Executives

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Tavares, Palmer, Gales ready to shine in new CEO roles

2:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan's planning chief and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. All three are now CEOs ready to stand in the spotlight at the Paris auto show this week.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Tavares, Palmer, Gales ready to shine in new CEO roles

2:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
A year ago Carlos Tavares was unemployed, Andy Palmer was Nissan's planning chief and Jean-Marc Gales was leading supplier group CLEPA. All three are now CEOs ready to stand in the spotlight at the Paris auto show this week.... Read More »

 

SGL Carbon will sell 267 million euros worth of shares to tackle debt, boost growth

Sept. 30, 2014 12:23 CET
SGL Carbon, which counts BMW, VW Group and BMW heiress Susanne Klatten as its three biggest shareholders, will sell 267 million euros ($339 million) in shares to repay debt and make investments.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Marco Tencone

Sept. 30, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Marco Tencone, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati styling center coordinator, is this year's Eurostar winner for Design.... Read More »

 

Ford sets goal of 9.4M global sales by 2020, cuts profit outlook for '14

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ford aims to raise global sales 52 percent annually by 2020 by tapping fast-growing Asian markets, investing heavily in Lincoln, and expanding its global offerings of small cars and utility vehicles. But company officials today warned 2014 profits will be sharply lower than previous estimates because of higher warranty outlays and wider losses in South America.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 23

12:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors cars rose by two last week to 23, according to a report today from the lawyer overseeing a program set up to compensate accident victims.... Read More »

 

KC CRAIN

Wrong move for Cadillac -- the creative vibe is in Detroit, not New York

11:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
It seems like GM is missing a big opportunity in moving Cadillac's headquarters to trendy SoHo in New York. I know I'm biased, but I can't think of many cooler places to have a marketing office than Detroit.... Read More »

 

Fiat jobs matter more than HQ location, Italy prime minister says

Sept. 29, 2014 10:26 CET
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said Fiat Chrysler's decision to have a home base in London matters less than the jobs and opportunities that the combined company will create in Italy.... Read More »

 

Tesla's Musk will speak at Automotive News World Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., will be a featured speaker at the Automotive News World Congress in January.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Klaus Zehender

Sept. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. Klaus Zehender, Daimler head of procurement and supplier quality, is this year's winner for Purchasing Executive.... Read More »

 

Cadillac prepares dealers for a jolt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
New Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen’s philosophy of creating some scarcity for a product that often has been the focus of discount sales will come as a blow to some U.S. dealers. And according to one attendee at the brand’s annual gathering last week, dealers were told “things are going to get worse before they get better.”... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS MARKETING SEMINAR

Big ideas in the Big Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Four of the industry's chief marketers shared strategies for communicating in the digital age during the third annual Automotive News Marketing Seminar last week in New York.... Read More »

 

Time to get to know Barra better

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra landed on the cover of Time magazine, submitting to a lengthy and largely favorable profile.... Read More »

 

GM victim fund begins payout offers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The compensation fund that General Motors created in response to its ignition-switch recalls began offering multimillion-dollar payments to crash victims and their families last week.... Read More »

 

Mazda design chief insists no new RX without rotary engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ikuo Maeda, Mazda Motor Corp.'s global design chief, who designed the RX-8 sports car and whose father penned the RX-7, wants to resurrect the signature RX series.... Read More »

 

Mazda's old-school design secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Breaking with the modern-day reliance on computer-generated design, design chief Ikuo Maeda took Mazda old school. He has overhauled the design process to begin every project with sculpting and handed the clay modelers even more clout in steering a vehicle's style.... Read More »

 

A cool way to cool the Hellcat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
On other Challenger models, the left inner headlight has a clear plastic center section. But on the Hellcat version, what looks like a headlight is actually a combination turn signal/ parking lamp and air scoop that Chrysler calls an "air catcher."... Read More »

 

ANALYSIS

Is M-B design finally on right road?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz' chief designer since 2008, has taken flak for the uneven lineup that he largely inherited. Meanwhile, Audi and Volkswagen have been celebrated for clean, product-design-inspired styling language. But the view has started to change.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle.... Read More »

 

Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Studio 2000X, Ford's virtual reality design house where Disney-style technology meets the car industry, is used to build advanced renderings of vehicle designs to show top management, often before final design approval. The renderings are often shown on 20-foot screens.... Read More »

 

Bob Boniface and the art and science of designing Cadillacs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Bob Boniface remembers every detail of his father's 1966 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, the points and the turn signal repeaters above the headlights, everything. And they continue to fascinate and inspire him now that he is Cadillac's exterior design chief.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ford interiors boss is driven to end distraction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
J Mays, retired Ford global design chief, recruited Amko Leenarts in 2012 as a strategy director, and Leenarts quickly stepped up to the top global interiors job in 2013.... Read More »

 

Toyota design chief erases the rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
Tokuo Fukuichi, the avant-garde, nonconformist global design chief at Toyota, is the kind of creative free spirit who counts brainstorming in the sauna as an essential part of his daily work regimen. That's why he was elevated to Toyota's board in June and made president of its Lexus luxury brand.... Read More »

 

Infiniti's new London studio ignites brand's Aston Martin aspirations

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Infiniti executives think that its brand new London design studio will help it create models that appeal to customers purchasing some of Britain's most exclusive vehicles.... Read More »

 

Hyundai pays the price for prestige

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo got what he wanted: a spacious corporate home in Korea's most prestigious neighborhood. Now he is paying the price.... Read More »

 

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