Automotive News People News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 30 Jun 2016 06:00:00 EST Super students set record 3,788 mpg http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/OEM05/306279984/super-students-set-record-3788-mpg Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The winning vehicle in this year's SAE Supermileage competition posted a record 3,788 mpg. ASKED & ANSWERED: Danny Shapiro, director of automotive, Nvidia http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/OEM02/306279989/asked-answered-danny-shapiro-director-of-automotive-nvidia Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Shapiro says artificial intelligence is "the way forward on autonomous cars." Musk is losing big on Tesla's SolarCity bid http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/OEM05/306279979/musk-is-losing-big-on-teslas-solarcity-bid Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST In the initial day of trading after Tesla Motors said it would buy SolarCity, Elon Musk -- the largest shareholder of both companies -- lost a net $715 million. Bertha Benz's Hall of Fame ride http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209966/bertha-benzs-hall-of-fame-ride Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Is Bertha Ringer getting a free ride into the Automotive Hall of Fame simply because she married the genius Karl Benz 144 years ago? Not at all. Message to Trump: Check your numbers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209974/message-to-trump-check-your-numbers Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The voice of Mexico's auto industry, a former free-trade negotiator, says the sector has proven itself to be vital to the country's economy. And he warns Donald Trump that trade restrictions would batter many U.S. More and more, CEO pay is linked to stock http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209984/more-and-more-ceo-pay-is-linked-to-stock Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Outgoing Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. CEO Roy Armes topped the list of the 42 highest paid CEOs at publicly traded U.S.-based automotive companies in 2015. Obituaries http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209962/obituaries Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Ron Hall Sr., founder of Bridgewater Interiors, and Charles Walton, former president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers. Nader honored by the industry he challenged http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209967/nader-honored-by-the-industry-he-challenged Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Ralph Nader, the consumer safety advocate who forced the auto industry to prioritize safety and build cleaner cars, will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame. Roy Lunn turns to the next 'people's car' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209968/roy-lunn-turns-to-the-next-peoples-car Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Roy Lunn is one of the original disrupters. GM making 'leaps and bounds' in supplier ties http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209980/gm-making-leaps-and-bounds-in-supplier-ties Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Bill Kopicki, director of brakes, tires and wheels within General Motors' Global Purchasing and Supply Chain unit, helps oversee an annual spend of $6 billion. Mulally&'s fast track to fame http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209964/mulally-s-fast-track-to-fame Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Nine years and 10 months ago, Alan Mulally was an aerospace executive whom almost nobody east of Seattle had ever heard of. Next month, he'll enter the Automotive Hall of Fame. Ford. Sloan. Iacocca. Mulally. Pretty neat company. Seems like some VW managers are looking to escape http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209960/seems-like-some-vw-managers-are-looking-to-escape Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Lots of managers and senior development engineers at crisis-plagued Volkswagen in Germany are sniffing around for new job opportunities, according to sister publication Automobilwoche. Fords at home http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209959/fords-at-home Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST A bronze, life-size sculpture of Edsel and Eleanor Ford walking arm-in-arm was unveiled last week at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, the couple's mansion in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. Difference makers of a higher order http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209969/difference-makers-of-a-higher-order Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST It would be difficult to exaggerate the impact of Bertha Benz, Roy Lunn, Alan Mulally and Ralph Nader -- the four newest members of the Automotive Hall of Fame -- on the global auto industry. Personnel http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209976/personnel Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Peter Fong, 52, to senior vice president of dealership operations. Fong, who has held executive positions in sales and marketing at Ford Motor Co. How we keep score http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209985/how-we-keep-score Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST To examine compensation trends for CEOs and other select executives, Automotive News asked Equilar Inc., an executive compensation data firm, to compile and analyze pay data from corporate filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Star power: Automotive News Europe Congress http://www.autonews.com/article/20160613/OEM02/306139954/star-power-automotive-news-europe-congress Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Fourteen of the best and brightest young leaders in the European auto industry