Automotive News People News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:00:00 EST 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.