Executives

For Lexus sedans, it could be do or die

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2017

With car sales falling at Lexus, Toyota's top branding officer says the luxury line is contemplating sedans that are more casual and sporty - and maybe even a station wagon.... Read More »

Ford gets visit from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

2:55 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, in his first trip to Michigan, stopped by Ford's Rouge Complex and helped build an F-150 pickup truck.... Read More »

GM wouldn't benefit from Trump tax plan for years, but supports reform

10:46 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

GM broadly supports President Trump's effort to cut corporate taxes but wouldn't benefit for about five years because of the huge losses it incurred leading up to its 2009 bankruptcy.... Read More »

Group 1's first-quarter profits slip on Oil Patch struggles

11:19 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

Group 1 Automotive said first-quarter earnings fell nearly 1 percent, citing weakness in US energy markets that countered an otherwise healthy quarter.... Read More »

Continental expects to comfortably reach annual targets after strong Q1

April 28, 2017 09:40 CET

Continental said it expected to comfortably reach its financial targets for 2017 after its underlying earnings rose about 10 percent in the first quarter.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan sales.... Read More »

ANE's May issue goes live Monday

April 28, 2017 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly magazine goes live on Monday, May 1. The new edition looks at how Seat ended more than a decade of losses and why it expects to become a reliable moneymaker for parent VW Group.... Read More »

Kia picks Saad Chehab to lead marketing

1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Kia -- on the cusp of launching its critical Stinger performance sedan -- has hired former Chrysler advertising whiz Saad Chehab as its new marketing chief. The move, effective May 8, brings to Kia the formidable marketing mind behind some of Fiat Chrysler's most acclaimed advertising efforts.... Read More »

Visteon triples Q1 net income

2:00 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Visteon reported that its first-quarter net income more than tripled, reflecting higher electronics production volume and new business, as well as income from discontinued operations.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Kia's new marketing chief is imported from FCA

3:45 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Kia's new marketing chief is imported from FCA; Ford's Fields sees 'opportunities' in Europe; 4th-straight U.S. sales drop predicted; A Calif. self-driving wish list.... Read More »

Tesla's Klaus Grohmann ousted after clash with Elon Musk

12:39 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Klaus Grohmann was ousted last month after a clash with CEO Elon Musk over the strategy of Grohmann's firm, which Tesla had acquired in November, Reuters reported.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford's 'toughest quarter' of 2017?

8:30 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Ford's Q1 profits fall amid costs for recalls, launches; Marchionne: Jeep, Ram able to stand alone; Takata bankruptcy plan?; Trump opts to renegotiate NAFTA; BMW's scare tactic.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90. "This is a completely different ballgame because the XC60 is our most profitable car," said Henrik Green, adding that the car "has to deliver."... Read More »

Schaeffler's growth outpaces global car market, but supplier warns of headwinds

April 27, 2017 10:44 CET

German supplier Schaeffler said growth at its automotive division continues to outpace global car markets, but the company warned that it would find it difficult to sustain strong margins in the unit given rising steel prices, high r&d costs and heightening competition.... Read More »

Valeo sales rise 22% on fuel-saving, self-driving tech

April 27, 2017 10:13 CET

Valeo's quarterly sales rose 22 percent to outpace global vehicle production in all regions as the French supplier reiterated its upbeat 2017 goals on strong demand for its fuel-saving and automated-driving technology.... Read More »

Penske Automotive's Q1 net rises 3.5% on acquisitions, U.K.

10:31 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Penske Automotive's first-quarter net income rose from a year earlier, as acquisitions and strong sales at its UK dealerships pushed revenue to a record for the quarter.... Read More »

GM investors will 'vote with their wallets,' says Greenlight Capital

7:22 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Greenlight Capital, which has been pressuring General Motors to restructure its share class, said it believed the automaker's shareholders will vote in their best financial interests and support the hedge fund's two-class stock proposal and nominees for the board.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler Q1 profit increases on Europe rebound, Maserati surge

April 26, 2017 14:38 CET

Fiat Chrysler earnings rose 11 percent in the first quarter as the automaker shifted to building more profitable SUVs. In Europe, profit at the group's once-struggling operations almost doubled to 178 million euros.... Read More »

White House unveils opening bid for 'biggest tax cut'

11:29 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

The White House made its opening bid for what officials called the “biggest tax cut” in U.S. history -- with cuts that would benefit businesses, the middle class and certain high-earning individuals.... Read More »

Superior Industries Q1 net income falls 79%

2:04 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Superior Industries posted a 79 percent plunge in first-quarter net income to $3.1 million, saying it experienced higher costs and lower unit sales in the quarter.... Read More »

Sonic swings to Q1 loss on refinancing costs, weak sales

11:52 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Sonic swung to a first-quarter loss of $541,000 from a year-earlier net profit of $14.6 million as the dealership group took a hit from refinancing its debt. Weak retail sales didn't help.... Read More »

Canadian supplier Linamar at center of Trump-NAFTA clash

7:55 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Going global has paid off handsomely for Linamar. Enter Donald Trump. The U.S. president's election is the latest in a string of populist, anti-globalization events. Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz is undaunted.... Read More »

AutoNation Q1 F&I results soften

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

AutoNation's F&I results eased slightly in the first quarter, and the company expects a flat or slight downward trend to continue this year as its used-vehicle volume expands as a share of total unit sales.... Read More »

BMW uses fear factor to rally staff in move to EVs

April 26, 2017 11:16 CET

BMW has started putting staff through day-long events in Germany intended to warn them of the perils of not taking the electric-car revolution seriously. The message is that BMW must adapt, but the subtext is a recognition that the company has gone from leader to laggard in the technology.... Read More »

Google will begin testing autonomous cars in self-driving service

April 25, 2017 11:59 CET

After almost a decade of research, Google's autonomous car project is close to becoming a real service as it begins testing its vehicles with consumers.... Read More »

 
China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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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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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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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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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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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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