Obituaries

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Death notices for General Holiefield, Jim Rose and Art Spinella.... Read More »

Former UAW VP General Holiefield dies at 61

2:34 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

Former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, who led the union's Chrysler unit during the automaker's bankruptcy restructuring, died in Detroit on Monday. He was 61. Holiefield was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year.... Read More »

Mazda, DeLorean leader Dick Brown dies at 81

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Dick Brown, who led Mazda Motor of America at its inception and helped form DeLorean Motor, died last month in La Quinta, Calif. He was 81.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015

Obituaries for George Butts, Dick Gillmore and Hoot McInerney.... Read More »

'Mr. K,' Datsun pioneer and father of the Z car, dies at 105

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015

Yutaka Katayama, Nissan's first U.S. president, who grabbed American consumer awareness by introducing the affordable Datsun Z sports car in the early 1970s, has died at 105.... Read More »

Longtime Chrysler exec George Butts dies at 91

11:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Longtime Chrysler executive George Butts, who held positions in the product planning, stamping and quality divisions, died last week in Florida. He was 91.... Read More »

Dealership pioneer Martin 'Hoot' McInerney dead at 86

10:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

Martin “Hoot” McInerney, a longtime Michigan car dealer and a pioneer in the dealership world, died Monday. He was 86.... Read More »

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015

John Homer Moore Jr. of Hanahan, S.C., died Feb. 7 in Rochester Hills, Mich. He was 91.... Read More »

Mr. Cub made history in the car business, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015

Here's a largely forgotten fact about Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who died Jan. 23 at 83: He was a Ford dealer from 1967-71.... Read More »

Tom Kowaleski, attention-grabber

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

Tom Kowaleski, the former Chrysler, General Motors, BMW and Lincoln public relations executive who died suddenly last week at age 63, always knew how to tease a product story.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015

J. Stuart Perkins, who steered Volkswagen to a U.S. sales record that has held for 45 years, died Dec. 25. He was 86.... 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 »

Tom Kowaleski, PR mastermind for Chrysler, dies at 63

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

Tom Kowaleski, who held key communications jobs for Chrysler, GM, BMW and most recently, Lincoln, died Tuesday. He is best remembered for being one of the masterminds behind the wildly successful Chrysler press conferences in the 1990s.... 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 »

Edward Herrmann, longtime voice of Dodge and car enthusiast, dies at 71

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014

Edward Herrmann, a prolific character actor, classic car collector and the popular voice of Dodge advertising through most of the 1990s, and for Hyundai in 2006, died Wednesday. He was 71.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

hird-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Lansing, Mich., died here Dec. 12 at 65.... 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 »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014

Longtime auto dealer Bob Moore died Dec. 1. He was 81. Sam Swope, who developed one of the nation's first regional auto malls, died Tuesday, Dec. 9. He was 88.... Read More »

Kentucky dealer Sam Swope dies at 88

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014

Sam Swope, who acquired his first auto dealership -- a Dodge and Plymouth store -- in 1952 and went on to build a wide-ranging brand portfolio in Kentucky, died Tuesday, Dec. 9.... Read More »

Rewey and the Lincoln-Mercury glory days

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

Bob Rewey, who died Nov. 29 at 76, made his mark in the 1990s as Ford Motor Co.'s top North American sales executive.... Read More »

Ford's Rewey innovated with SUVs, leasing

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

Robert Rewey, a former Ford Motor Co. sales and marketing chief who helped make SUVs and other trucks popular by giving them carlike features and promoted leasing as an alternative to traditional financing, died Nov. 29 at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., after a brief illness. He was 76.... Read More »

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 »

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