Supercars made the headlines but that’s just another way of saying there's nothing very exciting for the real world. The big takeover by France’s Peugeot of General Motors Europe’s Opel-Vauxhall caught all the headlines.
Large markets like Germany and volume brands like VW, Opel, Vauxhall and Peugeot posted lower sales.
All-new Vauxhall Insignia has improved in pretty much every single department You’re looking at a new Vauxhall big-saloon flagship. The perceived decline in large car demand over the past decade hasn’t done much to harm the UK success of the Vauxhall Insignia.
Vauxhall workers are likely to take a significant cut to their pensions before any decision about the long-term future of their jobs after the sale of the UK-based automotive group to PSA Peugeot Citroen. The French carmaker last week signed a deal with Vauxhall’s US parent General Motors to take control of its European operations — Vauxhall and its larger German sister company Opel. The deal, which was billed as a €2.2bn (£1.9bn) takeover by PSA, will actually end up with GM making substantial payments to the French group to take the chronically loss-making GM Europe off the hands of the Det
The rugged-looking Vauxhall Mokka has much to commend it as a bargain buy if you're looking for a second-hand small SUV/crossover.
In the automotive industry, surprises are few and far between. So continuous (and often intentional) is the flow of leaks that spew forth that official announcements are more usually a confirmation these days, rather than a revelation. But it's safe to say we all got probably the surprise of the year when news broke a few weeks back that GM was considering selling Opel and Vauxhall to Peugeot.
General Motors this month finally sold its struggling European unit Opel (along with Vauxhall, Opel’s brand for the United Kingdom) to France's PSA Group after racking up two decades of losses totaling close to $20 billion.
While General Motors foreshadows even more cuts to its global organisation, the new boss-in-waiting of Opel, Carlos Tavares, says it could stage a renewed export drive outside Europe as soon as 2018. Tavares is keen to export Opels to markets where PSA brands Peugeot and Citroen aren’t popular such as the USA.
PSA Peugeot-Citroen's bold plan for Vauxhall/Opel comes with certain immediate promises, but Graham Hope wonders what happens after that.
As General Motors bids au revoir to its Opel/Vauxhall operations, the automaker has confirmed it will remain in the European premium market with Chevy performance cars and Cadillac. But why?