Opel

Opel halts staff buyouts as engineers quit for BMW, JLR

May 11, 2018 21:11 CET

Opel has suspended voluntary buyouts after staff representatives warned that a wave of departures following PSA's takeover could leave it short of skilled workers.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE monthly magazine for May

May 7, 2018 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine is ready to view. The new edition looks at how PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares' integration of Opel/Vauxhall is progressing.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

PSA boss Tavares sees signs his big bet on Opel will pay off

May 6, 2018 06:01 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares shook up the industry by purchasing GM's money-losing Opel and Vauxhall brands and vowing to have them turn a profit by 2020. So far, Tavares says, things are on the right track.... Read More »

ANE's May issue goes live on Monday

May 4, 2018 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday. The new edition looks at how PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares' integration of Opel/Vauxhall is progressing.... Read More »

Opel union blocks voluntary buyouts, stifling deeper PSA cuts, report says

April 27, 2018 15:17 CET

Opel's works council has halted a voluntary buyout plan, crimping parent company PSA's ability to pursue deeper staff cuts, internal memos seen by Reuters showed.... Read More »

Vauxhall workers agree to pay deal as PSA's dispute in Germany continues

April 26, 2018 19:18 CET

Workers at Vauxhall's factory in Ellesmere Port, England, agreed to a pay deal with PSA, as a dispute with the French automaker's Opel workers in Germany continues.... Read More »

Opel workers protest cuts as PSA's Tavares digs in

April 25, 2018 11:14 CET

Hundreds of Opel workers gathered outside the automaker's plant in Eisenach, Germany, to protest PSA's plans to rein in wages in return for production investments.... Read More »

PSA's conflict over Opel factory is 'short-term' pain, Tavares says

April 24, 2018 16:11 CET

Talks between PSA and the German union IG Metall over the future of Opel's Eisenach factory are a necessary short-term pain, CEO Carlos Tavares told PSA shareholders.... Read More »

PSA first-quarter revenue jumps 42% on Opel/Vauxhall acquisition

April 24, 2018 07:51 CET

PSA's revenue rose 42 percent to 18 billion euros ($22 billion) in the first quarter, lifted by its acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall last year.... Read More »

Opel CEO says German investments hinge on improving competitiveness

April 23, 2018 14:10 CET

Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller reaffirmed that the automaker's new owner, PSA, wants to invest in Germany and keep open factories if it can reach an agreement with workers to improve their competitiveness.... Read More »

Solidarity among Opel/Vauxhall unions frays after German workers resist cuts

April 21, 2018 09:07 CET

German Opel workers' resistance to pay curbs and other concessions demanded by new parent PSA has angered unions in other European markets including France and the UK.... Read More »

PSA wants 3,700 Opel job cuts in Germany, labor chief says

April 20, 2018 16:02 CET

PSA wants 3,700 job cuts at Opel in Germany by 2020 and a process of contract buyouts and early retirement has already resulted in a reduction of about 2,000 positions, Opel's labor chief said.... Read More »

PSA's Tavares faces toughest opponent yet in German union

April 20, 2018 09:16 CET

PSA boss Carlos Tavares, who is no stranger to thrashing out difficult labor deals, is now taking on Germany's powerful IG Metall union, which has been the undoing of many a cost cutter.... Read More »

Opel labor leaders fear Eisenach plant work force could halve

April 20, 2018 09:48 CET

German labor leaders fear Opel's Eisenach factory could lose half its 1,800-person work force unless a deal with owner PSA is struck. The French company wants concessions to raise the plant's profitability as a precondition for getting more production allocated to the plant.... Read More »

PSA's fight to cut Opel's production costs intensifies

April 19, 2018 13:27 CET

PSA's fight to cut production costs at Opel's German factories took on a national dimension with Chancellor Angela Merkel intervening to say she expected the French automaker to honor commitments it made when it bought Opel from GM last year.... Read More »

German government must help in Opel dispute, Merkel says

April 18, 2018 18:52 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected PSA to stick to the commitments it made during its takeover of Opel last year after a magazine reported that PSA plans to cut 800 jobs at Opel's Eisenach plant.... Read More »

Smaller Opel/Vauxhall dealer network will focus on performance, customer satisfaction

April 17, 2018 10:00 CET

Opel/Vauxhall may lose up to a third of its dealerships in Europe after new owner PSA cancelled dealer contracts as part of a performance review.... Read More »

PSA, union in standoff over Opel's Eisenach plant

April 16, 2018 19:42 CET

PSA has postponed a decision on whether to build a new electrified vehicle at Opel's Eisenach factory in Germany after workers rejected wage concessions.... Read More »

Opel, Vauxhall to scrap dealerships as Peugeot cuts costs

1:10 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2018

Opel and Vauxhall are cutting dealerships as new owner Peugeot continues to reduce costs at the automaker it acquired last year in the face of sliding sales, notably in Britain, a major market.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2018

Assembly of the third-generation Ope/Vauxhall Insignia began in March 2016 at the automaker's plant in Russelsheim, Germany. Output peaked at more than 172,000 units in 2017, according to IHS Markit.... Read More »

Opel starts voluntary job cuts to avoid plant closures

March 27, 2018 15:20 CET

Opel will start offering voluntary buyouts to staff as a way of improving the competitive position of its German operations after the automaker was excluded from an investment plan presented last week by parent PSA.... Read More »

Opel's German workers demand investment from PSA

March 23, 2018 16:55 CET

Opel's German workers demanded "constructive proposals" for investment decisions, rejecting demands from parent PSA for wage concessions.... Read More »

PSA stabilizes Opel, but much work remains

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2018

"No regrets" -- That's PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares' assessment one year after striking a $2.7 billion deal for Opel and Vauxhall, General Motors' stubbornly unprofitable European brands.... Read More »

PSA needs clarity on Brexit to make UK Vauxhall plant decision

March 6, 2018 18:43 CET

PSA has joined Ford and Jaguar Land Rover in calling on the UK government to clear up uncertainty around Brexit, before the French automaker can make decisions over the future of its Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port, northern England.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Opel's void stirs ghosts of Genevas past

6:04 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2018

In Detroit, they can't stop talking about Mercedes-Benz's decision to skip the auto show next January. But stranger for me was walking into the Palexpo and not seeing Opel at its accustomed spot.... Read More »

 
Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives?

Dave Guilford
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14 2018

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Porsche wants Chinese buyers to love the 911

Christiaan Hetzner
4:31 am U.S. ET | May 11 2018

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China may be Porsche's biggest market but sales of its 911 sports car are poor. ...
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Lessons learned from DaimlerChrysler

Richard Johnson
8:50 am U.S. ET | May 9 2018

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Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler failed because of a clash of cultures, but that's an oversimplification. ...
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VW hopes marketing overhaul will banish diesel stain

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1 2018

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VW will support the launch of its I.D. ...
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Renault's push to grow outside Europe is off to a mixed start

Peter Sigal
8:50 am U.S. ET | April 27 2018

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Carlos Ghosn is betting that Renault's sales outside of Europe will drive revenues over the next six years. ...
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Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23 2018

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The Chinese government will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domes ...
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Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a comp ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and ...
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Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Wesley Wren
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12 2018

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Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, ...
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