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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 »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

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 »

PSA wins EU approval to buy Opel

July 5, 2017 17:32 CET

PSA has secured unconditional EU antitrust approval to acquire GM's German unit, Opel. The purchase will make PSA Europe's second-largest automaker after VW Group.... Read More »

GM now expects $5.5B charge from its sale of Opel

June 27, 2017 10:30 CET

Additional costs mean GM now expects the charge for its sale of Opel to PSA to reach $5.5 billion, GM finance chief Chuck Stevens said.... Read More »

A VW homecoming for Neumann?

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

Karl-Thomas Neumann's resignation from Opel immediately touched off speculation about where he might land.... Read More »

'Numbers guy' Lohscheller must return Opel to profitability under PSA

June 13, 2017 09:12 CET

Opel's new CEO, Michael Lohscheller, faces the tough challenge of bringing sustainable profitability to the automaker after its sale to PSA Group by General Motors is completed.... Read More »

Opel is not giving up on internal combustion

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

The plan to turn Opel into a “Tesla for the masses” appears to have become a nonstarter since the brand was taken over in March by PSA Group.... Read More »

The pope's white ride is green

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

The push to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions in Vatican City got a helping hand last week from Opel.... Read More »

VW may rehire Opel CEO Neumann to run Audi, report says

June 11, 2017 15:09 CET

VW Group is looking at rehiring Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann, possibly to lead its Audi brand, a source told Reuters. Neumann is said to be planning to quit Opel after GM sells the automaker to PSA.... Read More »

Opel CEO Neumann will resign after sale to PSA, report says

June 10, 2017 18:52 CET

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann plans to resign as GM prepares to sell its European business to PSA, a German newspaper reported. Neumann, who joined GM in 2013, will inform the Opel board of his decision later this month, the paper said.... Read More »

GM sale of Opel to PSA could wrap up by July 31

1:33 pm U.S. ET | June 8, 2017

General Motors' Opel said its sale to France's Peugeot could be completed as early as July 31, pending regulatory approval.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

How Carlos Tavares can use LCVs to boost output and profits at PSA-Opel

June 8, 2017 06:01 CET

As Carlos Tavares prepares to integrate Opel/Vauxhall into the PSA Group, he must minimize disruptive plant closures and job cuts in his bid to save money and develop synergies. One area where Tavares may have some flexibility is in Europe's growing light commercial vehicles sector.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Opel moves Insignia upscale

June 7, 2017 06:01 CET

Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upmarket and lure buyers from premium brands.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for June

June 5, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at the big challenges that automakers face on the road to fully autonomous driving.... Read More »

 
Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

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

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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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. ...
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Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

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

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Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt ...
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