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REBOUND IN EUROPE

Ford, Opel find footing as carmakers will count more on the region

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Opel is confident this is the year that it will break even after more than a decade of losses. Ford of Europe, which after three years of losses returned to profit in 2015 with the help of an accounting change, expects to once again become the money-making machine it was from 2004 until 2011.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image.... Read More »

Former Opel CEO Demant retires after VW role

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group's international projects chief, Hans Demant, has retired, ending a long career that was mainly spent at General Motors' European operations where he was known as "Mr. Opel."... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sergio's plan to sell rebadged Dart, 200 replacements could work -- if he chooses wisely

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

FCA just may be able to replace the Dart and 200 with more salable vehicles. The key to success: The replacements must not be available here from any other manufacturer.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Opel CEO on reaching breakeven in 2016: 'We can see the target now'

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Karl-Thomas Neumann says Opel has beaten all internal targets since he arrived four years ago as CEO and this year the automaker expects to break even after more than a decade of losses. Neumann spoke with Automotive News Europe about the challenges that need to be overcome to reach this point.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for February

Feb. 1, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at how Ford and Opel plan to turn their businesses in Europe into consistent money makers after years of struggle.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How Opel, Ford will make Europe a reliable profit source after years of struggle

Jan. 31, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford and General Motors' European units have both suffered tough times in recent years but 2016 looks likely to be different. GM Europe is set to break even, while Ford of Europe expects to become the money-making machine it was from 2004 until 2011.... Read More »

ANE's February e-magazine goes live Monday

Jan. 29, 2016 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Feb. 1. This month's edition looks at how Ford and Opel plan to turn their businesses in Europe into consistent money makers after years of struggle.... Read More »

Opel will recall Adam and Corsa to fix steering glitch

Jan. 28, 2016 12:34 CET

Opel will recall the Adam and Corsa to fix steering components that could break, making it more difficult to control the vehicles.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Opel shows off GT sports car but says a production version is not planned

Jan. 28, 2016 12:23 CET

Opel/Vauxhall said its GT Concept that will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show is unlikely to go into production. Opel released images of the concept for a small sports coupe.... Read More »

Opel concept to preview future design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

General Motors' Opel/Vauxhall division will unveil a coupe concept in March at the Geneva auto show that will point to its future design language. The car will be badged GT in recognition of the Opel GT subcompact coupe built between 1968 and 1973. The Geneva concept is expected to be a similar size.... Read More »

Mercedes, Opel to face French emissions panel

Jan. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

Mercedes and Opel will face a French panel that is looking into excessive tailpipe emissions in the wake of the Volkswagen Group scandal.... Read More »

LATEST LAUNCHES

Opel boosts connectivity offer in new Karl

Jan. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

Opel's new entry-level model, the Karl, is the brand's cheapest car but it now offers advanced connectivity features that will allow a smartphone to be connected to the dashboard touchscreen and a 4G WiFi hotspot to be created.... Read More »

2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Opel will preview future design with GT coupe concept

Jan. 14, 2016 17:09 CET

Opel/Vauxhall will unveil a coupe concept at the Geneva auto show that will point to its future design language. The GT Concept may go into production as an image booster for Opel, German press reports said.... Read More »

GM Europe aims for profit this year after 2015 loss, CEO Neumann says

Jan. 9, 2016 13:12 CET

GM Europe was still loss-making in 2015 but hopes to return to profit this year, the division's CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, told a German magazine.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for December

Dec. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Hyundai and Kia are shifting their focus in Europe.... Read More »

ANE's December e-magazine goes live Monday

Dec. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Dec. 7. This month's edition looks at why Hyundai and Kia are shifting their focus in Europe.... Read More »

Opel denies understating CO2 emissions on Zafira minivan

Dec. 3, 2015 16:05 CET

Opel has denied understating CO2 emissions and fuel consumption figures in the Zafira after a German TV station said the carmaker's own tests on the minivan had shown strong deviations from official data.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Opel wants leaner Astra to leap over rivals

Nov. 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel hopes to win sales from the Volkswagen Golf as well as compact luxury models such as the BMW 1 series by positioning its new-generation Astra as a near-premium offering that boasts improved fuel economy, a quieter ride plus a wide range of high-tech safety and comfort features.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 2, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at the effect VW's Dieselgate scandal is having on the automaker, Made-in-Germany quality and the diesel engine.... Read More »

ANE's November e-magazine goes live Monday

Oct. 30, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Nov. 2. This month's edition looks at the effect VW's Dieselgate scandal is having on the automaker, Made-in-Germany quality and the diesel engine.... Read More »

Opel denies violating EU emissions standards

Oct. 23, 2015 15:59 CET

General Motors' Opel division denied violating European pollution standards after green activists claimed the automaker's Zafira minivan had excessive NOx emissions.... Read More »

Opel/Vauxhall may recall some Zafiras on fire risk

Oct. 22, 2015 14:48 CET

Opel/Vauxhall says it may need to recall some right-hand-drive Zafira minivans built between 2005 and 2014 after reports of fires in some heating and ventilation systems.... Read More »

An ex-cosmetics exec gives Opel a makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2015

Massage seats and a perfume diffuser aren't features you'd expect on a mass-market compact car. But they're available in Europe on the redesigned Opel Astra, at the directive of the brand's marketing maven, Tina Mueller.... Read More »

 
Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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