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Bentley names industry veteran Winkler to head Americas unit

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Bentley said it appointed Michael Winkler as president and CEO of Bentley Motors in the Americas, replacing Christophe Georges, who will become director of product and marketing for Bentley’s global organization.... Read More »

 

George Gibson, chief engineer of the Dodge Dart, dies at 92

9:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
George Gibson Jr., a former chief engineer for Dodge, died Wednesday in Rochester, Minn. He was 92.... Read More »

 

Toyota breaks ground on N.A. headquarters in Texas

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
A Toyota Tundra bulldozed through soil today in Plano, Texas, breaking ground on the automaker's new North American headquarters. Toyota in April said it would relocate the headquarters to Plano from Torrance, Calif. The move will consolidate engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate staff.... Read More »

 

2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Mercedes-Benz seeks new communication ties to customers

11:31 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Mercedes-Benz is on a mission to expand its footprint in the digital world, improve its customer service and maintain its ionic status, Ola Kaellenius, the executive charged with the brand's marketing and sales, said today at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress.... Read More »

 

Dana CEO Wood to retire in 2016

10:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Roger Wood, CEO of powertrain component supplier Dana, will retire in April 2016, the company said today.... Read More »

 

Honda supercar father Ito misses rebirth as recalls sully NSX debut

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Honda President Takanobu Ito will be a notable no-show in Detroit next week when he sends company deputies to unveil a new version of the high-end supercar that helped catapult him into the top job.... Read More »

 

J. Stuart Perkins, former VW of America executive, dead at 86

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
J. Stuart Perkins, who steered Volkswagen to a US sales record that has held for 45 years, will be remembered at a memorial service in Florida on Saturday. Perkins died in Sarasota on Dec. 25. He was 86.... Read More »

 

KAR Auction names Peter Kelly president of new digital group

1:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
KAR Auction Services, parent of ADESA, has named Peter Kelly president of its new Digital Services Group, effective immediately. Kelly, 46, co-founded Openlane in 1999 and has been KAR’s chief technology officer since 2013.... Read More »

 

Tenneco names JCI executive Kesseler as new COO

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
Tenneco named longtime Johnson Controls executive Brian Kesseler as its COO, effective Monday. Kesseler, 48, who has been president of Johnson Controls Power Solutions, replaces Hari Nair, who is retiring.... Read More »

 

Ford names Mark LaNeve head of U.S. marketing, sales and service

10:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
Ford today said Mark LaNeve, a former top sales executive at General Motors, will take over as its new head of US sales, marketing and service as of Feb. 1. LaNeve, 55, replaces John Felice, who was the company's US sales chief for only 15 months. Ford said Felice, 53, “has elected to retire” after a 30-year career at the automaker.... Read More »

 

Visteon names two new board members

11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
Visteon named two new members to its board amid a flurry of merger and acquisition activity at the supplier in recent months.... Read More »

 

Former Toyoda Gosei executive agrees to U.S. prison time, fine for price-fixing role

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
A former executive with Japan-based supplier Toyoda Gosei has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge and serve just over a year in prison for his role in fixing the price of automotive hoses sold to Toyota.... Read More »

 

Hyundai, Kia promote younger execs, with eye on succession planning

7:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors promoted younger executives in moves analysts said would help smooth an eventual leadership succession at the family-owned conglomerate.... Read More »

 

Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers.... Read More »

 

The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies.... Read More »

 

Michigan dealer Bill Snethkamp dies at 65

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Third-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Michigan, died Friday. He was 65.... Read More »

 

Ford hires ex-GM sales analyst to boost connectivity technologies

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Ford said today it has hired Paul Ballew, a former GM sales analyst, to help speed development of autonomous-driving, mobility and connectivity technologies.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan Alliance shuffles purchasing team

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi, 58, to executive vice president of the two companies' joint purchasing operation.... Read More »

 

Ford elects former FCC chairman Kennard to its board

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Ford elected William Kennard, former US ambassador to the European Union and FCC chairman, to its board of directors.... Read More »

 

Tesla’s China president resigns after less than 9 months in post

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Tesla Motors said its top manager in China is leaving the company after less than nine months in the position.... Read More »

 

Honda hiring supplier auditor as Takata airbag crisis grows

6:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Honda, the automaker at the center of a global auto-safety crisis, is seeking to hire a senior quality engineer who would lead audits of suppliers’ quality assurance.... Read More »

 

Grady to retire as head of Chrysler dealer network, Maserati's N.A. unit

11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Peter Grady will retire as head of Chrysler Group's dealer network on March 31, and will step down as head of Maserati North America at the first of the year. Grady, 54, will retain his current responsibilities until then, Chrysler said in a written statement today.... Read More »

 

College for Creative Studies names transportation design chair

3:06 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Former Ford and Honda designer Paul Snyder will become the Transportation Design Department chair at Detroit's College for Creative Studies, starting in January, the college said today.... Read More »

 

Subaru plans new HQ in N.J. twice the size of its current one

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Fast-growing Subaru of America plans to expand its US headquarters by moving to a campus double the size of the current site. The new development, about 4 miles from the current headquarters in New Jersey, will house more than 500 employees and contractors in the sales, marketing, service and administration departments, a statement said today.... Read More »

 

JCI's Molinaroli says employees 'rallied around' him after scandal

2:01 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Johnson Controls CEO Alex Molinaroli, in his first public comment regarding his extramarital affair involving a former consultant to the company, said his employees and the community have “rallied around” him since news of the scandal broke two months ago.... Read More »

 

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