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Vinnie Johnson's Piston Group closes on $175 million deal for Takata subsidiary

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

U.S. auto supplier Piston Group closed today on the $175 million acquisition of Takata subsidiary Irvin Automotive. The acquisition adds Irvin's interiors manufacturing operations to Piston's assembly and sequencing business... Read More »

Marchionne cancels Paris auto show appearance

9:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2016

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has cancelled his appearance at the Paris auto show, a spokesperson for the carmaker said on Tuesday without giving any details.... Read More »

Eric Peterson, GM's diversity VP, will retire Oct. 1

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2016

Eric Peterson, General Motors' vice president of U.S. diversity dealer relations, will retire effective Oct. 1. A successor for the 40-year GM veteran has not been named, a GM spokesman said.... Read More »

Visteon elects former Bright House Networks president to board

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2016

Visteon said today former Bright House Networks LLC President Nomi Bergman has been elected to its board of directors, effective Oct. 1.... Read More »

Robot-car ethics need urgent societal review, Bill Ford says

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2016

The great-grandson of Henry Ford called on the auto industry and public institutions to address ethical issues emerging in a world where robot cars will make life-and-death decisions in roadway crashes -- and to do it soon.... Read More »

Ford board adds Weinberg, former Goldman Sachs vice chairman

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2016

Ford said it named John Weinberg to its board of directors, effective Oct. 1. Weinberg, 59, will serve on Ford's nominating and governance, sustainability and innovation and finance committees.... Read More »

GM joins White House initiative to address gender pay gap

11:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2016

General Motors, the first U.S. automaker to have a female CEO, is among more than two dozen companies that added their names to a White House pledge to study gender pay gaps among their employees.... Read More »

Hillary Clinton pitches tax changes, infrastructure investment in Detroit area speech

10:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton cast a distinct tone from her Republican rival for president, highlighting Detroit's post-bankruptcy momentum and painting herself as the candidate of income fairness and middle-class workers.... Read More »

Geitner replaces Rowe as head of Cox's Media Solutions Group

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2016

Cox Automotive named Brian Geitner to replace Jared Rowe as president of its Media Solutions Group, where Geitner will lead Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Dealer.com.... Read More »

Leuliette wins temporary halt to Visteon lawsuit; case will go to arbitration

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

Former Visteon CEO Tim Leuliette appeared to win an early round in litigation with his former employer, after U.S. District Judge Terrence Berg in Detroit agreed to temporarily halt Visteon's lawsuit against him in a severance pay dispute that could be worth $40 million.... Read More »

Ford's Samardzich named to board of JCI spinoff, Adient

11:18 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2016

Barb Samardzich, who last month announced plans to retire as COO at Ford of Europe, has been named to the board of Adient, the seating and interiors company being spun off from supplier Johnson Controls Inc.... Read More »

Automotive Hall of Fame mulls move to downtown Detroit

11:49 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2016

After nearly 20 years in Dearborn, Mich., the Automotive Hall of Fame's president says it's time to move the museum to downtown Detroit.... Read More »

Ford appoints new Europe COO, makes treasurer Smart Mobility CFO

9:55 am U.S. ET | July 18, 2016

Ford today appointed a new Europe COO and expanded its corporate treasurer's role to include financial oversight of its recently created Smart Mobility subsidiary. Ford also said Barb Samardzich, 57, is retiring Oct. 1 as vice president and COO of Ford of Europe.... Read More »

FCA's U.S. communications chief Ranieri returns to Italy

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2016

Gualberto Ranieri, the senior vice president for communications for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' subsidiary, FCA US, has returned to Italy, exactly seven years after arriving to work for the former Fiat S.p.A. in the US.... Read More »

Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes

12:38 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2016

Daimler AG has hired a former Citroen executive to run a new department focused on technology sales and marketing as the automaker looks to beef up its digital presence at Mercedes-Benz.... Read More »

Apple hires architect of BMW and Mercedes satellite navigation systems

4:18 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2016

Apple has hired Sinisa Durekovic, a software engineer who led the development of satellite navigation systems used by luxury carmakers including BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.... Read More »

Former GM executive Darwin Clark dies

2:40 pm U.S. ET | June 1, 2016

Darwin Clark, a General Motors executive who held key senior management positions at Buick and Oldsmobile and in GM's overseas operations from the 1980s to the early 2000s, died Tuesday. He was 76.... Read More »

Molinaroli will lead JCI-Tyco for 18 months; successor named

1:44 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2016

Johnson Controls Inc. CEO Alex Molinaroli, who has steered his company away from the automotive seating and interiors businesses during his two-and-a-half-year tenure, will serve as CEO for the combined JCI-Tyco International for 18 months.... Read More »

Former Texas dealer fails in bid to overturn U.S. money laundering sentence

12:31 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2016

A suburban Dallas ex-dealer has failed to overturn his 188-month prison term in a money laundering conspiracy that enabled drug dealers, pimps and other criminals to pay cash for luxury vehicles without reporting the transactions to the IRS.... Read More »

Nissan likely to send former tech chief to lead reform at Mitsubishi, report says

1:39 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Nissan, which plans to spend $2.2 billion on a one-third controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors, aims to place its former global tech chief in charge of reform at its smaller rival, which is mired in a fuel economy data scandal, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

Ford seeks partnerships as it looks beyond car-making

1:29 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford said the automaker would look for more partnerships with other companies as it moves to expand beyond manufacturing and selling cars and trucks.... Read More »

Mitsubishi Motors president leaves amid fuel economy scandal, report says

4:03 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2016

The president of Mitsubishi Motors is stepping down amid a fuel economy scandal that surfaced in April, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Tetsuro Aikawa's post will be filled by Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko, the report said.... Read More »

German state refused to clear VW management but relented, report says

11:04 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Volkswagen shareholder Lower Saxony wanted to withhold its backing for the carmaker's top management at a supervisory board meeting but relented to avoid further damaging the company, a source close to the German federal state told Reuters.... Read More »

GM reviewing dealer sales metric in wake of legal setback

3:15 pm U.S. ET | May 12, 2016

General Motors is reviewing the way it measures dealer sales effectiveness following last week’s court ruling in New York that deemed the company’s current system unfair, a top executive said.... Read More »

FCA shakes up purchasing, quality staffs

12:36 pm U.S. ET | May 10, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has shaken up its global purchasing and quality management teams, as well as the executives charged with overseeing those areas in North America. FCA named Scott Thiele, 46, its former vice president of global product finance, as its new global head of purchasing.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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