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New UAW chief vows to keep pressure on transplants

4:30 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams said today that the union will intensify efforts to organize transplants, with Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel stationed in Tennessee to coordinate the drives.... Read More »


Senior lawyer Bill Kemp ousted by GM following Valukas review, report says

12:51 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
GM ousted Bill Kemp, a senior lawyer who was responsible for safety issues within its legal department, as the automaker reforms the operations that failed to address defective parts linked to 13 deaths, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »


UAW primed for struggles ahead, Williams says

2:13 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
New UAW President Dennis Williams signaled in his inaugural speech that the union's priorities will be the 2015 contract talks with the Detroit 3 and national elections this year and in and 2016.... Read More »


Dennis Williams elected UAW president as King retires

2:15 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Dennis Williams was elected president of the UAW today at its 36th Constitutional Convention. Williams, 61, takes the helm of the United States auto workers union for four years, replacing Bob King, 67, who officially retired at the convention. Williams and his slate of vice presidents were elected overwhelmingly by the 1,100 delegates here.... Read More »


King seeks unity as UAW tries to organize transplants, preps for Detroit 3 talks

9:40 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
UAW President Bob King, who retires this week, wants to build unity at the union as it continues efforts to organize transplants in the South and prepares for collective bargaining with the Detroit 3 next year.... Read More »


Tesla's Musk says Space Taxi could ferry astronauts by 2016

8:47 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
Space Exploration Technologies, the private rocket maker controlled by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, said its reusable Space Taxi capsule will be ready to take astronauts to the International Space Station within two years.... Read More »



Akerson, Solso deny knowing of GM ignition switch defect

1:45 pm U.S. ET | May 30, 2014
General Motors Chairman Tim Solso and former CEO Dan Akerson said neither they nor current CEO Mary Barra knew about GM's defective ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »


Barra says recall crisis stemmed from GM's communication breakdowns

11:51 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said in an interview published today that she didn't know when GM's ignition switch defect surfaced because the company is so vast and communication between GM's 219,000 employees -- 326,000 at the time the problem emerged -- broke down.... Read More »


TRW names head of global communications

2:16 pm U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
Automotive safety technology supplier TRW Automotive today named Colleen Hanley director of global communications.... Read More »


VW's Tony Cervone to rejoin GM as head of global communications

10:19 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014
General Motors, in the thick of a recall crisis that prompted a $35 million fine from the federal government last week, said today that it rehired public-relations executive Tony Cervone, who served as one of GM's top spokesmen as the company veered toward bankruptcy. Cervone, 51, was named senior vice president, global communications, succeeding Selim Bingol, who left GM in April.... Read More »


Superior awards new CEO Stebbins $2.6M in stock incentives

12:32 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2014
Donald Stebbins, the former Visteon CEO who is taking the helm of wheel-maker Superior Industries International, is getting a compensation package that includes 132,455 restricted shares of common stock -- currently valued at about $2.6 million -- along with a base salary of $900,000 and other perks, according to company documents filed last week.... Read More »


BMW names motorcycle exec Blesse as CEO of Canada unit

2:46 pm U.S. ET | May 13, 2014
Hans Blesse, vice president of BMW Motorrad USA, will replace BMW Group Canada CEO Eduardo Villaverde, beginning the transition immediately and taking the title June 1, the company said today.... Read More »


GM reassigns executive who dealt with ignition switch probe

11:55 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2014
General Motors has reassigned an executive who dealt with federal safety regulators probing defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, as part of a restructuring meant to improve vehicle safety, the automaker said today.... Read More »


Nissan's marketing chief Brancheau departs

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Jon Brancheau, Nissan's North American marketing chief who helped the brand sharpen its image with consumers over the past four years, is leaving the company. Both Brancheau and Nissan officials today said the move was voluntary.... Read More »


Mulally says 'no regrets' as Ford shareholders cheer him

12:02 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Ford CEO Alan Mulally, presiding over his final annual meeting, said today he has “no regrets” about his eight years leading the automaker's turnaround and gave a vote of confidence to his successor.... Read More »


GM asks Texas court to bar depositions of executives

2:11 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
General Motors, which is fighting about 60 customer lawsuits over demands for money for faulty cars, asked a federal court in Texas not to allow a group of customers to gather information from the company on its handling of ignition switch defects, according to a filing.... Read More »


GM hires former PR head Harris to help with recall crisis

9:39 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2014
General Motors, working to contain a crisis over the recall of cars with faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, hired Steve Harris, its former public relations head, as a consultant.... Read More »


Marchionne to lead Fiat Chrysler through 2018

7:20 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Sergio Marchionne said he will remain CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles through at least 2018 to oversee the rollout of the combined automaker's latest five-year business plan. That's two years longer than indicated earlier.... Read More »


KPMG acquires majority of corporate turnaround firm BBK

3:45 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2014
Accounting and consulting giant KPMG LLP said today it acquired a majority of the assets of Detroit area advisory firm BBK Ltd., a longtime player in auto supplier turnaround projects.... Read More »


Barra gives advice on professional success to graduates

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra delivered the University of Michigan's spring commencement address Saturday, receiving an honorary degree in engineering and imparting lessons for professional success to more than 5,000 graduates in Michigan Stadium.... Read More »



Ford's product pipeline will remain full, Fields says

7:23 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2014
Incoming Ford CEO Mark Fields says he will “stay relentlessly focused on bringing even more great products and innovations with top quality to the marketplace.”... Read More »


Subaru U.S. marketing chief Evans departs

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 2, 2014
Dean Evans, who pushed Subaru of America into the world of digital marketing while its sales soared in the United States, has left after fewer than three years at the automaker.... Read More »


Ford names Fields to replace Mulally as CEO on July 1

8:37 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Ford today named Mark Fields to replace Alan Mulally as CEO on July 1, handing the reins to a 25-year company veteran after being saved by an auto industry outsider. Mulally will make a clean break from Ford and step down from the board as well, but he would not discuss his future plans. Fields said he would not fill the COO position that he is vacating.... Read More »


Former Hyundai chief Krafcik named president of TrueCar

3:00 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
John Krafcik, the former CEO of Hyundai Motor America, has been named president of online shopping site TrueCar. Krafcik and TrueCar founder Scott Painter disclosed the hiring in an interview with Automotive News today.... Read More »



Bill Ford basks in harmonious transition

4:11 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Today was a joyous day at Ford World Headquarters. Chairman Bill Ford sat on the dais between the man who saved the family company -- outgoing CEO Alan Mulally -- and Mark Fields, the man charged with leading Ford into the future.... Read More »


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