New Vauxhall buyers can get £500 worth of fuel for FREE

BRITISH drivers looking to upgrade their motor can get £500 worth of fuel for free when they buy a new Vauxhall - but it won't last long. The Luton-based manufacturer are offering the deal for one weekend only to anyone in the UK who purchases one of their new 18-plate motors. Running from March 9 - March 12, the deal sees Vauxhall hand out a £500 fuel card along with the keys to a range of their brand spanking cars and vans. According to the manufacturer, the deal will be extended to any new model, including British favourites Corsa and Astra, as well as all-new models including the Crossland X and Grandland X SUVs. Vauxhall claims that the last time the company ran their free fuel offer, they saved motorists a whopping £37million nationally. So if you have been thinking about becoming a Vauxhall owner, this weekend is the time to do it. latest vauxhall newsTHE FLAWED ECOSPORT The Ford EcoSport would be perfect but for the impractical rear door gone tomorrow These 90s classics are nearly extinct - and your old car could be a gold mine sale of the year Vauxhall to launch 20% discounts for best-selling cars on Boxing Day CAN YOU AF-FORD IT? What is your first car worth? These 1980s motors now sell for THOUSANDS The grand tour We test Vauxhall’s £22K SUV with some of footie's toughest away days ADAM AND VIVA IT 100-year-old Vauxhall photos charts history of Britain's oldest car maker end of an era Last Australian car EVER built rolls off the line as industry dies Down Under END OF THE ROAD Vauxhall cuts 400 jobs from Ellesmere Port factory corsa scandal quiz Vauxhall's headquarters raided 'over blazing cars scandal' viva-ro forever Brit-made Vauxhall Vivaro takes on Ford Transit for 'White Van Man' glory PAYOUT TO YOUR PART-EX Here's how to bag an extra £1,000 on the price WeBuyAnyCar offers... but there's a catch Leon Caruso, Vauxhall’s Retail Sales Director, said: “With a host of new models such as Continue Reading

Vauxhall tempts buyers with ‘free’ £2,200 insurance offer

British car maker Vauxhall is hoping to increase sales of one of its most popular vehicles, the Corsa, by offering buyers free insurance for the first year. Any driver aged 21 to 75 who has held their driving licence for at least one year, and registers a model between now and March 31, will get the free "comprehensive" cover with Vauxhall Insurance Services. Younger drivers, who typically face the highest premiums, could save up to £2,200, Vauxhall said. While it didn't say how many drivers it expected to take up the offer, the manufacturer sold 21,305 Corsas last year, which means if repeated this year it would shift around 5,000 units by the end of March. The cars typically cost around £10,000 brand-new. The deal comes as Britain's automotive industry faces a tough time with the number of new car registrations tumbling, due to a combination of growing uncertainty about the economy’s health, confusion over the Government’s stance on diesel, and higher vehicle taxes. Investment in the car sector last year fell from £1.7bn in 2016 to £1.1bn in 2017 – a 33pc drop. The decline comes after a record year for the UK’s £77.5bn-a-year car industry, with 2.7 million new cars being driven off dealers’ forecourts in 2016, the fifth successive year of growth. Vauxhall announced last month that it plans to axe a further 250 jobs at its Ellesmere Port plant, on top of the 400 positions it said would go in October, as new French owner PSA Group streamlines operations. PSA said falling demand for hatchbacks such as the Vauxhall Astra and greater production costs in the UK – which it said were “significantly higher” than other plants in the group – were behind the decision. Continue Reading

