Automotive News People News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 6 Feb 2016 06:00:00 EST BMW's top tuner relishes his new role at Hyundai Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai, which began building its own engines only in 1991, has laid out a full-fledged product plan for its new Genesis luxury brand, with help from a cadre of executives poached from Bentley, BMW and Lamborghini. Obituary Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Marc Lockhart, a second-generation auto dealer, died Jan. 16. He was 63. Historian's trove gets personal with GM founder Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Lawrence Gustin, automotive historian and retired General Motors public relations manager, has donated historical documents regarding the early days of GM to the Sloan Museum in Flint, Mich. After record 2015, Porsche will keep growing, von Platen says Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Porsche will review its global strategy in the middle of this year after easily surpassing its goal of 200,000 sales around the world in 2015. FCA's next boss must survive the spin cycle Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he'll step down in 2018 and in the meantime will spend a lot of time thinking about who should replace him. License to drive not such a big deal Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Millennials are increasingly deciding they can get along just fine without driver's licenses, according to a study issued last week by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). Montezemolo: Where's my thank you? Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari's former longtime chairman, says he was disappointed not to get a proper 'thank you' when Ferrari's owner, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, took the supercar maker public last year. GM honors Welburn Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors last week honored its global design chief, Ed Welburn, with a ceremony at the Detroit Institute of Arts, rededicating the GM Center for African American Art in Welburn's honor. Obituaries Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Gary Meadors, 76 founder and chairman of Goodguys Rod and Custom Association, and Bob Susor, 70, former president of the National Automotive Parts Association. Subaru boss: More sales, more output Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Years ahead of schedule in achieving his North America sales goal, Subaru's global boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga says he will raise the target again next spring as demand continues to soar. Any plant expansion will likely take place in Indiana. Fuji CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga: As Subaru's sales skyrocket, its parent races to meet demand Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, CEO of Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries, talks about expanding capacity to meet the brand's breakneck sales growth, plans for a new three-row crossover and other matters in this QandA. Ford CEO Mark Fields: With an eye on the future, the automaker explores new ideas Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST More than a year into his tenure as CEO of Ford Motor Co., Mark Fields has a redesigned F-150 and two updated SUVs at his disposal just as demand for those types of vehicles is surging. Kyle Vogt: Turning any car into an autonomous vehicle Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST A small independent San Francisco team under the leadership of Kyle Vogt, a dropout from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has begun marketing the Cruise RP-1, an aftermarket system it claims can be installed on certain Audis as old as 2012... Jay Rogers: Crowd-sourcing 3-D printed cars Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Jay Rogers of Local Motors wants to revolutionize the auto industry with 3-D-printed, crowdsourced cars. Vincent Bollore: Billion-dollar investment in EV car-sharing Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST The French investor and technology provider, with a personal net worth of about $6. Sergey Brin: Pushing Google's self-driving gambit Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Sergey Brin, the billionaire co-founder of Google, thought it important to explain his involvement in the auto industry this year with a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ernie Garcia Jr.: Pioneering the "used-car vending machine" Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST The just-opened structure dispenses used cars to customers -- but it also serves as eye candy to an even bigger oddity on today's automotive landscape: Garcia's company is not selling the used cars here at the gumball machine. Erik Day: Bringing FandI in-house Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST A dealer finance executive proposes a retailer-owned captive finaDay is now finalizing plans for an in-house, dealer-funded finance company at Warren Henry, a Jaguar Land Rover and Infiniti dealer, bringing together funding sources for new- and... Robert Henrich: Mobility beyond cars Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST In 2007, former Daimler Financial Services executive Robert Henrich was working in the automaker's newly created Business Innovation Center, pondering how residents of crowded cities of the future were going to drive, park and pay for vehicles. Google's Krafcik joins World Congress lineup Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST John Krafcik will give his first public address as CEO of Google's self-driving-car project at the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Travis Kalanick: Rethinking car ownership Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST To say that Travis Kalanick has upset a few people with his low-fare transportation service Uber is putting it mildly. Sergio Marchionne: Taking on the industry from the top Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST In April, Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, tossed a lit cherry bomb into the party. He called the industry a destroyer of capital and called for a new plan for how it is run. Jia Yeuting: Raiding Tesla's ranks to build an EV empire Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Faraday Future, a Los Angeles enterprise financed by Beijing media mogul Jia Yueting, is determined to get up and running in the electric-vehicle market with autonomous-drive technology as quickly as possible. Jen-Hsun Huang: Building the brains of self-driving cars Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Nvidia -- a company created in 1993 to put cool graphics into video games -- this year unveiled a vastly more powerful "deep learning" automotive device called the Drive PX, leaving last year's Jetson cards to retail to hobbyists on Amazon. Elon Musk: Challenging the franchise system Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST When Elon Musk laid out his blueprint for electric vehicle-maker Tesla Motors in 2004, he proposed many approaches that ran counter to accepted car business practices. Ghosn: Nissan, Renault