General motors has got enough problems fighting recall-related fires back at base. But its European arm is finally emerging from equally well documented doldrums. 

European boss Karl-Thomas Neumann is a straight-talking guy who is clear on where he wants to take the business, while here in the UK, Vauxhall’s equally down-to-earth management is taking great pains not to parrot the cliche of ‘making it more premium’. A good thing, too. 

They’re also led by some talented folk back in Detroit, not least new company president Dan Ammann.