Opel

Opel will unveil Crossland X next month

Jan. 18, 2017 12:59 CET

Opel/Vauxhall will debut the Crossland X, a small crossover that replaces its Meriva minivan, in Berlin on Feb. 1 as part of the General Motors unit's latest product offensive.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2017

Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Ellesmere Port, England, in October the same year. Combined output from the two facilities will peak at more than 260,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

Opel will reorganize Corsa, Adam, Mokka output in Europe

Dec. 16, 2016 12:12 CET

Opel is reorganizing output of key small cars to improve production efficiency. The next Mokka X subcompact SUV will move to Germany from Spain while the Adam minicar will switch to Spain from Germany. The Corsa will in future will be built only in Spain for European markets.... Read More »

Opel prices Ampera-e above BMW i3, Nissan Leaf in its first European market

Dec. 14, 2016 13:00 CET

Opel has priced its Ampera-e battery-electric vehicle higher than the BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf EVs in Norway, the first market in Europe for the car.... Read More »

Regal preview

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2016

The Buick Regal is likely to have a longer wheelbase and a more spacious interior after an upcoming redesign, based on newly released images of its European sibling, the Vauxhall Insignia.... Read More »

Opel counts on high-tech to give new Insignia a lift

Dec. 7, 2016 11:50 CET

The Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport will be the most high-tech car in its segment, the automaker said today after releasing the first pictures of the Volkswagen Passat rival.... Read More »

Opel reveals name of new compact SUV

Nov. 17, 2016 16:56 CET

Opel/Vauxhall will name its new compact SUV the Grandland X, GM's European subsidiary said. The new car will be revealed late in 2017 and go on sale in 2018. The Grandland X is the second Opel model developed in partnership with PSA Group following the smaller Crossland X.... Read More »

Opel CEO doubtful GM brand will break even in 2016

Nov. 16, 2016 17:48 CET

Opel is struggling to reach profitability this year because of the effects of the UK's decision to leave the EU, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

Opel CEO says it will be difficult to break even in 2016

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2016

General Motors' European division Opel is struggling to reach profitability this year because of the effects of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2016

General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and its Opel Ampera-e sibling but for now Renault is ahead with its Zoe, which is Europe's best-selling EV.... Read More »

Opel readies product offensive with 7 new models

Nov. 6, 2016 20:07 CET

Opel/Vauxhall will launch its biggest product offensive to date with seven new or replacement models next year including a successor to its Meriva minivan that will be called the Crossland X.... Read More »

Opel Insignia gets new name, grows in length

Oct. 27, 2016 06:01 CET

The new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia will be lighter and more spacious than the current car and will get a new name. The midsize model will be called the Insignia Grand Sport.... Read More »

Opel Meriva successor to be 'soft' crossover

Oct. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Opel/Vauxhall's Meriva replacement will ditch the minivan looks of the current model for crossover styling but it won't be an SUV. The Meriva successor will have a design that is softer than the off-road look of the automaker's Mokka SUV, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

GM opens new engine testing facility in Germany

Oct. 13, 2016 15:13 CET

General Motors opened a new Global Propulsion Center at the headquarters of its Opel unit in Ruesselsheim, Germany. The move represents a further investment in GM's second-largest r&d site.... Read More »

BMW sees EVs pushing into mainstream in race against Mercedes, Tesla

Oct. 12, 2016 12:28 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger expects sales of the automaker's plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars to surge to between 15 percent and 25 percent of the company's vehicle sales as the technology hits the mainstream, putting the automaker in a race against rivals Mercedes and Tesla.... Read More »

How GM pulled a fast one in EV one-upmanship

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2016

General Motors quoted a 250-mile range claim for the European version of the Chevy Bolt electric car ahead of the Paris auto show, then significantly upped up that to 310 miles at the show.... Read More »

Ford, Vauxhall, Nissan raise UK car prices after Brexit

Oct. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford, Vauxhall and Nissan are among automakers that have raised prices for their new cars in the UK in response to the pound's collapse following the country's vote to leave the EU.... Read More »

PARIS AUTO SHOW

Beaucoup beauties

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2016

Paris was the gleaming capital of the auto world again last week and we encountered beaucoup de belles voitures -- from supercars to small crossovers. Here are six models that grabbed our attention. Fantastique!... Read More »

SECOND-WAVE EVs

The next wave of electric vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2016

