Executives

ANALYSIS

Is M-B design finally on right road?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz' chief designer since 2008, has taken flak for the uneven lineup that he largely inherited. Meanwhile, Audi and Volkswagen have been celebrated for clean, product-design-inspired styling language. But the view has started to change.... Read More »

 

Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle.... Read More »

 

Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Studio 2000X, Ford's virtual reality design house where Disney-style technology meets the car industry, is used to build advanced renderings of vehicle designs to show top management, often before final design approval. The renderings are often shown on 20-foot screens.... Read More »

 

Bob Boniface and the art and science of designing Cadillacs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Bob Boniface remembers every detail of his father's 1966 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, the points and the turn signal repeaters above the headlights, everything. And they continue to fascinate and inspire him now that he is Cadillac's exterior design chief.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Ford interiors boss is driven to end distraction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
J Mays, retired Ford global design chief, recruited Amko Leenarts in 2012 as a strategy director, and Leenarts quickly stepped up to the top global interiors job in 2013.... Read More »

 

Toyota design chief erases the rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
Tokuo Fukuichi, the avant-garde, nonconformist global design chief at Toyota, is the kind of creative free spirit who counts brainstorming in the sauna as an essential part of his daily work regimen. That's why he was elevated to Toyota's board in June and made president of its Lexus luxury brand.... Read More »

 

Infiniti's new London studio ignites brand's Aston Martin aspirations

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Infiniti executives think that its brand new London design studio will help it create models that appeal to customers purchasing some of Britain's most exclusive vehicles.... Read More »

 

Hyundai pays the price for prestige

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo got what he wanted: a spacious corporate home in Korea's most prestigious neighborhood. Now he is paying the price.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to idle Ontario minivan plant for 12 weeks in 2015 for product changeover

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Chrysler Group's Windsor, Ontario, minivan plant will be idled for 12 weeks for upgrades in the first and second quarters of 2015 to prepare for production of the company's next-generation minivan, CEO Sergio Marchionne said.... Read More »

 

Is Ford due for ratings boost after GM upgrade?

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Ford's profit topped $7 billion in 2013 just as it did back in 1999 amid surging demand for Explorer SUVs and F-150 pickups. Yet five years into its recovery, Ford's credit ratings remain one level above junk -- six notches lower than they were back in the SUV boom of 1999.... Read More »

 

GM says ratings upgrade will aid lending arm, support global sales push

12:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
GM plans to leverage its return to investment grade, which could lower borrowing costs, by strengthening its lending arm, CFO Chuck Stevens said. GM was forced to sell control of its former GMAC lending arm to raise money, and it now has a smaller, more strategic, finance unit that is getting stronger.... Read More »

 

Hyundai unions plan more strikes to protest $10B land deal

6:44 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Workers at Hyundai Motor Group pledged more strikes as the two carmakers and their biggest supplier finalized a $10 billion purchase of plum real estate in Seoul's ritzy Gangnam district for a new headquarters.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Cadillac's next move

8:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
If moving Cadillac headquarters to New York is a substitute for greater investment, it's bound to fail. But if it's the start of a long-term commitment to develop an independent global perspective, Cadillac may flourish in the Big Apple.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Stewart Callegari

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Stewart Callegari, Nissan's product manager for the Qashqai, is this year's Eurostar winner for Project Leader.... Read More »

 

GM debt bumped up to investment grade by S&P

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
General Motors' corporate debt was raised by Standard & Poor's to investment grade, another critical step in the automaker's long recovery from its 2009 bankruptcy and reorganization.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch victim's family to accept compensation offer, lawyer says

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
The family of at least one victim killed in a General Motors vehicle with a faulty ignition switch will accept an offer from a program set up to provide compensation for crash injuries and deaths, a lawyer for the family said today.... Read More »

 

Barra lands on Time cover and back in the spotlight

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
After months of blistering criticism, lampoons and scrutiny of General Motors, CEO Mary Barra is venturing back into the media spotlight after an initial rush of positive publicity early this year when she became the first female CEO of a major automaker. Barra made appearances in New York this week, and today she is the subject of Time magazine's cover story.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan rethinks EV battery strategy

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance is reviewing its in-house battery production. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that the alliance will buy batteries from external suppliers rather than relying nearly exclusively on those made internally.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Martin Kahmeyer

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest. Martin Kahmeyer, director of assembly at Porsche's factory in Leipzig, Germany, is this year's winner for Manufacturing Executive.... Read More »

 

Report faults Treasury on 'excessive' post-bailout pay at GM, Ally

12:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Top executives at General Motors and Ally Financial received excessive compensation after receiving bailout funds from the U.S. Treasury in 2009, according to a Treasury special inspector general report released today.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Audi reveals open-air TT with faster, lighter top

Sept. 24, 2014 19:53 CET
Audi says the softtop on its new TT Roadster is lighter and opens faster than on the model it will replace. Audi revealed a photo of the cabriolet Wednesday ahead of its public debut at the Paris auto show next week.... Read More »

 

GM compensation fund makes first offers to victims, receives more claims

6:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
The fund created to compensate for deaths or injuries linked to General Motors vehicles with faulty ignition switches this week made its first cash offers to about 15 people, the office of the lawyer overseeing the program said on Wednesday.... Read More »

 

Mazda ponders designer goods line in upscale push

11:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Does Mazda have enough brand cachet to market designer goods -- such as gadgets, apparel and furniture -- as luxury marques such as Porsche have done?... Read More »

 

Top Chinese official accused of taking bribes from Toyota JV

11:06 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
A senior official with China's economic planning ministry and his son took bribes from a Guangzhou carmaker, including kickbacks for helping approve the opening of a Toyota dealership, a Chinese prosecutor said today.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Bruno G. Renhult

Sept. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. Volvo Senior Manager for Social Media Bruno G. Renhult is this year's winner for Social Media Executive.... Read More »

 

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