Chevy Bringing European 1.6-Liter Turbo Four to America

Chevy Bringing European 1.6-Liter Turbo Four to America
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Opel‘s new 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be heading to America in 2014 and will be seen under the hood of various Chevrolet models. Continue Reading...

Opel Develops Intelligent LED Lighting Matrix – Video

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Opel is now the first automaker to road-test a fully integrated matrix light in its prototype vehicles. Its new LED light matrix technology is designed to make night time driving safer by using high beams in standard driving mode. While that may sound annoying to the other drivers on the road, the light matrix is… Continue Reading...

Opel Ampera Wins 2012 Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally

Opel Ampera Wins 2012 Monte Carlo Alternative Energy Rally
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When Opel/Vauxhall first announced that its Ampera plug-in hybrid electric vehicle would participate in the 13th International Monte Carlo Rally for alternative energy vehicles, it made a point to challenge the Tesla Roadster, which won the previous two years. Completing the racing stages from Annecy-le-Vieux to Monte Carlo from March 22 through 25, the Opel Ampera of Bernard… Continue Reading...

Opel Ampera Breaks 7,000 Order Mark, Nearly Sold Out Until Years End

Opel Ampera Breaks 7,000 Order Mark, Nearly Sold Out Until Years End
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Chevrolet Volt sales in America haven’t been what GM had hoped with the American automaker even stopping production to let inventory numbers subside a bit. But it appears that GM executives can let out a sigh of relief, as the European counterpart, the Opel Ampera, has broken the 7,000 order mark and is nearly sold… Continue Reading...

Opel Ampera To Participate In 2012 Rally Monte Carlo

Opel Ampera To Participate In 2012 Rally Monte Carlo
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Six Opel Ampera plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, the identical twin to the American Chevrolet Volt, will make an inaugural appearance at this year’s International Rally Monte Carlo. Entering the Monte Carlo Rally for Alternative Energy Vehicles, the six Amperas will race against 150 other green cars in a series of stages starting March 22 from… Continue Reading...

Opel Astra OPC Details Released – Video

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German automaker Opel revealed the specifications and pricing on its hot new OPC today which has us hoping it might, in some form, make it to the U.S. market. That might seem like a pipe dream, but the GM-owned company already has its hands in the American market by way of the Buick Regal, which since… Continue Reading...

Opel to Debut Astra OPC/VXR and Mokka Crossover at Geneva Auto Show

Opel to Debut Astra OPC/VXR and Mokka Crossover at Geneva Auto Show
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Opel and Vauxhall have announced the lineup of debuts for the upcoming 2012 Geneva Motor Show, with the highly-anticipated Astra OPC/VXR headlining the booth. The aggressively designed Astra OPC/VXR will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0L powerplant with 277-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and will also sport High Performance Struts (HiPerStruts), a FlexRide chassis,… Continue Reading...

Opel Allegra “Junior” Spied: Could Buick Get a Micro-Car? [Spy Photos]

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Opel Allegra “Junior” Spied: Could Buick Get a Micro-Car? [Spy Photos]
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In 1989, Rick Moranis played a nerdy dad who accidentally downsized his children to an insect scale in Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. He probably wouldn’t have believed it if someone told him that 23 years later automakers would be doing the same thing to their cars. For those of us living in the North… Continue Reading...

GM Says Opel Not For Sale Despite Discussions With Fiat

GM Says Opel Not For Sale Despite Discussions With Fiat
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When there’s blood in the water, sharks start to bite. If the automotive industry does nothing else, it fosters ruthless competition and a winner-takes-all mentality akin to professional sports. That’s exactly why reporters were peppering Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne with questions about his company wanting to buy GM’s struggling German subsidiary, Opel. Outside scheduled announcements,… Continue Reading...

Opel Ampera Deliveries Halted Amid Chevrolet Volt Fire Investigations

Opel Ampera Deliveries Halted Amid Chevrolet Volt Fire Investigations
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Last month, GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the Chevy Volt’s fire hazards after the electric vehicle suffered collision. As investigations continue, GM’s Opel react by announcing the delay of Ampera deliveries throughout Europe until a solution to the defect is found. An Opel spokesman explains that Opel is, “not currently delivering the cars… Continue Reading...

Buick Crossover To Debut At 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Buick Crossover To Debut At 2012 Detroit Auto Show
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Amid news of an introduction for both the Cadillac ATS and Chevrolet Sonic RS at this year’s 2012 North American International Auto Show comes news of a third vehicle – a Buick crossover – that will also make its debut. The crossover will reportedly be based on a platform that underpins the Opel Meriva (above)… Continue Reading...

GM Efforts Failed To Achieve Profitability For Opel

GM Efforts Failed To Achieve Profitability For Opel
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General Motor‘s European subsidiary, Opel has contributed greatly to GM’s engineering and technology development. Despite this, Opel has had difficulty making profit. GM Vice Chairman and Opel’s supervisory board chairman, Stephen Girsky explained to Financial Times Deutschland, “Unfortunately, our plan for making Opel profitable this year did not work.” Analysts suggest  causes for Opel’s unprofitability include… Continue Reading...

