Were Saab and GM doomed to fail?

It took a while, but it now appears that the axe has finally fallen and Saab really is going to die. For the last twenty years, the Swedish car maker has been part of General Motors; it may seem a strange thing to say under the circumstances, but it's quite difficult to be certain whether that has been a bad thing for Saab or not.

General Motors to wind down Saab after sale fails

General Motors says it will shut down Saab after talks to sell the brand to Dutch carmaker Spyker Cars collapsed, marking the third time this year that a deal by GM to sell an unwanted brand has fallen through.

Vauxhall's new Astra on sale today

It should have been the first model launched by Vauxhall/Opel under the ownership of a new parent company, Magna. Instead, the new Astra, which goes on sale in the UK today, will be the centrepiece of General Motors' emerging turnaround plan for its European operations, after the US group decided to keep its British and German brands rather than selling them off.

Chevrolet Spark

The new Chevrolet Spark is an important new model for General Motors – but not as important as it might have been. Until October this year, GM had planned to sell its European Opel and Vauxhall operations in order to shore up its precarious financial position. That would have left Chevrolet, the brand under which GM sells its Korean-sourced cars in Europe, to spearhead the American group's efforts here – and the Spark would have carried the burden of being the first new Chevrolet to be launched by GM in the post-Opel/Vauxhall age.

New Astra wins German Golden Steering Wheel award

The new Opel/Vauxhall Astra has won a German Golden Steering Wheel award. “Das Goldene Lenkrad” is Germany's most prestigious car prize, and provides it provides a welcome boost for the Astra and Vauxhall's plant at Ellesmere plant where it is built at a time when the future of GM's European operations has once more been thrown into doubt.

Vauxhall announces engine line-up for new Astra

Vauxhall has given outline details of the engine range to be fitted to its new British-built Astra model. The main theme is a reduction in engine sizes – at least where the petrol engines are concerned - in the interests of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, but without sacrificing performance.

Vauxhall Antara

A big beast rolls out of the GM crop: Vauxhall's Antara is a Chevrolet Captiva beneath the badge. David Wilkins is in favour, but our readers are unimpressed