Opel, Vauxhall seek to avoid forced layoffs in turnaround

BERLIN — European automakers Opel and Vauxhall said Thursday they want to hold onto all of their current manufacturing sites and avoid forced layoffs as part of a turnaround plan under French owner PSA Group.Speaking 100 days after General Motors sold Germany-based Opel and Britain's Vauxhall to PSA, managers outlined a blueprint that will see the company become profitable again by 2020 and electrify all of their passenger car lines by 2024."Status quo is no option," Opel/Vauxhall CEO Michael Lohscheller said, as he presented a plan that will also see the company reduce the number of platforms on which models will be based and push into as many as 20 new markets including Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Taiwan.PSA Group chairman Carlos Tavares warned that the turnaround would only work if unions representing the 38,000-strong workforce agree to a number of cost-saving measures. These will include flexible working time arrangements, buyouts and early retirement schemes. More: Follow USA TODAY Money and Tech on Facebook "Opel is facing a dramatic situation," Tavares said. "There is no time to waste.""This plan is not a gimmick plan," Tavares said, adding that the engineering and design capabilities acquired with Opel/Vauxhall would help PSA Group as a whole achieve the ambitious goal of sharply cutting its vehicles carbon emissions as required under national and international rules.The European Commission proposed Wednesday that 30 percent of new vehicles on the continent should be electric-powered by 2030 and average emissions of carbon dioxide in new vehicles should fall by 30 percent by 2030 from 2021 levels — a target that some in Europe's auto industry have criticized as too high. More: Ford, Chinese partner form electric car venture More: Volkswagen, Google cooperate on quantum computing research More: Trump administration won’t pursue talking-car mandate   Continue Reading

PSA moves swiftly to stamp authority on Opel/Vauxhall

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - PSA Group put new managers in place at Opel and Vauxhall on Tuesday, completing a 2.2 billion euro ($2.6 billion) takeover which helps the French company to become Europe's second-largest carmaker by sales. General Motors is selling off its loss-making European operations to the owner of the Peugeot, DS and Citroen brands, which has a better track record of profitability in the business of manufacturing small cars in Europe. PSA Group can now build the next Opel Corsa on the same underpinnings as the Peugeot 208 and Citroen C3 models, moving closer to attaining a goal of achieving economies of scale through building more than 5 million vehicles. "We are witnessing the birth of a true European champion today," PSA Chairman Carlos Tavares said in a statement. "We will assist Opel and Vauxhall's return to profitability and aim to set new industry benchmarks together." Opel announced a new leadership team, installing PSA executives Remi Girardon as Vice President Manufacturing and Philippe de Rovira as Opel's new Chief Financial Officer. Opel said it was planning a "much leaner" management structure which aims to unlock economies of scale and synergies in purchasing, manufacturing and research and development estimated at 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion). The goal is to generate a positive operational free cash flow by 2020 as well as an operating margin of 2 percent by 2020 and 6 percent by 2026, Opel said in a statement. Last week former Opel parent General Motors said it lost about $800 million in Europe in the second quarter, including charges related to the planned sale of Opel. For General Motors the sale marks a retreat from Europe, a region where it has not been profitable since 1999 and a departure from the goal of being among the world's largest carmakers by sales. Since taking over as GM's CEO in January 2014, Mary Barra has taken a closer look at profitability, withdrawing from markets including Russia and Continue Reading

GM sells European Opel, Vauxhall brands to France’s Peugeot

PARIS (AP) — General Motors is selling its unprofitable European car business to the French maker of Peugeot, marking the American company's retreat from a major market and raising concerns of job cuts in the region. With the 2.2 billion euro ($2.33 billion) deal announced Monday, GM is giving up brands — Opel in Germany and Vauxhall in Britain — that have given it a foothold in the world's third-largest auto market since the 1920s. The brands, however, have lost $20 billion since last making a full-year profit in 1999. For PSA Group, which makes Peugeot and Citroen cars, the acquisition will turn it into Europe's No. 2 automaker after Volkswagen and caps a remarkable turnaround after it was bailed out just three years ago. The deal is "a game-changer for PSA," said its CEO, Carlos Tavares. GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra told analysts that the sale may not be GM's last. She said the company has work to do on some international businesses and could make a similar deal for them if they can't be fixed. She told reporters in Paris that the decision to all but exit Europe "was a difficult decision for General Motors but we are united in belief that it is the right one." Britain's vote to leave the European Union, which caused a plunge in the pound, weighed on the decision, Barra said. With Britain's exit from the European Union and stricter pollution regulations coming in Europe that will require massive investments in electric vehicles, the risks of staying in Europe outweighed the benefits, GM President Dan Ammann told analysts. Increased regulatory costs "will continue to be a burden for the foreseeable future" that would be a drain on capital, Ammann said, adding that GM wants to focus its finite resources on places where it is more strongly positioned. Shares in General Motors Co. were down 0.6 percent to Continue Reading

