A surprise announcement was made by Vauxhall today as Tim Tozer has been replaced by Rory Harvey as Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors and CEO Opel Ireland.

A surprise announcement was made by Vauxhall today as Tim Tozer has been replaced by Rory Harvey as Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors and CEO Opel Ireland.

Although the official word is Tim Tozer has resigned to "pursue his career outside of General Motors", Auto Express says he was actually fired by Vauxhall but the reasons are not known at this point. This comes as a shock taking into account just earlier this week Tim Tozer was working on the new Astra's media launch at Ellesmere Port.

This management change is unexpected since Tozer was named in this position about a year and a half ago and in the meantime he successfully launched new models in UK which have significantly boosted the brand's sales, so this surprise move remains a mystery at this moment.

Vauxhall has already found a replacement as Rory Harvey is now the new Chairman and Managing Director of Vauxhall Motors and CEO Opel Ireland. He was previously in charge of the Chevrolet marque in Europe and will effectively start his new job next Tuesday.

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