Archive for the ‘GM’ Category

Holden to cease local production in 2017

News has come through from General Motors in Detroit confirming the inevitable: Holden will stop making cars in Australia in 2017. GM’s full statement can be read after the break, but here’s a few snippets: “We are completely dedicated to strengthening our global operations while meeting the needs of our customers,” said GM Chairman and […]

Hope our luck doesn’t end now

Holden will close its local manufacturing operations in 2016 according to the ABC. The national broadcaster says senior government ministers have confirmed their belief that General Motors, Holden’s parent company, has already made the decision to stop making cars in Australia. For their part Holden is not making any comment and says its unlikely to […]

2013 Goodwood FoS in pictures – gallery 1

It’s taken us a while to prepare, but here’s your first instalment in our 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed image gallery. We’ve got more than 260 images in all which will be spread out over three galleries. Presented in alphabetical order, this selection of photos starts with Alfa Romeo and ends with Lotus. And doesn’t […]

2013 Geneva Motor Show in pictures – part 1

The Geneva Motor Show is still underway over in Europe and while we’re sure almost all of our readers would love to be there we’re doing the best we can to bring you a little closer to the action. Here is the first installment of over 250 pictures from the show, from Alfa Romeo to […]

Volkswagen reckons GM can’t count

Last month news emerged that GM was the number one car maker in the world last year based on total sales. But, Volkswagen is having none of that and says GM’s sales figures are as rubbery as their tyres. Volkswagen claim GM’s published total of 9.03 million sales includes almost 2.5 million from Chinese manufacturers […]

GM rises from bankruptcy to number 1

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General Motors has returned to the top of the worldwide automotive sales charts, the Detroit Free Press reports. Quite a turnaround for a giant that was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as recently as June 2009. In 2011 GM sold 9.03 million vehicles globally compared to the Volkswagen Group which sold 8.16 million. Toyota is […]

Are we nearly there yet?

Augmented reality is a term you may already be familiar with, BMW has placed it an automotive context with the Vision ConnectedDrive. Human Machine Interface seems to be the new buzzwords. Toyota gave their NS4 concept plenty of HMI sparkles. And now GM is getting in on the act with the Windows of Opportunity project—a […]

Saab: This is the end, beautiful friend

Yes, we’ve done this before, two years ago to the day… Saab has, once again, broken the limits of its owners. This time it’s not GM, like it was in 2009, but current stewards of the Saab brand Swedish Automobile who have said, “This is the end.” More correctly they have lodged an official notice […]

Motions eleven

US publication Motor Trend has assembled a group of 11 incredibly desirable cars, sent them to an empty airstrip and planted the go pedal. Check the list below, form your opinion on which car you think will be quickest. Also consider which cars you reckon will make the top three. Which one will be the […]

Opel targets Australian launch in 2012

Some quite big news emerged from the Detroit Auto Show early this morning with Holden boss Mike Devereux announcing, “Opel will be sold as a stand-alone brand in Australia for the first time in 2012. “Opel presents a new opportunity for GM in Australia with a growing demand for German design and technology at affordable […]

Don’t cry for me Argentina

So, what does the title of one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s best known songs have to do with Hummer? Well, there’s about as much relevance there as there was of Hummer being a legitimate option in the automotive marketplace. In case you’ve missed it, earlier this week came the unsurprising revelation that General Motors could […]

Spyker set to take control of Saab

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Great news for Saab fans with confirmation that Spyker Cars and General Motors have finally reached an agreement for the sale of Saab. Spyker will form a new company call Saab Spyker Automobiles and the deal could be closed in around two weeks. In a statement released by GM, John Smith, vice president for corporate […]

Are you winding me up?

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GM have given notice that the wind down process of Saab, first announced late last year, has commenced. Consulting firm AlixPartners have been chosen by GM to act as wind down supervisors. A statement released by GM reads, “The wind down process is expected to take several months, and will ensure that employees, dealers and […]

You keep me hangin’ on

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Set me free, why don’t you babe. Get out my life, why don’t you babe. ‘Cause you don’t really love me. You just keep me hangin’ on. You don’t really need me. But you keep me hangin’ on… Yep, you guessed it, despite yet another deadline passing and a reported four bids received there is […]

Spyker extends Saab offer

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You may remember from yesterday that Spyker put a deadline on their latest offer to buy Saab from GM. It now appears that deadline was as flexible as a Saab convertible. The Dutch manufacturer has just issued a brief comment stating, “Spyker has been in contact with GM today, and continues to develop its proposal […]