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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 »

ANE's June issue goes live Monday

June 2, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, June 5. The new edition looks at the big challenges that automakers face on the road to fully autonomous driving.... Read More »

Opel bears fruit for PSA in Aisin gearbox talks

May 17, 2017 16:09 CET

PSA is in talks to build Toyota-owned supplier Aisin's automatic gearboxes at one of its own plants, sources told Reuters, in what would be an early reward for the French automaker's purchase of Opel from GM.... Read More »

PSA's Tavares reassures shareholders over Opel buy

May 12, 2017 09:50 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares reassured shareholders over the acquisition of Opel from GM, saying that the purchase will boost PSA's European sales by 50 percent and vault the automaker "far ahead" of its French rival Renault.... Read More »

PSA's Tavares sees Opel racking up more losses in 2017

May 10, 2017 11:55 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares expects Opel to lose more money this year as the French carmaker acquires the business from General Motors. However, the brand is recovering, Tavares said, highlighting growth in vehicle sales.... Read More »

Opel will build new Corsa with PSA technology

May 1, 2017 14:00 CET

Opel will use PSA's technology in the next generation of its Corsa. Opel had previously said the Corsa, slated to be launched in 2019, would be built with GM technology.... Read More »

PSA's tough double: Fixing China slump while also absorbing Opel

April 27, 2017 10:56 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares already has a big job ahead of him as he focuses on integrating the operations of Opel/Vauxhall into the French automaker. Now he has another worry: fixing PSA's retail network in China.... Read More »

Opel Grandland X set to take on VW Tiguan

April 19, 2017 13:45 CET

Opel/Vauxhall unveiled the Grandland X, the automaker's latest model underpinned by a platform from its new parent, PSA Group.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2017

The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition Opel/Vauxhall all compete in Europe's saturated volume car market.... Read More »

Opel confirms new SUVs will be built in Germany; will continue to build Buicks for U.S.

April 6, 2017 14:50 CET

Two Opel plants in Germany have been promised new SUVs, securing their midterm future following PSA's acquisition of the automaker from GM. Opel also committed to produce Buick-branded vehicles for GM in its German factories.... Read More »

BlaBlaCar unveils Opel leasing deal in boost for ride-sharing

April 6, 2017 09:36 CET

BlablaCar, Europe's biggest ride-sharing startup, will offer its drivers cheaper leases for Opel cars in the latest threat to the traditional transport model. Like Uber and Lyft, BlaBlaCar offers new mobility services that are disrupting automakers and transport companies.... Read More »

Germany will support PSA-Opel tie-up after gaining work assurances, ministers says

April 5, 2017 15:02 CET

Germany's economy minister, Brigitte Zypries, said she had held constructive talks with PSA CEO Carlos Tavares about the French automaker's plan to buy Opel from GM and felt reassured that existing labor deals would remain.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Buick's Regal plan: No sedan

8:45 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2017

Buick's Regal plan: No sedan; White House seeks to slash EPA testing funds; Lexus pulls ads from 'O'Reilly Factor'; BMW union plans strikes; Pinterest emerges as car-marketing tool.... Read More »

 
How the iPhone has changed our industry

Krishnan M. Anantharaman
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2017

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We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to ac ...
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Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2017

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A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybri ...
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Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

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

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The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. ...
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Renault design boss knows which line matters most

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2017

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When discussing automotive design, the word “line” gets used often. Renault design chief ...
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Volvo sends message to suppliers

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:40 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. ...
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Ghosn knows what it means to be No. 1

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

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The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. ...
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Continental's speaker-less solution slashes weight, satisfies the ear

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30 2017

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Continental's speaker-less car audio solution reduces weight by up to 90 percent compared with today ...
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Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, th ...
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Porsche and Toyota patriarchs cement friendship at Le Mans

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Porsche's friendly reception of the Toyota team they defeated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans highlights ...
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Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Russia sales increase 15% in 4th straight monthly rise
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in June, the fourth consecutive month of higher ...
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UK car sales fall for third consecutive month
UK new-car registrations fell by 4.8 percent in June to 243,454, the first time in six years sales h ...
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Italy June sales surge 13%
Italy's new-car registrations increased 13 percent in June to 187,642 units, according to figures fr ...
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German car sales drop on fewer selling days
German new-car sales declined 3.5 percent last month to 327,693 vehicles, according to data from the ...
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French sales rise nearly 2% in June
Registrations of new cars in France rose 1.6 percent to 230,940 vehicles in June, with Daimler, Toyo ...
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Spain sales rise 7%; troubling trends seen
New-car sales in Spain were up 6.5 percent last month to 131,797 units, according to industry associ ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief
Ford named Amko Leenarts as its new design director for Europe. Leenarts will succeed Joel Piaskowsk ...
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BMW sales chief Robertson to retire; Dutch executive Nota is successor
BMW said Ian Robertson will retire as the automaker's sales chief. He will be succeeded by Pieter No ...
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Tesla adds two to board, including James Murdoch
Tesla appointed two new directors to its board, including Twenty-First Century Fox CEO James Murdoch ...
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KC Crain named president of Automotive News' parent company
KC Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, has been named president of parent Crain Commun ...
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Ford names Shirinov CEO of Russia JV
Ford has named Adil Shirinov CEO of its Russian joint venture, Ford Sollers. ...
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VW names veteran Europe exec to steer N. America sales, marketing
VW Group named Werner Eichhorn, a longtime executive from its European operations, as the new head o ...
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PSA hires Renault-Nissan exec to lead push in Africa
PSA Group has picked veteran Renault-Nissan executive Samir Cherfan to lead its sales and marketing ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
Assembly of the seventh-generation BMW 5 series began in November 2016 at the automaker's factory in ...
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