Automotive News People News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 5 May 2016 06:00:00 EST The 'junk bond king' held court at 4 a.m. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160502/OEM02/305029983/the-junk-bond-king-held-court-at-4-a-m Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Former Ford and Chrysler public relations chief Jason Vines is out with a new book - this one co-authored by former American Motors CEO Joe Cappy. From guy off the street to executive VP http://www.autonews.com/article/20160502/OEM02/305029981/from-guy-off-the-street-to-executive-vp Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Pettercq Witt, who was named executive vice president, operations, for BMW of North America last week, used a variety of gimmicks to get hired in the first place. How Audi will move forward from scandal http://www.autonews.com/article/20160502/OEM02/305029991/how-audi-will-move-forward-from-scandal Mon, 2 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In an interview, Stefan Knirsch, Audi's head of development, discusses the changes Audi has made in the aftermath of Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions-cheating scandal and his views on the future of diesels, e-motors and autonomous cars. VW whips up miracle view of U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160501/OEM02/305029959/vw-whips-up-miracle-view-of-u-s Sun, 1 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The U.S. may be ground zero for Volkswagen's diesel scandal, but company executives proclaimed it the most important source of long-term growth for VW and said they are at work on a new brand strategy for the region. Mini's challenge: Growing while it shrinks http://www.autonews.com/article/20160430/RETAIL01/305029976/mini-s-challenge-growing-while-it-shrinks Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW's top executive for Mini, Peter Schwarzenbauer, says it will be tricky to launch a fifth nameplate that both attracts consumers and fits the brand's image. ALG chief: Millennials will drive strong leasing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM02/304259993/alg-chief-millennials-will-drive-strong-leasing Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Millennials are paying off their student loans and moving out of their parents' basements. That cohort's emphasis on affordability will continue to drive lease growth, Jim Nguyen, the new head of ALG, predicts in this QandA. John Irwin joins Automotive News http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM02/304259959/john-irwin-joins-automotive-news Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has hired John Irwin as a general assignment reporter and Web producer. Mazda trains dealers to lift customer loyalty http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/RETAIL07/304189987/mazda-trains-dealers-to-lift-customer-loyalty Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Mazda has a fresh product portfolio stocked with crossovers. But its new North American chief says the brand still has work to do to elevate customers' experience and earn their loyalty. Laura Stojan http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409884/laura-stojan Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 33Title: Senior manager, global head of seat purchasing, Fiat Chrysler AutomobilesBig break: As a new Chrysler employee, being exposed to a wide variety of engineering disciplines in the company through a... Jerome Dorlack http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409882/jerome-dorlack Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 35Title: Executive vice president, global commodity procurement, ZF Big break: Coming under the wings of TRW's CEO, COO and CFO while climbing the company's purchasing ladder. Dhivya Suryadevara http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409880/dhivya-suryadevara Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 36Title: Vice president of finance and treasurer, General MotorsBig break: Helping execute GM's offloading of $29 billion in pension liability in 2012 David DeGraaf http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409874/david-degraaf Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 45Title: President of emissions control technologies North America, Faurecia S.A.Big break: In 2008, DeGraaf was put in charge of JCI's General Motors account in Europe. BMW CEO Krueger joins Europe Congress lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/OEM02/304119925/bmw-ceo-krueger-joins-europe-congress-lineup Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW CEO Harald Krueger will be the keynote evening speaker at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 8 in Munich. Sausage brats spoil Daimler shareholders meeting http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/OEM02/304119927/sausage-brats-spoil-daimler-shareholders-meeting Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Last week, 5,500 Daimler AG shareholders attended the annual meeting and approved the biggest dividend in the automaker's long history. Nikolas Endrud http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409872/nikolas-endrud Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 42Title: President, Automotive Seating Business Group #8211; NAO, Faurecia SABig break: Being put in charge of Faurecia's Ford business unit Becky Blanchard http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409888/becky-blanchard Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 41Title: Director, Ram brandBig break: Participating in a Chrysler Institute of Engineering program that allowed her to rotate, through seven engineering disciplines William Gubing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409873/william-gubing Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 39Title: Global chief engineer at Ford Motor Co.Big break: Chief engineer of the Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptors