Automotive News People News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 29 Jul 2016 06:00:00 EST VW allows 'American-style name' for new crossover Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Hinrich Woebcken, head of the Volkswagen brand's new North American Region, says he sees early signs that headquarters in Wolfsburg is willing to give the region more autonomy. Guests of honor Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Former Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, vehicle safety advocate Ralph Nader and Ford and American Motors engineer Roy Lunn were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week. Palmer will get up close and personal with DB11s Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer plans to personally inspect the first 1,000 DB11s to trundle off the assembly line in Gaydon in the U.K. When 'Unsafe at Any Speed' sped away Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Ralph Nader's landmark 1965 book on auto safety, Unsafe At Any Speed, had a very bumpy ride to the publisher. What Samardzich already knew: No risk, no reward Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Barb Samardzich, who is retiring Oct. 1 as vice president and COO of Ford of Europe, was told by a boss at Ford 16 years ago that he 'didn't think it was worth the risk' of her taking a job he perceived to be almost impossible. Safety 'shenanigans' must be addressed, Nader says Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST It takes a surprisingly small number of people to change the world - and that's one thing consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, wishes more people realized. Ford&'s Samardzich: &'I wanted to retire earlier rather than later&' Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Now that Ford of Europe is profitable again, COO Barb Samardzich is retiring and returning home to the U.S. before deciding on the next step in her career. The head of Ford South America will replace her. Lutz: Buying Jeep was 'turning point' for Chrysler Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Bob Lutz, who was president of Chrysler Corp. when it purchased American Motors in 1987, says getting Jeep in the deal "marked a strategic turning point for Chrysler." Jack Taylor built empire renting cars Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Jack Taylor, a Navy pilot in World War II who started a leasing company with just seven cars in a St. Louis Cadillac store and built it into Enterprise Rent-A-Car, one of the biggest buyers and sellers of cars and trucks in the world, died July 2. Obituaries Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Wade Edwards, an automotive supply veteran and a judge for the Automotive News PACE Awards for the past 17 years, died July 4. He was 60. Billy Walters: Done gambling, still dealing Sat, 9 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Billy Walters -- entrepreneur, car dealer, and gambler -- exemplifies the overlapping nature of those labels. Today, while under indictment for actions involving pro golfer Phil Mickelson, Walters is planning to expand his 18-dealership holdings. Johnson Controls bets big on stop-start systems Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Joe Walicki is betting $780 million that Tesla's high-tech, electric-vehicle battery gigafactory in Nevada does not represent the future of the auto battery business. That's how much Johnson Controls Inc. Mulally had places to go, employees to mess with Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST What was it like to work with the young Alan Mulally at Boeing? National Traffic Safety Board member Earl Weener, who spent his entire career at Boeing, shared details. Toyota's Leroy bests the boss with his pay Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Didier Leroy, chairman of Toyota Motor Europe, received more total compensation from the automaker last fiscal year than Toyota President Akio Toyoda. CEO Samuelsson: Volvo team can't relax despite success Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo Car Group is on a roll. It is headed toward another record sales year, led by strong global demand for its XC90 flagship SUV, and its 7.5 percent first-quarter operating profit beat Mercedes-Benz. Personnel Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Yazaki, Cadillac and KAR Auction Services announce personnel moves. Freudenberg goal: Be a little less independent Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Freudenberg's industrial businesses have operated largely independently. Super students set record 3,788 mpg Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The winning vehicle in this year's SAE Supermileage competition posted a record 3,788 mpg. ASKED & ANSWERED: Danny Shapiro, director of automotive, Nvidia Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Shapiro says artificial intelligence is "the way forward on autonomous cars." Musk is losing big on Tesla's SolarCity bid Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST In the initial day of trading after Tesla Motors said it would buy SolarCity, Elon Musk -- the largest shareholder of both companies -- lost a net $715 million. Bertha Benz's Hall of Fame ride Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Is Bertha Ringer getting a free ride into the Automotive Hall of Fame simply because she married the genius Karl Benz 144 years ago? Not at all. Message to Trump: Check your numbers Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The voice of Mexico's auto industry, a former free-trade negotiator, says the sector has proven itself to be vital to the country's economy. And he warns Donald Trump that trade restrictions would batter many U.S. More and more, CEO pay is linked to stock Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Outgoing Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. CEO Roy Armes topped the list of the 42 highest paid CEOs at publicly traded U.S.