Automotive News People News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:00:00 EST Daimler exec: Cars will be part of Internet http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM02/311109999/daimler-exec-cars-will-be-part-of-internet Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Ralf Lamberti, manager of the connected-car area at Daimler AG, says the car is becoming "a part of the Internet," meaning it will be "able to communicate with its environment and other vehicles." Barra QandA: At GM, the biggest changes are just beginning http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM08/311109984/barra-qa-at-gm-the-biggest-changes-are-just-beginning Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mary Barra was just weeks into her job as the first female CEO of a global automaker when General Motors was consumed by a safety crisis now linked to 30 deaths. Jaclyn Trop joins Automotive News http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM/311109935/jaclyn-trop-joins-automotive-news Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Jaclyn Trop has joined Automotive News as a reporter in Los Angeles, covering the U.S. operations of Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., as well as TrueCar Inc. and Edmunds.com Inc. Upbeat outlook for Volvo in U.S., China, Europe http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM08/311109983/upbeat-outlook-for-volvo-in-u-s-china-europe Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Hakan Samuelsson, who took over as Volvo's CEO two years ago, has begun a turnaround at the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker. Through nine months, Volvo's global sales rose 9 percent to 339,300 vehicles. Nissan's global product boss drives a smoky motorcycle http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20141107/COPY/311079998/nissans-global-product-boss-drives-a-smoky-motorcycle Fri, 7 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Keno Kato, Nissan's global head of product planning and strategy is a 1960s-muscle car fan from rural Japan. At the office, he directs a global team of planners to translate future customer trends into product performance, appearance and technology. Nissan's global product boss drives a smoky motorcycle http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM02/311039995/nissans-global-product-boss-drives-a-smoky-motorcycle Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Keno Kato, Nissan Motor's global head of product planning and strategy who directs a global team of 500 planners, is a buzz-cut 1960s-muscle car fan from rural Japan. Lunch with Barra? That's $100,000 http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/OEM02/310279975/lunch-with-barra-thats-100000 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors shares may be down from their 2014 peak as investors fret about recalls, Europe and prospects for higher U.S. discounts, but Mary Barra's star power remains high. World Congress kickoff speaker: Audi's de Meo http://www.autonews.com/article/20141020/OEM02/310209821/world-congress-kickoff-speaker-audis-de-meo Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Luca de Meo, Audi AG's board member for sales and marketing, will be the opening speaker at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 13. LaSorda's fund finds new investor -- an old friend http://www.autonews.com/article/20141020/OEM02/310209826/lasordas-fund-finds-new-investor-an-old-friend Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Dieter Zetsche's Chrysler days are long over, but he's pretty good at maintaining ties with old colleagues from Auburn Hills, Mich. Lutz on the Aztek: Blame GM culture http://www.autonews.com/article/20141018/OEM/310209829/lutz-on-the-aztek-blame-gm-culture Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST It's always assumed that Bob Lutz got his job as GM's product czar in 2001, coming out of retirement at age 69, because of the spectacular failure of the Pontiac Aztek. Obituary http://www.autonews.com/article/20141013/OEM02/310139952/obituary Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Al Wagner, a former Chrysler and Toyota executive, died Oct. 3. He was 83. A chance to bid farewell to Sir Nick http://www.autonews.com/article/20141013/OEM02/310139966/a-chance-to-bid-farewell-to-sir-nick Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST The Detroit auto industry will get a chance to celebrate a much-admired executive who passed away before many were ready to see him go. The family of Nick Scheele will host a service to honor his life at 6 p.m. Oct. For Buffett, long drive to next Cadillac http://www.autonews.com/article/20141006/RETAIL07/310069983/for-buffett-long-drive-to-next-cadillac Mon, 6 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s purchase of the Van Tuyl Group means he probably won't be going back to Huber Cadillac, the Omaha, Neb., dealership where he bought a new XTS in May. Buffett, already an investor, doubles down on autos http://www.autonews.com/article/20141006/RETAIL07/310069985/buffett-already-an-investor-doubles-down-on-autos Mon, 6 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Warren Buffett's purchase of the Van Tuyl Group may be his first foray into auto retailing, but he already has bet heavily on the turnaround of General Motors. Time to get to know Barra better http://www.autonews.com/article/20140929/OEM02/309299965/time-to-get-to-know-barra-better Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors CEO Mary Barra landed on the cover of Time magazine, submitting to a lengthy and largely favorable profile. Mulally nips talk of prez run in the bud http://www.autonews.com/article/20140922/OEM02/309229956/mulally-nips-talk-of-prez-run-in-the-bud Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST News flash: Alan Mulally is