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Skoda names VW Group veteran Stefani as design chief

Aug. 8, 2017 06:01 CET

Skoda has named Oliver Stefani as its new design head. Stefani replaces Jozef Kaban, who left Skoda in February to join BMW as chief brand designer.
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Aston Martin names Maserati exec as powertrain boss
Aug. 3, 2017 12:10 CET

Aston Martin has named Maserati's Joerg Ross as its new head of powertrain. ...


VW brand confirms Sengpiehl as marketing chief
Aug. 2, 2017 09:19 CET

VW Group named former Hyundai executive Jochen Sengpiehl as head of marketing for its core passenger cars brand. ...



BMW's Willisch to retire Aug. 1 as Americas chief

July 25, 2017 19:37 CET
After 21 years with BMW, including six in the U.S., Ludwig Willisch will retire as the company's Americas chief as of Aug. 1.

Former GM exec Bo Andersson to lead Yazaki Europe

July 24, 2017 22:35 CET
Former GM purchasing chief and CEO of AvtoVAZ Bo Andersson has returned to the industry to lead European operations for Japanese auto supplier Yazaki.

Ford of Europe names Leenarts design chief

July 21, 2017 09:20 CET
Ford named Amko Leenarts as its new design director for Europe. Leenarts will succeed Joel Piaskowski in the post.

BMW sales chief Robertson to retire; Dutch executive Nota is successor

July 20, 2017 16:33 CET
BMW said Ian Robertson will retire as the automaker's sales chief. He will be succeeded by Pieter Nota, who moves to BMW from Dutch electronics and lighting company Philips.

Tesla adds two to board, including James Murdoch

July 17, 2017 23:19 CET
Tesla appointed two new directors to its board, including Twenty-First Century Fox CEO James Murdoch, increasing its board size to nine.

KC Crain named president of Automotive News' parent company

July 13, 2017 12:14 CET
KC Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, has been named president of parent Crain Communications after a change in the company's family ownership structure.

Ford names Shirinov CEO of Russia JV

July 11, 2017 06:01 CET
Ford has named Adil Shirinov CEO of its Russian joint venture, Ford Sollers. The Russian executive succeeds Mark Ovenden, who Ford has been promoted to head of sales and marketing for the Asia Pacific region.

VW names veteran Europe exec to steer N. America sales, marketing

July 5, 2017 23:50 CET
VW Group named Werner Eichhorn, a longtime executive from its European operations, as the new head of sales and marketing for the VW brand in North America. Eichorn is succeeded in his current role as sales and marketing chief at Skoda by Alain Favey.

PSA hires Renault-Nissan exec to lead push in Africa

July 4, 2017 06:01 CET
PSA Group has picked veteran Renault-Nissan executive Samir Cherfan to lead its sales and marketing efforts in the Middle East and Africa. PSA aims to sell 1 million vehicles in the region by 2025.

Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months

June 21, 2017 12:44 CET
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joining the electric carmaker.

Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China

June 19, 2017 10:46 CET
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese company in his new role as design boss for German automotive engineering company Edag.

Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post

June 14, 2017 06:01 CET
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division.

Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits

June 12, 2017 14:47 CET
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquired by PSA in a move that could see Neumann rejoin Volkswagen Group to run its Audi division. Opel finance chief Michael Lohscheller will succeed Neumann.

McLaren names Melville design chief

June 7, 2017 14:13 CET
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer.

BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design

June 1, 2017 10:04 CET
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BMW's Designworks subsidiary.

Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East

May 26, 2017 09:34 CET
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and India, replacing Bernard Cambier, who has held the post since 2014.

Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations

May 25, 2017 13:35 CET
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. In other changes Raj Nair will be president of Ford North America and Peter Fleet will take charge of the Asia Pacific region.

Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW

May 24, 2017 22:37 CET
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integrated marketing operations.

VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief

May 24, 2017 12:08 CET
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its core VW brand, a source familiar with the matter told Automotive News Europe.

BMW adds 2 execs to North American leadership

May 19, 2017 18:19 CET
BMW's new North America chief has appointed two lieutenants to help him as he works to revive the automaker's growth in the key U.S. market.

VW names U.S. compliance officer after diesel scandal

May 11, 2017 16:18 CET
Volkswagen's U.S. unit named a KPMG director, Stephanie Davis, as its chief compliance officer after the automaker was sentenced in April in its diesel-emissions scandal.

Continental names new head of China operations

May 9, 2017 11:19 CET
Continental appointed Enno Tang, who runs the German supplier's chassis and safety business in China, as president of the company's China operations. Tang replaces Ralf Cramer, will leave the company after his contract expires in August.

BMW i subbrand exec to join energy group Innogy

May 5, 2017 11:39 CET
German energy group Innogy has recruited Stefan von Dobschuetz, a key executive from BMW Group's i subbrand, to bolster its e-mobility business.

Mini USA appoints new heads of sales and marketing

May 3, 2017 06:01 CET
Mini USA has appointed new heads of both sales and marketing. Tom Salkowsky becomes department head of sales for Mini USA, while Patrick McKenna becomes department head of Mini brand communications.

VW names new communications, logistics chiefs for North America

May 2, 2017 23:26 CET
Volkswagen Group of America has promoted two executives to top positions running the company's communications and parts and vehicle logistics.

A peek inside's VW's secret fortress

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10 2017

VW opened up to reporters its secretive proving grounds near Wolfsburg where the company's brightest ...
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German diesel summit must succeed in restoring confidence in fuel

Christiaan Hetzner
5:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1 2017

What VW Group's emissions fraud failed to achieve, Stuttgart Mayor Fritz Kuhn may accomplish: turn G ...
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German industry fears image blow over cartel probe

4:16 am U.S. ET | July 25 2017

Germany's auto industry fears its image will suffer another severe blow after EU antitrust authoriti ...
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Audi copies Silicon Valley risk-taking culture with self-driving A8

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 24 2017

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler has been studying Silicon Valley's risk-taking culture and with the brand's ...
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How the iPhone has changed our industry

Krishnan M. Anantharaman
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2017

We won't gush over the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, but on this occasion at least, we ought to ac ...
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Bentley Bentayga plug-in taps VW Group parts bin

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2017

A prototype of Bentley's Bentayga plug-in hybrid has been testing with the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybri ...
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Dissecting Europe's automotive numbers

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12 2017

The latest Automobile Industry Pocket Guide from the European association ACEA, reveals some interesting, and often unexpected, trends from the region's auto industry. ...
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Renault design boss knows which line matters most

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2017

When discussing automotive design, the word “line” gets used often. Renault design chief ...
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Volvo sends message to suppliers

Douglas A. Bolduc
8:40 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says that the automaker's decision to electrify all its future powertrains provides a clear message to suppliers. ...
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Ghosn knows what it means to be No. 1

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 5 2017

The biggest volumes earn the attention of suppliers, technology innovators, deal-makers and governments. ...
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