The management of European automaker Opel is determined to avoid massive job cuts as a response to sagging European auto sales. Opel will reportedly present a plan Thursday that focuses on model strategy via brand positioning and a renewed push in export markets, all the while avoiding what many experts believe are inevitable layoffs. By Read on! →


General Motors Co. has opened a pavilion in Beijing, China, that features a scale model of the U.S. presidential limousine. GM isn’t interested in selling the magic of presidential celebrity to affluent Chinese citizens, however. The president rides in a uniquely outfitted Cadillac, and GM is looking to sell China on the merits of the Read on! →


The U.S. credit downgrade and its impact on the Dow Jones and S&P 500 have scarred numerous major U.S. auto makers and dealers, reports Automotive News. As investors have dumped shares, an auto stock crash of significant proportions has occurred. General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and others have lost as much as 8.5 percent in Read on! →


The road to recovery for automakers will not be easy. That’s what General Motors Vice President of Marketing Joel Ewanick recently told Automotive News in an interview. GM has waded through bankruptcy and tremendous turnover, which might seem to make any deals designed simply to move product fast attractive. However, Ewanick insists that GM must Read on! →


Washington state has introduced legislation proposing a $100 annual fee for owners of electric vehicles. The surtax is being proposed to compensate the state for lost gas tax revenue. However, General Motors has asked the state to shelve the bill. State bill passed this week Washington state Senate Bill 6455 passed earlier this week. The Read on! →


General Motors had a tumultuous last few years. After successive years of falling sales, GM had to ask for an auto bailout and file for bankruptcy. GM was placed under government conservatorship, and the terms of the bailout included that the government held a majority of shares. However, GM’s time in bankruptcy did some good. Read on! →


Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has an ax to grind regarding the way the Obama administration handled the automotive bailout, Automotive News reports. The former Pennsylvania senator told a Detroit, Mich., audience that he wouldn’t have floated taxpayer money to General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC because he believes “too big to fail” means Read on! →


General Motors is facing a class-action lawsuit from owners of 2007 and 2008 Impalas. The suit alleges that a rear end defect is causing tires to wear out prematurely. In 2008, GM addressed the issue for Impalas sold as police cars but not to consumer motorists. The lawsuit could cost the company millions. Faulty spindle Read on! →


Among U.S. automakers, no company has as large a market share in China as General Motors. Automotive News reports that GM’s market position in China is very solid, buoyed by a 9.4 percent share of all passenger vehicles sold there over the first 11 months of 2010. That figure reflects a 9 percent increase over Read on! →


September auto sales are up from a year ago. September of 2009 had dismal sales figures. Just like home sales slumping after the expiration of the tax credit, the end of Cash for Clunkers saw car sales drop off slightly. However, modest gains have been realized since that time. However, September sales were only a Read on! →