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In the near future I could be writing this column from the driver’s seat of my car while the vehicle steers itself along the highway. This highlights just one of the possibilities that self-driving and increasingly connected cars open up to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology.
Audi’s sales and marketing chief, Luca de Meo, one of the bright ... Continue reading "Life or death decisions" » Jun 12, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET Permalink
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne’s latest call for industry consolidation looks like a husband seeking his mother-in-law’s help to solve a problem with his wife.
The last time we saw this tactic employed Renault Nissan CEO Carlo Ghosn was in the husband role, activist investor Kirk Kerkorian was the mother-in-law and the goal was to get Renault- ... Continue reading "Why Marchionne needs a powerful 'mother-in-law'" » Apr 30, 2015 5:59 am U.S. ET Permalink
Fiat needed less than 2 hours to complete its first shareholder meeting in Amsterdam on Thursday, which was attended by just 17 people. It's previous gatherings near Turin would draw hundreds -- including a who's who of the Italian auto industry -- and take up to 12 hours to complete because of all the drama.
Those meetings were legendary. Thursday’s meeting was ord ... Continue reading "Fiat meeting goes from legendary to ordinary" » Apr 17, 2015 12:01 am U.S. ET Permalink
Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski, who died Tuesday at age 63. Whether it was invading a beloved Italian landmark or literally crashing into the Detroit auto show, Tom dared to do it.
I was there in the early 1990s when a photographer asked Tom whether it would be possible to take a picture of the first-generation Dodge Viper in front of Milan&rsq ... Continue reading "Farewell to an auto PR legend" » Jan 21, 2015 8:17 am U.S. ET Permalink
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 ...