Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby won’t be leaving the company to be the CEO of Opel. Volvo made this announcement in response to a Swedish business publication Dagens Industri report that he is the top contender for the post. Automotive News Europe talked to a Volvo spokesman who said that Jacoby is "fully occupied" as the top honcho at Volvo and doesn’t have any plans to leave.
Opel has yet to release a statement about this matter. GM named Thomas Sedran last month as interim CEO at Opel as the replacement of Karl-Friedrich Stracke, who left the post.
GM said that Sedran, who is formerly a restructuring consultant with AlixPartners, would be the head of Opel until a permanent CEO is put in place. Opel is being restructured by GM to stop its losses. GM's European unit, composed of Opel and UK sister brand Vauxhall, reported losses of $361 million in the second quarter.
Opel’s design language that combines "sculptural artistry with German precision" – seen first on the Opel Insignia -- has been reinterpreted on the new Opel Astra. This design language allowed the new Opel Astra to feature a coupé-like silhouette with quite a number of dynamic elements and elegant proportions. The new Opel Astra offers a new look on traditional hatchbacks, thanks to its raked windshield, dropping rear roofline and cab-forward silhouette.
Mark Adams, Vice President of Design at General Motors Europe, remarked that since each Opel model is given its own strong personality, the design cues – like the blade and the wing -- that were first seen on the Insignia were given a fresh interpretation on the Opel Astra. The new Opel Astra features a dynamic inverted blade on its flanks, as visually linked to the rear window and the C-pillar. Double wing-shapes, meanwhile are found on each of the rear lamps.
The sweeping lines and elegant curves found on the exterior are also implemented inside the cabin. For instance, the instrument panel features a wraparound wing shape arching into the upper section of the door moldings. This makes it seem that the occupants are warmly embraced by the high-tech and comfortable cabin. In addition, the interior’s warm ambience is boosted by a red diffused illumination that lights up the front door panels and the base of the center stack.