Executives

NHTSA prepares steps to speed up Takata, Jeep recalls

1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators want to see more progress on the Takata and Jeep fuel tank recalls, and could take action in the next two weeks to achieve that goal. The steps come amid a broader push by the agency for automakers to take a more proactive stance on safety....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: With 3-D printing, product development flies

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

3-D printers are dramatically cutting product development costs, allowing engineers and designers to get prototype parts in hours, not weeks....
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Mercedes' Cannon recruits fellow execs for a personal mission

11:34 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

A few months ago, Steve Cannon called on the heads of Group 1 and AutoNation for big favors -- and it had nothing to do with selling more cars. Instead, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA had a different mission in mind....
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Sheila Vaden-Williams, former head of minority auto dealers association, dies at age 55

11:20 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Sheila Vaden-Williams, former president of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, died Sunday. She was 55....
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China's Geely gears up for push into Europe, U.S.

April 21, 2015 08:38 CET

Chinese automaker Geely plans to build a small SUV late next year that will go on sale in China in early 2017, several European markets a year or so later, and eventually the U.S., sources said. For export to Europe, the SUV will initially be a plug in hybrid because Geely wants to be seen as a maker of affordable high-tech cars rather than just a cheap Chinese brand....
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Continental will invest 1 billion euros in China, CEO says

April 21, 2015 15:40 CET

Continental plans to invest about 1 billion euros ($1.07 billion) in China over the next five years, CEO Elmar Degenhart said. The company is seeking to boost its share of Asian sales to 30 percent of global turnover by 2020 from a fifth at present....
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Piech is Germany's best paid chairman, survey says

April 21, 2015 12:56 CET

VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech is Germany's best paid supervisory board chief, a survey showed. Piech's compensation rose last year to 1.47 million euros ($1.57 million), reflecting VW's record 2014 profit and deliveries....
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BMW will build fwd cars in China to attract middle class

April 21, 2015 10:11 CET

BMW will double the number of cars it builds in China to six as it adds models including the front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan in a bid to increase sales to middle class buyers who don't have chauffeurs....
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PSA lifts European output as market upturn helps turnaround plan

April 21, 2015 10:55 CET

PSA will boost European production by 10 percent as a market rebound and demand for models including the Peugeot 208 subcompact and Citroen C4 Cactus crossover help boost the carmaker a year into a major turnaround plan....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Volvo's future rides on revived XC90

April 21, 2015 06:15 CET

Volvo says its all-new XC90 flagship represents the future of the automaker, which aims to nearly double global sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2020....
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Ex-rival revamps Mitsubishi design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

In his 40 years at Nissan, designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto had a knack for reinventing the brand's image through design. Now he aims to replicate that formula at Japanese rival Mitsubishi, which poached him last year to invigorate the brand's stale looks and lackluster reputation....
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Phil Martens out as CEO of aluminum supplier Novelis

1:56 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Top aluminum rolled products maker Novelis announced Monday the surprise departure of CEO Philip Martens -- a former rising star executive at Ford -- who helped the India-owned supplier shift toward the automotive sector....
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Geely takes aim at BMW, Mercedes with plans for sport sedan

7:56 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Geely is showcasing a concept sport sedan at the Shanghai auto show this week that was developed by a team led by former Volvo Cars design chief Peter Horbury. The segment is dominated by models like the BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz CLS....
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Chevrolet explores autonomous driving with FNR concept

8:56 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Having just declared its goal of hitting 1 million vehicle sales in China by 2020, Chevrolet revealed a futuristic concept car at the Shanghai auto show meant to showcase its technical prowess to young Chinese buyers. The FNR concept, an acronym for the brand's “Find New Roads” theme, is a pod-like, science-fiction inspired autonomous electric vehicle....
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Jaguar Land Rover forced to accept Range Rover Evoque lookalike from China's Jiangling

April 20, 2015 13:31 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will not take action against Jiangling Motors over the Chinese automaker's Landwind X7, which the UK automaker says closely resembles the Range Rover Evoque SUV....
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Alfa's pitch will be luxury, Italian style

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

As he prepares the campaign to reintroduce Alfa Romeo to the United States, Fiat Chrysler marketing chief Olivier Francois says he may exploit the notion that shoppers have become tired of lookalike German luxury cars....
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GM ignition-switch death claims rise by 3 to 87

11:47 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The death count from General Motors' faulty ignition switches has reached 87, up three from a week earlier....
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Musk nearly sold Tesla to Google in 2013, new book says

11:33 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

A book titled Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future says Musk had a deal with Google's Larry Page to sell Tesla to the technology giant before the electric-car maker saw a turnaround in its fortunes....
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GM'S WHIZ KID

In short order, Dan Ammann has soared to GM's top operations jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

After a surprise career change and startling ascension, Dan Ammann now oversees General Motors' operations around the world. The 43-year-old president is responsible for two tasks seen as key to the company's success: revitalizing Chevrolet and Cadillac, while unifying how the company's historically fractured regional businesses make and sell vehicles....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

Piech's career battles will be his legacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Ferdinand Piech started out his career with a pretty serious rivalry -- tangling with cousin Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, designer of the 911. Now it appears he'll bow out in more or less the same fashion. At war. It's just his style. In fact, it will be his legacy....
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Ghosn says China needs to boost incentives to move EVs

8:25 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Nissan CEO and EV champion Carlos Ghosn says he is disappointed with electric vehicle sales in China and that the government needs to step up incentives to help the green cars....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Piech's career battles will be his legacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Ferdinand Piech started out his career with a pretty serious rivalry -- tangling with cousin Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, designer of the 911. Now it appears he'll bow out in more or less the same fashion. At war. It's just his style. In fact, it will be his legacy....
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FCA puts the squeeze on dealer profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is squeezing U.S. dealerships’ profits by boosting vehicle invoice prices but not the corresponding sticker prices. The move is part of a larger effort by FCA US to increase profit margins, which trail those of Ford and General Motors....
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JAMES VERRIER, CEO, BORGWARNER

Electrification 'friend,' not threat, to BorgWarner

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

BorgWarner CEO James Verrier, 52, sees electrification of the powertrain as a positive for his company despite the supplier's heavy reliance on parts that electric vehicles don't need....
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U.S. at the center of VW's crisis in Germany

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The turmoil that nearly cost Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn his job last week is rooted in the company's travails in the U.S., where the VW brand has made precious little progress since Winterkorn took charge eight years ago....
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