Interview: Opel’s Neumann is committed to affordability

Neumann became CEO of Opel in March, 2014 (Photo: GM)

With a new CEO, a revamped strategic plan and a strengthened commitment from parent General Motors, Opel believes it is on the road to a sustained recovery. The European GM brand has for years suffered losses and weak sales, but its newest models are finding buyers and the company is improving its position in the […]

Study: VW could be world’s biggest carmaker in 2014


A new study predicts that Volkswagen Group, which wants to be the world’s biggest automaker in terms of unit sales by 2018, could achieve that goal this year already. Europe’s largest automaker has “a good chance” to reach the target in 2014 after selling more cars than Toyota in the first half of the year, […]

GM demonstrates EN-V 2.0 in test of city driving

Four of GMs small EV fit into one parking space (Photo: GM)

General Motors is starting tests of its Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 electric vehicle to find out how the small networked vehicle functions in a simulated future urban environment. The tests of the fully networked EV are conducted in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City, a Chinese-Singaporean project located 45 kilometers outside Tianjin in northern China. GM said the demonstration […]

GM CIO Mott is confident IT transformation making progress

Randy Mott (Photo: Larry Peplin)

More than halfway into a massive three-year project to transform IT at General Motors, Randy Mott is confident he’s making progress. The CIO, who joined the largest North American carmaker in February, 2012, cites advances on many fronts: • Following an agreement withHP,GM’s largest IT partner, in late 2012, Mott has brought the bulk of […]

automotiveIT Congress: GM’s MOTT says “IT is a strategic corporate asset”

GM CIO Randy Mott is insourcing 90 pc of IT services (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – General Motors CIO Randy Mott said IT is a “strategic corporate asset” for the automaker. It can play a key role in boosting the speed of innovation, he said. Mott, who joined GM two years ago, has embarked on a complete IT revamp at the company, insourcing most services that were previously handled […]

Executive Report: GM CIO confident of progress in IT overhaul

Randy Mott is a keynote speaker at the 2014 automotiveIT Congress (Photo: Larry A. Peplin)

  General Motors CIO Randy Mott is confident he’s making progress in his three-year drive to overhaul IT operations at North America’s largest automaker. In an interview with automotiveIT, Mott cited “a lot of blocking and tackling” he had to do in 2013, referring to the often unglamorous work handled by American football’s defense players […]

At CES, Google, automakers forge broad Android alliance


Google has joined forces with several global automakers to extend its Android mobile ecosystem to the car. The search group has teamed up with Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai and chipmaker Nvidia to form the “Open Automotive Alliance,” (OAA) a global partnership designed to bring the Android platform into the car this year already. As […]

Ford appoints former Cadillac exec to run connected-car operations

Butler was for many years a senior Cadillac executive (Photo: GM)

Ford Motor has appointed Don Butler to develop its connected-car strategy, consolidating an area of growing automotive importance under one executive. Butler resigned as vice president global strategy at General Motors’ Cadillac division in the summer of 2013. Earlier in his career he served as vice president for telematics startup Inrix. “Not only does Don […]

Mary Barra set to become GM CEO on January 15, 2014

Mary Barra will become the 1st woman to head a major automaker (Photo: GM)

General Motors named Mary Barra to become the carmaker’s next CEO on January 15, 2014. Barra, 51, will succeed Dan Akerson, who is retiring earlier than planned to deal with a family illness. Barra, who is in charge of GM’s global product development, purchasing and supply chain, will become the first woman to run a […]

Opel to be GM’s main European brand; Chevrolet out

With Chevrolet gone, Neumann has a better chance to restore profitability at Opel (Photo: GM)

General Motors will no longer market most of its Chevrolet-branded cars in Europe, providing Opel and its sister brand Vauxhall with a more clearly defined opportunity to restore profitability. The US automaker said the move will “reduce the market complexity associated with having Opel and Chevrolet in Western and Eastern Europe.” And GM CEO Dan […]