Two years later, in 2009, but in mainland Europe, Carl-Peter Forster, GME's then chief executive, supported a deal to sell Opel/Vauxhall to the Canadian parts maker Magna International. He was replaced by UK's Nick Reilly who repoprtedly turned round GME's operations. When Reilly retired in 2012 his place was taken by Karl-Frederick Stracke.
Cross-company review of performance
It is, according to sources, too early to say what will happen to these factories that remain. THere will, for example be a large cross-company review of plant efficiencies and productivity levels. Arising out of these benchmarking exercises decisions will be taken as to closure or otherwise.
COMMENT. Former top GM man, Nick Reilly, who has run plants in other parts of the world, including the Far East, makes the observation that the main problem with the two UK plants, and therefore issues which make the plants vulnerable to acts of closure, centres on purchasing: both plants have to import two key and expensive components for their products, namely the powertrain. In the case of the van plant in Luton these are supplied by Renault in France. And, with Brexit just round the corner, this could be another contributory factor.