GM Fires Back at VW CEO for Talking About a Possible Opel Sale

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It looks like GM is not happy about recent comments that VW’s CEO Martin Winterkorn made about the possible sale of GM’s Opel division.

In Wednesday’s edition of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn commented on rumors regarding Opel. GM calls these comments “regrettable.”


GM released this statement, “General Motors has a longstanding policy of not commenting on rumors and speculation. Unfortunately, some of our competitors do not show similar restraint.”

GM claims that VW’s comments were timed to the positive media reaction its received about the new Opel Ampera, which according to GM has been labeled as “a stroke of genius.” An unnamed industry expert said that the Opel Ampera places “Opel three years ahead of VW.”

Because of the strong demand and enthusiastic reviews, Opel is ordering an additional 2,000 Amperas for the European market next year.

There have been countless reports about a future sale of Opel.