Executives

How VW is being reshaped by a former GM Europe boss

Dec. 8, 2016 09:48 CET

When Matthias Mueller took over the top job at VW Group, he inherited a company in turmoil over its emissions-cheating scandal. Mueller turned to industry veteran Thomas Sedran, who restructured GM's European operations.... Read More »

Mulally to meet with Trump

11:17 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump plans to meet with former Ford CEO Alan Mulally today, according to a spokesman for Trump's transition team.... Read More »

Trump picks foe of Obama climate agenda to run 'out-of-control' EPA

9:23 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump officially announced his intent to tap Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator, saying Pruitt will “reverse” the agency's “out-of-control anti-energy agenda.”... Read More »

Nissan to focus on cost, technology with emphasis on what it can control

10:31 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Nissan, the Japanese automaker that's become symbolic of what it means to be a truly global manufacturer, has a simple plan to navigate an unprecedented level of uncertainty around policy and regulation: focus on what's in its control.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Safest vehicles on U.S. roads

8:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2016

Safest vehicles on U.S. roads: Nine Toyota products awarded, headlights hold back some contenders; Trump's pick to head EPA; Used-car prices fall; Honda confirms China plant; Beepi merger.... Read More »

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Citroen CEO explains why French brand will offer an 'SUV with a twist'

Dec. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

Linda Jackson has pushed to reinvent Citroen since taking the brand's helm two years ago. The executive has achieved this by emphasizing the marque's unique character in relation to other mass-market brands, as she explained in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Global automaker group seeks to block EPA from finalizing mpg rules

8:44 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

Automakers including Toyota and Honda have launched a fresh effort to stop the EPA -- before President Obama leaves office -- from cementing a regulation that would slash tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions through 2025.... Read More »

Trump to pick foe of Obama climate agenda to run EPA, report says

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama's measures to stem climate change to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source told Reuters today.... Read More »

Beepi merges with mobile car-buying platform co-founded by Scott Painter

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

Beepi Inc., an online used-vehicle marketplace, has merged with Fair.com, an upcoming mobile car-buying platform founded by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and two other industry veterans.... Read More »

Ford Credit learns from closed shared-lease pilot

11:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

Ford Credit's shared-lease pilot program in Austin, Texas, has closed, CEO Joy Falotico told Automotive News. She said the captive will apply what it has learned from the pilot as it develops more experiments tailored to the so-called sharing economy.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: CFPB future grows cloudy under Trump appointments

11:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

The future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is becoming more complicated. Along with the U.S. Court of Appeals' call to restructure the agency, President-elect Donald Trump's recent appointments could signal a challenge for the agency.... Read More »

Knorr-Bremse wins Haldex takeover battle against ZF

Dec. 7, 2016 11:52 CET

German supplier Knorr-Bremse has won the first stage of its battle to take over Haldex by obtaining 86.1 percent of the brake systems firm's shares. Knorr's offer is still conditional on the company obtaining clearance from antitrust regulators.... Read More »

Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d

Dec. 7, 2016 12:52 CET

Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in three years. Green replaces Peter Mertens, who is moving to Audi to head technical development at the VW Group luxury brand.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: From better eyesight to better EVs

8:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2016

Using contact-lens tech to recharge EVs; Failure to block EPA?; Judge tosses M-B suit; Volvo picks head of R&D; Ed Welburn's Oscar-worthy auto prize.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

GM's 9-speed way to boost mpg; More cars get rear-seat alert; Infiniti expects sales record; Mazda's one-two punch; Report: Renault-Nissan powertrain shakeup; Chevy Blazer spied?... Read More »

Infiniti global sales on track for record year, chief says

7:07 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

Infiniti will likely end 2016 with record sales well beyond the 215,000 vehicles it sold worldwide last year, the Japanese brand's global chief said.... Read More »

Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development

11:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

Visteon said today it appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler AG as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) development.... Read More »

Renault-Nissan to replace powertrain chief as problems mount, report says

9:58 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

The Renault-Nissan alliance is replacing its top executive in charge of combining the carmakers' engines and gearboxes, sources told Reuters, as tightening emissions regulations expose the slow pace of integration so far.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Automakers try to halt EPA move

8:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

Automakers try to halt EPA's mpg move; Ford taps debt markets; Toyota hybrid expansion; Hyundai exec grilled in S. Korea political scandal; Honda: CR-V won't surpass Civic, Accord.... Read More »

Germany's VDA expects quicker acceptance of EVs

Dec. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Germany's auto industry expects car buyers to embrace electric vehicles much sooner than it first believed as charging infrastructure improves and costs come down, making the technology more accessible to a broader audience.... Read More »

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Why Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth changed his view on EVs

Dec. 6, 2016 11:50 CET

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth gave the impression last year that the automaker would be one of the last premium brands to add an EV. Last month, Jaguar previewed the I-Pace electric SUV. Speth explained to Automotive News Europe why he changed his mind on battery-powered cars.... Read More »

Toyota will expand development of hybrid technology

Dec. 6, 2016 09:36 CET

Toyota will expand the development of its gasoline-electric hybrid technology to speed up the introduction of lower-emissions engines. The automaker will increase the size of its hybrid tech team by 30 percent through 2021.... Read More »

Contact lens tech could revolutionize electric vehicles

6:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2016

A plastic based on soft contact-lens technology may solve some of the biggest challenges facing electric vehicles by letting them recharge in seconds and travel from London to Edinburgh without stopping, scientists say.... Read More »

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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks

Dec. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's sportier appearance, which gives the car a silhouette more typical of the brand's iconic 911 coupe.... Read More »

TALK FROM THE TOP

Mazda's Kogai: New product, pricing drive move upmarket

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2016

CEO Masamichi Kogai is piloting Mazda Motor Corp. through a massive transition more befitting automakers double its size. It starts with a diversification of drivetrains to meet more stringent emissions rules. A diesel engine finally arrives in the U.S. with the redesigned CX-5 crossover next year.... Read More »

 
Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2016

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Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. ...
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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years
New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market sinc ...
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UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says
German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand wil ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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VW Group's small SUV push expected to help double segment's volume by 2022
Volkswagen Group's late arrival to Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is expected to make one of t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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