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.

GM chairman looks to assert group as a global player

Long-term aims unveiled in speech which may reveal signs of internal tensions

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GM sale U-turn 'pleasant surprise' for Vauxhall

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James Moore: GM needs to prove worthy of our money

Outlook: So the horse trading begins again. Just a day after the Government pumped a truly obscene amount of taxpayer's cash into two zombie banks, the motor manufacturers are at it with General Motors wanting some financial candy of its own as the price for protecting thousands of British jobs. To be fair, there's good news to report here. The volte face made by GM on the sale of its European operations is infinitely preferable for Vauxhaull car workers in this country when compared to the alternative arrangement.

Mandelson seeks talks after Vauxhall sale u-turn

The Government was seeking urgent talks with General Motors today after the car giant's dramatic decision to scrap plans to sell Vauxhall, a move welcomed by union leaders.

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New diesel engine boosts Chevrolet Cruze

Chevrolet's Cruze is now available with a new diesel engine that produces 125 horsepower and achieves 51.4 mpg on the official combined cycle fuel consumption test. With CO2 emissions of 145g/km, it qualifies for the 20% band for benefit in kind tax for company car users.

New Astra is crucial to the future of Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port factory

It was the big launch of the new Astra model at the Frankfurt Motor Show yesterday, and an equally big day for the hopes of Vauxhall in the UK.

Mandelson plea to regulators over Vauxhall plants

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson today urged European regulators to ensure that the future of the UK's Vauxhall plants was not placed at risk as a result of a "political fix".

Belgium demands an inquiry into Opel deal

Belgium wants the European Union to investigate General Motors' sale of its Opel business to the Canadian group Magna International amid suspicions that Germany sought to protect its own plants at the cost of others.

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First pictures of new Saab 9-5 emerge

Another day, another set of new model preview photos. At this rate there'll be nothing that's genuinely new at the forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show at all. This car stands out, though, because it's the new Saab 9-5, and the launch of an all-new Saab is a roughly once-in-a-decade event.

Decision closer over 5,000 Vauxhall jobs

A long-awaited decision on the future of thousands of British car workers' jobs could come a step closer today when the board of motor giant General Motors meets to consider bids for its European arm Opel.

Koenigsegg moves closer to Saab takeover

Koenigsegg Group AB, a consortium of investors which counts the Swedish super-car manufacturer Koenigsegg Automotive AB among its members, has moved a step closer to buying Saab from General Motors.

Mandelson determined to secure Vauxhall future

The Business Secretary, Lord Mandelson, yesterday pledged to help secure a "long-term" future for Vauxhall in an attempt to save much of its 5,500 UK workforce, as the parent company hopes to agree its sale by next week.

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