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Opel names new human resources boss

April 17, 2013 14:47 CET
Opel has named Ulrich Schumacher its new human resources and labor relations boss. The 55-year-old German, who has worked at Ford and Magna International, also will serve as vice president of human resources for General Motors Europe.

Europe car sales drop 10% as Germany plunges

April 17, 2013 08:34 CET
European car sales dropped 10 percent in March as declines at PSA, Ford and VW and a plunge in Germany put the industry on pace for the fewest annual deliveries in 20 years.

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MG previews brand's first production SUV

April 17, 2013 10:22 CET
MG Motor said its MG CS concept previews a potential compact SUV/crossover that would target young, fashion-conscious people. The MG CS is similar in size to the Nissan Qashqai.

Opel confirms Bochum plant to close in late 2014

April 17, 2013 17:13 CET
GM's Opel unit solidified plans to close its car plant in Bochum, Germany, at the end of 2014 after workers rejected a wage freeze, the first shutdown of an auto factory in the country since World War II.

Heuliez, VW in partnership talks

April 17, 2013 11:31 CET
French contract manufacturer Heuliez is in partnership talks with Volkswagen. Heuliez said VW may supply parts to the company in exchange for manufacturing services.

Opel board meets to seal fate of Bochum plant

April 17, 2013 13:30 CET
Opel's supervisory board is meeting today to approve the first closure of a German auto plant in the country since World War II. The carmaker is shutting the Bochum plant, which builds the Zafira minivan, as part of a wider restructuring plan in Europe.

BMW's China JV will build EV under Zinoro brand

April 17, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW's Chinese joint venture with Brilliance Automotive will build an electric car to be marketed under the newly created Zinoro brand. The car will go on sale in the first quarter of 2014.

Daimler exits EADS with $2.9 billion stake sale to focus on cars

April 17, 2013 09:19 CET
Daimler has sold its remaining stake in European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. for 2.2 billion euros ($2.9 billion) to focus on its auto business.

 
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