Opel Insignia Gets New Biturbo Diesel

Opel Insignia Gets New Biturbo Diesel
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Opel, General Motors’ German wing is boasting big changes to their Insignia sedan, including a new biturbo diesel.The engine makes 195 horsepower and about 295 foot-pounds of torque, but the real eye-catcher on the new engine is fuel consumption and emissions. The new Insignia is only supposed to emit 129g/km of CO2 and achieves 48… Continue Reading...

Chevy Volt Plant Delays Second Shift

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Chevy Volt Plant Delays Second Shift
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General Motors has announced its decision to delay the addition of a second shift for the Chevy Volt assembly plant. Intended to meet projections for the Volt to double its production by 2012, the second shift is no longer necessary as a plant overhaul conducted this summer plus a modest addition of 300 workers working… Continue Reading...

General Motors Regional Divisions Now Profitable, Opel Included

General Motors Regional Divisions Now Profitable, Opel Included
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While General Motors seemed desperate to sell Opel back in 2009, GM CEO Dan Akerson now says that the terms of the sale were a “bad deal” and that Opel, along with GM’s other global divisions, are now profitable. Nick Reilly, GM’s European president, said that GM Europe will be profitable – albeit not by… Continue Reading...

2012 Car of the Year Candidates Chosen

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2012 Car of the Year Candidates Chosen
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It’s that time of the year again as Car of the Year begins the laborious task of whittling down new Car of the Year contenders for 2012. A total of 59 journalists, representing automotive authorities across 23 European countries, have been recruited for the task of choosing top car. The number of journalists to represent… Continue Reading...

Buick Rebadged Opel Astra GTC Could Be Built In North America

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Buick Rebadged Opel Astra GTC Could Be Built In North America
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For quite some time now, GM executives in North America have been contemplating distributing Opel’s Astra GTC as a Buick in America. Now there’s a chance that the three-door, sporty vehicle could even be produced in America. In order to satisfy the UAW, GM has plans to build an additional compact car at an unnamed… Continue Reading...

Opel Unveiling Astra GTC, Zafira Tourer, Surprise Vehicle At Frankfurt Auto Show

Opel Unveiling Astra GTC, Zafira Tourer, Surprise Vehicle At Frankfurt Auto Show
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Opel is set to make an impression as this year’s Frankfurt Show which takes place on September 15th to the 25th. Their main focus will be the surprise debut of an experimental car which Opel claims will emphasize the passion for driver-focused vehicles. In addition, the booth will host the world debuts of the Astra… Continue Reading...

GM Posts $2.5 Billion Second Quater Profit

GM Posts $2.5 Billion Second Quater Profit
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General Motors has announced a second quarter net income of $2.5 billion or $1.54 per fully diluted share. By comparison, GM’s Q2 2010 performance showed a net income of $1.3 billion or 85 cents per diluted share. Revenue has increased from $6.2 billion to 39.4 billion compared to the second quarter of 2010. Earnings before interest and… Continue Reading...

GM Calls Volkswagen’s Opel-Selling Comments “Regrettable”

GM Calls Volkswagen’s Opel-Selling Comments “Regrettable”
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Well, this is awkward. Volkswagen said some while back that GM might be selling Opel, possibly to them. It was a statement made by a chief executive, then repeated by German media, then finally catching the attention of GM itself. And now GM is distancing itself from such rumors, calling the statement “regrettable.” “In Wednesday’s… Continue Reading...

GM Considering Selling Opel Again, This Time To Volkswagen

GM Considering Selling Opel Again, This Time To Volkswagen
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The ghost of Saturn just can’t cut a break. GM is considering what to do with Opel, its German division that won’t be turning a profit anytime soon. GM last tried to sell Opel in 2009 before giving the ailing brand another chance. But despite increasing its lineup with new vehicles, and even increased sales,… Continue Reading...

Vauxhall Shows Off Astra GTC Prior To Official Debut

Vauxhall Shows Off Astra GTC Prior To Official Debut
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Vauxhall’s Astra GTC is poised to take on the European market with its sleek, stylish design and compact body. More importantly, its price point will really give Volkswagen’s Scirocco and Renault’s Megane Coupe some serious competition. Vauxhall announced that their 2012 Astra GTC will be available with four different four-cylinder powerplants, one of them being… Continue Reading...

GM Adds Two Shifts, 2,500 Jobs To Detroit-Hamtramck Plant to Built Malibu, Impala

GM Adds Two Shifts, 2,500 Jobs To Detroit-Hamtramck Plant to Built Malibu, Impala
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General Motors will be adding two shifts and 2,500 hourly and salaried jobs to the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to build the new Chevrolet Malibu and the next-generation Impala alongside the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera electric cars. Additional shifts and a $69 million investment in equipment have been made to support the next-generation Impala. In… Continue Reading...
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