Automakers learned the pool of green consumers who would tolerate low ranges and high prices was limited. Now they're bringing out a batch of EVs that are more consumer-friendly.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: EVs all the buzz at Paris show

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

Mercedes, VW, Opel electrify in Paris; Land Rover's new Discovery; Ford flying-roof risk; Long-haul Ubers?; Honda reports fatal Takata inflator rupture; Musk's Mars mission.... Read More »

ANE 25 LEADING WOMEN

Automotive News Europe salutes Katherine Worthen

Sept. 28, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Katherine Worthen of Opel Group.... Read More »

BMW designers work inside out

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2016

When the creative minds behind BMW's Vision Next 100 sat down to conceive an autonomous driving car of the future, their approach was something of a revolution for the century-old company. Instead of sketching the overhangs, greenhouse or wheel arches in pursuit of the perfect proportions or the sportiest silhouette, they used an entirely different starting point to convey emotion: the interior.... Read More »

Paris auto show: It's electric

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

Germany's automakers will use the Paris auto show to highlight their latest battery technologies as they seek to recapture ground from Tesla.... Read More »

ANE 25 LEADING WOMEN

Automotive News Europe salutes Tina Mueller

Sept. 19, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Tina Mueller of Opel Group.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. And while the decision might make good financial sense, the Vauxhall brand won't be applauding its parent's caution.... Read More »

 
VW seeks 'flower-power' revival with greener Microbus

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18 2017

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It will take another five years but fans of the classic VW Microbus can now finally look forward to ...
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Did a leading VW exec perfect defeat device rather than stop it?

Christiaan Hetzner
8:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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While he didn't introduce the emissions-test-cheating defeat device into VW's 2. ...
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Conti powertrain guru makes peace with 'different world'

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13 2017

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Continental powertrain chief Jose Avila says it has taken some time to make peace with the fast move the industry and the world are making toward cars that are powered by... ...
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The beautiful lives of Bugatti, Bentley buyers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2017

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Bentley and Bugatti buyers are rich, but there is a pretty significant wealth gap between the two, a ...
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The most important vehicles at the Detroit auto show

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2017

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The 2017 edition of the Detroit auto show won't go into the books for blockbuster introductions and ...
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In taking the wraps off super-fast EV, Faraday redefines car unveiling


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10 2017

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Faraday has struggled to find enough funding to meet its big ambitions but the Chinese start up cert ...
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Hyundai's self-driving Ioniq calmed my safety fears

Luca Ciferri
5:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2017

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I’m a big fan of autonomous driving and am eager to buy a fully self-driving car a ...
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London's new taxi blends tradition and tech


12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4 2017

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The fifth generation of London's iconic Black Cab that will debut later this year will have 21st cen ...
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VW's switch to English as its company language is a key reform

Christiaan Hetzner
5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15 2016

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In the future, VW Group will conduct its business in English. The change should improve the German a ...
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Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Europe car sales rise nearly 7% to 9-year high in 2016
European car sales rose 6.5 percent to 15.1 million in 2016 -- a nine-year high -- as demand was dri ...
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Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016
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Turkish sales forecast to drop 10% this year after record 2016
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UK sales forecast to fall 5% this year after record 2016
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German sales jump nearly 4% in Dec. as Toyota leads gains
Registrations in Germany increased by nearly 4 percent in December as Toyota brand led gains among v ...
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Spanish sales grow for third year with 9% rise in December
The Spanish car market had its third consecutive year of double-digit growth in 2016 after sales ros ...
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Italy sales rise 13% in December
Italian new-car sales increased 13 percent in December, giving the market its second consecutive yea ...
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French auto market ends second rebound year with December gain
French car sales rose nearly 6 percent percent in December, closing a second consecutive year of str ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Fiat Chrysler names operating chiefs for China, Asia Pacific
Fiat Chrysler named Daphne Zheng as COO of China and Paul Alcala as the operating chief of Asia Paci ...
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Tesla's Autopilot head said to depart as Apple engineer hired
Sterling Anderson, Tesla's director of autopilot programs, has left the maker of electric cars, acco ...
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Pininfarina prepares to reboot with former PSA designer
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Porsche race car engineer Hitzinger joins Apple, report says
Apple poached the technical director of Porsche's race car program earlier this year, Manager Magazin reported, hiring a project manager who helped engineer the sports. ...
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Renault names new EV chief as it prepares for electric-car surge
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Varroc Lighting appoints former Magneti Marelli executive as CEO
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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