Vauxhall’s public affairs director, Tony Spalding, has been
appointed as executive director of EU affairs at the firm’s US parent
company, General Motors (GM). His brief is to take charge of the
company’s relationship with the European Commission.
This comes at a time of particular importance to the car firm’s US
owner, General Motors, which, with other car makers, has been accused of
selling cars at artificially high prices in the UK.
The commission admits that it receives many complaints from British
Its most recent report on comparative car prices found that the UK is
the most expensive for 56 of the 76 models tested.
Spalding, who moves to Brussels this week, replaces Peter Van Montenfle,
who is retiring. His public affairs job at Vauxhall’s Luton headquarters
is taken by his deputy, product and business affairs director Andrew
Andersz, 50, joined Vauxhall in 1990 after working in PR for Lancia,
Ford and Fiat. He has headed GM’s Asia-Pacific PR operation, and was
manager of international programmes in Detroit.