Bob Thomas led Nissan in tough times

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014

Bob Thomas, who served as CEO of Nissan's U.S. sales company in the 1990s as the Japanese automaker veered into financial trouble, has died. Thomas died Nov. 23 in Hawaii after a brief illness, according to friends and former colleagues. He was 69.... Read More »

Robert Rewey, Ford marketing exec who moved the iron, dies at 76

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014

Robert Rewey, a former Ford sales and marketing chief who helped the company become dominant in the SUV market, pioneered leasing as an alternative to traditional financing and pushed a controversial consolidation of Ford's dealership network in the late 1990s, died Saturday at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., after a brief illness.... Read More »

Tony Johnson, backer of Saleen and major suppliers, dies at 74

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014

Tony Johnson, co-founder of Hidden Creek Industries, a private company that acquired, sold and backed some of the auto industry's biggest suppliers and boutique car builders, died Nov. 16. He was 74.... Read More »

Harold Coker, founder of antique tire maker Coker Tire, dies at 84

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire in Chattanooga, which produces tires for antique vehicles, died Sunday. He was 84.... Read More »


Dealers, Indie Speedway restoration manager pass away

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

Dealer Sue Jamiesson died Oct. 1 at 74; dealer Ray O'Neil died Oct. 2 at 91; and Bill Spoerle, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation's restoration manager since 1963, died Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 80.... Read More »

Auto vet Joe Herman dies at 72

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

Joe Herman had a knack for knowing people from all walks of the automotive industry, said Greg Goodwin, CEO of Kuni Automotive in Vancouver, Wash.... Read More »

Indianapolis Motor Speedway restorationist Bill Spoerle dies at 80

4:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014

Bill Spoerle, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway restoration manager, died Tuesday. He was 80.... Read More »

Kuni Automotive COO Herman dies at 72

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014

Joseph Herman, COO of dealership group Kuni Automotive and a 40-year veteran of the auto retailing industry, died the morning of Oct. 29 after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.... Read More »


12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014

Al Wagner, a former Chrysler and Toyota executive, died Oct. 3. He was 83.... Read More »

Lambrecht, Chevrolet dealer behind vintage auction, dead at 96

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Ray Lambrecht, the Nebraska Chevrolet dealer who auctioned off about 500 vintage cars last year, died Sept. 22 at age 96.... Read More »

Pioneering auto dealer Elder dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014

Irma Elder, CEO of Elder Automotive Group and the first woman to own a Ford dealership in the Detroit area, died Tuesday, Sept. 30. She was 84.... Read More »


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014

Obituaries on Sonny Bledsoe, Tim Gallagher and Gene Wilson... Read More »


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

Allen Chapman, a former auto dealer, died Aug. 16. He was 78.... Read More »

Dollie Cole, spirited, outspoken wife of former GM president, dies at 84

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014

Dollie Cole, the colorful, outspoken widow of former GM President Ed Cole and a leading champion of the National Corvette Museum, has died.... Read More »

Mike Alexander, legendary custom-car builder, dies

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

Mike Alexander, half of a Detroit-area brother duo who became famous for their custom cars, died July 18. He was 80.... Read More »

Mike Alexander, famed car customizer and Ridler winner, dies at age 80

10:46 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014

Mike Alexander, a famed Detroit custom-car builder who won a Ridler award with a modified 1966 Dodge pickup, died on July 18. He was 80.... Read More »

Bob Mentzer, a longtime Pennsylvania dealer, dies at 89

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Bob Mentzer, a longtime Pennsylvania dealer, died June 8.... Read More »

Nick Scheele, former president and COO of Ford, dies at age 70

4:43 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014

Nick Scheele, an affable, globe-trotting troubleshooter and tough-nosed negotiator who served as president and COO of Ford, died Friday. He was 70. Scheele, working under then-CEO Bill Ford, led the troubled automaker's turnaround plan after the departure of former CEO Jacques Nasser.... Read More »


12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014

Paul Miller, a Kentucky Ford dealer, died June 27. He was 92.... Read More »

Donald Pearson, former Chrysler regional manager, passes away at 92

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014

Donald Pearson, a former Southeastern area manager for Chrysler, died June 9.... Read More »

Bill Hoglund, former Pontiac and Saturn chief, dies at 79

4:02 pm U.S. ET | June 9, 2014

Bill Hoglund, a retired executive and CFO of General Motors, and close confidant of former Chairman and CEO Jack Smith, died on Sunday June 9, 2014. He was 79.... Read More »


Vin Tulley, founder of Tulley Automotive Group, dies at 90

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014

Vin Tulley, founder of Tulley Automotive Group in New Hampshire, died May 12.... Read More »

Idaho dealer Hank Wills dies at 91

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014

Hank Wills, who in 1946 opened Wills Motor Co. with his father and brother and was involved in the business into his early 80s, died April 14.... Read More »

Joe Drew, a car dealer in La Mesa, Calif., dies at 74

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2014

Joe Drew, a car dealer in La Mesa, Calif., died April 9.... Read More »

NADA board member Don Chalmers dies

1:45 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

Don Chalmers, an auto dealer who represented New Mexico on the board of the National Automobile Dealers Association and was chairman of NADA's government relations committee, died Sunday.... Read More »

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