Global supplier International Automotive Components Group has named James Kamsickas CEO, effective April 15. Kamsickas, 45, is president of North America and Asia, and co-CEO of the parent company with Jens Höhnel, who is retiring.
Mercedes said it will build a coupe-styled compact premium car at its new factory here, alongside its B-class model. The four-door car will be called the CLA and will debut as a concept at the Beijing auto show in April.
Jack Montgomery Sr., who worked for Oldsmobile for 30 years, died Feb. 29. He was 86. He started as a district manager and eventually became a business management manager. He worked in the Boston and Memphis zones.
Honda has confirmed it will build its Fit small car at its new plant in Mexico for export to the United States and other markets, as it expands its local production footprint to combat the Japanese yen's profit-eating strength.
Mercedes is restructuring its global production network to cut the average production time for its models to 30 hours by 2015 from 43 in 2008. “We will be accelerating our productivity efforts,” Mercedes production boss Wolfgang Bernhard said.