-based automotive companies in 2015. Obituaries Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Ron Hall Sr., founder of Bridgewater Interiors, and Charles Walton, former president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers. Nader honored by the industry he challenged Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Ralph Nader, the consumer safety advocate who forced the auto industry to prioritize safety and build cleaner cars, will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Roy Lunn turns to the next 'people's car' Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Roy Lunn is one of the original disrupters. GM making 'leaps and bounds' in supplier ties Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Bill Kopicki, director of brakes, tires and wheels within General Motors' Global Purchasing and Supply Chain unit, helps oversee an annual spend of $6 billion. Mulally&'s fast track to fame Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Nine years and 10 months ago, Alan Mulally was an aerospace executive whom almost nobody east of Seattle had ever heard of. Next month, he'll enter the Automotive Hall of Fame. Ford. Sloan. Iacocca. Mulally. Pretty neat company. Seems like some VW managers are looking to escape Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Lots of managers and senior development engineers at crisis-plagued Volkswagen in Germany are sniffing around for new job opportunities, according to sister publication Automobilwoche. Fords at home Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST A bronze, life-size sculpture of Edsel and Eleanor Ford walking arm-in-arm was unveiled last week at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, the couple's mansion in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. Difference makers of a higher order Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST It would be difficult to exaggerate the impact of Bertha Benz, Roy Lunn, Alan Mulally and Ralph Nader -- the four newest members of the Automotive Hall of Fame -- on the global auto industry. Personnel Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Peter Fong, 52, to senior vice president of dealership operations. Fong, who has held executive positions in sales and marketing at Ford Motor Co. How we keep score Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST To examine compensation trends for CEOs and other select executives, Automotive News asked Equilar Inc., an executive compensation data firm, to compile and analyze pay data from corporate filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Star power: Automotive News Europe Congress Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Fourteen of the best and brightest young leaders in the European auto industry were honored last week in Munich at the 6th annual Rising Stars dinner, held in conjunction with the Automotive News Europe Congress. Obituaries Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Marc Stepp, the first African-American to lead bargaining for the union at a Detroit automaker, died June 3. He played a crucial role in securing Chrysler's $1.5 billion in federal loan guarantees from Congress in 1980. Automotive News Europe honors the 2016 Rising Stars winners Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:30:00 EST Fifteen young and talented automotive executives have been honored as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe. Family Ties: The dynasties of the auto industry Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Family-controlled auto groups have survived monumental upheaval over the past century, sometimes going against the bottom-line principles of pure capitalism. Need proof? Just look at Ford, BMW, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen. Cascade Engineering seeks 'lasting impact' Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Christina Keller joined Cascade Engineering in 2009 with a background in nonprofit work. She holds an MBA from Cornell University and also worked in consulting in New York. Ian Callum's ready-to-wear F-Pace sketch Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Add another title to Ian Callum's CV: T-shirt sketch artist. A drawing of the new F-Pace utility vehicle that Jaguar's design director drew on the fly is now on a T-shirt available at two Jag dealerships in Michigan. Nissan will keep pushing, Munoz says Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz says the automaker will not ease off after it reaches its targeted 10 percent U.S. market share. Automotive News Europe salutes Josef Graubmann Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through today one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Sales Suppliers is Josef Graubmann of Webasto. The bean counter who could have changed auto history Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Fifty-six years after leaving Ford Motor Co., Robert McNamara still symbolizes the great divide in the auto industry between 'bean counters' and 'car guys,' a chasm that McNamara may be personally responsible for. TALK FROM THE TOP: Mercedes' Exler eyes another sales record Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST A string of new product introductions means Mercedes-Benz should be on its way to another U.S. sales record, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler said. Darwin Clark steered Olds in tough times Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Darwin Clark, a General Motors executive who held key senior management positions at Buick and Oldsmobile and in GM's overseas operations from the 1980s to the early 2000s, died Tuesday, May 31. He was 76. Trotter: Where no one ever retires Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST At Trotter Auto Group, employee turnover is low, promotion from within is high, and the Trotter family's influence on the culture is hands-on. Garff: Built on frugality and generosity Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Ken Garff Automotive Group's foundation for its success rests on the principles founder Ken Garff embodied: Frugality with cash and generosity of spirit. Walker Tool & Die: No second-gen slump Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Nearly six decades after its humble beginnings, Walker Tool and Die is a $25 million company with a blue-chip list of customers that includes General Motors, General Electric and Whirlpool. Huffines: True to founder&'s ethic Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Keeping the Huffines clan's Texas dealership group in the family means keeping it true to its founder, who was active in the community and known for his reputation as a straight shooter, says Ray Huffines. Personnel Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Mark Rainey, 47, takes over as director of dealer development at General Motors. TALK FROM THE TOP: Nissan's Munoz says most dealers are happy Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan North America Chairman says the heat will stay on for more sales, even after reaching the goal of a 10 percent U.S. market share next March. And 'preferred Nissan dealers'? No such thing, Munoz says.