Outlook Congratulations to Mary Barra, who has become the first female boss of a big US car maker by taking over General Motors just as it stopped being unofficially known as Government Motors.
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Thursday 18 November 2010
Thursday 11 November 2010
Disappointing results from General Motors' European operations, which include the UK car maker Vauxhall, took the shine off the company's latest quarterly results, released yesterday ahead of its planned stock market flotation next week.
Wednesday 03 November 2010
General Motors is expected to sell just over $13bn of shares in its initial public offering, cutting the US government's stake while opening the door for investment by overseas state-backed investors.
Tuesday 02 November 2010
Monday 01 November 2010
“It’s been a great ride” says the Pontiac website. Well, they’re right about that – there have been some fabulous cars bearing the pointy Pontiac badge – but the firm hasn’t been independent since 1926, when it was acquired by General Motors, who have now decided to kill the brand.
Monday 06 September 2010
Jason Plato moved a step closer to securing the British Touring Car Championship title with victory in the final race at Knockhill yesterday.
Friday 03 September 2010
Chevrolet is to launch a hatchback version if its small-medium Cruze. The Cruze hatch is one of four new models the company plans to unveil at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show, which also include the Cruze-based Orlando seven-seat compact people-carrier.
Saturday 21 August 2010
US Outlook: Can US taxpayers be made whole on their bailout of General Motors? The car-maker published paperwork for its return to the stock market this week, but it will take some time to fill in the important numbers – namely, the number of shares that will be sold, and their price.
Tuesday 17 August 2010
The Wall Street banks preparing General Motors for its stock market flotation are seething at Goldman Sachs for what they suspect was a ruse to reduce their fees from what is expected to be one of the biggest initial public offerings of all time.
Sunday 15 August 2010
General Motors is expected to launch plans for a New York Stock Exchange listing this week.
Friday 13 August 2010
General Motors, whose bankruptcy in 2009 marked the nadir of a crisis in the US car industry, readied itself for a return to the stock market by declaring itself restored to financial health and installing a new chief executive to woo Wall Street.
Friday 06 August 2010
Vauxhall has joined the trend towards more generous car warranties in the UK market with a new form of cover, the Vauxhall Lifetime Warranty, that has no time limit but is restricted to 100,000 miles. Until Vauxhall introduced the Lifetime Warranty, the most generous cover was provided by the Korean manufacturers Kia (seven years) and Hyundai (five years), as well as Vauxhall's GM stablemate Chevrolet which introduced a strong combined warranty and servicing package a few weeks ago.
Friday 06 August 2010
The group biography is a daunting task. Chronicling the life of a single subject is an exhausting feat of research, tact and elision. Bundling half a dozen lives in some factitious intertwining is asking for chaos. Only the freakishly energetic Humphrey Carpenter ever seemed to relish the experience, as he charted the heyday of Waugh, Powell, Betjeman and co in The Brideshead Generation.
Sunday 01 August 2010
Someone needs to write a book about Dudu Pukwana, the late South African alto-saxophonist who came to London as an exile from Apartheid and played sessions with John Martyn and Mike Heron as well as jazz.
Friday 23 July 2010
The bailed-out US car maker General Motors is spending $3.5bn (£2.3bn) to acquire Americredit, a car finance company, so it can help drivers afford its vehicles.
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