Everyone has commented on how smart the new leader of General Motors, Mary Barra,  is and admired her delightful plain talk in saying “no more crappy cars”. But no one has yet praised her hair. Photograph: Earl Wilson/The New York Times

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Image of the week: Ministerial chat Spain’s economy minister Luis De Guindos is pictured exercised in conversation with Portugal’s finance minist(...)

Holden’s departure may drive out the last remaining carmaker Toyota and further damage a manufacturing sector that has shrunk to 7.1 per cent of Australia’s economy from 29 per cent in 1960. Photograph: The Flint Journal

General Motors’s Holden unit, Australia’s largest carmaker, said it would close production lines in 2017 after 69 years, joining Ford in exiting an ec(...)

A cyclist rides past a General Motors (GM) Holden storage facility in Melbourne. Photo: Reuters

General Motors is to stop making cars in Australia by 2017 due to high costs and a cripplingly strong currency.The decision by the world’s second-larg(...)

Mary Barra introduces the 2013 Buick Encore during the press preview at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

General Motors, America’s largest car manufacturer, has named Mary Barra its chief executive, making her the first woman to head a major auto firm.Bar(...)

Preferred shares of Volkswagen, Europe’s biggest auto-maker, fell 1.6 per cent to €190.60. Photograph: Paulo Fridman/Bloomberg

The Dublin exchange rose marginally by 0.08 per cent on a day when most exchanges slipped back as the year heads towards wind-down and investors conti(...)

 Mary Barra who takes over as chief executive of General Motors next month fromDan Akerson. Photo: John F. Martin

General Motors today said chief executive Dan Akerson will step down next month and be replaced by Mary Barra, the company’s global product developmen(...)

Treasury officials say the department had completed the sale of 70.2 million shares of GM stock and to date had recouped $38.4bn from the $49.5bn taxpayer-funded rescue of the Detroit company.

The US treasury department says it expects to sell its remaining shares of General Motors by the end of the year, a plan that may leave taxpayers with(...)

Renault’s outgoing Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares. Photo: Reuters

Renault second-in-command Carlos Tavares abruptly stepped down on Thursday, reviving speculation that he could join one of the US carmakers as a poten(...)

Dan Akerson, General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive Officer delivers a speech 
 at the Adam Opel AG headquarters in RuesselsheimApril 10, 2013. General Motors pledged to invest four billion euros ($5.2 billion) in Opel by the end of 2016 to support new model launches, renewing its commitment to its loss-making European brand. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
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General Motors pledged to invest €4 billion euros in loss-making Opel by the end of 2016 to support new model launches, renewing a commitment t(...)