Op-Ed: After Opel, Vauxhall sale, General Motors, Buick can’t afford to turn a blind-eye to Europe

General Motors has finalized a deal with French car-making conglomerate PSA Group to sell its European subsidiaries, which include Opel in Germany and Vauxhall in England, for a cool $2.3 billion. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra orchestrated this sale to shed some financial dead weight and free up money for other fast-growing markets in China and India. On paper, dumping Opel and Vauxhall makes a lot of sense; neither brand was making money and with a rising cloud of uncertainty surrounding the European workforce in the wake of Brexit, GM was probably wise to cut its losses. However, it’s important for GM—and Buick in particular—to avoid letting this savvy move in the boardroom hurt the final product it sends to the showroom. Just because it won't sell cars in Europe, doesn't mean it can ignore what's going on there. At face value, it’s clear that the agreement reached between GM and PSA on Monday was a big, important, landscape-altering move for the automotive industry and one that could have a tremendous impact on both companies. PSA, which owns Peugeot and Citroen, moves closer to catching the European car-selling juggernaut that is Volkswagen. For GM, it signals the end, for all intents and purposes, to its decades-long presence in Europe. For car buyers, on the other hand, particularly here in the U.S., the impact is much less noticeable. After all, Opel cars haven’t been sold here for decades and the last time they were, in the 1970s, they were sold as captive imports. Meanwhile, Vauxhall, like GM’s Australian subsidy (at least for the time being) Holden, has always been confined to its slice of the global auto market. Yet, while the Opel lightning bolt badge might be a rarity on our streets, the technology and design work that it represents certainly are not. For as much due credit as Buick gets for the resurgence Continue Reading

Daily Drive-Thru: GM sells Opel, Vauxhall; Volkswagen unveils Arteon; Dodge Challenger SRT Demon photos, and more

Some weeks, the news takes a couple days to get going. Others, it explodes like an Olympic sprinter off the starting block. Today was more like the latter, with two big announcements coming out of Europe this morning. First, General Motors announced that it had successfully unloaded its struggling Euro brands, Germany’s Opel and England’s Vauxhall, to PSA Group for $2.3 billion. Then, Volkswagen unveiled the forthcoming replacement for its sporty CC sedan. We’ve got the full story on both these developments and more in this Monday edition of the Daily Drive-Thru. General Motors sells Opel, Vauxhall subsidiaries For the first time in nearly a century, General Motors no longer has a presence in Europe. Poor monetary returns, workforce uncertainty in the wake of Brexit and stronger interests in emerging markets such as India and China all contributed to the decision for GM to sell its European interests to PSA. With Opel and Vauxhall joining Peugeot and Citroen on its roster, PSA is poised to strengthen its grip on the number-two spot in terms of European sales, behind only Volkswagen. Volkswagen unveils Arteon sedan If you want to remain relevant in the world of sedans, you’ve gotta be cool. Toyota knows this, check out the all-new Camry for proof. Kia does too, hence the creation of the Stinger. Well, now you can add Volkswagen to the list of automakers that know it takes a little flash to get it done in the car segment these days. VW broke cover on the Arteon, a copiously chromed, fastback sedan that looks the part of sports sedan far more than the model it replaces, the CC. The vehicle shown today—ahead of its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show—was the Euro-spec version of the Arteon, so there are bound to be some differences between this and the sedan that actually graces our roads here in the States. But, regardless, Continue Reading