not running for president. Obituaries http://www.autonews.com/article/20140908/RETAIL07/309089955/obituaries Mon, 8 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Obituaries on Sonny Bledsoe, Tim Gallagher and Gene Wilson Zagato wants to create new classics http://www.autonews.com/article/20140907/OEM02/309089990/zagato-wants-to-create-new-classics Sun, 7 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST While turning out countless special Zagato editions over the years, the Zagato company has had a major influence on the styling of European luxury cars, racers and airplanes. Obituary http://www.autonews.com/article/20140901/RETAIL07/309019959/obituary Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Allen Chapman, a former auto dealer, died Aug. 16. He was 78. Boca Raton concours will honor Crain http://www.autonews.com/article/20140901/OEM02/309019969/boca-raton-concours-will-honor-crain Mon, 1 Sep 2014 00:01:00 EST Keith Crain, editor-in-chief of Automotive News and chairman of Crain Communications Inc., will be honored with a 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement award at the ninth annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in February. Dealership group's chaplain connects with employees http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/RETAIL07/308189990/dealership-groups-chaplain-connects-with-employees Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST The services of Chaplain Roy Inzunza is part of the spiritual and wellness benefits for employees of the 12-franchise dealership group. Blessing from Pope Francis may help sell a few Souls http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/GLOBAL/308189962/blessing-from-pope-francis-may-help-sell-a-few-souls Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Kicking off a five-day visit to South Korea last week, the pope slipped into the back of a Kia Soul and rolled down a window to wave at the welcoming party, including President Park Geun-hye. Chrysler fills safety officer position http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/OEM02/308189995/chrysler-fills-safety-officer-position Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Scott Kunselman, 51, who had been Chrysler's head of purchasing since 2012, was tapped to lead the company's new Office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance. A Renegade prime minister http://www.autonews.com/article/20140804/OEM02/308049936/a-renegade-prime-minister Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, front, checks out rear legroom in the Jeep Renegade with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chairman John Elkann. Chrysler exec: Recalls strengthen industry ties http://www.autonews.com/article/20140804/OEM10/308059997/chrysler-exec-recalls-strengthen-industry-ties Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST This year's long list of automotive recalls is strengthening the bond between suppliers and automakers, Chrysler Group's head of quality says. The day 3 Hall of Famers met in Maranello http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM02/307289952/the-day-3-hall-of-famers-met-in-maranello Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST For Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain, who entered the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, 1978 was a big year for scoops. GM's top N.A. lawyer shares hot seat with boss http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM02/307289964/gms-top-n-a-lawyer-shares-hot-seat-with-boss Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST When Lucy Clark Dougherty was named General Motors' top lawyer for North America in 2011, she was considered the likely candidate to succeed General Counsel Michael Millikin. Scheele wasn't too big to solve a paint problem http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM02/307289954/scheele-wasnt-too-big-to-solve-a-paint-problem Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Former Ford Motor Co. President Nick Scheele, who died this month at age 70, left warm memories throughout the auto industry. Mike Alexander, legendary custom-car builder, dies http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM03/307289996/mike-alexander-legendary-custom-car-builder-dies Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Mike Alexander, half of a Detroit-area brother duo who became famous for their custom cars, died July 18. He was 80. Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/OEM02/307219952/nissan-needs-to-be-in-the-fast-lane-on-self-driving-tech-ghosn-says Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial reality" and a "regulatory minefield." Obituary http://www.autonews.com/article/20140707/RETAIL07/307079956/obituary Mon, 7 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Paul Miller, a Kentucky Ford dealer, died June 27. He was 92. NX chief on re-engineering the RAV4 for luxury http://www.autonews.com/article/20140706/OEM02/307079976/nx-chief-on-re-engineering-the-rav4-for-luxury Sun, 6 Jul 2014 23:00:00 EST Lexus NX Chief Engineer Takeaki Kato oversaw development of the second-generation Lexus IS sedan and the current RX crossover. Longtime Rhode Island dealer Bob Rizzo dies http://www.autonews.com/article/20140630/RETAIL07/306309963/longtime-rhode-island-dealer-bob-rizzo-dies Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Longtime dealer Bob Rizzo died May 22. He was 71. Ex-Toyota, Dana exec Gary Convis: 'I failed' ... at retiring http://www.autonews.com/article/20140628/OEM02/306309999/ex-toyota-dana-exec-gary-convis-i-failed-at-retiring Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Gary Convis called it a career when he turned 65 in 2007 as head of Toyota engineering and manufacturing in North America in Erlanger, Ky. A couple of failed retirements later, Convis