each need CEOs after him Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Carlos Ghosn, joint CEO of Nissan and Renault, will ramp up integration of the companies next year by focusing on a new area of operation. But he says there is one are where he eventually wants to decouple the partners: the CEO suite. VW appoints 5 new group leaders Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen appointed five executives to key groupwide positions last week after being widely expected to eliminate several multibrand functions in the wake of the diesel test-rigging scandal. Can a former GM exec chart VW's brand course? Sat, 19 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller has a big challenge for former GM executive Thomas Sedran -- figure out where the embattled automaker and its 12 brands need to be in 2025 and create a road map to get there. Fields: Why electrified models are a good bet Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST In an interview with Automotive News, Ford CEO Mark Fields spells out why the automaker is making a $4.5 billion investment to develop more than a dozen electrified vehicles that it knows few consumers want to buy right now. Baby Max makes impression at Nissan Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan product managers were impressed that Facebook founder and zillionaire Mark Zuckerberg publicly pledged to his newborn daughter, Max, that he will give 99 percent of their $46 billion family fortune to charity over the course of his life. AutoNation CEO Jackson joins World Congress Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson, who this year defied both the National Automobile Dealers Association and TrueCar Inc., will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 12. Diaz has been down this road before Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Last week, Fred Diaz, 49, went from senior vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations at Nissan North America to a newly created position - vice president for truck sales. Why does this sound so familiar? WWII vet and dealer Robert Burd passes at 90 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Former dealer Robert Burd died Oct. 31. Bush celebrates with Cleveland dealers Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association celebrated its centennial Dec. 4 in Cleveland with a keynote discussion with former President George W. Bush. Audi's Stadler says automaker will stay focused on 2020 goals despite diesel scandal Mon, 7 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Although the immediate priority in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal is to fix affected customers' vehicles and settle all issues with regulators, Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said the focus remains on increasing global sales to 2 million annually... Bob Pion, retired GM dealer, passes at 88 Mon, 7 Dec 2015 00:01:00 EST Bob Pion began by selling Chevrolets at a Springfield, Mass., dealership. In 1970, he and a partner opened Allen Imports of Springfield, selling MG, Renault and Subaru vehicles. Bezos sets off rocket, Musk sets off squabble Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk's passion is for rockets, and last week, he took to Twitter to argue with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos over whose rocket was, well, not bigger but better. Chronicler of VW slave labor dies Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Hans Mommsen's name was not widely known in the English-speaking world, but the German historian exhaustively chronicled a sordid chapter in automotive history: Volkswagen's use of slave labor during Hitler's Third Reich. Obituaries Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST This week's obituaries includes Bob Bryce, who worked in automotive retail for more than 40 years; Richard Newsted, chairman of automotive supplier Chassix Holdings, Inc.; and Gene Wittenberger, a longtime auto dealer. Dahl takes FCA's safety post Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler has named a longtime executive who most recently oversaw engine development as its new head of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance. EPA official Grundler will speak at World Congress Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Christopher Grundler, the EPA official who will rule on Volkswagen's efforts to resume selling diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S., will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Manufacturers and retail groups are striving to attract and retain female employees, but 'it's still a boys' club' Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Even as the female work force continues to grow, women account for just about a quarter of the combined work force at U.S. automakers and suppliers, a level unchanged in 10 years, according to U.S. Women spark a better work-life balance for all Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Women say striking a work-life balance is a challenge for men and women. But men are less honest about it. More companies seem willing to give employees sabbatical leave to help them restore work-life balance Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Hard-working executives are beginning to ask for time away to reconnect with their families, and companies are responding. It's the perfect time to measure progress, success of women in the auto industry Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST In the fast-paced, ever-changing and increasingly complex automotive world, there are few moments when an industry can take stock of progress. This is one such moment. The Leading Women didn't get here on their own Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Don't quit. Learn to play golf. That is some of the advice that the industry's leading women share with their female colleagues. As role models, these leaders feel responsibility for helping other women succeed. Ranks of women in the European auto sector are growing, but top female execs say the industry must do more Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The presence of women in the European auto industry is growing but the consensus among leading female executives is that more needs to be done. Japan's diversity drive is pushing women out of 'office lady' status and up to new heights Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Japan's long male-dominated auto industry is evolving. Today, women are reaching new heights, from holding key randd posts and achieving chief engineer status to running key overseas units. Women find ways to turn challenges into opportunities Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Many of the auto industry's leading women executives found themselves tested by the 2008-2009 economic crisis. In male-dominated industry, this small group shines with skill and personality Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Most new-car dealers are men, so sons and grandsons following the footsteps of fathers and grandfathers in the retail auto industry is a given. Mothers and daughters in the business are harder to find, but they're there. %]