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GM CEO Akerson Confirms Opel Not for Sale

by on Jul.27, 2011

Opel is still not for sale, insists Akerson.

General Motors’ top executive has made another attempt to head off rumors that the maker’s long-troubled Opel subsidiary is for sale.

“We don’t comment on speculation,” GM chairman and chief executive officer Dan Akerson said before doing precisely that during a brief news conference at a GM assembly plant in Detroit called to officially discuss the opening of contract talks with the United Auto Workers

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“Opel is not for sale,” Ackerson emphasized, reiterating a comment he made earlier in the month – which apparently did little to quell reports in Germany that the subsidiary would be placed on the market.  Whether his latest comment will finally quash speculation remains to be seen in light of Opel’s ongoing problems.


Top Chevy Volt Engineer Bolts for BMW

More turmoil at GM’s troubled opel subsidiary.

by on Apr.12, 2011

Former GM engineer Frank Weber helped guide development of both the Chevy Volt and its near-twin, the Opel Ampera, shown here.

Frank Weber, the talented engineer who guided the early development of the Chevrolet Volt, has elected to leave Opel and General Motors for a job with BMW.

Weber has been Opel’s product planning chief since the autumn of 2009 but apparently left with little warning — and Opel was none too pleased as it issued a terse statement saying he had departed to pursue other opportunities – the language often used when someone is sacked or leaves in a huff.

Weber, who helped put an engagingly fresh face on the Volt project at a critical time,  has apparently signed on for an unspecified position with BMW, which is also in the midst of launching its own electric vehicle program.

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Weber had worked for GM for 10 years and was put in charge of struggling Opel’s product development, following what was generally agreed to have been a star-turn heading up the Volt product team.