General Motors announced this morning that the company well sell the Opel and Vauxhall automotive operations in Europe and all of the accompanying assets with those brands including 11 production facilities and an engineering center to PSA – with a purchase price of 1.3 billion Euros or $1.376 billion US dollars.
The sedan will make its world debut at the 2012 Moscow Auto Salon taking place between August 29 – September 9 of this year, where it will share the floor with the rest of the Astra family. Plus, note the video gallery of photos.
The Chevy Volt's European cousin, the Opel Ampera, won the 13th International Monte Carlo Rally in the electric cars and alternative propulsion category over the weekend. This is the first-time the Opel Ampera has competed in the Monte Carlo and won.
The Chevrolet Volt will also be sold as the Opel Ampera in some European markets and with the first Ampera sedans reaching owners after being named the European Car of the Year, Opel has reportedly received over 7,000 preorders for the electric vehicle – causing GM to believe that the goal of 10,000 Ampera sedans sold this year is a very real possibility.
South Africans are excited this weekend because, after much fanfare, Toyota has taken the wraps off of its new Auris TRD at the Johannesburg International Motor Show, which runs through Oct. 16 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre.
The new contract for auto workers between the UAW and General Motors Co. should get ratified in record time and by an overwhelming margin because the UAW got a lot from GM: At least 6,400 more union jobs, job security, more products to build, plant reopenings, auto workers' first raises in eight years and $5,000 profit-sharing checks. But there were some people who didn't benefit from this four-year contract.
If the pending four-year contract negotiated by the UAW with General Motors Co. has you curious to find out what a GM auto worker is paid to put bumpers on Buicks, pay attention: You're about to learn how UAW members will be compensated through 2015.
Opel RAK e Concept, a lightweight EV which debuts at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, needs 10 times less energy than a modern small car and one third the weight, making it more affordable for the masses.