Automotive News People News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:00:00 EST Tom Kowaleski, attention-grabber Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST 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. FCA US touts volunteer program for its dealers Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST FCA US is expanding its in-house volunteer program to dealers nationwide to provide a way for dealerships to increase community involvement. AutoNation loses a key architect Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST With COO Mike Maroone's pending departure, AutoNation Inc. must complete its digital transformation without one of the plan's key architects. Mercedes 'will lose talent' in move Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, says only about 40 percent of its 1,053 employees are likely to move when the U.S. headquarters moves from New Jersey to Atlanta. Mercedes has made offers to the employees it wants to keep. FCA's Bigland not giving up on stair-steps Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler's head of U.S. sales says controversial stair-step dealer incentives require a strong stomach but are the best way to align dealer and factory goals. New Volt raises profile of engineer Fletcher Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST For a mechanical engineer who once worked on 1,000-hp race boats and Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s roaring NASCAR engines, Pam Fletcher is pretty stoked about a car that starts with barely a whisper. LaNeve may light a fire under Ford Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co.'s installation of former General Motors executive Mark LaNeve as its new U.S. sales and marketing chief shows that the automaker plans to get more aggressive. Help us honor the industry's top women Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST We are looking for powerful women in the auto industry. One hundred of them. Obituaries Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Former automotive supply executive Rupe Atkin died Dec. 11. Daimler's Kaellenius, NHTSA's Rosekind to speak at World Congress Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Ola Kaellenius, sales and marketing chief at Mercedes since October 2013, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 14. Jaguar sales boss Goss sees growth from the fleet market Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST After years of weak sales because of its aging products, Jaguar is poised for a surge this year following the arrival of its new XE midsize sedan and updated large premium XF. Patti Swope says dad with her 'in spirit' as she takes helm of dealer group Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Sam Swope died at 88 on Dec. 9, less than a month before his only daughter was to take over as CEO of the Louisville, Ky., group. BMW's Krueger must strengthen core products and improve in some niches Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Harald Krueger, the 49-year-old tapped last week to become BMW's next CEO, has some work ahead to maintain the German automaker's competitive edge. Among the challenges: strengthening core products to combat much-improved rivals. Daimler's new CEO contender Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing chief Ola Kaellenius is emerging as a formidable candidate to replace Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. Panelists to focus on retail trends Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Three experts with rich backgrounds in auto retailing will discuss the convergence of trends and what they mean for the future during next month's Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. Obituaries Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Why BMW loves California Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST BMW North America is headquartered in New Jersey, which means shorter flights to Munich for CEO Ludwig Willisch. But Willisch spends much time thinking about the West Coast. Ford's Rewey innovated with SUVs, leasing Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Bob Thomas led Nissan in tough times Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST 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. Marchionne is Fiat Chrysler's miracle worker Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News' 2014 Industry Leader of the Year is Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Google exec to speak at World Congress Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Does Google want to become an automaker, or is it more interested in producing the software and maps required for the driverless car? Chris Urmson will outline Google's agenda and explain the road ahead for autonomous driving on Jan. Family celebration Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Some notable names were on hand when Ford introduced the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang last week in California. Subaru boss: Strong growth brings new challenges Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Hot-selling Subaru is going from strength to strength under Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries. The brand is poised for a sixth straight year of record U.S. Ghosn: 'We're going to continue the offensive' in U.S. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, 60, is one of the auto industry's longest-serving chief executives. He is pressing the Japanese automaker to reach an 8 percent global market share by the end of March 2017 -- up from 6 percent on Sept. Masuko aims to build on Mitsubishi's momentum Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Osamu Masuko, at the helm of beleaguered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for nearly a decade, wrapped up a hard-fought restructuring this year. Now, things are looking up. Fields forges ahead as Ford faces new competition Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mark Fields spent his first few months as Ford Motor Co. CEO traveling the world to talk to employees about his strategy -- continuing and accelerating the One Ford plan created by his predecessor, Alan Mulally. Daimler exec: Cars will be part of Internet Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Ralf Lamberti, manager of the connected-car area at Daimler AG, says the car is becoming "a part of the Internet," meaning it will be "able to communicate with its environment and other vehicles." Barra QandA: At GM, the biggest changes are just beginning Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mary Barra was just weeks into her job as the first female CEO of a global automaker when General Motors was consumed by a safety crisis now linked to 30 deaths. Jaclyn Trop joins Automotive News Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Jaclyn Trop has joined Automotive News as a reporter in Los Angeles, covering the U.S. operations of Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., as well as TrueCar Inc. and Inc. Upbeat outlook for Volvo in U.S., China, Europe Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Hakan Samuelsson, who took over as Volvo's CEO two years ago, has begun a turnaround at the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker. Through nine months, Volvo's global sales rose 9 percent to 339,300 vehicles. Nissan's global product boss drives a smoky motorcycle Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Keno Kato, Nissan Motor's global head of product planning and strategy who directs a global team of 500 planners, is a buzz-cut 1960s-muscle car fan from rural Japan. Lunch with Barra? That's $100,000 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors shares may be down from their 2014 peak as investors fret about recalls, Europe and prospects for higher U.S. discounts, but Mary Barra's star power remains high. World Congress kickoff speaker: Audi's de Meo Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Luca de Meo, Audi AG's board member for sales and marketing, will be the opening speaker at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 13. LaSorda's fund finds new investor -- an old friend Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Dieter Zetsche's Chrysler days are long over, but he's pretty good at maintaining ties with old colleagues from Auburn Hills, Mich. Lutz on the Aztek: Blame GM culture Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST It's always assumed that Bob Lutz got his job as GM's product czar in 2001, coming out of retirement at age 69, because of the spectacular failure of the Pontiac Aztek. Obituary Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Al Wagner, a former Chrysler and Toyota executive, died Oct. 3. He was 83. A chance to bid farewell to Sir Nick Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST The Detroit auto industry will get a chance to celebrate a much-admired executive who passed away before many were ready to see him go. The family of Nick Scheele will host a service to honor his life at 6 p.m. Oct. For Buffett, long drive to next Cadillac Mon, 6 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s purchase of the Van Tuyl Group means he probably won't be going back to Huber Cadillac, the Omaha, Neb., dealership where he bought a new XTS in May. Buffett, already an investor, doubles down on autos Mon, 6 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Warren Buffett's purchase of the Van Tuyl Group may be his first foray into auto retailing, but he already has bet heavily on the turnaround of General Motors. Time to get to know Barra better Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors CEO Mary Barra landed on the cover of Time magazine, submitting to a lengthy and largely favorable profile. Mulally nips talk of prez run in the bud Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST News flash: Alan Mulally is not running for president. Obituaries Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Obituaries on Sonny Bledsoe, Tim Gallagher and Gene Wilson Zagato wants to create new classics Sun, 7 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST While turning out countless special Zagato editions over the years, the Zagato company has had a major influence on the styling of European luxury cars, racers and airplanes. Obituary Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Allen Chapman, a former auto dealer, died Aug. 16. He was 78. Boca Raton concours will honor Crain Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Keith Crain, editor-in-chief of Automotive News and chairman of Crain Communications Inc., will be honored with a 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement award at the ninth annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in February. Dealership group's chaplain connects with employees Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST The services of Chaplain Roy Inzunza is part of the spiritual and wellness benefits for employees of the 12-franchise dealership group. Blessing from Pope Francis may help sell a few Souls Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Kicking off a five-day visit to South Korea last week, the pope slipped into the back of a Kia Soul and rolled down a window to wave at the welcoming party, including President Park Geun-hye. Chrysler fills safety officer position Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Scott Kunselman, 51, who had been Chrysler's head of purchasing since 2012, was tapped to lead the company's new Office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance. A Renegade prime minister Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, front, checks out rear legroom in the Jeep Renegade with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chairman John Elkann. Chrysler exec: Recalls strengthen industry ties Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST This year's long list of automotive recalls is strengthening the bond between suppliers and automakers, Chrysler Group's head of quality says. %]