Automotive News People News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST How a Frenchman is bringing back Datsun http://www.autonews.com/article/20150329/OEM02/303309998/how-a-frenchman-is-bringing-back-datsun Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Vincent Cobee's mission to reintroduce Datsun around the world is a mixture of irony, politics, auto industry counterintuition and a fair amount of raiding the corporate closet for new products. After a career with dealers, FCA's Grady will relax http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM02/303239980/after-a-career-with-dealers-fcas-grady-will-relax Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Peter Grady has a list of things to do when he retires at the end of the month as Fiat Chrysler head of network development. But not on the list: working for another automaker. New book details Mary Barra's big break http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM02/303239974/new-book-details-mary-barras-big-break Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST In Road to Power: How GM's Mary Barra Shattered the Glass Ceiling, a new book by Bloomberg reporter Laura Colby, the author suggests that a key person in Barra's career rise was Ken Varisco, her boss in the mid-1990s. Tenn. group's key: Treat customers well http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/RETAIL07/303169958/tenn-groups-key-treat-customers-well Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealer principal Don Jenkins, 65, spoke with Automotive News TV Managing Editor Leslie J. Allen and Staff Reporter Lindsay Chappell about some of the reasons behind his dealerships' success. An orphaned immigrant driven to win http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/RETAIL07/303169979/an-orphaned-immigrant-driven-to-win Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST It was fitting that this self-made man created his own name. John Nguyen was 12 when, after shuttling from one refugee camp to another, he arrived in the U.S. The rest, as they say, is his story. Sergio's payday? Huge any way you count it http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/OEM02/303169972/sergios-payday-huge-any-way-you-count-it Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST How much did Sergio Marchionne earn last year? News reports ranged from $8 million to $72 million for the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO. So what was the actual sum? Reporter Larry P. Obituaries http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/OEM02/303169977/obituaries Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Death notices for General Holiefield, Jim Rose and Art Spinella. Toyota shake-up brings diversity http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/OEM02/303099934/toyota-shake-up-brings-diversity Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp.'s new diversity drive goes far beyond ethnicity and gender. Car dealers make 'self-made' grade on Forbes list http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/RETAIL07/303099964/car-dealers-make-self-made-grade-on-forbes-list Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST A lot of the billionaires on Forbes' annual list of the world's richest people either inherited their great wealth or at least had a pretty good head start. Sergio speaks -- about Toledo, Ferrari and self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/OEM02/303099973/sergio-speaks-about-toledo-ferrari-and-self-driving-cars Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST In a wide-ranging discussion at the Geneva auto show, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne confirmed that the automaker is mulling a proposal from Toledo, Ohio, to keep Jeep Wrangler production there, said Ferrari would be spun off by... Lamborghini CEO optimistic for another strong sales year http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/OEM02/303099994/lamborghini-ceo-optimistic-for-another-strong-sales-year Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Lamborghini boosted global deliveries 19 percent to 2,530 last year to set a sales record, and CEO Stephan Winkelmann is bullish about 2015, too. He discussed the brand's future with Automotive News Europe Managing Editor Douglas A. Bolduc. Ford's Odell, Farley inherit each other's challenges in new roles http://www.autonews.com/article/20150308/OEM02/303099977/fords-odell-farley-inherit-each-others-challenges-in-new-roles Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST When you talk to Ford Motor Co.'s "trading places" executives, Stephen Odell and Jim Farley, it's clear: They have inherited each other's challenges. And it's hard to say who got the better deal. JLR CEO says U.S. plant decision is 3 years off http://www.autonews.com/article/20150307/OEM02/303099974/jlr-ceo-says-u-s-plant-decision-is-3-years-off Sat, 7 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST A US factory is a must if Jaguar Land Rover is to continue to grow and stay competitive, says CEO Ralf Speth. But the automaker has to find one product with annual sales of 30,000 to 40,000 to make an American plant worthwhile, he said. Tata's retired patriarch still stirring things up http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029950/tatas-retired-patriarch-still-stirring-things-up Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Two years into his official retirement from the auto business, Ratan Tata continues to steal the show. Mr. K a force for the Z and Nissan http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM03/303029975/mr-k-a-force-for-the-z-and-nissan Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Yutaka Katayama, Nissan's first U.S. president, who grabbed American consumer awareness by introducing the affordable Datsun Z sports car in the early 1970s, died last month at 105. A shakeup in Germany's top auto ranks http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029987/a-shakeup-in-germany-s-top-auto-ranks Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. Ghosn guns for global top 3 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029974/ghosn-guns-for-global-top-3 Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident that by 2018 his alliance will rank as one of the world's three largest automakers. He sees the alliance rising from its current No. Raise recall repair rates to prevent deaths, injuries http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM11/303029969/raise-recall-repair-rates-to-prevent-deaths-injuries Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST In 2013, Stephanie Erdman, a resident of Florida, was seriously injured by a Takata airbag inflator in a 2002 Honda Civic. Rick Schostek is executive vice president of Honda North America. They have a shared mission. 