It's Official: Vauxhall And Opel Have Been Bought By PSA

As the Geneva Motor Show gets ready to launch its first assault on the media tonight, General Motors has confirmed the sale of Opel and Vauxhall to Group PSA
It's Official: Vauxhall And Opel Have Been Bought By PSA

Even though we were expecting it, we still can’t quite believe we’re bringing you this news. The owners of Peugeot, Citroen and DS have agreed to buy the Opel and Vauxhall brands from General Motors.

The €2.2 billion move for brands that are currently losing around £200 million every year means that GM now has no official presence in Europe, and Group PSA becomes Europe’s second-largest automotive manufacturer after the Volkswagen Group.

At this stage it’s uncertain in what guises the Vauxhall and Opel brands will continue, but from early comments made by PSA boss Carlos Tavares, it seems that the two companies will continue unchanged for now. He said:

“We are proud to join forces with Opel/Vauxhall and are deeply committed to continuing to develop this great company and accelerating its turnaround. We respect all that Opel/Vauxhall’s talented people have achieved as well as the company’s fine brands and strong heritage.

“We intend to manage PSA and Opel/Vauxhall capitalizing on their respective brand identities. Having already created together winning products for the European market, we know that Opel/Vauxhall is the right partner. We see this as a natural extension of our relationship and are eager to take it to the next level.

“We are confident that the Opel/Vauxhall turnaround will significantly accelerate with our support, while respecting the commitments made by GM to the Opel/Vauxhall employees.”

It's Official: Vauxhall And Opel Have Been Bought By PSA

Parts-sharing across the brands is a certainty, with PSA listing greater economies of scale in purchasing and manufacture. What we don’t know is whether factories will close or the scale of any potential job losses among the 40,000 GM employees in Europe. Annual ‘synergies’, meaning cost savings, of €1.7 billion are predicted by 2026, most of which will have been delivered by 2020, an Opel press release says.

The Opel and Vauxhall manufacturing operations have cost PSA €1.3 billion, with a further €900 million for 50 per cent of GM’s European financial establishment. Investment bank BNP Paribas has bought the other half.

Interestingly, GM is to retain an engineering centre in Torino, Italy, and holds special warrants to allow it to buy shares back in PSA at a later date. We get the feeling this is a story that will rumble on for a long time.




03/06/2017 - 08:09 |
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03/06/2017 - 08:19 |
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PSA= Pointlessly Slow Astra

03/06/2017 - 08:16 |
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Peugeot Sells Astras

03/06/2017 - 08:20 |
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The new Astra is very good.

03/06/2017 - 08:37 |
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Wait until the Peugeot 1008 becomes an Opel 1008

03/06/2017 - 09:31 |
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So opel/Vauxhall is french now, nice, we are going to love the plastic interiors now

03/06/2017 - 08:26 |
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Soft and padded plastic. Good for me

03/06/2017 - 10:01 |
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Black Phillip

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And they’ll all be painted white 🏳

03/06/2017 - 17:41 |
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Wonder if the reliability will be just as bad.

03/07/2017 - 13:37 |
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It’s a PSA about PSA…

03/06/2017 - 08:37 |
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Ben Anderson 1

All Buick Cars sold around the world: Opel Vauxhalls with different badges
Holden Australia cars: Opel Vauxhalls with different badges
Many, if not all, of GMs 4-cylinder engines and small/medium platforms: Opel Vauxhall

I think they may have just shot themselves in the foot.

03/06/2017 - 08:42 |
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With a shotgun.

03/06/2017 - 08:46 |
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Every f*cking Chevrolet in South America especially Brazil is nothing else than a Opel/Vauxhall. It really hurts as a German/Brazilian csr guy to see how GM earns all the money, which should belong to Opel. There’s a reason why Opel was just allowed to sell in Europe. And oh yes you’re damn right, under the skin of a Chevy Orlando works an Opel Zafira.

03/06/2017 - 16:31 |
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How does it make sense to have four brands in the same price category?!

03/06/2017 - 08:57 |
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How does it make sense you have a downvote ? XD

03/06/2017 - 10:14 |
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VW did it. They have Skoda and Seat in the same category, and lifted up VW.

03/06/2017 - 13:59 |
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Yes! I was stunned when DS came out because I thought Peugeot woult try to go for the luxury market. It doesn’t make sense to me

03/06/2017 - 14:38 |
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Well if you look down to the VAG group, Seat and Skoda cars can be bought for nearly the exact same amount of money, as well a Lambo Hurracan being in the same price range as an Audi R8 with almost identical chassis and engine. This could work : Peugeot = VW, Citroen = Skoda, Opel / Vauxhall = Seat and DS = Audi. We’re just at the very beginning of the story.

03/06/2017 - 15:32 |
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DS will probably be upgraded to som higher class in some sort of way

03/06/2017 - 18:33 |
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Dave 12

The really sad part of this story is that we’ll get no more Holdens
rebranded as Vauxhalls for the UK

03/06/2017 - 08:59 |
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You won’t anyway mate, the Holden factory in Australia will be turning out the lights for good in October.

03/06/2017 - 10:20 |
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Tatsuya Mikkinoppe

So straya… your Commies are French now aye?

03/06/2017 - 09:17 |
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Shoulda just let the Commodore name die with dignity. I don’t want a Holden 407

03/06/2017 - 14:01 |
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2017 Opel MiniVan Leaked Picture

03/06/2017 - 09:30 |
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Opel 1007 Leaked Photos

03/06/2017 - 09:38 |
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Close up of logo

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