Wendy Curcuri http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409881/wendy-curcuri Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 40Title: Global sales director, electronics and safety, Delphi AutomotiveBig break: Helped Delphi to win the contract to produce domain controllers for Audi AG's autonomous-driving system Thiemo Rusch http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409876/thiemo-rusch Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 37 Title: General manager, vehicle sales and operations, Audi of AmericaBig break: Being promoted to his current role Shilpan Amin http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409878/shilpan-amin Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 41Title: Executive director, global purchasing program management, General MotorsBig break: A two-year rotation in purchasing --- still going after nine years Mayra Gonzalez http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409885/mayra-gonzalez Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 39Title: Regional vice president, sales and marketing, Nissan MexicanaBig break: Developed a dealer network enhancement plan for Mexico in 2009. Laurent Bresson http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409883/laurent-bresson Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 44Title: COO, Nexteer Automotive Big break: Helped Delphi to develop the power sliding door for a PSA vehicle. Jeneanne Hanley http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409886/jeneanne-hanley Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 43Title: Global vice president of trim and craftsmanship, Lear Corp.Big break: Lear put Hanley in charge of its Chevy Volt program in 2010. 'It gave me a lot of exposure. J. Ofori Agboka http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409875/j-ofori-agboka Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 40Title: HR director, North America manufacturing strategy and global manufacturing staffs, General MotorsBig break: Assignment in China, 2007-10 Derrick Hatami http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409879/derrick-hatami Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 43Title: Vice president of national sales, Hyundai Motor AmericaBig break: Leading the merger of Hyundai's California and Western sales regions Carrie Uhl http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409887/carrie-uhl Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 42Title: Vice president of procurement, Americas, Magna InternationalBig break: Uhl managed Magna's stable of suppliers through the Great Recession. Greg Howell http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/UNDER4001/160409889/greg-howell Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Age: 38Title: Chief designer, Ram exterior, FCA USBig break: When Howell initially failed to land a job with Chrysler in 2000, Ralph Gilles, then a star designer at Chrysler, helped him recraft his design portfolio. Kitty Van Bortel is Time dealer of the year http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL06/304119989/kitty-van-bortel-is-time-dealer-of-the-year Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Kitty Van Bortel is the 2016 Time Dealer of the Year. Van Bortel, 61, received the award at the National Automobile Dealers Associaton convention. She owns Van Bortel Subaru in Victor, N.Y. Garagiola's 'Buy a car, get a check' pitch changed the game http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/RETAIL03/304049977/garagiolas-buy-a-car-get-a-check-pitch-changed-the-game Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Joe Garagiola's passing last month at age 90 was followed by numerous tributes to the baseball catcher turned broadcast funnyman. Largely overlooked, though, was Garagiola's incidental yet instrumental role in automotive history. Market what sets you apart -- your people http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/RETAIL07/304049974/market-what-sets-you-apart-your-people Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealers should let online shoppers choose a salesperson in advance, just as they choose a vehicle, says DealerRater. Daimler heir apparent sets path forward for Mercedes http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/OEM02/304049953/daimler-heir-apparent-sets-path-forward-for-mercedes Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Ola Kaellenius, the heir apparent at Daimler, laid out a clear set of strategies for Mercedes to thrive in a changing automotive environment. Meet the man behind your sales report card http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/RETAIL07/304049981/meet-the-man-behind-your-sales-report-card Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Urban Science of Detroit supplies the mysterious and sometimes controversial analytics that are used by every auto manufacturer dealer network in the United States, and many others around the world. Ford's electrification chief stays plugged in http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/OEM02/304049958/fords-electrification-chief-stays-plugged-in Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Rather than retrenching from electrified vehicles, Ford is doubling down, committing $4.5 billion to develop the next generation of EVs and powertrains. And Kevin Layden is the man who will spend a big chunk of that cash. Former Fiat exec: VW fallout may hurt hybrids http://www.autonews.com/article/20160404/OEM05/304049987/former-fiat-exec-vw-fallout-may-hurt-hybrids Mon, 4 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Full hybrids and plug-in hybrids will suffer most in the aftermath of Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal, says former Fiat engineer Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of Europe's pre-eminent powertrain experts. Iliff joins AN as Dallas bureau chief