General Motors has been hard at work to return its European division, Opel-Vauxhall, to profitability in 2016. While some GM brass says it’s likely, others says it may not be secure. Where profitability comes from is a universally agreed upon market strategy, something former Vauxhall Managing Director, Tim Tozer, reportedly didn’t agree with, according to Just Auto.
Tozer reportedly disagreed with GM Europe’s volume targets in the United Kingdom, Vauxhall’s only market. The strategy demanded higher volume from the Vauxhall brand, turning against Tozer’s ideals to gruadually build Vauxhall, heighten its image and raise margins as part of a long-term strategy.
He reportedly dismissed the idea of short-term targets to dilute the long-term strategy, where disagreements came to a tipping point the evening before his resignation.
The story comes after rumors began to swirl over a possible Vauxhall involvement in the large-scale “dieselgate” scandal that has plagued Volkswagen Group as of recent, as more automakers head to the investigation list.
Tozer will be replaced by Rory Harvey, former Opel Executive Director of Sales.