Honda's Mendel to retire April 1; Conrad gets top role

UPDATED: 2/21/17 7:50 pm ET -- adds Mendel remarks

John Mendel, an auto industry veteran who steered Honda and Acura through the Takata airbag crisis, is retiring as executive vice president of American Honda's auto divisions, effective April 1. His duties will be taken over by Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda division.

 

Former FCA quality chief Betts named to key post at J.D. Power

Doug Betts, the former head of quality for Fiat Chrysler, has been named senior vice president of global automotive operations for J.D. Power and Associates. He will have responsibility for leading the company's strategy and operations for its automotive division.

Senate confirms Pruitt, giving EPA foe control of agency

The Senate narrowly confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, positioning the fierce critic of Obama-era climate rules to

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Former FCA quality chief Betts named to key post at J.D. Power

Doug Betts, the former head of quality for Fiat Chrysler, has been named senior vice president of global automotive operations for J.D. Power and Associates. He will have responsibility for leading the company's strategy and operations for its automotive division.

Daimler will open Russia plant in 2019

Daimler will establish its first factory in Russia to build SUVs and the E-class sedan. The factory, located northwest of Moscow, will open in 2019, the automaker said.

Audi fires 4 engineers from diesel division

Audi, which has been caught up in parent VW Group's emissions-cheating scandal, has fired four engineers from its diesel division. The dismissed engineers include the automaker's engine development chief and a former head of emissions in the U.S., a report said.

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