Automotive News People News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:00:00 EST Social-media 'influencers' create product buzz, change policies Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST An individual with social-media savvy can launch a discussion online that quickly influences industry actions. By knowing their audiences, influencers can quickly gain the same credibility with them as friends or neutral third parties. Glitches fuel soul searching at Honda Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda CEO Takanobu Ito is in the midst of another reinvention, this time to fix a string of quality problems. What sets this apart from previous efforts: The glitches were triggered in part by the ambitious overhauls Ito himself tried to implement. Ghosn pledges patience amid churn at Infiniti Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan's Carlos Ghosn last week turned to another fresh face in his latest efforts to spark the Infiniti luxury brand. Unlike predecessors with backgrounds at Porsche and Ford, this one was groomed at General Motors. Fields lures another Ford newbie in push for fresh thinking Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford CEO Mark Fields has plenty of reasons to fear being left behind as Tesla, Google and Apple shake up the auto industry. That's why he's hired another outsider to help his 112-year old automaker control its own destiny. Obituaries Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Obituaries for George Butts, Dick Gillmore and Hoot McInerney. Ghosn's 10% share goal: No worries Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Carlos Ghosn's audacious drive to claim a 10 percent U.S. market share for Nissan and Infiniti by March 2017 looks to some in the competitive industry like a tall order. But Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Corp., says no one needs to doubt him. Obituary Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST John Homer Moore Jr. of Hanahan, S.C., died Feb. 7 in Rochester Hills, Mich. He was 91. Harry Wilson's way Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Harry Wilson, who intends to nominate himself for a seat on the board of General Motors and propose an $8 billion stock buyback, was a central figure on the government auto task force that restructured GM and Chrysler in 2009. Ford III embraces racing heritage -- and his own Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Henry Ford III, the great-great-grandson of Henry Ford and grandson of Henry Ford II, says he downplayed his identity while growing up. Help us honor the top women in the auto industry Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST We are looking for powerful women in the auto industry. One hundred of them. GM's pickup pacesetter Sat, 7 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Sheri Hickok is overseeing GM's most important vehicle program, the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Former Chrysler executive Joe James dead at 88 Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Former Chrysler executive Joe James died Dec. 17. He was 88. How to hit a home run Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane -- told the Automotive News Retail Forum that the team improved when executives decided that "every decision we made was going to be made with evidence" rather than gut instinct. Mr. Cub made history in the car business, too Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST 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. 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. %]