retool

7:30 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2017

The discipline that helped GM beat Wall Street expectations for nine consecutive quarters will be put to the test in the coming months because several of its most profitable plants will temporarily close for retooling.... Read More »

Opel defends inclusion of employee leases in sales data

July 23, 2017 12:23 CET

Opel defended the inclusion in its sales data of cars pre-registered by the company and leased by company workers, retirees and their families.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2017

Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Motors' U.S. factory in Orion Township, Michigan. The Ampera-e is sold as the Chevrolet Bolt in North America. Output of the sister models is expected to peak at more than 40,000 units in 2020, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

 
Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19 2018

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BMW exec combines Silicon Valley innovation with corporate rigor

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17 2018

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Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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PSA develops possible Renault Twizy rival

Peter Sigal
4:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2018

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PSA should sell UK Vauxhall plant to Jaguar Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
3:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2018

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A second round of job cuts shows PSA is struggling with the viability of its newly acquired Ellesmer ...
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Qoros' new owner plans to be China's Tesla

Yang Jian
5:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2018

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Dozens of Chinese EV startups have sought to become the Chinese answer to Tesla, but none of them ha ...
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How Nissan, NASA will help you park in the future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3 2018

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Supplier CEO who loves his front-row seat to industry's transformation

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29 2017

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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors CEO Johannes Roters is energized by the megatrends that are changing the industry because he remembers a time when things were a bit stagnant. ...
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Nissan tackles tech overload in autonomous car

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23 2017

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Nissan's latest test car for autonomous driving has 39 devices to achieve 360-degree sensing. The automaker knows that number needs to be slashed. ...
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Conti exec learns when art tops science

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12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22 2017

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Continental's head of startups got some excellent advice after he was put in charge of the supplier's new entrepreneurial unit. ...
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