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  1. Business Blog

    March 5, 2014

    Brand neglect invites the elephant into the showroom

    Straight-talking Karl-Thomas Neumann, chief executive of Opel, has given the world of reputation management a useful new...

  2. March 4, 2014

    Opel tries to fix the ‘red elephant’ problem

    It is hard to walk far in Germany these days without seeing a billboard inviting passers-by to reconsider common prejudices...

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  1. The Future of the Car

    From driverless cars to smartphone connectivity, motor technology continues to advance...
  2. Special Report: Poland 2012

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  1. November 19, 2013

    Green developments: Work gathers speed on sustainable alternatives

    The car as we know it is not so much hurtling towards a crossroads as cautiously approaching a big, confusing roundabout....

  2. July 10, 2013

    Carmakers face battle over the best direction to steer industry

    Stephen Odell, head of Ford Europe, knows all too well the impact of closing car factories. Around two dozen protesters...

  3. June 27, 2013

    Peugeot surges on talk of GM alliance

    Peugeot shares jumped on speculation that the French carmaker could receive a large cash boost as part of a tie-in with...

  4. June 3, 2013

    RHJI hits back at activists over break-up campaign

    RHJ International, the investment company founded by private equity investor Tim Collins, has hit back at activist...

  5. May 27, 2013

    Hedge funds call for break-up of Kleinwort owner

    A group of hedge funds have called for the break-up of RHJI, the investment company founded by Timothy Collins, in a move...

  6. April 10, 2013

    GM to invest €4bn to revive Opel arm

    The chief executive of General Motors promised €4bn in new investment for Opel, its lossmaking European arm, as the carmaker...

  7. March 19, 2013

    Peugeot chief gets taste for a bumpy ride

    Philippe Varin says that he enjoys tackling crises. Given the dismal figures on European car sales published on Tuesday that...

  8. February 14, 2013

    European losses widen at General Motors

    General Motors’ finance director has admitted to “concern” over European car industry volumes after it reported a sharp...

  9. January 31, 2013

    GM turns to ex-China chief to run Opel

    General Motors has appointed a former Volkswagen manager as chief executive of Opel/Vauxhall to lead the transformation of...

  10. January 10, 2013

    GM’s Girsky must solve Opel conundrum

    After a decade in which General Motors’ European arm racked up about $15bn in losses, the man who must turn Opel/Vauxhall...

  11. January 9, 2013

    Mini-SUVs blaze a trail for car industry

    The roots of the next big trend to shake the global car industry can partly be traced to a car plant in northeast England....

  12. December 10, 2012

    Opel to end production at Bochum plant

    General Motors’ Opel unit took a step towards easing the overcapacity problems that have crippled Europe’s mass market car...

  13. November 22, 2012

    Eurozone crisis pays off for Sberbank

    Few European bankers can claim to be winners from the eurozone crisis. But one of the biggest success stories to emerge from...

  14. September 25, 2012

    Peugeot and Renault line up a cavalcade

    PSA Peugeot Citroën and Renault, France’s two national carmakers, will aim to dazzle the motoring world on their home turf...

  15. September 14, 2012

    GM keen to maintain European presence

    General Motors’ second most senior executive has said the US carmaker is determined to remain a “major player” in Europe...

  16. beyondbrics

    September 13, 2012

    CEE carmakers: Poland slips back, as Slovakia and the Czech Republic roar ahead

    The production line at Opel’s factory in Gliwice in southern Poland is humming, with a steady stream of new Astra models...

  17. August 23, 2012

    GM to cut production at two German plants

    General Motors is set to cut production at two German plants in response to a sharp downturn in car sales that has burdened...

  18. July 27, 2012

    Renault reports sharp decline in profits

    Renault, the French carmaker, has reported a sharp decline in profits as falling sales in Europe contrasted with the more...

  19. July 24, 2012

    No easy road for Europe’s carmakers

    Signs of the acute stress caused by plunging sales and excess production capacity in Europe’s mass-market car sector have...

  20. July 15, 2012

    Warning over Opel profitability strategy

    General Motors’ strategy to return its lossmaking European arm to profitability is likely to fall short and its Opel unit...

  21. July 13, 2012

    Peugeot shares skid to 23-year low

    PSA Peugeot Citroën’s share price fell to a 23-year low on Friday, a day after the French carmaker said it was burning...

  22. July 12, 2012

    GM’s European head to step down

    General Motors said on Thursday that Karl-Friedrich Stracke was leaving as head of its lossmaking European division and Opel...

  23. July 1, 2012

    European carmakers clash on emissions

    A row has broken out over carbon dioxide regulation between Germany’s profitable premium carmakers and their cash-strapped...

  24. June 29, 2012

    Eurozone crisis to hit Ford profits

    Second-quarter losses at Ford Motor‘s operations outside North America could be up to $570m as they come under “increasing...

  25. June 28, 2012

    Opel

    Shrug and pull over to the side of the road. After some speculation, the board at Opel, GM’s lossmaking European business,...

  26. June 28, 2012

    Opel approves five-year recovery plan

    Opel on Thursday said it had approved a new five-year business plan aimed at restoring the General Motors-owned,...

  27. June 27, 2012

    Opel board to seek cost savings with Peugeot

    Opel’s board will meet on Thursday to discuss a business plan designed to insulate it against the deep downturn in Europe’s...

  28. June 13, 2012

    GM to shut Bochum plant after 2016

    General Motors is proposing to close one of its four German plants after 2016 as part of a turnround plan for its lossmaking...

  29. June 13, 2012

    Motor industry: Poles build new cars but buy used ones

    At the Opel car plant in Gliwice, in Poland’s industrial heartland of Silesia, the country’s manufacturing strength is on...

  30. June 6, 2012

    Eurozone carmakers face downsize failure

    With consumer confidence waning and demand for cars falling, Europe’s mass-market auto industry is in a worsening crisis...

  31. May 17, 2012

    GM snubs Germany over new Astra

    The European arm of General Motors plans to build a new high-volume model in the UK and Poland in a move that could put a...

  32. May 16, 2012

    GM set to build new Astra on Merseyside

    From the disaster of Triumph to triumph over disaster, the Merseyside motor industry’s long and winding road seems to have...

  33. May 14, 2012

    GM unveils Europe restructuring plan

    The head of General Motors’ Europe arm told anxious German workers on Monday that he would have to restructure production of...

  34. May 13, 2012

    GM to spare Vauxhall at Ellesmere plant

    General Motors is expected within a week to announce that it has spared its Vauxhall plant in Ellesmere Port the axe after...

  35. May 8, 2012

    German workers fight GM Astra plans

    German employees of General Motors’ Opel brand have urged management to abandon a tentative plan to shift production of a...

  36. May 7, 2012

    Hopes rise for GM’s Ellesmere factory

    Hopes have been raised for the future of General Motors’ plant in Ellesmere Port, England, after a labour leader said that...

  37. April 16, 2012

    UK carmakers buck downsizing trend

    Across Western Europe, car plants are falling silent as they slow assembly lines or cut working days. Employees at Germany’s...

  38. beyondbrics

    April 10, 2012

    Poland: car production drops

    Poland’s economic outperformance rests on two legs: robust domestic consumption and strong exports. So the news that the...

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