Automotive News People News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:00:00 EST Say Patel achieves the elusive dream of buying a car dealership http://www.autonews.com/article/20170702/RETAIL07/170709964/say-patel-dealership-tri-county-chevrolet Sun, 2 Jul 2017 00:01:00 EST It's very difficult to buy a dealership. Say Patel didn't let that stop him. Automotive News Europe salutes Monika Mikac http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170619/ANE/306199999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-monika-mikac Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Startup is Monika Mikac, who is chief operating officer at Croatian electric vehicle maker Rimac Automobili. Automotive News Europe salutes Florian Wunsch http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170616/ANE/306169999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-florian-wunsch Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Sales is Florian Wunsch, Nissan's head of global powertrain sales. Automotive News Europe salutes Mathieu Devillard http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170615/ANE/306159999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-mathieu-devillard Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Sales is Mathieu Devillard, who is a customer business unit director at Faurecia. Automotive News Europe salutes Hans-Joerg Dohrmann http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170614/ANE/306149999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-hans-joerg-dohrmann Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for New Mobility is Hans-Joerg Dohrmann, who is chairman is Swiss car-sharing firm sharoo. Automotive News Europe salutes Pedro Lazarino http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170613/ANE/306139999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-pedro-lazarino Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Marketing is Pedro Lazarino, Opel's European sales and marketing regional manager. Automotive News Europe salutes Steven De Ploey http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170612/ANE/306129999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-steven-de-ploey Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Marketing is Steven De Ploey, Jaguar Land Rover's global marketing strategy and planning director. Automotive News Europe salutes Gauthier Lerouge http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170609/ANE/306099999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-gauthier-lerouge Fri, 9 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Gauthier Lerouge, who is a general manager and program director at Faurecia. Automotive News Europe salutes Mariya K. Trickett http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170608/ANE/306089999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-mariya-k-trickett Thu, 8 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Human Resources is Mariya K. Trickett, Dana's senior vice president for global human resources. Automotive News Europe salutes Maria Grazia Davino http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170607/ANE/306079999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-maria-grazia-davino Wed, 7 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for General Management is Maria Grazia Davino, who is managing director of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles's operations in Switzerland. Automotive News Europe salutes Herve Boyer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170606/ANE/306069999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-herve-boyer Tue, 6 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. Legendary car dealer Carl Sewell is driven to connect http://www.autonews.com/article/20170605/OEM02/170609942/car-dealer-carl-sewell-legend Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Retail legend Carl Sewell's battle with cancer changed the course of his dealership group #8212; but the emphasis on connecting with customers remains. Automotive News Europe salutes Christian Terlinde http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170605/ANE/306059999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-christian-terlinde Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Finance is Christian Terlinde, Benteler Automotive's managing director and chief financial officer. Obituaries http://www.autonews.com/article/20170605/OEM02/170609893/obituaries Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Former dealer and automotive executive Paul Hartmann died May 9. He was 73. Automotive News Europe salutes Michael Hummelbrunner http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170602/ANE/306029999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-michael-hummelbrunner Fri, 2 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Finance is Michael Hummelbrunner, Magna Steyr's global director of finance and controlling. Automotive News Europe salutes Michael Weiss http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170601/ANE/306019999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-michael-weiss Thu, 1 Jun 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Engineering is Michael Weiss, who is vice president of thermal management and water pump bearings at Schaeffler. Automotive News Europe salutes Felicie Burelle http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170531/ANE/305319999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-felicie-burelle Wed, 31 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Business Development is Felicie Burelle, Plastic Omnium's executive vice president of strategy and development. Automotive News Europe salutes Christian Ohm