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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Sunday 12 July 2009
Thursday 09 July 2009
The sporty VXR version of Vauxhall's well-received Insignia will go on sale in September with prices starting at £30,995. Saloon, hatchback and estate versions will be available.
Wednesday 08 July 2009
Beijing automotive Industry Corporation's €660m (£570m) bid for GM Europe (GME) includes plans to open an Opel factory in China and build a dealership network, but has little detail on the future of Vauxhall jobs in the UK.
Tuesday 07 July 2009
An American bankruptcy court judge has approved the government-brokered restructuring of General Motors, less than a month after a financial restructuring of rival Chrysler was also rubber-stamped by the US legal system.
Friday 03 July 2009
If you are the kind of gnarly old Hollywood grand-daddy who seems to have been hewn from the very rock on which America was built – in other words, Clint Eastwood – your film career can probably be oversimplified to three or four props. In his case these might be: horses, guns, stubble and cars. Automobiles have always been central to Eastwood's machismo, as important to his masculine image as the once-ever-present cheroot hanging from his mouth.
Saturday 27 June 2009
The little Chinese company that plans to buy Hummer, the maker of hulking off-road vehicles which is currently owned by General Motors, was last night trying to shore up confidence in its ability to do the deal, after a state-owned radio station in China said regulators planned to block it.
Sunday 21 June 2009
Saturday 20 June 2009
Anyone driving around Vauxhall will have been struck by an otherwise-nondescript building emblazoned with the words "British Interplanetary Society" in big letters. It looks like the HQ of some eccentric sect dedicated to making friends with alien races, and comes from the exciting time when we could still dream of travelling to the moon, but just before we realised that, actually, space is a bit boring because there aren't any aliens out there, after all.
Friday 12 June 2009
Lord Mandelson was in Berlin yesterday to barter for Vauxhall's 5000 UK jobs with Siegfried Wolf, the chief executive of Magna International, the Canadian car parts group in pole position to take over Vauxhall parent GM Europe (GME).
Tuesday 02 June 2009
The origins of General Motors' problems go back decades, but its filing yesterday for Chapter 11 protection was still a historic moment.
Monday 01 June 2009
US car giant General Motors filed for bankruptcy today in a move that will allow it to restructure as a "stronger and more competitive" company, President Barack Obama said.
Monday 01 June 2009
Sunday 31 May 2009
Concerns are growing in Whitehall over links between Oleg Deripaska, the billionaire Russian oligarch, and the consortium set to rescue Opel and Vauxhall, the European arms of General Motors (GM).
Monday 25 May 2009
Tuesday 28 April 2009
As General Motors set out proposals to slash jobs, close plants and scrap the famous Pontiac brand, new agreements fell into place between Chrysler and its unions in the United States and Canada.
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