were honored last week in Munich at the 6th annual Rising Stars dinner, held in conjunction with the Automotive News Europe Congress. Obituaries http://www.autonews.com/article/20160613/OEM02/306139966/obituaries Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Marc Stepp, the first African-American to lead bargaining for the union at a Detroit automaker, died June 3. He played a crucial role in securing Chrysler's $1.5 billion in federal loan guarantees from Congress in 1980. Automotive News Europe honors the 2016 Rising Stars winners http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160607/ANE/160609911/automotive-news-europe-honors-the-2016-rising-stars-winners Tue, 7 Jun 2016 15:30:00 EST Fifteen young and talented automotive executives have been honored as Rising Stars within the automotive industry by Automotive News Europe. Family Ties: The dynasties of the auto industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM02/306069977/family-ties-the-dynasties-of-the-auto-industry Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Family-controlled auto groups have survived monumental upheaval over the past century, sometimes going against the bottom-line principles of pure capitalism. Need proof? Just look at Ford, BMW, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen. Cascade Engineering seeks 'lasting impact' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM01/306069978/cascade-engineering-seeks-lasting-impact Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Christina Keller joined Cascade Engineering in 2009 with a background in nonprofit work. She holds an MBA from Cornell University and also worked in consulting in New York. Ian Callum's ready-to-wear F-Pace sketch http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM03/306069970/ian-callums-ready-to-wear-f-pace-sketch Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Add another title to Ian Callum's CV: T-shirt sketch artist. A drawing of the new F-Pace utility vehicle that Jaguar's design director drew on the fly is now on a T-shirt available at two Jag dealerships in Michigan. Nissan will keep pushing, Munoz says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM/306069946/nissan-will-keep-pushing-munoz-says Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz says the automaker will not ease off after it reaches its targeted 10 percent U.S. market share. Automotive News Europe salutes Josef Graubmann http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160606/ANE/306069999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-josef-graubmann Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through today one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Sales Suppliers is Josef Graubmann of Webasto. The bean counter who could have changed auto history http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM02/160609934/the-bean-counter-who-could-have-changed-auto-history Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Fifty-six years after leaving Ford Motor Co., Robert McNamara still symbolizes the great divide in the auto industry between 'bean counters' and 'car guys,' a chasm that McNamara may be personally responsible for. TALK FROM THE TOP: Mercedes' Exler eyes another sales record http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM08/306069988/talk-from-the-top-mercedes-exler-eyes-another-sales-record Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST A string of new product introductions means Mercedes-Benz should be on its way to another U.S. sales record, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler said. Darwin Clark steered Olds in tough times http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM02/306069949/darwin-clark-steered-olds-in-tough-times Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Darwin Clark, a General Motors executive who held key senior management positions at Buick and Oldsmobile and in GM's overseas operations from the 1980s to the early 2000s, died Tuesday, May 31. He was 76. Trotter: Where no one ever retires http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/RETAIL07/306069979/trotter-where-no-one-ever-retires Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST At Trotter Auto Group, employee turnover is low, promotion from within is high, and the Trotter family's influence on the culture is hands-on. Garff: Built on frugality and generosity http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/RETAIL07/306069976/garff-built-on-frugality-and-generosity Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Ken Garff Automotive Group's foundation for its success rests on the principles founder Ken Garff embodied: Frugality with cash and generosity of spirit. Walker Tool & Die: No second-gen slump http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM10/306069971/walker-tool-die-no-second-gen-slump Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Nearly six decades after its humble beginnings, Walker Tool and Die is a $25 million company with a blue-chip list of customers that includes General Motors, General Electric and Whirlpool. Huffines: True to founder&'s ethic http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/RETAIL07/306069975/huffines-true-to-founder-s-ethic Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Keeping the Huffines clan's Texas dealership group in the family means keeping it true to its founder, who was active in the community and known for his reputation as a straight shooter, says Ray Huffines. Personnel http://www.autonews.com/article/20160606/OEM02/306069991/personnel Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Mark Rainey, 47, takes over as director of dealer development at General Motors. TALK FROM THE TOP: Nissan's Munoz says most dealers are happy http://www.autonews.com/article/20160605/OEM08/306069987/talk-from-the-top-nissans-munoz-says-most-dealers-are-happy Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan North America