http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170530/ANE/305309999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-christian-ohm Tue, 30 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Brand Management is Christian Ohm, Mazda Europe's head of strategic brand management, media, insights, analytics and marketing performance. Automotive News Europe salutes Frank Kremer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170529/ANE/170509830/automotive-news-europe-salutes-frank-kremer Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2017 Rising Stars awards. The Rising Star for Aftermarket and Customer Service is Frank Kremer, who is an aftersales director with Nissan in Europe. IHS manager Jackson moves to OESA http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM02/170529831/ihs-manager-jackson-moves-to-oesa Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The Original Equipment Suppliers Association has tapped IHS veteran Mike Jackson as its executive director of strategy and research. Toyota's Leroy to speak next month at Europe congress http://www.autonews.com/article/20170529/OEM02/170529816/toyotas-leroy-to-speak-next-month-at-europe-congress Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Didier Leroy, Toyota's highest ranking non-Japanese executive, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 21 in Barcelona, Spain. Racing scenes inspire Mazda's top designer http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229981/racing-scenes-inspire-mazdas-top-designer Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST When Mazda global design chief Ikuo Maeda was a boy, he saw the 1971 Steve McQueen racing epic Le Mans. The led to a passion for racing that feeds his creative side. FCA's Ralph Gilles unleashing his 'inner racer' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229986/fcas-ralph-gilles-unleashing-the-inner-racer Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST There's no disputing it -- Ralph Gilles is one of the coolest guys in the auto industry. But when does Fiat Chrysler Auto-mobiles' global head of design achieve peak cool? Tasca family lives the 'win on Sunday' philosophy http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/RETAIL07/305229995/tasca-family-lives-the-win-on-sunday-philosophy Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST The Tasca family of auto dealers claims its founder conceived the slogan "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday." It neatly sums up the business case for why dealers and automakers race. Mark Reuss, in the 'knothole' http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229997/mark-reuss-in-the-knothole Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST As much as Mark Reuss, a licensed road racer who created General Motors' Performance Division, relishes the fast lane, his appreciation for the carpool lane also runs deep. Ford's Jim Farley sees racing as relaxing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229973/fords-jim-farley-racing-to-relax Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST For Ford of Europe President Jim Farley, racing is the antidote to the pressures of working life. Bob Carter and the car that's now a couch http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229989/bob-carter-and-the-car-thats-now-a-couch Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST In his youth, Toyota executive Bob Carter would visit the short tracks of western Pennsylvania on Saturday nights with his brother, soaking up the local racing culture. Love of cars drives Aston's Andy Palmer http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229991/astons-andy-palmer-love-what-you-make Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST "Me driving the car isn't going to help us win." Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer is blunt about that. Duerheimer steers Bentley back to the track http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229988/duerheimer-steers-bentley-back-to-the-track Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Wolfgang Duerheimer is a strong believer in the old adage "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday," but his love of racing comes from a place where money is the means rather than the end. Raj Nair's mom was right http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229975/raj-nairs-mom-was-right Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Raj Nair, the head of Ford's product development, doesn't remember when he first fell in love with motorsports. But he knows his parents certainly didn't have anything to do with it. Track time is a form of therapy for supplier CEO http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229982/tis-bill-kozyra-what-does-the-car-give-back Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Whipping a high-revving sports car or a torquey low-revving Detroit muscle car around a track at high speeds is a form of therapy for Bill Kozyra, CEO of TI Automotive, a Tier 1 supplier of fuel system parts. Ford Performance boss Dave Pericak recalls the highs and lows of his many hot laps http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM/305229978/ford-performance-boss-dave-pericak-recalls-the-highs-and-lows-of-his Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Dave Pericak, head of Ford Performance, has been on countless hot laps on racetracks across the globe. But one in particular stands out. JLR's Kim McCullough fulfills a dream http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229980/jlrs-kim-mccullough-fulfills-a-dream Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A not-so-great driving performance at the Bob Bondurant Racing School in Arizona in 1992 prompted Kim McCullough, then Mazda's national advertising manager, to get serious about