Executive AN

Lear appoints Facebook executive to board

9:28 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2016

Lear has appointed Facebook executive Mary Lou Jepsen to its board of directors. Jepsen, 51, currently serves as Facebook's executive director of engineering and the head of its virtual reality unit Oculus. Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion in 2014.... Read More »

Longtime Jeep exec Morrison moves to Ram; Hegbloom to focus on Ram international

11:42 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2016

Fiat Chrysler has named a top lieutenant of the Jeep brand to head the day-to-day operations of Ram, while the current head of Ram has been moved into a new job aimed at boosting Ram's international presence.... Read More »

TrueCar hires executive to 'strengthen' dealer relationships

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2016

TrueCar named its first executive vice president of dealer sales and service as the company adapts following last year's exodus of franchised dealerships.... Read More »

JCI says auto unit president Bolzenius is leaving

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2016

Beda Bolzenius will leave his role as president of Johnson Controls' automotive business by March 31, the world's largest auto seat supplier said today in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.... Read More »

Exeter plucks new leaders from subprime rival Santander

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2016

Two executives have left Santander Consumer USA to take top leadership positions at Exeter Finance, the companies said Tuesday. Both lenders specialize in subprime auto lending.... Read More »

Hyundai taps Raphael as first Genesis brand chief

6:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2016

Hyundai, now entering the final stages of its plan to launch the Genesis luxury brand this summer, said it tapped Erwin Raphael as Genesis' first general manager in the U.S.... Read More »

John Riccardo, Chrysler CEO who helped recruit Iacocca, dies at 91

9:18 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2016

John J. Riccardo, the former accountant nicknamed The Flamethrower who rose rapidly to become chairman and CEO of Chrysler and later helped recruit Lee Iacocca to become his successor as the company's fortunes quickly soured in the late 1970s, died on Saturday. He was 91.... Read More »

Applied Acoustics International names industry veteran Larry Hagood as CEO

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Applied Acoustics International, the sound barrier and noise dampening supplier created last week when UGN Inc. sold its automotive acoustics business, today named Larry Hagood, 56, as its CEO.... Read More »

Bob Rossiter, who helped build and rebuild seating giant Lear, dies at 69

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Former Lear CEO Bob Rossiter, who worked with the company for 40 years and led it through bankruptcy in 2009, died Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer.... Read More »

Chrissy Taylor named Enterprise COO

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

Christine "Chrissy" Taylor has been promoted to Enterprise Holdings Inc.'s COO, the company said today.... Read More »

VW, seeking approval on emissions fix, replaces top U.S. lawyer

11:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Volkswagen AG replaced the head of its U.S. legal department with an outside lawyer as it seeks approval to fix nearly 600,000 vehicles that had software allowing them to cheat on emission levels.... Read More »

CarMax CEO Tom Folliard to retire by end of year

10:34 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

CarMax CEO Tom Folliard will retire by the end of the year, the used-car retailer said today. He will be succeeded by Bill Nash, the executive vice president of human resources.... Read More »

GM names executive to lead autonomous driving efforts

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

GM is reorganizing certain vehicle engineering operations to speed efforts to develop autonomous and electrified vehicles. Doug Parks, GM's vice president for global product programs, will become vice president for autonomous technology and vehicle execution, reporting to global product chief Mark Reuss.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Johnson Controls' CEO brings his own scandal to Tyco

12:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

First came the affair. Then the Ponzi scheme. Now -- a $28.8 billion transaction involving two storied American corporations. It's been a remarkable run for JCI CEO Alex Molinaroli.... Read More »

Apple's Zadesky, head of electric car project, to leave company, report says

10:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Apple's Steve Zadesky, who has been overseeing the company's electric car project for the last two years, has said he is leaving the company, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz USA names Chamberlain as VP of sales

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Mercedes-Benz USA today named Adam Chamberlain its vice president of sales, effective April 1. Chamberlain, 42, replaces Dietmar Exler, who was promoted to CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA in December following the resignation of former CEO Steve Cannon.... Read More »

GUEST BLOG

BLOG: ZF executive 'remarkably comfortable' in one-on-one chat with Obama

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2016

The most commonly asked question I've received in the past 24 hours is: “Were you nervous?” But I can honestly tell you that my 10-minute one-on-one conversation with the president was remarkably comfortable.... Read More »

Pope's blessing

Fiat from Pope Francis' U.S. visit to be auctioned

12:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

The tiny black Fiat 500L that ferried Pope Francis to the White House and Congress during his historic first visit to the United States will be auctioned in Philadelphia next week, officials said today.... Read More »

Porsche, Piech families support embattled VW CEO, report says

8:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2016

The Porsche-Piech family, which controls a majority of the voting rights in Volkswagen, are standing behind CEO Matthias Mueller, insiders say, despite criticism of his handling of the emissions crisis during a U.S. visit.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler names first-ever 'safety advocate'

10:38 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

Fiat Chrysler said today that Kristen Kreibich will be its first-ever safety advocate, responsible for “promoting greater awareness” of auto safety.... Read More »

Plastech founder Julie Nguyen Brown dies

11:49 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Julie Nguyen Brown, a Vietnamese immigrant who founded and presided over what was once the largest minority-owned U.S. auto supplier, has died.... Read More »

2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Ghosn stands apart on consolidation, car sharing

9:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

The auto industry may be looking for more consolidation and new opportunities in car-sharing. Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's response? Not so fast.... Read More »

Mazda moving its U.S. headquarters, but not far

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Mazda, which has maintained a U.S. headquarters in Southern California since 1970, is joining the parade of automakers and brands that have decided to move their headquarters. But it’s not going very far -- or even leaving town.... Read More »

Hillary Clinton plans Detroit fundraiser during auto show

12:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will host a Tuesday fundraiser at the same hotel where many media members and auto executives will stay at for the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

Ally Financial targeted by activist hedge fund

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

The hedge fund pushing for changes at Ally Financial said today it wants to work closely with the U.S. auto loan company's management team but is disappointed with its initial response.... Read More »

 
Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations rose 8 percent in April as Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spa ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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