Automotive News People News Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 26 Mar 2017 06:00:00 EST How Nissan's Shiro Nakamura became the crossover king Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Shiro Nakamura, who will retire next month after transforming Nissan design over the past 17 years, also holds the distinction of making "crossover" a household word. Obituary Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Bill Carlin, former vice president of Ford's dealership operations, died Feb. 27. He was 90. Reynolds President Ron Lamb steps down Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Reynolds and Reynolds President Ron Lamb stepped down from the company after nearly seven years at the helm of the dealership software giant. A chance to change the world Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News' Shiraz Ahmed took an informal survey of an online chat group created for Udacity's self-driving car engineering course. Visa limits could slow self-driving work Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Potential limits on a visa program intended for high-skilled foreign workers could slow the race to build the self-driving car, according to analysts at the Center for Automotive research. Sales pitch for randd talent goes beyond money Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST The increased competition for talent in the autonomous field has led recruiters to learn new lessons when talking to this community. Lesson #1? Compensation isn't everything. Shuffle at Toyota according to plan Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:01:00 EST Toyota's executive shuffle last week was part of broader effort to stay nimble, while the promotions of key figures in North America, including Bob Carter and Bill Fay, follow long-term succession plans for top posts. The jobs Ghosn might have had Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST The partnership that Carlos Ghosn orchestrated turned him into a superstar who nearly became General Motors' savior a decade ago and who was courted twice by Ford Motor Co. Wayland joins Automotive News Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has hired Michael Wayland, a veteran of The Detroit News and MLive Media Group, as a staff reporter. Six daring products that Ghosn championed Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Since Carlos Ghosn's 1999 arrival at Nissan, he has signed off on some daring product initiatives Carlos Ghosn, in his own words Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Comments from Carlos Ghosn for interviews with Automotive News over the years Ghosn's 18 years of epic battles Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST In the course of running Nissan Motor Co. for 18 years, Carlos Ghosn has racked up a long list of battles and dramas, many of them at his own instigation. Baker 'put Land Rover on the map' Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Bill Baker, the legendary PR man who played a key role in Land Rover's successful return to the U.S. in 1986, died Thursday, Feb. 16, at his home near Laguna Niguel, Calif. He was 72. Good, Walsworth join Automotive News Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has made two additions to its newsroom staff. Tim Good has joined as a graphics/copy editor, and Jack Walsworth is a Subaru reporter and website producer. Obituaries Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Longtime Detroit-area dealer Jack Demmer died Jan. 31. He was 93. Auto writer leaves lasting influence Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:01:00 EST Jim Mateja, one of the nation's most trusted auto writers, and a fixture at the Chicago Tribune for four decades, had that tough-as-nails Chicago persona. Automotive News makes staff changes in editorial, sales Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has made changes to its editorial team and additions to its sales staff. Cue the 'Comedians in Cars' laugh track Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Jerry Seinfield's weekly celebration of classic-car life, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," shifts next month to Netflix from Sony's Crackle platform. Kaellenius: AI awakening accelerated autonomous Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST What has driven the industry's recent surge toward autonomous vehicles? Ola Kaellenius, Daimler's new head of randd, says breakthroughs in artificial intelligence have made all the difference. When Bentley owners are the have-nots Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Wolfgang Durheimer, CEO of both of the Volkswagen Group-owned brands, makes it sound like the Bentleys and Bugattis live on the other side of the tracks from each other. Uber tech effort aims to ease 'surge pricing' Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Uber drivers needn't worry about the company's heavy push into self-driving vehicles, a top executive says. The man who assembled Tesla's supply base Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Peter Carlsson was a Swedish purchasing executive in cellphones and computer chips before taking over procurement and supply chain management for Tesla Motors in 2011. Bill Ford: Mobility can lift margins Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST More than a century after Henry Ford put the world on wheels, his great-grandson Bill Ford is trying to reinvent mobility. They said it: Quotes heard from the 2017 Automotive News World Congress Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST A collection of quotes from the 2017 Automotive News World Congress. 