Automotive News People News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:00:00 EST Meet Mazda's master of driving feel http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/OEM02/308249982/meet-mazdas-master-of-driving-feel Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Each MX-5 Miata now arriving in U.S. showrooms reflects the tastes of Dave Coleman, a 43-year-old engineer at Mazda's randd center in Southern California who has become the official arbiter of how a U.S. Mazda should drive. Tesla engineer joins Apple's growing team of automated car experts http://www.autonews.com/article/20150821/OEM02/150829965/tesla-engineer-joins-apples-growing-team-of-automated-car-experts Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:53:08 EST Apple has hired a senior engineer from Tesla, according to a LinkedIn posting, as part of Apple's effort to build a team of experts in automated driving. What a difference a Trump -- and a day -- can make for Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/OEM02/308179962/what-a-difference-a-trump-and-a-day-can-make-for-ford Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Score another one for Donald Trump. Obituary http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/OEM02/308179974/obituary Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Jean Mayer, who rose through the ranks at Ford Motor Co. to become a global purchasing executive, died Aug. 5. She was 61. De Nysschen's Cadillac: On track, but a slow one http://www.autonews.com/article/20150816/OEM02/308179972/de-nysschens-cadillac-on-track-but-a-slow-one Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Johan de Nysschen says his first-year report card offers a glimpse of his vision for the future, one in which Cadillacs are coveted luxury goods rather than simply decent cars that consumers will consider if the deal is enticing enough. The man charged with meeting Nissan's profit-margin goal http://www.autonews.com/article/20150815/OEM02/308179991/the-man-charged-with-meeting-nissans-profit-margin-goal Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Trevor Mann, Nissan's chief performance officer and a self-declared efficiency fanatic, has the automaker within striking distance of its goal of an 8 percent operating-profit margin by spring 2017. Obituaries http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/OEM02/308109974/obituaries Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Johanna Quandt, 89, the billionaire widow whose husband turned Germany's BMW AG into the largest maker of luxury cars, died Aug. 3 at her home in Germany; Jim Brown, who built a dealership group in northeastern Ohio, died July 29. He was 75. FCA swaps cudgel for counsel http://www.autonews.com/article/20150809/OEM10/308109970/fca-swaps-cudgel-for-counsel Sun, 9 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Exactly one year after Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne slammed suppliers for their double-digit profit margins, the company has adopted a more supplier-friendly approach in its purchasing operations. How a quiet visionary changed an industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20150804/OEM02/308059993/how-a-quiet-visionary-changed-an-industry Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:00:00 EST Don Smith, "the real author of the management briefing seminars," was a quiet, thoughtful man content to let the facts and numbers speak for themselves. Former Toyota exec leads supplier into new era http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM10/308039993/former-toyota-exec-leads-supplier-into-new-era Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp. sees high-tech braking as so critical to its next-generation vehicles, it has sent one of its highest-profile executives to run Advics, its brake-making affiliate. Why Hall-of-Famer Penske did not succeed Iacocca http://www.autonews.com/article/20150727/OEM02/307279965/why-hall-of-famer-penske-did-not-succeed-iacocca Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Roger Penske, who was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, nearly replaced Lee Iacocca as chairman of Chrysler Corp. in 1991. But it became clear to Penske that Iacocca did not plan to retire anytime soon. The Big 3 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150727/OEM02/307279953/the-big-3 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Auto industry titan and racing mogul Roger Penske, right, was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, along with longtime Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo, left, and Ratan Tata, chairman emeritus of India's Tata Sons Ltd. A pledge to boost Nissan's Japan production http://www.autonews.com/article/20150720/OEM/307209969/a-pledge-to-boost-nissans-japan-production Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan can manufacture profitably in Japan at any exchange rate when the dollar buys more than 100 yen, but it struggles when the dollar is weaker than that The one man who could make Piech snap to attention http://www.autonews.com/article/20150713/OEM02/307139920/the-one-man-who-could-make-piech-snap-to-attention Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST It seems fitting that Ferdinand Piech and legendary designer Giorgetto Giugiaro would retire in the same year. The two men are already linked in automotive history. Obituaries http://www.autonews.com/article/20150706/RETAIL/307069958/obituaries Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Former Ford Motor Co. President Philip Benton died June 14. He was 86. Toyoda Gosei 'on track' to loosening Toyota ties http://www.autonews.com/article/20150706/OEM02/307069992/toyoda-gosei-on-track-to-loosening-toyota-ties Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyoda Gosei President Tadashi Arashima says his company is on track to reducing its dependence on Toyota Motor Corp., which accounts for nearly two-thirds of the Japanese supplier's annual sales. 