'Mazda was his baby': Dick Brown helped lead U.S. launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029978/mazda-was-his-baby-dick-brown-helped-lead-u-s-launch Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Retired auto executive Dick Brown played key roles in the U.S. launches of three automakers: Mazda, DeLorean Motor Co. and Daihatsu. Mr. K, hero of the Datsun dealer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029962/mr-k-hero-of-the-datsun-dealer Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Yutaka Katayama, the fabled Nissan executive who built the Datsun brand in the western United States in the 1960s and 1970s, returned to a largely ungrateful Nissan in Japan in 1977 to finish out his career. DeLorean took Brown on a wild ride http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029964/delorean-took-brown-on-a-wild-ride Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Dick Brown, who died in January at age 81, and for whom a memorial service was held last week in California, was a key figure in Mazda's emergence in the U.S. Diess a shoo-in for VW CEO? Not so fast http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029960/diess-a-shoo-in-for-vw-ceo-not-so-fast Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST When Volkswagen poached Herbert Diess from BMW in December, the 56-year-old product development ace became the front-runner to succeed Martin Winterkorn as CEO. But it ain't over till it's over. Elegance and honors http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029961/elegance-and-honors Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain, right, received the 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in Florida on Feb. 21. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson, left, was the event's honorary chairman. Bentley CEO expects boost from brand's first SUV http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029965/bentley-ceo-expects-boost-from-brands-first-suv Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Bentley delivered a record 11,020 cars last year around the world and it is on course to top that mark as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with an SUV, the Bentayga. Rolls chief confident of another record sales year http://www.autonews.com/article/20150302/OEM02/303029958/rolls-chief-confident-of-another-record-sales-year Mon, 2 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Rolls-Royce set a record by delivering 4,063 cars worldwide in 2014, and CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, 54, expects to top that total this year. Globetrotting Hachigo lands at the top of Honda http://www.autonews.com/article/20150228/OEM02/303029954/globetrotting-hachigo-lands-at-the-top-of-honda Sat, 28 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST The consensus-driven leadership style of Honda CEO-designate Takahiro Hachigo could bring a sense of closure and cohesion to the automaker after a tumultuous era marred by economic crises, natural disasters and quality glitches. Social-media 'influencers' create product buzz, change policies http://www.autonews.com/article/20150223/OEM/302239986/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150223/OEM/302239952/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150223/OEM02/302239957/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150223/OEM02/302239961/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150223/OEM02/302239950/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150223/OEM02/302239965/ghosns-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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150216/OEM02/302169952/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150216/OEM02/302169974/harry-wilsons-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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150209/OEM02/302099964/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150209/OEM/302099955/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150207/OEM02/302099988/gms-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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150202/OEM02/302029931/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150202/RETAIL07/302029997/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150201/RETAIL07/302029940/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/OEM02/301269953/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/RETAIL07/301269973/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM02/301199929/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM/301199931/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM02/301199920/fcas-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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/OEM02/301129954/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/OEM02/301129952/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/LEADING_WOMEN/301129951/help-us-honor-the-industrys-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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/RETAIL/301059930/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 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/OEM02/312299983/daimlers-kaellenius-nhtsas-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. %]