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2016 Opel Astra Sports Tourer wagon spied

The all-new 2016 Astra is out in force this month, with a hot GSi variant spied testing recently and the new Sports Tourer wagon version caught on the road just this week. These new photos, taken outside of Opel’s Ruesselsheim headquarters in Germany, confirm that we can expect the Astra Sports Tourer to maintain a practical wagon design focused on cargo capacity...

Fiat Chrysler boss mulling plan B after GM rejection, might court activist investors - report

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief Sergio Marchionne is reportedly considering his next move after an overture, earlier this year, to General Motors for a merger was rejected. Sources have told Bloomberg that Marchionne is considering alternate options after being privately and publicly rejected by the General...

2016 Opel Astra unveiled ahead of Frankfurt debut

Overnight, GM revealed its next-generation Opel Astra five-door hatch, as well as its English counterpart, the Vauxhall Astra, prior to its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in the middle of September. The Astra is said to be quite a fair bit lighter than the model it will soon replace...

Fiat Chrysler boss asked GM for a merger, was rebuffed - report

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, reportedly asked his counterpart at General Motors, Mary Barra, about the possibility of merger earlier this year, but was turned down. A report in The New York Times claims that in March of this year, Marchionne sent Barra an email requesting a meeting to talk about a potential merger between the two automakers...

Canada sells its GM shares, Government Motors tag no longer true

Canada has sold its last remaining shares in General Motors, ending a period of government investment in the American automaker. The move was announced earlier this week, as the federal government sold 73.4 million shares in GM to Goldman Sachs. The Canadian government's block of shares represent around 4.6 percent of GM's outstanding stock...

GM pulls Opel, mainstream Chevrolet models out of Russian market

General Motors has decided to cease sales of mainstream Opel and Chevrolet models in Russia due to the worsening economic situation in the world's largest country. Opel will exit Russia by the end of 2015, while Chevrolet "will minimise its presence" in the country to high profit, made in the USA products, such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, Camaro and Corvette...

Opel developing eye-tracking headlight system for future models

Opel is developing an innovative vehicle lighting system that tracks a driver’s eyes and points the headlights in the direction they are looking in an attempt to improve visibility at night. The eye-tracking technology represents the third-generation of adaptive lighting from Opel, following the German brand’s current AFL+ bi-xenon system and its forthcoming LED matrix light system that will go into series production within 18 months...

Former GM CEO advises Apple not to enter car making business

Former GM CEO, Daniel Akerson, has spoken on the record about Apple's rumoured plans to build an electric car. In the wake of news that Apple has reportedly setup a top secret car development project, Akerson told Bloomberg Business: "I think somebody is kind of trying to cough up a hairball here. If I were an Apple shareholder, I wouldn’t be very happy...

Chevrolet Bolt and Opel companion EV to begin production in 2016

General Motors will begin production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV as well as a companion Opel model from late 2016, according to a report. Sources have informed Reuters that the company will start producing the Chevrolet Bolt, as well as an as-yet-unnamed Opel derivative, from October 2016 at GM's small-car factory in Orion, a suburb of Detroit...

Opel Corsa OPC revealed with 152kW turbo

Overnight GM pulled the sheets off the new Opel Corsa OPC/Vauxhall Corsa VXR hot hatch, which looks barely a pixel different to the leaked images that surfaced the yesterday. Under the bonnet, the Opel Corsa OPC features a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine churning out 152kW of power and 245Nm of torque, with up to 280Nm available on overboost...

Opel Corsa OPC/Vauxhall Corsa VXR photos leaked online

Purported promotional images of the new Opel Corsa OPC/Vauxhall Corsa VXR have been leaked online a day ahead of the car's official unveiling. It's widely expected that the Corsa OPC/VXR will be powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine pumping out around 150kW of power and 250Nm of torque for the front wheels to handle...