is still at it. Who's in charge at Cadillac? http://www.autonews.com/article/20140623/OEM02/306239969/whos-in-charge-at-cadillac Mon, 23 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Last week, Cadillac's U.S. sales chief, Bill Peffer, left abruptly after less than 10 months in the job, the third head of sales to leave in two years. Dealers desperate for some stability will have to wait for that promise. Donald Pearson, former Chrysler regional manager, passes away at 92 http://www.autonews.com/article/20140616/OEM02/306169949/donald-pearson-former-chrysler-regional-manager-passes-away-at-92 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Donald Pearson, a former Southeastern area manager for Chrysler, died June 9. Bill Hoglund: Candid and charismatic http://www.autonews.com/article/20140616/OEM02/306169967/bill-hoglund-candid-and-charismatic Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Bill Hoglund, who died on June 8 at age 79, was a new kind of General Motors executive. He was sometimes dangerously outspoken, and he liked to try new things. How GM critic Perot tried to recruit Hoglund http://www.autonews.com/article/20140616/OEM02/306169952/how-gm-critic-perot-tried-to-recruit-hoglund Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Bill Hoglund, who died June 8 at 79, was one of the first General Motors senior executives to speak frankly about a "culture problem" at GM. Had GM critic Ross Perot gained control of the company, Hoglund might have become his CEO. Robertson: BMW's i subbrand will lift margins http://www.autonews.com/article/20140607/OEM02/306099997/robertson-bmws-i-subbrand-will-lift-margins Sat, 7 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST There's a nice pricing advantage to be had for early entrants in new segments, says Ian Robertson, BMW Group board member in charge of BMW brand sales and marketing and group retail operations. Automotive News Europe salutes Robert Schnell http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140603/ANE/306039998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-robert-schnell Tue, 3 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through today a pair of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Sales non-OEM is Robert Schnell of Faurecia. Automotive News Europe salutes Lars Himmer http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140603/ANE/306039999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-lars-himmer Tue, 3 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through today two of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Sales OEM is Lars Himmer of VW Group. Automotive News Europe salutes Craig Price http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140602/ANE/306029997/automotive-news-europe-salutes-craig-price Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 3 two of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Purchasing is Craig Price of Dana. Automotive News Europe salutes Etienne Henry http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140602/ANE/306029998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-etienne-henry Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 3 a pair of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Marketing is Etienne Henry of Renault-Nissan. CEO pay, like the industry, is rising http://www.autonews.com/article/20140602/OEM02/306029980/ceo-pay-like-the-industry-is-rising Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:01:00 EST PPG Industries CEO Charles Bunch exercised stock options to top the list of the 35 highest-paid CEOs at publicly traded North America-based automotive companies. Automotive News Europe salutes Patrice Bony http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140530/ANE/305309998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-patrice-bony Fri, 30 May 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 3 a pair of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Manufacturing is PSA's Patrice Bony. Automotive News Europe salutes Mike Bell http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140530/ANE/305309999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-mike-bell Fri, 30 May 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 3 two of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for IT is Jaguar Land Rover's Mike Bell. Automotive News Europe salutes Gayla Cowie http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140529/ANE/305289997/automotive-news-europe-salutes-gayla-cowie Thu, 29 May 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 3 two of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Human Resources is Gayla Cowie of Nissan. Automotive News Europe salutes Steve Zanlunghi http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140529/ANE/305299999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-steve-zanlunghi Thu, 29 May 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 3 a pair of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for General Management is Fiat's Steve Zanlunghi. Automotive News Europe salutes James Sheehan http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140528/ANE/305289998/automotive-news-europe-salutes-james-sheehan Wed, 28 May 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 3 two of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Finance is James Sheehan of Benteler Automotive. Automotive News Europe salutes Alexander Hitzinger http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140528/ANE/305289999/automotive-news-europe-salutes-alexander-hitzinger Wed, 28 May 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Europe honors the winners of the 2014 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 3 a pair of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Engineering is Porsche's Alexander Hitzinger. %]