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Opel reveals name of new compact SUV

Nov. 17, 2016 16:56 CET

Opel/Vauxhall will name its new compact SUV the Grandland X, GM's European subsidiary said. The new car will be revealed late in 2017 and go on sale in 2018. The Grandland X is the second Opel model developed in partnership with PSA Group following the smaller Crossland X.... Read More »

Opel CEO doubtful GM brand will break even in 2016

Nov. 16, 2016 17:48 CET

Opel is struggling to reach profitability this year because of the effects of the UK's decision to leave the EU, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

Opel CEO says it will be difficult to break even in 2016

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2016

General Motors' European division Opel is struggling to reach profitability this year because of the effects of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2016

General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and its Opel Ampera-e sibling but for now Renault is ahead with its Zoe, which is Europe's best-selling EV.... Read More »

Opel readies product offensive with 7 new models

Nov. 6, 2016 20:07 CET

Opel/Vauxhall will launch its biggest product offensive to date with seven new or replacement models next year including a successor to its Meriva minivan that will be called the Crossland X.... Read More »

Opel Insignia gets new name, grows in length

Oct. 27, 2016 06:01 CET

The new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia will be lighter and more spacious than the current car and will get a new name. The midsize model will be called the Insignia Grand Sport.... Read More »

Opel Meriva successor to be 'soft' crossover

Oct. 23, 2016 06:01 CET

Opel/Vauxhall's Meriva replacement will ditch the minivan looks of the current model for crossover styling but it won't be an SUV. The Meriva successor will have a design that is softer than the off-road look of the automaker's Mokka SUV, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

GM opens new engine testing facility in Germany

Oct. 13, 2016 15:13 CET

General Motors opened a new Global Propulsion Center at the headquarters of its Opel unit in Ruesselsheim, Germany. The move represents a further investment in GM's second-largest r&d site.... Read More »

BMW sees EVs pushing into mainstream in race against Mercedes, Tesla

Oct. 12, 2016 12:28 CET

BMW CEO Harald Krueger expects sales of the automaker's plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars to surge to between 15 percent and 25 percent of the company's vehicle sales as the technology hits the mainstream, putting the automaker in a race against rivals Mercedes and Tesla.... Read More »

How GM pulled a fast one in EV one-upmanship

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2016

General Motors quoted a 250-mile range claim for the European version of the Chevy Bolt electric car ahead of the Paris auto show, then significantly upped up that to 310 miles at the show.... Read More »

Ford, Vauxhall, Nissan raise UK car prices after Brexit

Oct. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford, Vauxhall and Nissan are among automakers that have raised prices for their new cars in the UK in response to the pound's collapse following the country's vote to leave the EU.... Read More »

PARIS AUTO SHOW

Beaucoup beauties

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2016

Paris was the gleaming capital of the auto world again last week and we encountered beaucoup de belles voitures -- from supercars to small crossovers. Here are six models that grabbed our attention. Fantastique!... Read More »

SECOND-WAVE EVs

The next wave of electric vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2016

Automakers learned the pool of green consumers who would tolerate low ranges and high prices was limited. Now they're bringing out a batch of EVs that are more consumer-friendly.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: EVs all the buzz at Paris show

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

Mercedes, VW, Opel electrify in Paris; Land Rover's new Discovery; Ford flying-roof risk; Long-haul Ubers?; Honda reports fatal Takata inflator rupture; Musk's Mars mission.... Read More »

ANE 25 LEADING WOMEN

Automotive News Europe salutes Katherine Worthen

Sept. 28, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Katherine Worthen of Opel Group.... Read More »

BMW designers work inside out

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2016

When the creative minds behind BMW's Vision Next 100 sat down to conceive an autonomous driving car of the future, their approach was something of a revolution for the century-old company. Instead of sketching the overhangs, greenhouse or wheel arches in pursuit of the perfect proportions or the sportiest silhouette, they used an entirely different starting point to convey emotion: the interior.... Read More »

Paris auto show: It's electric

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2016

Germany's automakers will use the Paris auto show to highlight their latest battery technologies as they seek to recapture ground from Tesla.... Read More »

ANE 25 LEADING WOMEN

Automotive News Europe salutes Tina Mueller

Sept. 19, 2016 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the 25 Leading Women in the European Automotive Industry. Every day through Sept. 29 one of the 25 winners will be featured. Today's winner is Tina Mueller of Opel Group.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2016

General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. And while the decision might make good financial sense, the Vauxhall brand won't be applauding its parent's caution.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Opel says Ampera-e's 400 km range will 'democratize' EVs

Sept. 13, 2016 10:39 CET

Opel said its Ampera-e battery-powered car will eliminate range anxiety for customers because it can travel more than 400 km (249 miles) on a single charge. "Opel is democratizing the electric car with the Ampera-e," the brand's CEO, Karl‑Thomas Neumann, said.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Opel's Ampera bombed, but thankfully for its successor no one noticed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2016

One of the eco-friendly highlights premiering at the Paris auto show will be the Ampera-e, Opel's second foray into electrified powertrains. Yet the brand's marketing chief revealed that the model came close to getting a different name.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Opel touts Ampera-e's performance, long range and roomy interior

Aug. 25, 2016 06:01 CET

Opel says its Ampera-e hatchback, the brand's first full electric vehicle, will have acceleration and overtaking times equal to the performance of its sporty OPC models. Opel will debut the Ampera-e, a sister model to the Chevrolet Bolt, at the Paris auto show.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Cool classics, concepts converge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2016

Cool classics, concepts converge at Pebble Beach; Lawmaker to pull Calif. emissions bill; VW reportedly plans to seize parts; More Volkswagen tech ties ahead?; Brexit fallout at Opel.... Read More »

Opel cuts working hours at two German plants following Brexit vote

Aug. 19, 2016 11:54 CET

Opel is cutting working hours at two German plants due to lower demand for its Corsa and Insignia models after the UK's vote to leave the EU. The UK is the biggest market for the two cars.... Read More »

Opel diesels with shut-off device cleared by German authorities, paper says

July 31, 2016 12:03 CET

Germany's KBA motor transport authority has approved Opel diesel engines that were suspected of using 'defeat' software to hide high emissions, a paper reported.... Read More »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
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