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New VW chairman says it will take time to clear up emissions scandal

9:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

New Volkswagen Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said it would take "some time" to clear up a diesel emissions scandal that has hammered the company's stock and reputation.... Read More »

VW under pressure for answers as emissions scandal deadlines loom

11:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Hans Dieter Poetsch's first board meeting as chairman of Volkswagen on Wednesday could turn out to be his most important, coming just hours before a deadline set by German regulators and testimony by the company's top U.S. executive in Congress.... Read More »

Bridgewater Interiors names Ron Hall Jr. as CEO

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Bridgewater Interiors LLC appointed Ron Hall Jr. to CEO of the joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and Epsilon Technologies LLC.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler management shuffle boosts Kuniskis, Manley

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler has shuffled its North American upper management, giving more responsibility and brands to Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis and Jeep head Mike Manley. North American sales chief Reid Bigland also gets a larger role, taking over fleet sales.... Read More »

VW has no evidence against suspended top engineers, report says

1:41 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

VW has not found any evidence against three top engineers suspended as part of its internal investigation into the rigging of U.S. emissions tests, a source told Reuters today.... Read More »

Aston Martin names JLR's Laura Schwab head of Americas

6:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Aston Martin has hired Laura Schwab from Jaguar Land Rover to be president of its Americas region. The British sports car maker said Thursday that Schwab's hiring will take effect Oct. 26.... Read More »

Volkswagen expects emissions investigation to take months

11:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Volkswagen expects it will need at least several months to get to the bottom of the rigging of emissions tests on its diesel vehicles, which has turned into the biggest business crisis in its 78-year history.... Read More »

VW braces for hit to business from emissions scandal

11:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

VW imposed a hiring freeze at its financing business and cut a shift at a German engine factory as it braces for a hit to business from cheating in diesel emissions tests. VW executives will examine later today the initial findings of an internal investigation into the biggest business crisis in the company's 78-year history, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »


BLOG: Why Volkswagen needs to start talking

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

Facing probably its worst publicity nightmare in history, Volkswagen needs to get out in front of its diesel emissions scandal -- and fast. Here's how the embattled company can start damage control.... Read More »

LG Chem CEO Prabhakar Patil to retire

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Prabhakar Patil will retire as CEO of LG Chem Power, effective Wednesday, the battery maker said today. He will be succeeded by Denise Gray, who helped develop the Chevrolet Volt's lithium ion battery system, starting Thursday.... Read More »

Mueller will push strategy shift to foster change

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2015

Matthias Mueller pressed the Volkswagen board to move ahead with a reorganization he helped devise before the carmaker was caught up in an emissions-cheating scandal, as the new leader seeks to put his stamp on the company.... Read More »

Insider named to head VW shows Germany Inc. insularity

7:26 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2015

If you place the resumes of Martin Winterkorn and Matthias Mueller side-by-side, it would be hard to spot the difference. After early positions at Audi, the outgoing and incoming Volkswagen chief executive officers spent the next 20 years hopping between development roles in the carmaker's 600,000-employee empire.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce N.A. president to step down for 'entrepreneurial role'

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Rolls-Royce North American President Eric Shepherd will step down from the position at the end of the year, the automaker said today. Shepherd will be succeeded by Pedro Mota, Porsche Cars North America’s vice president for the western U.S.... Read More »

Nissan taps Microsoft exec to lead global communications

9:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Nissan has hired Microsoft communications manager Jonathan Adashek to head global communications. He will replace Jeff Kuhlman, who is returning to the U.S. for family reasons.... Read More »

U.S. dealers oppose possible ouster of VW executive

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Volkswagen's national dealer council and other dealers are publicly opposing the VW supervisory board's reported plans to dismiss Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn.... Read More »

Porsche's Mueller called in to steer VW through crisis

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Porsche boss Matthias Mueller once joked that he was too old to run Volkswagen but the 62-year-old now looks certain to be given the task of steering the German car maker through the worst business crisis in its history.... Read More »

Scion names Gilleland vice president; Murtha takes new post at Toyota

9:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Scion, amid an aggressive product rollout, said today Andrew Gilleland will return to the brand as its vice president. He replaces Doug Murtha, 49, who will head corporate strategy and planning for Toyota in North America.... Read More »

Google does not intend to become a carmaker, executive says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Google does not intend to become a vehicle manufacturer, the company's managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland said today at the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »


BLOG: In Krafcik, Google gains a visionary

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2015

Anyone who has spent any time with John Krafcik knows he isn't a typical auto executive. In a business where it's easy to get fixated on the next month of sales, the next quarter of earnings and the next model year, Krafcik takes the long view.... Read More »

BMW makes changes in N.A. sales management team

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Peter Miles, BMW of North America's vice president of sales channel development and customer relations, has moved into a new role with the company as part of several leadership changes. Craig Westbrook, BMW of North America's vice president of aftersales, will succeed Miles on Oct. 1.... Read More »


BLOG: Why Barra's timing is good for Frankfurt appearance

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Mary Barra will make her first public appearance at a European auto show as GM’s CEO next week in Frankfurt. Her timing is pretty good.... Read More »

Tom Cole, longtime Michigan auto dealer, dies at 73

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Tom Cole, a nominee for the 2014 Time Dealer of the Year award and founder and owner of Cole Automotive Group in west Michigan, died Sunday. He was 73.... Read More »

Ex-Tesla engineer charged with illegally accessing employee evaluations

4:17 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

A former Tesla Motors engineer has been charged in federal court with felony computer intrusion for accessing his manager's email account, sharing employee evaluations with others and posting confidential information on the Web.... Read More »

Nissan marketing exec Mohnke adds U.S. sales duties

11:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2015

Nissan North America's chief marketing officer Dan Mohnke will add U.S. sales to his responsibilities beginning today, the automaker said in a news release.... Read More »

Hyundai's U.S. sales chief Pradzinski departs abruptly

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Bob Pradzinski, the No. 2 sales executive at Hyundai Motor America behind CEO Dave Zuchowski, has left the company, Hyundai said today. There was no immediate word on a successor for that post. Pradzinski, 55, was a 26-year Hyundai veteran.... Read More »

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