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Opel wants leaner Astra to leap over rivals

Nov. 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel hopes to win sales from the Volkswagen Golf as well as compact luxury models such as the BMW 1 series by positioning its new-generation Astra as a near-premium offering that boasts improved fuel economy, a quieter ride plus a wide range of high-tech safety and comfort features....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for November

Nov. 2, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at the effect VW's Dieselgate scandal is having on the automaker, Made-in-Germany quality and the diesel engine....
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ANE's November e-magazine goes live Monday

Oct. 30, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Nov. 2. This month's edition looks at the effect VW's Dieselgate scandal is having on the automaker, Made-in-Germany quality and the diesel engine....
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Opel denies violating EU emissions standards

Oct. 23, 2015 15:59 CET

General Motors' Opel division denied violating European pollution standards after green activists claimed the automaker's Zafira minivan had excessive NOx emissions....
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Opel/Vauxhall may recall some Zafiras on fire risk

Oct. 22, 2015 14:48 CET

Opel/Vauxhall says it may need to recall some right-hand-drive Zafira minivans built between 2005 and 2014 after reports of fires in some heating and ventilation systems....
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An ex-cosmetics exec gives Opel a makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2015

Massage seats and a perfume diffuser aren't features you'd expect on a mass-market compact car. But they're available in Europe on the redesigned Opel Astra, at the directive of the brand's marketing maven, Tina Mueller....
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Barra wants to end GM's 'dog ate my homework' culture

7:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra is determined to switch the company from survivor mode -- a bankruptcy and safety recall -- to winning in the marketplace....
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Diesel test report cites emissions gaps at other automakers

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2015

A European environmental group issued a report this month that suggested other automakers in addition to Volkswagen and Audi may use software or other technology to enable their diesel vehicles to perform better in emissions testing than in actual, on-road driving....
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Buick may borrow Opel design trick

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Opel's redesigned Astra features a floating roofline that may pop up on future Buicks....
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Opel ready for next phase of turnaround

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

It was three years ago when General Motors first declared one of its most important post-bankruptcy goals: to stop losing money by mid-decade in Europe, a region that has drained more than $18 billion from GM's bottom line over the last 16 years. It will finally reach that milestone next year, GM executives said at the auto show here last week. But then what?...
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Opel pins compact car comeback on Astra's posh comforts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

GM's Opel brand has reached a new level of luxury incursion with its redesigned Astra, a cousin of the Chevy Cruze....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Opel Astra's 'floating' roofline likely to appear on future Buicks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2015

One of the most distinctive design elements of the redesigned Opel Astra unveiled at this year's Frankfurt auto show is its “floating” roofline, an element likely to appear on future Opels -- and by extension, future Buicks....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Future Buicks could get Opel's 'floating' roofline

6:14 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

One of the most distinctive design elements of the redesigned Opel Astra unveiled at the motor show here is its “floating” roofline, an element likely to appear on future Opels -- and by extension, future Buicks....
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GM execs stick to goal of turning Europe profit by 2016

9:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

GM executives said they remained committed to meeting their goal of reaching profitability in Europe by 2016, brushing aside concerns that a downturn in Russia could put their goal at risk....
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Opel will launch online retail banking in Germany

Sept. 2, 2015 12:24 CET

Opel will push into online retail banking in Germany and use consumer deposits to broaden the base of its financing operation....
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Opel names engineer to oversee quality

July 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel named mechanical engineer Elvira Toelkes as its new head of quality in Europe. Toelkes will be tasked with continuing Opel's drive to improve customer satisfaction. Opel and sister brand Vauxhall had below average scores in J.D. Power's vehicle satisfaction surveys....
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Opel aims Astra at 'user-chooser' company car drivers to boost profit

July 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Opel will target its new Astra at so-called "user-chooser" company car drivers in a bid to lift sales of the key model as it seeks to return to profitability. Corporate sales are growing in the brand's German home market....
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Opel will shorten hours at two German plants

July 17, 2015 17:29 CET

Opel will shorten working hours at two German plants after exiting the plunging Russian auto market and because of moderate demand in Europe....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why Ford stumbled with the EcoSport

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3, 2015

Ford stumbled with the EcoSport and was forced to make a quick redesign to address poor sales. So what went wrong?...
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Most Russian car plants are uncompetitive, AvtoVAZ CEO says

June 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Most car plants in Russia are not cost competitive because they are not producing enough vehicles, AvtoVAZ chief Bo Andersson said....
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Opel says new Astra will be smaller but roomier than the current car

June 1, 2015 17:17 CET

Opel released details and pictures of its next-generation Astra compact car that will be key in helping the GM brand return to profitability in Europe. The Astra will have new infotainment and lighting technologies to help it compete better against rivals such as the VW Golf and Ford Focus....
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Opel CEO rules out deal with Fiat

May 28, 2015 12:52 CET

Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has ruled out a deal with Fiat after its CEO Sergio Marchionne suggested carmakers need to consolidate to cut costs. Neumann also said it was a "big mistake" for Opel to search for scale with PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and not within GM....
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Opel will offer Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

May 28, 2015 11:24 CET

Opel will offer Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay across its model range as part of the brand's goal of becoming a leader in car connectivity. Opel will roll-out the telematics systems starting with the next-generation Astra that will debut at the Frankfurt auto show in September, the company said....
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GM promotes former Opel engineer to Asian tech center chief

May 23, 2015 06:01 CET

General Motors named former Opel engineer Tobias Suenner as president of its technical center in Shanghai. Suenner moves to the role from his current job as GM's chief engineer for compact cars....
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Will Buick Envision ever land in U.S. showrooms?

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Buick plans to introduce the Envision in Europe badged as an Opel and a Vauxhall, as well as a Holden in Australia, and has floated the possibility of bringing the new crossover to the U.S. in 2016....
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