Chairman says the heat will stay on for more sales, even after reaching the goal of a 10 percent U.S. market share next March. And 'preferred Nissan dealers'? No such thing, Munoz says. Joining family business a 'difficult' decision http://www.autonews.com/article/20160605/RETAIL07/306069972/joining-family-business-a-difficult-decision Sun, 5 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Angela Pritchard Spiteri, now vice president of operations at Pritchard Family Auto Stores, started her career outside of the family business -- in the insurance industry -- and then became an assistant for her father JDC's success is about company, not family http://www.autonews.com/article/20160604/OEM10/306069974/jdcs-success-is-about-company-not-family Sat, 4 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Very few family members are actually employed at Tennessee automotive supplier JDC Coatings, which President Michael Frye says allows the company to focus on what's best for the business. TALK FROM THE TOP: Jaguar Land Rover's Eberhardt expects Jaguar sales jump with 2 new products http://www.autonews.com/article/20160604/OEM08/306069989/talk-from-the-top-jaguar-land-rovers-eberhardt-expects-jaguar-sales Sat, 4 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Joe Eberhardt, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, acknowledges that the speed of change at the company is challenging, with a new dealership design and dealer margin structure. Automotive News Europe salutes Andrea Carlucci http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160603/ANE/306039999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-andrea-carlucci Fri, 3 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Sales OEM is Andrea Carlucci of Toyota Italy. Automotive News Europe salutes Carlos Lahoz http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160602/ANE/306029999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-carlos-lahoz Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Sales OEM is Carlos Lahoz of Kia Europe. Automotive News Europe salutes Monica Genovese http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160601/ANE/306019999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-monica-genovese Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Purchasing is Monica Genovese of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Automotive News Europe salutes Gerald Mentil http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160531/ANE/305319999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-gerald-mentil Tue, 31 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Faurecia's Gerald Mentil. Automotive News Europe salutes Michael-Robert Buechsner http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160530/ANE/305309999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-michael-robert-buechsner Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is ZF TRW Automotive's Michael-Robert Buechsner. Rembrandts help refine the art of the sale http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/RETAIL07/305309969/rembrandts-help-refine-the-art-of-the-sale Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Robert Hoehn is a 21st century American car dealer who became obsessed with collecting prints made by a 17th century Dutch master who conjured dark, magical images using copper plates, acid, an etching tool and a press. Automotive News Europe salutes Stephane Alber http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160527/ANE/305269999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-stephane-alber Fri, 27 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is Stephane Alber of Valeo Wiper Systems. Automotive News Europe salutes Peter Hill http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160526/ANE/305269998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-peter-hill Thu, 26 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Marketing is Peter Hill of Honeywell Transportation Systems. Automotive News Europe salutes Marcin Palmer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160525/ANE/305259999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-marcin-palmer Wed, 25 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for IT is Delphi Automotive's Marcin Palmer. Automotive News Europe salutes Carolin Gleichmann http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160524/ANE/305249999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-carolin-gleichmann Tue, 24 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Human Resources is Carolin Gleichmann of Hilite International. Bo Andersson, out of the shadows http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM02/305239973/bo-andersson-out-of-the-shadows Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In a tucked-away corner of an empty restaurant, the familiar face emerges from the shadows, slipping into the room like a character from a John le Carré Russian spy novel. It's Bo Andersson. Yes, that Bo Andersson. Automotive News Europe salutes Ingo Fleischer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160523/ANE/305239999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-ingo-fleischer Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Ingo Fleischer of Johnson Controls. Automotive News Europe salutes Martin Fischer http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160520/ANE/305209999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-martin-fischer Fri, 20 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Martin Fischer of BorgWarner Turbo Systems. Automotive News Europe salutes Luka Trapic http://europe.autonews.com/article/20160519/ANE/305199999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-luka-trapic Thu, 19 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2016 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 6 one of the 15 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Luka Trapic of Ferrari.