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How a Frenchman is bringing back Datsun

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Vincent Cobee's mission to reintroduce Datsun around the world is a mixture of irony, politics, auto industry counterintuition and a fair amount of raiding the corporate closet for new products. The Frenchman has been tasked by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with re-establishing the brand....
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After a career with dealers, FCA's Grady will relax

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Peter Grady has a list of things to do when he retires at the end of the month as Fiat Chrysler head of network development. But not on the list: working for another automaker....
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New book details Mary Barra's big break

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

In Road to Power: How GM's Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling, a new book by Bloomberg reporter Laura Colby, the author suggests that a key person in Barra's career rise was Ken Varisco, her boss in the mid-1990s....
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Q&A, DON JENKINS

Tenn. group's key: Treat customers well

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Dealer principal Don Jenkins, 65, spoke with Automotive News TV Managing Editor Leslie J. Allen and Staff Reporter Lindsay Chappell about some of the reasons behind his dealerships' success....
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Q&A, JOHN NGUYEN

An orphaned immigrant driven to win

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

It was fitting that this self-made man created his own name. John Nguyen was 12 when, after shuttling from one refugee camp to another, he arrived in the U.S. The rest, as they say, is his story....
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Sergio's payday? Huge any way you count it

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

How much did Sergio Marchionne earn last year? News reports ranged from $8 million to $72 million for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO. So what was the actual sum? Reporter Larry P. Vellequette dove into FCA's Securities and Exchange Commission filing and came up with $55.5 million in cash, bonuses and benefits....
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Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Death notices for General Holiefield, Jim Rose and Art Spinella....
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Toyota shake-up brings diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp.'s new diversity drive goes far beyond ethnicity and gender. In an equally pivotal break with tradition, Toyota upgraded a crop of relative newcomers, who lack the years of schooling in the Toyota Way once deemed a prerequisite for advancement....
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Car dealers make 'self-made' grade on Forbes list

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

A lot of the billionaires on Forbes' annual list of the world's richest people either inherited their great wealth or at least had a pretty good head start....
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Sergio speaks -- about Toledo, Ferrari and self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

In a wide-ranging discussion at the Geneva auto show, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the automaker is mulling a proposal from Toledo, Ohio, to keep Jeep Wrangler production there, said Ferrari would be spun off by year's end, and said prospects for fully autonomous driving are overstated....
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Q&A

Lamborghini CEO optimistic for another strong sales year

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Lamborghini boosted global deliveries 19 percent to 2,530 last year to set a sales record, and CEO Stephan Winkelmann is bullish about 2015, too. He discussed the brand's future with Automotive News Europe Managing Editor Douglas A. Bolduc....
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Ford's Odell, Farley inherit each other's challenges in new roles

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2015

When you talk to Ford Motor Co.'s "trading places" executives, Stephen Odell and Jim Farley, it's clear: They have inherited each other's challenges. And it's hard to say who got the better deal....
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JLR CEO says U.S. plant decision is 3 years off

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2015

A US factory is a must if Jaguar Land Rover is to continue to grow and stay competitive, says CEO Ralf Speth. But the automaker has to find one product with annual sales of 30,000 to 40,000 to make an American plant worthwhile, he said....
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Tata's retired patriarch still stirring things up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Two years into his official retirement from the auto business, Ratan Tata continues to steal the show. In a rare interview last week, the billionaire said Jaguar Land Rover is considering a North American assembly plant, and that his most famous and controversial creation -- the ultracheap Tata Nano -- would be repositioned....
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Mr. K a force for the Z and Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Yutaka Katayama, Nissan's first U.S. president, who grabbed American consumer awareness by introducing the affordable Datsun Z sports car in the early 1970s, died last month at 105....
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A shakeup in Germany’s top auto ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. When Harald Krueger rises to CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as chairman of the Volkswagen brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their late 40s to mid-50s....
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Ghosn guns for global top 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident that by 2018 his alliance will rank as one of the world's three largest automakers. He sees the alliance rising from its current No. 4 ranking, even though last year it encountered big troubles in Russia and finished about 1.4 million vehicle sales behind No. 3 General Motors....
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STEPHANIE ERDMAN AND RICK SCHOSTEK

Raise recall repair rates to prevent deaths, injuries

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

In 2013, Stephanie Erdman, a resident of Florida, was seriously injured by a Takata airbag inflator in a 2002 Honda Civic. Rick Schostek is executive vice president of Honda North America. They have a shared mission....
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'Mazda was his baby': Dick Brown helped lead U.S. launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Retired auto executive Dick Brown played key roles in the U.S. launches of three automakers: Mazda, DeLorean Motor Co. and Daihatsu....
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Mr. K, hero of the Datsun dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Yutaka Katayama, the fabled Nissan executive who built the Datsun brand in the western United States in the 1960s and 1970s, returned to a largely ungrateful Nissan in Japan in 1977 to finish out his career. He was most proud of the extensive dealer body he built from the ground up. And he was revered by those American dealers because he fought for them, frequently pestering Nissan bosses in Japan with their wishes and demands....
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DeLorean took Brown on a wild ride

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Dick Brown, who died in January at age 81, and for whom a memorial service was held last week in California, was a key figure in Mazda's emergence in the U.S. But his most adventurous days may have been spent as a top lieutenant of John DeLorean during the former General Motors executive's effort to get the DeLorean Motor Co. up and running....
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Diess a shoo-in for VW CEO? Not so fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

When Volkswagen poached Herbert Diess from BMW in December, the 56-year-old product development ace became the front-runner to succeed Martin Winterkorn as CEO. But it ain't over till it's over....
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Elegance and honors

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain, right, received the 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in Florida on Feb. 21. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson, left, was the event's honorary chairman....
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Q&A

Bentley CEO expects boost from brand's first SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Bentley delivered a record 11,020 cars last year around the world and it is on course to top that mark as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with an SUV, the Bentayga. The Volkswagen Group subsidiary expects to increase annual sales to 20,000 by 2020 after previously targeting 15,000 deliveries by 2018....
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Q&A

Rolls chief confident of another record sales year

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Rolls-Royce set a record by delivering 4,063 cars worldwide in 2014, and CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, 54, expects to top that total this year. Now the BMW-owned British ultraluxury brand must decide whether to stretch its prized exclusivity even further with the addition of an SUV....
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