Chevrolet Volt Engineer Joins Opel

Frank Weber, one of the key engineers in Chevrolet Volt's development process, will leave General Motors to join Opel. Up until now, GM hasn't released the new role within Opel but spokesman Dave Roman said Weber will be replaced by Doug Parks, chief engineer for global compact cars, currently employed by Opel.

Although such a thing is yet to be confirmed, Weber might be one of the key figures to join Opel and contribute to the development of the future Ampera, a green model scheduled to hit the market in the upcoming years. The Ampera is often referred to as the European counterpart of Chevrolet Volt so such a move would pretty much make sense.

Meanwhile, the German car manufacturer, still working under GM's umbrella, is involved in deep talks with Magna International, the Canadian - Austrian partsmaker who's seen as favorite to purchase the majority package. GM's board is expected to meet today to study the latest changes in Magna's proposal, with an official statement to be released hours after that.

John Smith,GM Group Vice President Corporate Planning and Alliances (and GM’s chief negotiator for the sale of a stake in Opel/Vauxhall), said in a statement that the European Union is closely investigating the deal.

"Since the Trust Board approval was given, the European Union has been reviewing the Opel investor process and the circumstances surrounding the selection of Magna/Sberbank. Such a review is usual and customary when extensive government financial support is involved," he said in a statement.

"Last week, the Directorate-General for Competition expressed concerns about possible limitations on the availability of government financing for all Opel bidders, and how that may have influenced the selection process." 
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