Automotive News People News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:00 EST Hard-driving Munoz to address AN World Congress Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz, who is driving hard to achieve a 10 percent U.S. market share for the group, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress. The candidates' middle-of-the-road rides Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST In the most unconventional of presidential campaigns, the two major party candidates' choices of vehicles have been decidedly conventional. Trump ego has 'gone screw-loose,' Iacocca said in 1991 interview Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST In a 1991 interview with Playboy magazine, then-Chrysler Corp. CEO Lee Iacocca was asked about Donald Trump, already a wildly famous real estate deal-maker and best-selling author. Zetsche: Daimler understands China better now Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz is speeding toward a future defined by autonomous vehicles, car sharing, connectivity and electric vehicles. Indeed, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says all that will upend the industry's traditional ways of doing business. Obituary Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Longtime Car and Driver editor Brock Yates, the creator of the popular Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, from Alzheimer's disease. He was 82. Infiniti designer explores Cuban roots Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Alfonso Albaisa is the global head of Infiniti design. He is also the American-raised son of exiled Cuban parents. Crooked execs could face jail time Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST In the future, auto-industry executives may be more at risk for individual criminal prosecution for their actions. Ford's Hinrichs to speak at world congress Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:01:00 EST Joe Hinrichs, who has overseen a profit machine since taking over as Ford's president of the Americas in December 2012, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress in January. Automotive News Europe honors the 2016 Eurostars winners Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:00:00 EST Europe's top-performing automotive executives have been honored for their work with Eurostar awards from Automotive News Europe. BMW's top brass caught in electric divide Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla envy among German luxury carmakers remains at a fever pitch, as Automotive News pointed out this month. Indeed, BMW's top executives will skip next week's Paris auto show to wrestle with how to react to the U.S. upstart. AUDI: Events drive brand's quest for 'prestige' Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi remains hungry. For all its gains, its U.S. sales are still running behind luxury's big three: BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. Kate Fabian's tricky task at Genesis Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Kate Fabian knows she has a tricky task in challenging the established luxury brands, particularly the German ones, without slavishly copying their entire playbooks. New Nexteer chief promises steady hand Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Chinese-controlled Nexteer Automotive's management has undergone considerable churn. Katie Burke joins staff of Automotive News Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Katie Burke has joined Automotive News as a reporter covering Silicon Valley. Bigland may face charges in sales probe, report says Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' top North American sales executive, Reid Bigland, could face personal charges as part of the ongoing federal probe into whether the automaker fraudulently hyped its monthly sales, Bloomberg reported. Cadillac boss De Nysschen to speak at World Congress Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen, who is aggressively setting a new course for the luxury brand, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 11. Wagoner ouster no shock to him Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The firing of General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner seven years ago took many by surprise. But Wagoner's friend and adviser Jay Alix said Wagoner was keenly aware that he could be a casualty of a U.S. An ousted dealer's long road back Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Colleen McDonald, 51, fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court before getting back Livonia (Mich.) Chrysler Jeep in July, after losing three dealerships during the General Motors and Chrysler bankruptcies. Plea deal promises inside look at VW plot Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The federal indictment of a Volkswagen engineer - and his agreement to cooperate with prosecutors under a plea deal - could finally unravel the mystery of how VW managed to fool the world about its 'clean diesel' engines for at least... Check out the ANE e-magazine for September Mon, 5 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready to view. Launching careers in auto restoration Sat, 3 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The RPM Foundation provides scholarships to students looking to train as automotive and classic marine restorers via grants to technical schools, restoration shops, and other institutions. ANE's September e-magazine goes live Monday Fri, 2 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Sept. 5. Jeff Beck unleashes fiery riff against the driverless car Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST As a pioneering rock 'n' roll guitarist, Jeff Beck has fearlessly pushed the limits of electric guitar and amplifier technology for more than half a century. What's Lutz got to say about it? Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Bob Lutz's opinions may be a dime a dozen, but they are never boring. Thus -- courtesy of Car and Driver -- here are new takes on several hot-button topics from the ex-BMW/Ford/Chrysler/General Motors superstar, now 84. Talent shortage stalls buy-sells Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Buyers looking to acquire dealerships are facing a personnel bottleneck in the form of a shortage of qualified and available individuals to run the acquired stores. To cope, some would-be buyers are stepping up efforts to groom future managers. Mercedes shuffles U.S. sales team Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST A management shuffle at Mercedes-Benz USA has elevated 18-year Mercedes veteran Bart Herring to one of the brand's top U.S. sales positions. Obituary Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Ernie Lofton, former head of the UAW's Ford department, died Aug. 4. He was 84. Obituary Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Bill Smith, a dealer and executive, died Aug. 10. He was 88. Beer, a brass band -- and now the bill Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler has been ordered to reimburse the company for the costs of a party that featured a beer-drinking competition. The musings of Elon Musk Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla CEO Elon Musk discussed his company's product quality, lack of profitability and the Model X. 3 parents' tales: Danger of kids in hot cars Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Some children left in hot cars develop serious disabilities, and others manage to be rescued before anything permanent happens. Here are stories from three parents who left their children behind. Land Rover design chief OK with imitators Sat, 6 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's design director, couldn't care less about other automakers copying the brand's design DNA. He's focusing on the next Defender and the launch of the new Discovery this fall. Takeover and turnaround vet Dauch has seen it all Wed, 3 Aug 2016 17:52:49 EST When it comes to corporate takeovers and turnarounds, Accuride Corp. CEO Rick Dauch has been there, done that. A transplant veteran takes up the supplier cause Mon, 1 Aug 2016 14:30:00 EST Ashley Frye was named executive director this year of the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association, the industry trade group that represents 169 auto supplier member companies in the state. Introducing &'Futurismo&' Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Ah well, I'm still fascinated by the idea of a future absent of personal car ownership. And so, I've noticed, are the big automakers. AN picks new sales, marketing leaders Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has made several changes to its advertising and marketing teams. Automotive News wins Azbee awards Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News won several national Azbee journalism awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for work published in 2015. The woman behind Volvo's U.S. beachhead Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Katarina Fjording, Volvo vice president of purchasing and manufacturing for the Americas, is heading the construction of the brand's $500 million greenfield factory in South Carolina. VW allows 'American-style name' for new crossover Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Hinrich Woebcken, head of the Volkswagen brand's new North American Region, says he sees early signs that headquarters in Wolfsburg is willing to give the region more autonomy. Guests of honor Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Former Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, vehicle safety advocate Ralph Nader and Ford and American Motors engineer Roy Lunn were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week. Palmer will get up close and personal with DB11s Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer plans to personally inspect the first 1,000 DB11s to trundle off the assembly line in Gaydon in the U.K. When 'Unsafe at Any Speed' sped away Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Ralph Nader's landmark 1965 book on auto safety, Unsafe At Any Speed, had a very bumpy ride to the publisher. What Samardzich already knew: No risk, no reward Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Barb Samardzich, who is retiring Oct. 1 as vice president and COO of Ford of Europe, was told by a boss at Ford 16 years ago that he 'didn't think it was worth the risk' of her taking a job he perceived to be almost impossible. Safety 'shenanigans' must be addressed, Nader says Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST It takes a surprisingly small number of people to change the world - and that's one thing consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, wishes more people realized. Ford&'s Samardzich: &'I wanted to retire earlier rather than later&' Sun, 24 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Now that Ford of Europe is profitable again, COO Barb Samardzich is retiring and returning home to the U.S. before deciding on the next step in her career. The head of Ford South America will replace her. Lutz: Buying Jeep was 'turning point' for Chrysler Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Bob Lutz, who was president of Chrysler Corp. when it purchased American Motors in 1987, says getting Jeep in the deal "marked a strategic turning point for Chrysler." Jack Taylor built empire renting cars Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Jack Taylor, a Navy pilot in World War II who started a leasing company with just seven cars in a St. Louis Cadillac store and built it into Enterprise Rent-A-Car, one of the biggest buyers and sellers of cars and trucks in the world, died July 2. Obituaries Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Wade Edwards, an automotive supply veteran and a judge for the Automotive News PACE Awards for the past 17 years, died July 4. He was 60. Billy Walters: Done gambling, still dealing Sat, 9 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Billy Walters -- entrepreneur, car dealer, and gambler -- exemplifies the overlapping nature of those labels. Today, while under indictment for actions involving pro golfer Phil Mickelson, Walters is planning to expand his 18-dealership holdings. Johnson Controls bets big on stop-start systems Mon, 4 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Joe Walicki is betting $780 million that Tesla's high-tech, electric-vehicle battery gigafactory in Nevada does not represent the future of the auto battery business. That's how much Johnson Controls Inc.