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General Motors is facing bankruptcy within months

Merger talks with Chrysler called off amid 'immediate liquidity challenges'

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Engine: 2.0litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel
Top speed: 127 mph
Acceleration: 0-62 mph in 10.6 seconds
Average fuel consumption: 37.2 mpg
CO2 emissions: 210 g/km
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GM needs $15bn to ride out slowdown, Wagoner warns

Facing a disastrous slump in sales of its flashy gas guzzling pick-up trucks and sport-utility vehicles, the world's biggest car manufacturer, General Motors, said yesterday that it needs to raise $15bn (£7.5bn) by 2009 if it is to weather the storm ahead.

Carnage for car makers as panicking investors send US shares into reverse

Panicking investors are dumping shares in America's biggest car manufacturers, amid suggestions that collapsing sales could push them to the brink of bankruptcy.

Vauxhall Agila Club

There's plenty of space inside, but the new Vauxhall Agila can come with a rather big price tag, says David Wilkins

General Motors puts Hummer up for sale due to rising petrol prices

Hummer, the sport utility vehicle (SUV) brand which symbolised Americans' love for hulking gas-guzzlers, is being put up for sale by General Motors because its customers have deserted in droves since petrol prices soared higher.

Report says euro has contributed to development and low inflation

General Motors, the American car maker, enjoyed booming profits from new markets in Asia and Latin America that compensated for a deterioration in its home market. Investors cheered the latest quarterly results from the car maker, which showed a $1bn profit from its international business. Overseas sales now account for 64 per cent of the company's revenue, and Rick Wagoner, the chief executive, called growth in some Asian markets "tremendous". GM was the first Western car maker to sell a million vehicles in China and growth has been spurred by rising living standards in emerging economies.

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