Luca Ciferri

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BLOG: New VW CEO's top priorities

11:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Volkswagen Group chose Matthias Mueller as its new CEO to replace Martin Winterkorn. Although Mueller will be surrounded by talented and experienced advisers I would like to share seven suggestion.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Winterkorn's exit should be a wake-up call for automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Martin Winterkorn's resignation Wednesday after nearly nine years as Volkswagen Group CEO is the latest signal that the industry has a serious problem with following the rules.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Winterkorn's exit should be a wake-up call for the auto industry

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Martin Winterkorn's resignation Wednesday after nearly nine years as Volkswagen Group CEO is the latest signal that the industry has a serious problem with following the rules.... Read More »

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BLOG: 'Fortress Europe' under threat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Having the world's toughest CO2 emissions standards has helped keep China and Russia's low-cost competitors out of the European market. So trying to postpone, tame or reduce even tougher future emissions limits being considered by the EU may be a big mistake by Europe's automakers.... Read More »

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BLOG: Turin auto show reboot provides hope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Many European cities have lost or downsized their auto shows in recent years because they cannot compete with Europe's Big Three. Despite this, there was a promising innovation in June in Turin.... Read More »

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BLOG: Alfa's last chance?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that his 5 billion-euro ($5.3 billion) bet on Alfa Romeo will result in eight new models, a sales boost, and an end to financial losses at the brand. If I were Marchionne, I would be very worried about not achieving those ambitious goals – and I'm not alone.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Alfa's last chance?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that his 5 billion-euro bet on Alfa Romeo will result in eight new models, a sales boost, and an end to financial losses at the brand. If I were Marchionne, I would be very worried about not achieving those ambitious goals – and I'm not alone.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why Marchionne needs a powerful 'mother-in-law'

5:59 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will need a powerful, influential mother-in-law to help initiate the megamergers that he covets.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why Marchionne needs a powerful 'mother-in-law'

5:59 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will need a powerful, influential mother-in-law to help initiate the megamergers that he covets.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Seeing through Mini's digital goggles

4:30 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

I cannot imagine life without a smartphone or a tablet, but after testing a set of digital goggles from Mini I am not convinced yet that I need to add augmented reality eyewear to my driving experience. The aviator-style eyewear is BMW's interpretation of computerized headsets such as Google Glass.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Super-sized Shanghai more survivable than Frankfurt

5:22 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Shanghai auto show's new home is bigger than the fairgrounds used for the Frankfurt show, but it is less brutal on the body.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Fiat meeting goes from legendary to ordinary

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Fiat's investor meetings in Italy used to be legendary. Thursday's first gathering in Amsterdam was extremely ordinary.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Fiat meeting goes from legendary to ordinary

11:52 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Fiat’s investor meetings in Italy used to be legendary. Thursday's first gathering in Amsterdam was extremely ordinary.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: How PSA's Tavares keeps his desk clean

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

PSA's Carlos Tavares has topped past and present CEOs Lee Iacocca, Jacques Nasser and Sergio Marchionne in an interesting category: He has the cleanest desk of any automaker CEO I have ever met.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

While others stand up, Italy stands aside

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner.... Read More »

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BLOG: China and cutting CO2 tough tasks for incoming BMW CEO Krueger

7:15 am U.S. ET | March 19, 2015

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer sees China and CO2 emissions as the biggest challenges facing incoming chief Harald Krueger when he takes over the top job from Reithofer on May 15.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Leroy's Toyota Europe success brings reward

6:34 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

When Didier Leroy was promoted to head Toyota's European operations in April 2011, his goal was to return the region to sustainable profitability. After a three-year plan that has brought success step-by-step, he now gets a new role with even more responsibility.... Read More »

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BLOG: Farewell to an auto PR legend

8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski -- even literally crashing into an auto show.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Farewell to an auto PR legend

8:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015

Nothing was impossible for automotive PR man Tom Kowaleski even literally crashing into an auto show.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Why loyalty leads to fewer dealership visits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014

A customer visited a dealership an average of six times in the UK before completing a purchase in 1994. That number dropped to 1.2 visits in 2012 and it's still falling, a successful retailer says.... Read More »

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BLOG: BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders

6:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014

BMW's manufacturing arm not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders, as the appointment of Harald Krueger to succeed CEO Norbert Reithofer shows.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014

Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Is Ferrari worth 12 billion euros?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014

Ferrari is worth as much as 12 billion euros on the open market based on Chairman Sergio Marchionne's most optimistic blue-sky estimate. The true value will be a hot topic for months.... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7 2016

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Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals woul ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. ...
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
VW Group's Seat brand has recruited Audi veteran Wayne Griffiths as its new sales and marketing boss ...
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Daimler lures exec from Citroen to lead digital sales unit at Mercedes
Daimler has hired a former Citroen executive to run a new department focused on technology sales and ...
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FCA's U.S. communications chief Ranieri returns to Italy
Gualberto Ranieri, the senior vice president for communications for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' subsidiary, FCA US, has returned to Italy, seven years after arriving to work... ...
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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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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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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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