'Tinkering' gets results at Waymo Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, formerly known as Google's self-driving car project, said the company's vertically integrated self-driving platform was born when Google engineers "began tinkering." Bolt? Tesla? The Woz gets both Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST On Jan. 3, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak took to Facebook to inform the world that a brand-new silver Chevy Bolt 'will be our main car.' Trump, autonomous cars, VW and the new GM: The year's biggest stories Sun, 1 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Donald Trump's surprising presidential election victory leads our list of the top stories of 2016. In 2016, we said hello to ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST A look back at the vehicles, people and developments that we said hello to in 2016. They said what? The year in quotations Sat, 31 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST A look back at some of the notable quotes from 2016. Here's our list from President-elect Donald Trump, Ford CEO Mark Fields, Renault-Nissan's Carlos Ghosn and FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, among others. The force is strong at GM tech center Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Derek Lane-Waters, who works at the General Motors' Warren, Mich. Remembering 16 auto industry leaders who died in 2016 Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News looks back on 16 influential auto industry executives who passed away in 2016. Among them was John Riccardo, the former Chrysler chief who hired Lee Iacocca to save the company. Redesigned 'First Shift' is here Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST A redesigned "First Shift," Automotive News TV's morning newscast, makes its debut today, featuring a new background, monitors and fresh graphic elements. Private equity fuels more dealership purchases Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealership consolidation continues. The George Soros-backed McLarty Automotive Group snapped up Asbury's stores in Arkansas last week. JOHN ABSMEIER Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST John Absmeier, 42, set up Delphi Labs in Silicon Valley in 2012 and led development of the supplier's autonomous vehicle platform. ROGER BERG Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST To go driverless, vehicles must be able to communicate with each other and their surroundings -- a challenge Roger Berg, 56, has been working on for more than 10 years. LAWRENCE BURNS Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST During his 1998-2009 stint as head of General Motors randd, Lawrence Burns evangelized for the safety benefits of self-driving vehicles. ERIK COELINGH Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Erik Coelingh, 45, is a more than 15-year veteran at Volvo, and is spearheading the automaker's initiative to be a leader in autonomous vehicles. GLEN DE VOS Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Glen De Vos, 56, has been working with automakers to phase in the advanced driver-assist technologies that will help build consumer acceptance and the eventual adoption of self-driving vehicles. RALPH LAUXMANN Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Ralph Lauxmann, 52, has filed several patent applications related to driver assistance systems. He's bullish about the demand for assistance-related components. CHRISTOPH GROTE Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Christoph Grote, 49, has already played a central role in the development of connected car and highly automated driving systems at BMW. Now he is spearheading the company's push into advanced electronics. DAVID HALL Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST David Hall, 59, introduced the solid-state hybrid lidar technology during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Grand Challenge 10 years ago. YUTAKA HIWATASHI Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST More than two decades ago, Yutaka Hiwatashi set out to develop an automatic brake system, the forerunner of the company's EyeSight driver assist technology. JEN-HSUN HUANG Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Jen-Hsun Huang, 53, has made it a primary initiative of his company, which also develops video game graphics, to put together the "brain" of autonomous driving systems. RICKY HUDI Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST During almost two decades at Audi, Ricky Hudi accelerated the company's drive into autonomous driving and connected car technologies. He recently announced plans to leave Audi to set up his own technology and consulting firm. TETSUYA IIJIMA Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Tetsuya Iijima, 53, has led Nissan's efforts to develop advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving technologies, starting a decade ago when he worked at Nissan Technical Center North America. LAUREN ISAAC Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Lauren Isaac, 36, works on developing ways autonomous vehicles and other technologies can improve urban mobility at the engineering services firm. TIM KENTLEY-KLAY and JESSE LEVINSON Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Zoox, founded by Tim Kentley-Klay, , and engineer Jesse Levinson, is one of the most highly valued startups after receiving more than $250 million in funding this year for a valuation of $1.55 billion. ULRICH LAGES Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Ulrich Lages, 48, has been involved with more than 20 patents and patent applications about object recognition and laser tracking for driver assistance and autonomous driving. ANTHONY LEVANDOWSKI Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST In May, Anthony Levandowski introduced Otto, an autonomous trucking company that was acquired by Uber three months later for $680 million. ALEX LIDOW Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Alex Lidow, 62, is an entrepreneur and a physicist with a Ph.D. from Stanford University who wants to take the silicon out of Silicon Valley. %]