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.

Chevrolet offers five-year warranty and servicing package

Chevrolet is now offering what it describes as the best ever warranty and after-sales package provided with a UK-sold car. It includes a five-year warranty, free servicing and roadside assistance cover, as well as free annual vehicle health checks and free MoT test cover.

UK firms win £100m General Motors contracts

Contracts worth a total of £100 million to UK car suppliers were awarded today by Vauxhall's parent company, General Motors.

GM withdraws request for €1.8bn of loan guarantees

General Motors yesterday withdrew a request for loan guarantees from European governments, saying it now had the firepower to finance a restructuring of the company without outside support.

Saab 9-5

Wrested from the clutches of General Motors, the Swedish car-maker is back in business – and playing to its traditional strengths

Germany says no to GM

New doubt last night surrounded the future of GM Europe, the European arm of the US car manufacturer, after the German government turned down its appeal for more than €1bn of state aid. Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, bowed to pressure from the Free Democrats, her coalition partners, who have argued that the business should be expected to stand on its own two feet, particularly now that its US parent company has emerged from bankruptcy and repaid some $8bn in loans received from the American and Canadian governments.

General Motors back in the black but US taxpayer will not get money back just yet

General Motors, the largest US car maker, is back in profit thanks to its restructuring in bankruptcy last year, but the US taxpayer is still sitting on huge losses on its investment in the company.

Chevrolet adds new top version of Captiva SUV

Chevrolet has added a new top-of-the-range variant to its Captiva SUV range, the LTZ. This has a long list of standard equipment that includes full leather upholstery, climate control, a reverse parking camera and touch-screen sat-nav.

Government agrees £270m Vauxhall deal

The government yesterday announced £270m of loan guarantees for Vauxhall as part of GM Europe's huge restructuring plans.

GM becomes the latest forced into a recall as it ups support for Europe

General Motors has become the latest company forced into a recall after uncovering power steering problems potentially affecting over a million cars, with bosses saying Toyota was partly to blame.

Econoblog: Vauxhall on the comeback trail

Good news, again for Vauxhall and Opel, GM’s European makes

Investment boost for Vauxhall

General Motors today announced a major investment in its European car making operations, including Vauxhall in the UK.

Sean O'Grady: Sad farewell to a symbol of excess

As one of the few people in this country to have driven a Hummer, I do feel a little bit sorry to see them go. I'm all in favour of choice and automotive variety – why not? – and there really was nothing quite as outrageous as a Hummer. The big one was a glorious piece of kit: big, bad and dangerous for any planet to know. It was defiant, indefensible, a symbol of excess.

GM's Hummer deal with China threatened

Beijing regulators fail to approve deal as deadline draws closer

UK set to agree Vauxhall funding deal

The decision on Government funding to help to rescue Vauxhall could be completed within weeks, according to Lord Mandelson, the Secretary of State for Business.

GM agrees to sell Saab to Spyker

Saab has apparently been rescued – in the nick of time. General Motors had already started to wind down the activities of its Swedish subsidiary, a process that will now be halted. Saab is to be bought by the Dutch sports-car manufacturer Spyker for US$74 million.

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