Bangle’s back, will speak at World Congress
Chris Bangle is back in the auto biz -- and will speak at the Automotive News World Congress.
Turf battle: Dealer's lawsuit says his territory is too big
Land Rover Orlando claims the area it is responsible for is so large, it can't meet sales targets
Nissan halts Japan-market output
Nissan has suspended production of Japan-market vehicles for two weeks after it concedes uncertified workers kept inspecting cars after earlier recall.
For Vinnie Johnson, a new game beckons
Ex-NBA star Vinnie Johnson's acquisition of Irvin Automotive Products could transform his privately held Piston Group into a major league auto industry supplier with a shot at supporting vehicle programs globally.
Toyota says its 'in the game' on autonomous technology
U.S.-based Toyota Research Institute demonstrates its autonomous vehicle platform, and declares it's very much in the race to build advanced safety systems and robot cars.
Ex-Saturn exec takes over sales at Nissan
Christian Meunier takes a global No. 2 post at Infiniti, while a former Saturn executive steps in to lead Nissan's U.S. sales and marketing.
Nissan's Diaz takes Mitsubishi role
Fred Diaz has moved below the radar screen to Nissan's new partner Mitsubishi where he will be in charge of performance optimization.
Old Chrysler hand still seethes over dealer cuts
Almost 20 years after he retired as Chrysler's top sales guy, Tom Pappert hasn't gotten over what happened to dealers in 2009.
Hyundai close to hiring Toyota veteran Brian Smith
Hyundai Motor America is preparing to name longtime Toyota and Lexus executive Brian Smith as its COO. Smith would report to Hyundai Motor America's new CEO, Kenny Lee. They will have a lot on their plate.
Battery suppliers face capacity crunch
Concerns are growing that battery suppliers such as LG Chem and Samsung won't be able to keep up as automakers promise dozens of new electric vehicles in the coming years.
Mitsubishi plans for U.S. growth -- alone, for now
Mitsubishi's new three-year business plan identifies a United States resurgence as a key target. But lingering antitrust concerns under Nissan's new control will mean doing it alone.
Two-tone cars are back in vogue
It could be the first inkling of a trend -- or a strictly European phenomenon. But two-tone cars are increasingly showing up in automakers' lineups there, mostly in upper trim levels.
Bentley to replace CEO, 3 board members in overhaul
Wolfgang Durheimer will step down as CEO of Bentley effective February 1 and be succeeded by Adrian Hallmark, former global strategy director at Jaguar Land Rover. Bentley's heads of engineering, sales and marketing, and human resources are also stepping down in a major overhaul.
Battle between Piech, Porsche families highlighted in German documentary
In a TV documentary, Wolfgang Porsche talks about his father, his grandfather and his cousin, Ferdinand Piech, and infighting between the Piech and Porsche families.
Aston Martin moves beyond sports cars to Miami real estate
Aston Martin is pushing into U.S. real estate for the first time in an effort to establish a broader luxury brand. The automaker is building a 66-story apartment tower in downtown Miami that will feature 391 condominiums with prices ranging from $600,000 to $50 million.
Nissan's lax inspections started at least 20 years ago, report says
Nissan's inappropriate inspection practices have been going for at least 20 years, Japanese broadcaster NHK said. The report followed a decision by the automaker to suspend domestic vehicle production to address misconduct in its final inspection procedures, which has led to a recall of 1.2 million cars sold in Japan.
Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of global marketing and sales.