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BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders

Posted 6:44 am U.S. ET, Dec. 9
blogs Luca Ciferri is Editor of Automotive News Europe.
 
BMW's manufacturing division not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders. With the appointment of Harald Krueger as CEO to succeed Norbert Reithofer, BMW builds on its tradition of appointing manufacturing experts from within the company to the top job. BMW has also picked a relatively young executive who can steer the automaker for years ...
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Ferrari will go public but remain private

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 30
Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will remain a family-owned carmaker. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to spin off 10 percent of its 90 percent stake in Ferrari by June 2015 via a listing in New York and perhaps a few other stock exchanges. The remaining 80 percent will be distribute ...
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Montezemolo's magic touch

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 11
When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar maker will lose its No. 1 salesman. During his two decades in Maranello, he was the main reason why Ferrari always sold out its high-margin limited-edition supercars even before they were unveiled to the public. He did this -- and a whole lot more -- by enhancing Ferrari&rsquo ...
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Zetsche sees speedy uptake of F1 tech in Mercedes models

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 30
Dieter Zetsche foresees Mercedes models benefiting quicker than ever from the automaker’s participation in Formula One. F1’s switch to 1.6-liter V-6 turbocharged gasoline engines from 2.4-liter V-8 normally aspirated units has made the racecars more like high-end production cars. That means Mercedes is gaining invaluable experience under extreme conditions on ...
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Marchionne asks for 3 more years of patience

Posted 8:22 am U.S. ET, May 7
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne’s new five-year plan for the automaker won’t start rewarding shareholders until 2017 at the earliest. Some wonder if there will ever be a payout. What we do know is that there will be no dividends for at least the next three years. Not while Fiat Chrysler makes massive investments to globalize Jeep and to relaunc ...
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Marchionne follows the money

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, May 6
Why is Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne today presenting his latest business plan for the Italian automaker at Chrysler's U.S. headquarters near Detroit, and not at Fiat's base in Turin? The answer: He's following the money. Detroit is much closer to the world's financial capital, New York's Wall Street, than Turin. Marchionne plans to list the newly combined Fiat Chry ...
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Alfa calls new architecture Giorgio

Posted 7:57 am U.S. ET, Jan. 27
Alfa Romeo's new rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive architecture will be code-named Giorgio, people working on the project told me. It's one of the few details revealed so far about the struggling brand's fourth revival plan since 2004.The full strategy for the carmaker is scheduled to be made public when parent Fiat-Chrysler releases its first-quarter results in May.It's unc ...
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GM's massive missed opportunity in Europe

Posted 2:12 am U.S. ET, Dec. 6
General Motors never should have dumped Daewoo in favor of Chevrolet in Europe eight years ago. At that time, Daewoo mainly sold low-tech, cheap-but-not-so-cheerful cars in central and eastern Europe. Had GM stuck with that plan it could have gone head to head against Renault’s low-cost Dacia brand. Instead, Dacia has had the low end of the market nearly to itself -- ...
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Fiat's loveless marriage to Alfa

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Dec. 5
There has always been bad chemistry between Fiat and Alfa. Fiat's mass-market focus simply does not sit well with Alfa's great history of technical innovation and extreme performance. The only reason Fiat bought Alfa in 1986 was to prevent Ford from becoming a rival car producer in Italy. It never actually wanted the brand.In the 25 years since then, Fiat has created only ...
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