GM's motorspots czar at speedways: Flat-out fun

On race days, Jim Campbell is an ambassador for GM to its teams, drivers, sponsors and racing league officials. He's there to make sure things are operating as smoothly as possible and if there is a problem, how to fix it.


The power behind the throne at Volkswagen

Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of the supervisory board of sports car maker Porsche and head of the family that controls Volkswagen Group, discusses the future of VW Group and touches on topics such as electrification, his concerns about bureaucratic overregulation and his relationship -- or lack thereof -- with his famous cousin, whom he helped oust in a power struggle three years ago.

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GM's motorspots czar at speedways: Flat-out fun

On race days, Jim Campbell is an ambassador for GM to its teams, drivers, sponsors and racing league officials. He's there to make sure things are operating as smoothly as possible and if there is a problem, how to fix it.

Nissan CEO denies Renault merger talks

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa dismisses reports that his Japanese carmaker is hammering out full integration with longtime alliance partner Renault, saying "There is no fact to the effect that we are negotiating any merger."

The power behind the throne at Volkswagen

Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of the supervisory board of sports car maker Porsche and head of the family that controls Volkswagen Group, discusses the future of VW Group and touches on topics such as electrification, his concerns about bureaucratic overregulation and his relationship -- or lack thereof -- with his famous cousin, whom he helped oust in a power struggle three years ago.

For Nissan in U.S. it's no pain, no gain

Following its 28 percent U.S. sales plunge in April, Nissan promises that the short-term pain will be worth the long-term gain. Starting this summer, CEO Hiroto Saikawa says, Nissan and its dealers will begin reaping the rewards of newfound discipline.

Obituaries

Former highway safety official Tony Kane died Tuesday, May 15. Gary Perina, 73, founder of supplier Lucerne International, died May 15.

Mahle sharpens hot-rod focus

Mahle Aftermarket Inc., the aftermarket arm of the German original powertrain supplier Mahle, is strengthening its place in the racing and performance industry by rebranding its performance parts.

How Alcantara is managing demand from U.S., China

Alcantara, the maker of the upmarket leather alternative material of the same name, plans to double the company's overall production capacity in Italy as demand from the U.S. and Chinese markets continues to drive sales.

AMG boss pushes motorsports expansion

Under Tobias Moers, AMG has expanded its racing program. For the head of Mercedes;Benz' performance division, the investment is a proof point that AMG is serious about developing sports cars.

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How not to run purchasing

Automaker-supplier relations have dipped, according to the latest North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index. But why?

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Octane opportunity: Don't blow it

The prospect of reaching a consensus on setting a new national octane standard -- with benefits for the environment, fuel economy and vehicle performance -- is tantalizing indeed.

Ford makes coming back to work easier

Ford last fall launched the Career Re-Entry Program, which offers six-month assignments in product development, information technology and manufacturing jobs. It's available to workers who have been without a job for at least two years because of family developments, military deployments, moves or other life changes.


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