GM's Opel to exit Russia, Chevy to reduce lineup to 'iconic' models

9:10 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

General Motors' Opel division will exit the plunging Russian market and abandon production at its plant in St. Petersburg by the end of the year. In addition, Chevrolet will scale back its presence in Russia, selling “iconic” U.S.-built models such as the Corvette, Camaro and Tahoe.... Read More »

All new EU cars will need emergency call technology from 2018

March 17, 2015 17:09 CET

All new cars sold in the European Union from 2018 will have to be equipped with technology to contact emergency services in the case of an accident.... Read More »

Chevy Bolt EV variant may be sold as an Opel in Europe, sources say

March 4, 2015 19:08 CET

General Motors may sell a version of the Chevrolet Bolt electric car in Europe as an Opel/Vauxhall model, company sources said.... Read More »


Opel/Vauxhall touts connectivity as OnStar rolls out in Europe

March 3, 2015 18:43 CET

Opel/Vauxhall believes its OnStar digital service will help it win new customers, boost sales and return to profit after it begins to roll out the service in 13 European markets including Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain.... Read More »

Opel, VW CEOs cautious on Europe sales growth amid Russia crisis

March 3, 2015 09:14 CET

Europe's carmakers are benefiting from robust demand for passenger cars in most of the region although the slumping Russian market continues to cast a shadow, making forecasts increasingly difficult, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and VW boss Martin Winterkorn said.... Read More »

A shakeup in Germany’s top auto ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. When Harald Krueger rises to CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as chairman of the Volkswagen brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their late 40s to mid-50s.... Read More »


Ford, Opel, Renault step up battle for No. 2 in Europe

Feb. 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault and Opel/Vauxhall will step up their efforts this year to replace Ford as Europe's No. 2 brand by vehicle sales with major product pushes. Ford fought off both rivals last year but Renault's volume increased 9 percent, while Opel's sales were up 7 percent, both outpacing Ford's 5 percent gain.... Read More »

Opel's next-gen Adam could also be a Buick

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Buick's top U.S. executive wants to bolster the brand's U.S. lineup with a rebadged Opel Adam, a sporty three-door minicar that competes with the Fiat 500 and BMW's Mini brand in Europe. But the prospect is likely several years off.... Read More »

GM sees Europe turnaround on track even if local economy isn't

Jan. 23, 2015 10:34 CET

General Motors' efforts to restore European operations to profitability are on track even as the region's economy fails to revive, GM President Dan Ammann said. However, Russia is big "wild card," he said.... Read More »

Opel plans EV version of its Karl minicar, report says

Jan. 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel plans an electric version of its new Karl minicar, a German magazine reported. The Karl EV could go on sale by the end of 2018, the report said.... Read More »

Opel prices new Karl to win former Chevrolet customers

Jan. 15, 2015 11:31 CET

Opel said its new Karl minicar will cost 9,500 euros in Germany. The Karl will offer safety and driver systems not common in the segment including lane departure warning, Opel said.... Read More »

GM CEO Barra stands by target to return to profit in Europe in 2016

Jan. 9, 2015 10:23 CET

General Motors stands by its target to return to profit in Europe in 2016, CEO Mary Barra said. Barra's stance contrasts with Ford, which last autumn cut its outlook for Europe due to steeper losses in Russia.... Read More »

Opel's Europe sales rise 3% in 2014

Jan. 7, 2015 12:25 CET

Opel/Vauxhall sales rose 3 percent in Europe last year, boosting market share for GM's European unit by 0.1 percentage points to 5.74 percent. The carmaker plans to launch new models this year including the Karl entry-level minicar.... Read More »

Opel CEO warns that 2016 profit target is under threat

Dec. 20, 2014 22:07 CET

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has warned top managers that the General Motors unit's 2016 profit target is under threat from economic setbacks, according to a German daily paper.... Read More »

Opel says Karl will cost less than 10,000 euros

Dec. 3, 2014 11:42 CET

Opel will launch its entry-level Karl minicar next summer at a starting price of less than 10,000 euros in Germany. Opel today released pictures and details of the Karl.... Read More »

Opel is succeeding in restoring poor image, exec says

Nov. 27, 2014 06:01 CET

Opel is succeeding in turning around its tattered image in Germany, the brand's marketing chief Tina Mueller said.... Read More »


Magna, Haartz team up on Opel Cascada roof

5:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014

Magna International and Haartz Corp. teamed up to supply the new Opel Cascada's folding softtop roof. Haartz supplies an acoustically enhanced three-ply composite that offers enhanced sound deadening and insulation.... Read More »

Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET

Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany.... Read More »

Opel names new engineering chief

Nov. 21, 2014 10:25 CET

Opel named Charlie Klein as its new engineering chief, promoting the executive from his current post as the brand's chief engineer for light commercial vehicles.... Read More »

GM approves Opel SUV and engine investments in Germany, Poland

Nov. 20, 2014 16:22 CET

GM CEO Mary Barra said Opel will add a flagship SUV to its lineup. The model will launch by the end of the decade. GM will also invest more than 500,000 euros in the production of new engines and transmissions in Germany and Poland.... Read More »

Opel on track to achieve turnaround, GM says

Oct. 24, 2014 12:14 CET

Opel/Vauxhall is on track to achieve a turnaround despite headwinds from Russia and a wider third-quarter loss, parent GM says. New models such as the Corsa will give the division a boost in the months ahead.... Read More »

GM to auction equipment from Opel's Bochum factory

Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET

GM's Opel unit will auction tooling from its factory in Bochum, Germany. The plant's 50 presses will be sold along with 80 percent of the robots in the body shop.... Read More »

Betting on Russia, despite turmoil

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

It sounds risky, but many auto executives say that the best response to Western sanctions against Russia is to continue investing there.... Read More »

Monza to set tone for next Buick Regal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2014

The next-generation Opel Insignia -- which will be rebadged as the next Buick Regal sedan for the U.S. -- will be more premium and take styling cues from the lithe Monza concept car that Opel revealed in 2013.... Read More »

Opel chief Neumann vows to make good on Barra's profit promise

11:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014

A day after his boss assured investors of a return to profitability in Europe by 2016, Opel chief Karl-Thomas Neumann outlined the reasons he believes he can deliver.... Read More »

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