BLOG: Douglas A. Bolduc

Tough times for Carlos Ghosn

Posted 4:49 am U.S. ET, Sept. 2
blogs Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.
 
It has been a tough 13 months for Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. Since August 2013 he has had three highly skilled leaders leave the alliance. Nissan Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer is the latest 50-something executive to depart. Palmer, 51, who will become CEO of Aston Martin, follows Johan de Nysschen and Carlos Tavares out the door. De Nysschen, 54, quit his post ...
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Gesture recognition makes dials, buttons obsolete

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 1
Buttons and dials may become obsolete to control your car's radio, heater and navigation system. That’s because those functions can now be managed with the wave of the hand. Gesture-recognition technology could appear in a production car as early as next year, SoftKinetic Chief Marketing Officer Eric Krzeslo told me on the sidelines of the we.CONECT Car HMI Concepts ...
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Why Honeywell's hot streak is turbocharged in Europe

Posted 7:21 am U.S. ET, March 24
Honeywell's turbo business is on a hot streak in Europe. Six of the last eight European Car of the Year winners have gotten a boost from the U.S. supplier's best-known component, and Ferrari has hired the supplier to help power its Formula One racecars. F1 teams have switched to 1.6-liter turbocharged V-6 engines for the 2014 season from 2.4-liter naturally aspirated V-8s ...
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VW, Toyota poised to make history

Posted 9:47 am U.S. ET, March 13
No automaker has sold 10 million vehicles in a single year but it's very likely that both Toyota and Volkswagen will surpass that milestone in 2014. VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn says there is a "good chance" his company will reach its goal of 10 million vehicle deliveries this year, which would be four years ahead of schedule. VW Group, which includes the VW, Audi and L ...
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What BMW's Robertson looks for in a future leader

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 4
BMW sales chief Ian Robertson says that the auto industry's next-generation leaders will need to have open minds and international backgrounds.These characteristics will be crucial as automakers adapt to megatrends, he said.One example is the growing number of people in megacities such as London who want a mobility solution -- such as a car-sharing scheme -- rather than th ...
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Ex-VW designer has Volvo on a hot streak

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, March 2
Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath has been turning heads and winning awards since joining the Swedish automaker from Volkswagen Group 20 months ago. There is a good chance the hot streak will continue at the Geneva auto show.The Volvo Estate Concept is a sleek and striking representation of what the brand's future station wagons will look like. It also has a sophisticate ...
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2014 Detroit auto show: VW's Winterkorn says America is world's toughest market

Posted 4:02 am U.S. ET, Jan. 16
Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn often spices up his speeches at European auto shows with bold predictions and reminders of his company's dominance in the region. That was not the case at the Detroit auto show this week.Winterkorn reiterated one bold prediction -- that VW Group wants to sell 800,000 VWs and 200,000 Audis a year in the United States by 2018. However, ...
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BMW i3 makes massive media gains

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Oct. 18
The BMW i3 was a big Web winner during the third quarter. The i3's debut at the Frankfurt auto show last month led to huge increases in coverage via online news stories, Twitter posts and blog mentions, according to a study.The i3, BMW's first full-electric car, rose to No. 2 in online news coverage in the third quarter from No. 60 during the second quarter, according to U ...
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Former BMW insider bullish on Jaguar crossover

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 9
Former BMW product development boss Wolfgang Ziebart sees a lot of potential in Jaguar's C-X17 crossover concept."I think a [BMW] X5 or [Audi] Q7 owner might be tempted to have this car," said Ziebart, who is now Jaguar's group engineering director.The C-X17, Jaguar's first sports crossover concept, was unveiled in Frankfurt Monday night on the eve of auto show here. The c ...
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Jaguar, Lexus to push Germans in key SUV segment

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 8
Jaguar and Lexus are using the Frankfurt auto show to send a message to their German rivals: the premium compact SUV segment is about to get even more competitive.Jaguar will reveal its C-X17 concept, which reports say will spawn a rival aimed at the BMW X3 and Audi Q5. The move gives the British brand its first entry in the luxury SUV segment.Lexus's LF-NX concept preview ...
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