racing and to eventually compete in amateur race events. Toyota's driving chief learns the secret sauce http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229971/toyota-s-driving-chief-learns-the-secret-sauce Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST In an interview with Asia Editor Hans Greimel, Akio Toyoda, 61, talked about his interest in racing and how it now influences the flavor of Lexus and Toyota vehicles. Honda's Sage Marie recalls memorable machines http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229976/hondas-sage-marie-recalls-memorable-machines Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A car guy working for a car company is lucky. Sage Marie is luckier than most. Mueller, overseer of Takata fund, gets new assignment http://www.autonews.com/article/20170522/OEM02/305229952/mueller-overseer-of-takata-fund-gets-new-assignment Mon, 22 May 2017 00:01:00 EST A federal judge in Detroit may need to find someone else to oversee a compensation fund for victims of defective Takata airbags. Akio Toyoda is both master driver and late bloomer http://www.autonews.com/article/20170521/OEM02/305229970/akio-toyoda-master-driver-late-bloomer Sun, 21 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Akio Toyoda not only runs Toyota Motor Corp. but is its master driver, the final arbiter of what makes a Lexus a Lexus and a Toyota a Toyota. Why tiny Mazda rules amateur racing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170521/OEM02/170519713/why-tiny-mazda-rules-amateur-racing Sun, 21 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Mazda's footprint in the auto industry is tiny. But its reach in the world of club and amateur racing is unparalleled. Carlos Tavares stays on track http://www.autonews.com/article/20170520/OEM02/305229996/carlos-tavares-stays-on-track Sat, 20 May 2017 00:01:00 EST For PSA CEO Carlos Tavares, racing is perhaps more natural than running a global car company with annual revenues of $59 billion. The metamorphosis of C.J. Wilson http://www.autonews.com/article/20170520/RETAIL/305229998/the-metamorphosis-of-c-j-wilson Sat, 20 May 2017 00:01:00 EST There's retiring, and then there's retiring at age 35 with millions of dollars in the bank and a passion for racing, owning and selling some of the world's most pedigreed car brands. Ford's Farley will speak at Europe congress http://www.autonews.com/article/20170515/OEM02/305159998/fords-farley-will-speak-at-europe-congress Mon, 15 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford of Europe President Jim Farley, who has helped lead the unit's financial recovery, will be among the speakers at the Automotive News Europe Congress. Malcolm Bricklin's next bright idea http://www.autonews.com/article/20170515/OEM02/305159996/malcolm-bricklins-next-bright-idea Mon, 15 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Malcolm Bricklin is pulling the trigger again with a scheme to build a three-wheel EV and turn high-end car dealers into high-end art dealers. At 78, the serial entrepreneur is showing no signs of slowing down. Obituaries http://www.autonews.com/article/20170515/OEM02/170519888/obituaries Mon, 15 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Frank Faga, a manager at several General Motors plants, died April 20. He was 91. Facebook's Zuckerberg visits Ford plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019951/facebooks-zuckerberg-visits-ford-plant Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stopped by Ford Motor Co.'s Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Mich., last week as part of his "Personal Year of Travel Challenge." Ford returns to roots http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019974/ford-returns-to-roots Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and sons Nick, left, and Will, right, visited The Henry Ford Tavern in the family's ancestral village of Ballinascarthy in County Cork, Ireland. FDR's Packard back on duty in New York http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019972/fdrs-packard-back-on-duty-in-new-york Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST After test driving a 840-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at the opening of the New York auto show in April, last month, New York Gov.ernor Andrew Cuomo tried out a more tranquil set of wheels last week. This is the face that haunts BMW http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019971/this-is-the-face-that-haunts-bmw Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST It seems nothing generates fear inside German luxury-car makers like the visage of Elon Musk. Uber reassigns engineer cited in Waymo lawsuit http://www.autonews.com/article/20170501/OEM02/305019968/uber-reassigns-engineer-cited-in-waymo-lawsuit Mon, 1 May 2017 00:01:00 EST Anthony Levandowski, the Uber self-driving engineer at the center of Waymo's lawsuit against the company, stepped down from his position as head of Uber's Advanced Technology Group and moved to a different role within Uber. O'Reilly dump gets customer feedback http://www.autonews.com/article/20170424/RETAIL03/304249961/oreilly-dump-gets-customer-feedback Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST Just 10 days after advertisers -- led by prominent automakers -- began pulling advertising from Bill O'Reilly's TV show in the midst of a sexual harassment controversy, the Fox News host was ousted last week after more than 20 years on the network. A rock star and his other calling http://www.autonews.com/article/20170417/GLOBAL/304179905/a-rock-star-and-his-other-calling Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:01:00 EST If not for his sideline as a rock star, John 'Jay' Geils, who died last week at age 71, might have made his name as a car guy.