Vauxhall’s new concept attempts to modernize an old school sports car

It may not be a Jaguar F-Type SVR, but between that and Vauxhall’s GT concept, we can expect quite an eccentric week at the Geneva Motor Show. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. That’s not to say we don’t like this concept, but one might say that it is a tad .. different if you will. Now, who knows if the actual car will have two red wheels, two black wheels, and no side windows, because that would be a little extreme. For now the English auto manufacturer has accomplished something with this concept, it’s go us talking about it. The car brings back memories of the late 1960s Opel GT model, made from the affiliated German automaker Opel. Both Opel and Vauxhall are GM subsidiaries, and are clearly attempting to rekindle that old sports car’s flame with this concept. The plan with this vehicle is to create a template for the future of sports cars that will appeal to driving enthusiasts. You’ll notice there are no door handles or windows, so how exactly do you drive the car if you can’t get in it? Well, you press the touchpad that’s integrated in the roof, duh. The doors are electric and open into the front arches, which GM believes saves space and allows a large opening angle for tight parking spaces. The car will be turbocharged, front mid-engined, and it features rear-wheel drive with sequential gearbox. The concept is modern, it’s ambitious, and we just can’t look away. Continue Reading

Frankfurt Auto Show: Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport

Chalk this hot wagon into the ‘not for sale in the U.S.’ column, at least for now. That’s a shame because, in the small world of performance-based wagons, the Vauxhall Insignia VXR SuperSport is one undeniably cool performance machine - not to mention one that has room for a load of groceries, and a couple Labradors. Set to debut at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show, the VXR SuperSport will be available as a hatchback or “sports tourer.” That’s marketing-speak for station-wagon, in case you were wondering. Powered by a 321-horsepower turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6, the car comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox and standard all-wheel-drive fitted with an electronic limited-slip differential. Vauxhall estimates the VXR SuperSport (in wagon format) accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The car's top speed is 170 mph. The exterior sports slightly more aggressive front and rear fasciae, though it doesn’t look all that different from the turbocharged Regal GS sold here. With the Cadillac CTS wagon not long for this world, we’d love to see GM bring this slick Euro-wagon to the U.S. Continue Reading

GM loses $3B in third quarter on Opel-Vauxhall sale

A multi-billion dollar hit is the last General Motors Co. will see of its money-losing Opel-Vauxhall business in Europe, leaving top executives the task of guiding the automaker through an uncertain future.CEO Mary Barra and Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens confirmed Tuesday that the sale to PSA Groupe SA of France resulted in a $3 billion third quarter loss. But combined with moves to bring new car inventories down and streamline foreign business, they predicted it would lead to long-term shareholder value and growth for a company seeing a surging share price in recent months.Investors seemed to agree, bidding GM shares nearly 3 percent higher on the day to close at $46.48. Since July, shares in Detroit’s No. 1 automaker have gained roughly $10, or more than 20 percent, after languishing for years in a narrow trading range pegged to its 2010 initial public offering price of $33 per share.“The way to really think about the business is obviously continuing operations and the core business,” Stevens said Tuesday. “The fundamental value of the Opel/Vauxhall transaction, when you think about it from a company perspective, was to enable us on a go-forward basis to really focus our resources ... on growth opportunities in the business and continuing to improve the core.”The third quarter loss was due primarily to a $5.4 billion charge tied to the sale of its Opel/Vauxhall brands in Europe. The company’s remaining operations earned $115 million, down 96 percent from the same period a year ago.The automaker’s continuing operations in North America, South America, China and elsewhere in Asia were all profitable for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2014. The company said its earnings per share totaled $.08. When factoring in special items, GM’s earnings per share totaled $1.32, beating analyst estimates of $1.13 per share.The company in a July regulatory filing said it expected to take a special charge of $5.5 Continue Reading