Michael Wayland

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GM cybersecurity chief to head global vehicle safety

Jeffrey Boyer, GM's global safety chief who helped shape the company's safety operations following its ignition-switch crisis, is retiring and will be replaced by Jeffrey Massimilla, the company's chief cybersecurity officer.

Ford ups capability, convenience on F-150

The freshened F-150 pickup enters a market in which the competition is expected to significantly increase, with redesigned pickups from top rivals.

GM suspended Iacobelli following federal indictment, report says

GM suspended Alphons Iacobelli after federal officials accused him of being at the center of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar conspiracy while previously leading labor negotiations at FCA.

Barra's role on Trump forum ends as group disbands

A group of business leaders and President Trump announced the disbandment of the president's Strategic and Policy Forum, which originally included GM CEO Mary Barra and more than a dozen other CEOs from several industries.

Ford won't review training center finances amid UAW-FCA charges; GM mum

Ford will not review the finances of a joint employee training center with the UAW after indictments related to an alleged plot to funnel millions of dollars from the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center to officials at the...

Chevy reassessing trim, build options on Camaro

GM is reassessing some trim and build options for the Chevrolet Camaro in an attempt to better compete against the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, according to product chief Mark Reuss.

Fresh peek at midengine Corvette

New spy photos have emerged of the midengine Chevrolet Corvette, which would give General Motors a true competitor to Ford's midengine GT as well as supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche.

VW exec who oversaw U.S. environmental compliance pleads guilty to lesser charges

Oliver Schmidt, the former chief of Volkswagen AG's environmental and engineering center in Michigan, pleaded guilty to reduced charges as part of a plea deal for his role in the company's diesel emissions scandal.

VW exec expected to plead guilty to revised charges in emissions cheating case

Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt is expected to plead guilty Friday to reduced charges for the company's emissions violations.

Jury trial set for Iacobelli, Morgan in UAW-FCA case

The former FCA labor relations chief and widow of UAW Vice President General Holiefield are scheduled for a Sept. 25 jury trial.

Plea hearing scheduled for former analyst in FCA-UAW conspiracy case

Jerome Durden, a former financial analyst for FCA, faces charges of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and failure to file a tax return.

TOYOTA: Volume rises on record RAV4, Lexus utility deliveries

Toyota's July sales increased 3.6 percent compared with a year ago, with Lexus experiencing its first increase of the year.

GM: Sales down 15%, stocks hover over 100 days

UPDATED: 8/1/17 5:26 pm ET -- adds details

The automaker said it sold 226,107 cars and trucks last month. That included a 14 percent decline in retail sales to 202,220 vehicles.

Midengine Chevy Corvette spied undergoing track testing

General Motors appears to be making progress on bringing the midengine Chevrolet Corvette to production, according to new images from spy photographers.

FCA-UAW scandal: More to come

UPDATED: 7/31/17 10:42 am ET - adds sidebar, indictment

At least eight unnamed people described in the indictment could face charges, putting FCA and the UAW in the middle of a scandal that could eclipse most others in recent automotive history.

Dayco's vacuum pump keeps it simple

Vacuum pumps are needed all over the modern auto. But now Dayco has a plan to replace them all with a better mousetrap.

Over-the-air updates 'before 2020' for GM

GM CEO Mary Barra said the company plans to launch a new electrical vehicle architecture and infotainment system capable of over-the-air updates "before 2020."

FCA Q2 operating profit rises 15% on N.A., Maserati gains

UPDATED: 7/27/17 4:27 pm ET - adds stock close

Fiat Chrysler's second-quarter operating profit rose 15 percent to $2.19 billion, despite roughly flat shipments and revenue. FCA was able to do so with higher margins in North America and gains at Maserati.

Maserati spearheads FCA's push to electrified vehicles

FCA plans for more than half of its lineup to be electrified by 2022, including all Maserati models following 2019, according to CEO Sergio Marchionne.

FCA Q2 operating profit rises 15%

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' second-quarter operating profit increased 15 per cent to USD $2.19 billion (C $2.73 billion) despite roughly flat shipments and revenue.

Ex-FCA labor chief Iacobelli, widow of UAW VP charged in lucrative conspiracy

UPDATED: 7/26/17 5:57 pm ET - adds details, photo

A U.S. grand jury in Detroit charged former FCA labor chief Alphons Iacobelli and the widow of a deceased UAW vice president in a broad conspiracy to pocket illegal money and gifts.

Indictment says former UAW president confronted Holiefield, Iacobelli

Former UAW President Bob King attempted to investigate the spending and actions of the Vice President General Holiefield and FCA executive Alphons Iacobelli during his tenure leading the union.

GM launching over-the-air updates 'before 2020,' Barra says

UPDATED: 7/25/17 4:47 pm ET - adds details, data officer

GM CEO Mary Barra said the company plans to launch a new electrical vehicle architecture and infotainment system capable of over-the-air updates "before 2020."

GM Q2 net drops 42% on Europe exit

UPDATED: 7/25/17 12:10 pm ET - adds Canada

While its sales soared in Canada, General Motors said its net income dropped 42 per cent in the second quarter, primarily because of the pending sale and restructuring of its European operations.

GM faces earnings test as several plants retool

UPDATED: 7/25/17 4:30 pm ET - adds details, stock close

The discipline that helped GM beat Wall Street expectations for nine consecutive quarters will be put to the test in the coming months because several of its most profitable plants will temporarily close for retooling.

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