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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer

Dec. 1, 2016 19:33 CET

Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley executive from McDonald's, where he built the fast food giant's digital unit from scratch. Rafiq, who starts Jan. 2, will succeed Klas Bendrik.
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Nov. 10, 2016 11:31 CET

Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design officer. Wagener's styling of Mercedes cars has played a key role in boo ...

 

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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Nov. 8, 2016 13:31 CET

Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...

 




 

VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive

Dec. 5, 2016 14:27 CET
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief operating officer. Henrich launched Daimler's Car2Go and is one of the leading figures in car-sharing services.

Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer

Dec. 1, 2016 19:33 CET
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley executive from McDonald's, where he built the fast food giant's digital unit from scratch. Rafiq, who starts Jan. 2, will succeed Klas Bendrik.

Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer

Nov. 10, 2016 11:31 CET
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design officer. Wagener's styling of Mercedes cars has played a key role in boosting the brand so that it is now likely to pass BMW as the top-selling global premium brand.

Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief

Nov. 8, 2016 13:31 CET
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations.

BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses

Nov. 1, 2016 06:01 CET
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany,

Audi of America names its first American CFO

Oct. 5, 2016 20:36 CET
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as its CFO, reporting to Audi of America President Scott Keogh.

BMW appoints new finance chief

Sept. 29, 2016 12:19 CET
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who will retire, extending a management change that began when Harald Krueger took over as CEO last year.

Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations

Sept. 28, 2016 06:01 CET
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operations. Herrmann will succeed Bernhard Mattes, who has held the role for 14 years.

Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss

Sept. 26, 2016 11:45 CET
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle East and Africa. He will move over from Infiniti's sister brand, Nissan, where he was vice president of sales for Europe.

Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss

Sept. 23, 2016 06:01 CET
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the automaker embarks on ambitious plans to add self-driving and full-electric vehicles to its lineup.

Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson

Sept. 22, 2016 06:01 CET
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. Ian Minards started as Dyson's global product development director this month.

BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV

Sept. 19, 2016 14:19 CET
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 joint venture between BMW and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings.

Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat

Aug. 27, 2016 06:01 CET
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as the marque expands its lineup in a bid to attract a wider range of customers.

Bentley names new head of exterior design

Aug. 25, 2016 11:34 CET
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanced exterior design leader at VW Group's ultraluxury brand.

Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit

Aug. 25, 2016 12:40 CET
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electronics. Mueller succeeds Ricky Hudi, who is leaving Audi to lead his own technology and consulting firm.

Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand

Aug. 12, 2016 12:32 CET
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the VW brand in the Chinese market.

Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief

Aug. 9, 2016 06:01 CET
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary. Periam, a UK national, moves to the role from his previous job as No. 2 at Ford's Turkish joint venture.

Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward

Aug. 1, 2016 15:40 CET
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former design chief, Anders Warming, as its head of design. Warming was Mini's styling boss for the past six years. He gets a management board post at Borgward.

PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs

July 28, 2016 15:15 CET
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. The changes will improve the roll-out of the automaker's mobility services, boost its China performance and ensure that new launches are successful, PSA said.

Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief

July 22, 2016 11:59 CET
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. Seeger currently serves as head of Mercedes in Turkey and will succeed Ola Kaellenius who will take over as development head when Thomas Weber retires.

BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief

July 21, 2016 13:36 CET
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, to the company's management board as head of the purchasing and supplier network.

Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance

July 20, 2016 21:30 CET
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer.

VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi

July 15, 2016 06:01 CET
VW Group's Seat brand has recruited Audi veteran Wayne Griffiths as its new sales and marketing boss. He succeeds Andreas Offermann.

Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes

July 11, 2016 18:38 CET
Daimler has hired a former Citroen executive to run a new department focused on technology sales and marketing as the automaker looks to beef up its digital presence at Mercedes-Benz.

FCA's U.S. communications chief Ranieri returns to Italy

July 11, 2016 21:45 CET
Gualberto Ranieri, the senior vice president for communications for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' subsidiary, FCA US, has returned to Italy, seven years after arriving to work for the former Fiat S.p.A. in the US.

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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