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PSA CEO Tavares signals possible cost cuts at Opel

Oct. 20, 2017 16:30 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has signaled possible cost cuts at Opel, noting in a newspaper interview that production costs were at least 50 percent higher than at the company's French factories.... Read More »

Former Opel development chief Forst will help monitor VW

Oct. 19, 2017 09:28 CET

VW Group's U.S.-court appointed monitor, Larry Thompson, has recruited former Opel development chief Rita Forst to help him oversee the automaker following its diesel-emissions cheating.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2017

Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs at the UK factory that builds Astra cars, which would make sense if customers were turning away from cars such as the Astra Sports Tourer built there. But the fact is they are not.... Read More »

PSA will cut 400 Vauxhall jobs in UK; says production not competitive compared with France

Oct. 13, 2017 20:41 CET

PSA is cutting a quarter of the workforce at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port factory in England. The plant builds Opel and Vauxhall Astra cars for European markets.... Read More »

PSA secures future of two French plants with new models

Oct. 13, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA will add production of new vehicles at its Sochaux and Mulhouse plants in France in 2020 and 2021.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Loss of marketing exec stings at Opel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2017

Tina Mueller was a bright spot in Opel's management, having revived what was perceived to be a bankrupt brand in Germany.... Read More »

Opel will switch to PSA engines, putting jobs at risk

Sept. 29, 2017 06:01 CET

Opel's engines will gradually be replaced by powertrains from the automaker's new owner, PSA, a move likely to affect thousands of assembly workers and development engineers.... Read More »

Opel's Mueller to head German cosmetics company

Sept. 25, 2017 19:46 CET

Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, will join German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO on Nov. 1. Mueller is the second leading executive to quit Opel since PSA acquired the automaker from GM.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Opel's loss of key executives makes turnaround much harder

11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2017

Opel faces a tough task replacing the automaker's award-winning marketing chief, Tina Mueller, who is joining German cosmetics retailer Douglas as CEO.... Read More »

Opel marketing chief to leave automaker, report says

Sept. 25, 2017 09:11 CET

Opel's marketing chief, Tina Mueller, is leaving the automaker, Handelsblatt reported. If confirmed, Mueller would be the second leading executive to quit Opel after Karl-Thomas Neumann, who resigned as CEO following PSA's takeover of the former GM unit.... Read More »

PSA factories appear 'more efficient' than Opel plants, Tavares says

Sept. 18, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA factories appear to be more productive than plants operated by the automaker's newly acquired Opel/Vauxhall business, PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said.... Read More »

PSA's Tavares prepares ground for deep cuts at Opel

Sept. 12, 2017 12:33 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares began preparing the ground for deep cuts to turn around the automaker's newly acquired Opel/Vauxhall business.... Read More »

2017 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Opel Grandland X will be brand's first mainstream model with plug-in hybrid

Sept. 12, 2017 14:36 CET

Opel's Grandland X will be the brand's first mainstream model to have a plug-in hybrid powertrain variant. The compact crossover will go on sale this month in Europe.... Read More »

Opel engine-testing jobs at risk from regulatory push for EVs, PSA's Tavares says

Sept. 12, 2017 16:47 CET

PSA CEO Carlos Tavares said European policymakers were responsible for the fate of 800 jobs at Opel's engine testing facility in Germany, given that a regulatory push to promote EVs could lead to sweeping job losses.... Read More »

PSA supports EVs for Opel if they are profitable, Tavares tells paper

Sept. 10, 2017 12:51 CET

PSA will support Opel to introduce electric cars but the switch must be profitable for it to be successful, PSA CEO Tavares told a German newspaper.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Fast-changing Frankfurt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2017

At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed.... Read More »

Opel widened Q2 loss to $250 million, sources say

Sept. 2, 2017 13:14 CET

Opel, which GM has sold to PSA, widened its losses in the second quarter to around $250 million, sources said.... Read More »

Opel debuts new retail format in Germany

Aug. 15, 2017 12:47 CET

Opel is piloting a new retail format that offers German customers the opportunity to purchase a new car while shopping in a mall, mimicking a concept first developed by the UK's Rockar dealership group for Hyundai.... Read More »

PSA finalizes purchase of Opel/Vauxhall from GM

Aug. 1, 2017 09:38 CET

PSA completed its takeover of the Opel and Vauxhall brands from GM on Tuesday, installing a fresh leadership team including new manufacturing, engineering and purchasing chiefs.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: End of an era: GM officially sheds Opel

8:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2017

After 88 years with GM, Opel now part of PSA; How they did it: FCA, Toyota execs on boosting quality; Autonomous cars make cross-border trek; Honda profits rise; Wells Fargo sued.... Read More »

GM faces earnings test as several plants retool

7:30 am U.S. ET | July 25, 2017

The discipline that helped GM beat Wall Street expectations for nine consecutive quarters will be put to the test in the coming months because several of its most profitable plants will temporarily close for retooling.... Read More »

Opel defends inclusion of employee leases in sales data

July 23, 2017 12:23 CET

Opel defended the inclusion in its sales data of cars pre-registered by the company and leased by company workers, retirees and their families.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

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 »

 
Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20 2017

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Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2017

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Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs ...
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Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alt ...
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Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

Luca Ciferri
4:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18 2017

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Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. ...
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No steering wheel? Not so fast, ZF CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2017

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If you're not ready to trust a computer-driven vehicle that has no steering wheel you're not alone. ...
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How Mercedes turned a 'crazy' idea into gold

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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A little more than 20 years ago, the Mercedes W163 rolled off the assembly line at the company's U.S ...
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Why Renault predicts big profits from EVs

Luca Ciferri
6:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2017

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Renault's investment in electric vehicles is already paying dividends and the automaker said today that its profits from EVs will rise significantly in the next five years,... ...
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Why Marchionne thinks EVs threaten the planet

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne believes that a widespread move to electric vehicles ...
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Industry shifts blame, again, for diesel woes

Christiaan Hetzner
4:37 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2017

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The industry's favorite tactic since the diesel has come under attack in Europe for excessive emissi ...
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Renault Alaskan shows how Europe's pickup segment is going upscale

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2017

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In many parts of Europe, you're as likely to see a high-end sports car like a Porsche Carrera as a p ...
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