'Everything will be different' with self-driving tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20150706/OEM02/307069988/everything-will-be-different-with-self-driving-tech Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Autonomous driving will become Valeo's main growth driver by 2020, says Guillaume Devauchelle, who is head of innovation at the French supplier. Kerkorian kept the pressure on Detroit 3 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/OEM02/306229977/kerkorian-kept-the-pressure-on-detroit-3 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Kirk Kerkorian, who died last week, never quite managed to close the blockbuster deals he chased in Detroit. Constant merger talk is testing faith in Marchionne http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/OEM02/306229963/constant-merger-talk-is-testing-faith-in-marchionne Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST The constant drumbeat of stories about efforts by Sergio Marchionne to provoke a merger with General Motors is testing the faith of the dealers, workers and executives who once pledged undying fealty to their sweater-clad savior. Kirk, Lee and the one that got away http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/OEM02/306229980/kirk-lee-and-the-one-that-got-away Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST When billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian set his sights on acquiring Chrysler 20 years ago this summer, he effectively pushed the automaker into its tie-up with Daimler three years later. Mehari could be Citroen's comeback kid http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/RETAIL01/306229978/mehari-could-be-citroens-comeback-kid Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Here's a way that Citroen might find its way to the U.S. market. The French carmaker is considering a revival of its iconic Mehari lightweight utility car to help give the brand a 'fun' image, CEO Linda Jackson said. Industry leaders to join Automotive Hall of Fame http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/OEM02/306229989/industry-leaders-to-join-automotive-hall-of-fame Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST The 2015 Automotive Hall of Fame inductees are Elwood Haynes (1857-1925), who co-founded Haynes-Apperson Automobile Co. (1898-1925); Luca di Montezemolo, 67, former chairman of Ferrari S.p.A.; Roger Penske, 78, founder of Penske Corp. After smooth 1st year, Ford's Fields faces 'breakthrough' challenge http://www.autonews.com/article/20150614/OEM02/306159971/after-smooth-1st-year-fords-fields-faces-breakthrough-challenge Sun, 14 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Mark Fields succeeded one of the most revered executives in automotive history while generating barely a ripple among investors, dealers and employees. Automotive News Europe salutes Horst Hanschur http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150604/ANE/306099999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-horst-hanschur Thu, 4 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through today one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Sales OEM is Horst Hanschur of Audi. Automotive News Europe salutes David Degrange http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150603/ANE/306099998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-david-degrange Wed, 3 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Sales non-OEM is David Degrange of Faurecia. Automotive News Europe salutes Joergen Ernst http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150602/ANE/306089999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-joergen-ernst Tue, 2 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Purchasing is Joergen Ernst of Johnson Controls. Automotive News Europe salutes Antonella Bruno http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150601/ANE/306089998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-antonella-bruno Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Marketing is Antonella Bruno of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Automotive News Europe salutes Francesco Ciancia http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150529/ANE/306059998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-francesco-ciancia Fri, 29 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Fiat Chrysler's Francesco Ciancia. Automotive News Europe salutes Thomas M. Mueller http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150528/ANE/306059999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-thomas-m-mueller Thu, 28 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for IT is Volvo's Thomas M. Mueller. Automotive News Europe salutes Heli Hassinen-Biberger http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150527/ANE/306049999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-heli-hassinen-biberger Wed, 27 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Human Resources is Heli Hassinen-Biberger of Nissan. Automotive News Europe salutes Agustin Martin http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150526/ANE/306049998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-agustin-martin Tue, 26 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Agustin Martin of Toyota Spain. Automotive News Europe salutes Yanik Cantieni http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150525/ANE/306039998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-yanik-cantieni Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Finance is Yanik Cantieni of Faurecia. Automotive News adds reporter http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM02/305259972/automotive-news-adds-reporter Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Hannah Lutz has joined Automotive News as finance and insurance reporter, writing for the website, weekly print issue and weekly FandI newsletter. Lutz, 23, is based in Detroit. Now that's what we call a hands-on executive http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM02/305259978/now-thats-what-we-call-a-hands-on-executive Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST When one of Mark Reuss' classic cars needs a bit of roadside repair, he doesn't reach for a cell phone. General Motors' head of global product development goes for a wrench. Automotive News Europe salutes Armin Prommersberger http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150522/ANE/306039999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-armin-prommersberger Fri, 22 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Harman's Armin Prommersberger. Automotive News Europe salutes Virginie Maillard http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150521/ANE/306029998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-virginie-maillard Thu, 21 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Renault's Virginie Maillard. Automotive News Europe salutes Massimo Frascella http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150520/ANE/306029999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-massimo-frascella Wed, 20 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Design is Massimo Frascella of Jaguar Land Rover. Automotive News Europe salutes Alessio Franco http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150519/ANE/306019998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-alessio-franco Tue, 19 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Communications is Ford of Europe's Alessio Franco. Automotive News Europe salutes Olivier Rabiller http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150518/ANE/306019999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-olivier-rabiller Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Aftersales and Service is Olivier Rabiller of Honeywell. Porsche's U.S. boss prepares for more growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/OEM02/305189976/porsches-u-s-boss-prepares-for-more-growth Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche's U.S. CEO expects this year to reach the brand's target of selling more than 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. The increased sales aren't enough to justify U.S. production. But Porsche does have plans for more U.S. Lentz on Lexus: Few regrets http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM02/305119948/lentz-on-lexus-few-regrets Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota's North American CEO Jim Lentz says it would have been wiser for Lexus to have invested in a three-row crossover instead of the sporty RC coupe. But Lexus' performance this year has left little reason for regrets. High-level meeting minus high-level hoopla http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM02/305119945/high-level-meeting-minus-high-level-hoopla Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST You'd probably get an image in your head if we told you we saw the president of General Motors preparing to meet with the head of North American operations at the company's Renaissance Center aerie overlooking the Detroit River. Denise McCluggage has legacy as racing, journalism pioneer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM02/305119967/denise-mccluggage-has-legacy-as-racing-journalism-pioneer Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Denise McCluggage, a pioneering motorsports journalist, race car driver and author who was 'the heart and soul' of Autoweek magazine, died May 6. She was 88. Munoz says Nissan's 10% U.S. share in reach http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049968/munoz-says-nissans-10-u-s-share-in-reach Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan Chairman Jose Munoz faces a difficult assignment: He must take Nissan and Infiniti to a combined 10 percent US market share by March 2017, up from 8.4 percent at the end of 2014. At Mercedes, signs point to a strong year http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049969/at-mercedes-signs-point-to-a-strong-year Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Two years from now, Mercedes-Benz USA will be a different company with "a new level of energy," CEO Steve Cannon said. 2 industry titans in turmoil http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049956/2-industry-titans-in-turmoil Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Two of Europe's automotive titans, long used to getting their way in boardroom intrigues, suffered rare defeats in late April that threaten to alter permanently the empires they built. Caddy wants unique team, unique powertrains http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM04/305049977/caddy-wants-unique-team-unique-powertrains Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Dave Leone, Cadillac's chief engineer, says he wants to differentiate Cadillac powertrains in terms of power, refinement and sound. Marchionne: Here's what I'm not talking about http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049973/marchionne-heres-what-im-not-talking-about Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Addressing analysts on a conference call last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne made a presentation he called "Confessions of a Capital Junkie: An Insider Perspective on the Cure for the Industry's Value-destroying Addiction to... Marchionne: Automakers must consolidate http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049983/marchionne-automakers-must-consolidate Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The world's automakers spend billions of dollars each to develop their own four-cylinder engines. That's a sure sign that the industry's business model is broken, said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. DARCARS keeps focus amid lawsuit, CEO says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150503/RETAIL07/305049976/darcars-keeps-focus-amid-lawsuit-ceo-says Sun, 3 May 2015 00:01:00 EST DARCARS Automotive Group faced a human- and public relations nightmare after the founder's daughter, Tamara, sued her father and the company while media coverage of the rift prompted calls for a boycott. %]