Archives for Europe

Out of Juice: Electric Version of Opel Adam Cancelled for Cost Reasons

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Plans for an electric version of the Opel Adam have been axed, according to Automotive News. High costs have reportedly forced Opel executives to abandon the EV subcompact, which made it to the prototype stage using tech from the upcoming Chevrolet Spark EV. “It was a business decision,” said Dieter Metz, the Adam’s chief engineer, to ...

2012 Paris: Opel Adam is the Show’s Tiny Fashionista

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Add the upcoming Opel Adam to the list of premium, A-segment microcars entering the international automotive market. Like most cars in the segment, what the Adam lacks in oomph it attempts to make up for with quirky styling and loud colors. The Opel Adam makes its official world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and ...

Updated Chevrolet Captiva to Debut in Geneva, New Cruze Wagon Appears

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A refreshed Chevrolet Captiva crossover makes its global debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show. Joining it in the European Chevy lineup will be the Chevrolet Cruze wagon, the latest Cruze variant we won’t get here in the U.S. The Geneva debut of the updated Captiva represents isn’t the first update Chevy’s given the crossover ...

2012 Paris: Chevrolet Trax Subcompact Crossover Debuts with Global Aspirations

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Although the Chevrolet Trax subcompact crossover debuts at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this week, the automaker has no plans to sell the mini-crossover in the U.S. but it will be sold in 140 countries around the world. The Chevrolet Trax is 1.3 inches shorter than the mechanically related 2013 Buick Encore but identical in width and ...

Do You Want It? European 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Gets 2.0-Liter Diesel

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European customers have always had a better appreciation for diesel engines. Reflecting such preferences, Chevrolet has confirmed it is adding a 2.0-liter diesel I-4 option to the European Malibu’s powertrain options. The new engine is officially rated at 160 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque in the Malibu, and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet ...

Sold: First UK-Spec Chevy Camaro Bought by WTCC Driver Rob Huff

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Though we’ve enjoyed the fifth-generation Chevy Camaro for a few years now, this week marks the very first UK-spec Camaro sale. World Touring Car (WTCC) racer Rob “Huffy” Huff will take delivery of his Camaro in Inferno Orange with black rally stripes from Cambridge Chevrolet. “This is a dream come true,” Huff said in a release. ...

Corvette-Powered Last-Generation Chevrolet Spark Hits eBay

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Your wildest Forza Motorsport 4 dreams have just come true – someone has dropped a Chevrolet Corvette’s LS7 V-8 into a previous-generation Chevrolet Spark. As the internet would say “mind=blown.” Built by Fourdin Auto Sport, this last-gen Chevrolet Spark (also known as the Chevrolet Matiz) has ditched its pint-sized four-pot for the Corvette Z06′s massive LS7 ...

Opel/Vauxhall CEO Steps Down, GM Seeks Replacement to Run European Operations

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Opel/Vauxhall CEO and president of GM Europe Karl-Friedrich Stracke resigned from his position today in order to take on “special assignments” for GM. In his new role, the former executive will report directly to Dan Akerson. GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky has been appointed to lead GM’s European operations until a replacement can be found to ...

Five-Year Plan: GM to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Russian Operations

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With Russia emerging as one of the fastest-growing markets in the world, GM is betting its marbles on the economic growth of the country. The U.S. automaker has announced plans to invest $1 billion to ramp up car and component production at its Russian facilities within the next five years. GM has plants in the cities ...

Electric Shock: Opel Ampera is Europe’s Best Selling EV

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The Opel Ampera, the Chevrolet Volt’s European counterpart, is the best selling passenger electric vehicle in Europe, with a market share of more than 20 percent, the automaker claims. In the Netherlands, Opel Ampera sales in May comprised more than 77 percent of the passenger EV market, and more than 50 percent year-to-date, thanks largely to ...