http://www.autonews.com/article/20160328/OEM02/303289942/iliff-joins-an-as-dallas-bureau-chief Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EST Laurence Iliff has joined Automotive News as Dallas bureau chief to cover Toyota's consolidated North American operations in north Texas and the rapid expansion of the auto industry in Mexico. When the industry looked scary, this broker penned a thriller http://www.autonews.com/article/20160328/FEATURES/303289934/when-the-industry-looked-scary-this-broker-penned-a-thriller Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealership broker Craig Hallenstein saw an opportunity in the fall of 2007 when he sensed the car industry was about to take a dip. Figuring not many stores would be bought and sold for a couple of years, Hallenstein decided to write a novel. New Ram boss: Pickup prices can soar more http://www.autonews.com/article/20160325/HOLD/303259973/new-ram-boss-pickup-prices-can-soar-more Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EST The new head of Fiat Chrysler's Ram brand says the pickup market has yet to reach its price ceiling. Going hard in the paint http://www.autonews.com/article/20160321/OEM10/303219958/going-hard-in-the-paint Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EST It's not easy being a global automotive paint and coatings supplier these days. Nominate a top female auto exec in Europe http://www.autonews.com/article/20160321/ANE02/303219968/nominate-a-top-female-auto-exec-in-europe Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EST In September, Automotive News Europe will recognize the Leading Women in the European Auto Industry. A new initiative for empowering women in the auto industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20160307/OEM02/303079960/a-new-initiative-for-empowering-women-in-the-auto-industry Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EST In November, Automotive News' "100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry" special section delivered a thunderous message to the industry: Leadership opportunities for women must expand. Shuffle aims for a meaner, leaner Toyota http://www.autonews.com/article/20160307/OEM02/303079957/shuffle-aims-for-a-meaner-leaner-toyota Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota may be one of the world's leanest carmakers. But in a new era of record volume and disruptive technologies, President Akio Toyoda has appointed the company's first-ever chief competitive officer, to sharpen its edge even more. U.S. Nissan Rogue supply could rise even more http://www.autonews.com/article/20160307/OEM/303079985/u-s-nissan-rogue-supply-could-rise-even-more Mon, 7 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EST As Nissan prepares to bolster its U.S. supply of the fast-selling Rogue compact crossover with 100,000 annual imports from Japan, a top executive suggests that the number could go higher. Hyundai's first Genesis chief took a rare path http://www.autonews.com/article/20160306/OEM02/303079970/hyundais-first-genesis-chief-took-a-rare-path Sun, 6 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EST Glance over Erwin Raphael's resume and you might wonder why Hyundai chose him to run its fledgling Genesis luxury-car brand in the U.S. When you have a problem, however, it becomes clear. How Opel caught the eye of Ferrari's former boss http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160229/BLOG15/160229868/how-opel-caught-the-eye-of-ferraris-former-boss Mon, 29 Feb 2016 15:59:12 EST Opel has earned high praise from Ferrari's former chairman. 'I am impressed with Opel. They have a clear position and good products. They are German but also European,' Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said. 2 tales of Cadillac's Trump limos http://www.autonews.com/article/20160229/OEM02/302299961/2-tales-of-cadillacs-trump-limos Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST In 'The Art of the Deal,' Donald Trump's 1987 best-seller, he wrote that then-Cadillac general manager John Grettenberger approached him with the idea of developing a superstretch, superluxe Caddy bearing the Trump name. Politically speaking, you are what you drive http://www.autonews.com/article/20160229/OEM/302299960/politically-speaking-you-are-what-you-drive Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST We all think we can tell a person's voting preference by the vehicle he or she drives, right? A survey by car-shopping site BestRide and nationally syndicated radio program 'Car Talk" provides some answers. Cars 'freakishly expensive,' Gilles warns http://www.autonews.com/article/20160228/OEM/302299964/cars-freakishly-expensive-gilles-warns Sun, 28 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Ralph Gilles, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles global design chief, has an urgent message for suppliers: The cost of designing and manufacturing vehicles is spiraling out of control. Ola Kaellenius rises in race to replace Zetsche at Daimler http://www.autonews.com/article/20160222/OEM02/302229978/ola-kaellenius-rises-in-race-to-replace-zetsche-at-daimler Mon, 22 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Daimler AG executive Ola Kaellenius has emerged as the leading contender to succeed Dieter Zetsche as the company's next CEO, but it wouldn't happen before 2019. Hyundai taps Raphael as first Genesis chief http://www.autonews.com/article/20160222/OEM02/302229972/hyundai-taps-raphael-as-first-genesis-chief Mon, 22 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai has turned to a former Chrysler and Toyota plant manager to head its new Genesis luxury brand in the U.S. Moreno builds an empire by rocking the boat http://www.autonews.com/article/20160215/RETAIL07/302159921/moreno-builds-an-empire-by-rocking-the-boat Mon, 15 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Bernie Moreno is not your typical auto dealer. In just 10 years, he's built a growing empire of 18 dealerships in three states that generate more than $900 million in annual revenue.