Executives

Frederick Standish, former director of PR for Nissan North America, dies

5:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Frederick Standish, who managed Nissan North America's corporate communications as it reinvented itself in Tennessee, has died at 65 after a long illness....
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Q&A

Nissan plans big strides in connectivity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Nissan is working to leverage its early lead in electric vehicles for bigger strides in autonomy and connectivity. Richard Candler, Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, provided details in an interview....
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Bentley at work on a sporty SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Bentley is developing a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the ultraluxury brand's first SUV....
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The inventory is too low? Oh, the irony

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Wall Street analysts tend to keep a wary eye on automakers' vehicle inventory. If it creeps up, it can be a sign that profit-eroding incentives are coming to help move the metal. So it felt like opposite day last week when an analyst asked General Motors executives during the company's fourth-quarter conference call whether they were concerned that inventories were running too lean....
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Where Toyota, Lexus got their leaders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

While Scion served Toyota as a test bed for marketing and retail innovations, it was also an effective proving ground for executives. A truckful of current Toyota suits cut their teeth at the young brand, and movement between Scion and Lexus was fluid....
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Nissan bolsters Sentra as gateway to the brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Nissan says it spent three times as much as usual to give its 2016 Sentra compact sedan a midcycle freshening. The goal is to give newcomers more reason to stay with the brand....
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GM: Others could use Chevy Volt's powertrain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

The gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain General Motors uses in the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt could end up in competitors' vehicles....
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Porsche: Diesel Macan in limbo for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Porsche North America boss Klaus Zellmer still wants to bring the diesel-powered Macan to the U.S. But he needs Volkswagen to make a technical fix so the engines will meet emissions requirements....
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VW dealership valuations slide; some smell opportunity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Volkswagen's diesel scandal has dinged the company's sales, profits and image. Now, as the scandal enters its sixth month with few signs of a resolution, the effects are trickling down to the value of its U.S. dealerships....
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VW quality chief quits amid diesel scandal fallout

Feb. 8, 2016 17:32 CET

Volkswagen named company veteran Hans-Joachim Rothenpieler as head of group quality assurance, replacing Frank Tuch who held the job for six years and, according to sources, was suspended amid the automaker's emissions scandal....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: 'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the automotive field. That could be bad news for traditional auto companies, an industry analyst said....
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TRUCK BATTLE BREWING

Countering Chevy's Silverado surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

General Motors gained a chunk of share in the full-sized pickup segment last year. But it faces stiffer competition from Ford and Ram in 2016....
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Honda Ridgeline: Not your teenager's truck

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Honda hopes its marketing campaign for the Ridegline will grab buyers with a little more gray in their hair and green in their wallets than the prototypical Toyota Tacoma fan....
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Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

While a proposed federal law to close the used-car loophole is dead for now, efforts to keep unrepaired recalled vehicles out of circulation are stirring. And with powerful players mobilizing on the issue in an era of high-volume, high-profile recalls, dealers and automakers may face pressure to revisit their policies....
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Toyota's Carter to speak at Retail Forum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., will be a featured speaker at the Automotive News Retail Forum on March 31....
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TIER 2 BLOCKBUSTER

For FCA, no one brand was big enough for 'Star Wars'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

December is not only prime time for blockbuster Hollywood releases; it's also a crucial month for auto sales promotions. That's why FCA, which partnered with Lucasfilm to co-promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens alongside five of its brands in a global effort, didn't have to think too hard about what direction to take with its campaign. The timing, said FCA marketing boss Olivier Francois, was perfect for Tier 2....
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Q&A: FORD'S JIM FARLEY

Ford of Europe boss aims for steady profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Ford of Europe increased vehicle sales 11 percent to 1.3 million vehicles in its core markets and finished 2015 with its first operating profit in three years. Jim Farley, who started his second year as Ford of Europe president on Jan. 1, wants the division to be a consistent profit contributor to its U.S. parent....
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Q&A: OPEL'S KARL-THOMAS NEUMANN

At last, Opel sees breakeven on the horizon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

This year Opel expects to break even financially after more than a decade of losses, finally rewarding parent General Motors' huge investment in its European division. Karl-Thomas Neumann, who next month begins his fourth year as Opel CEO, says the automaker has beaten all internal targets since he arrived....
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AutoNation's recall policy disrupts used-vehicle business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

AutoNation's recall policy challenged its used-vehicle business in the fourth quarter. The disruptions will continue through the first half as the retailer continues to expand its used-vehicle inventory....
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REBOUND IN EUROPE

Ford, Opel find footing as carmakers will count more on the region

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Opel is confident this is the year that it will break even after more than a decade of losses. Ford of Europe, which after three years of losses returned to profit in 2015 with the help of an accounting change, expects to once again become the money-making machine it was from 2004 until 2011....
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2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW's Seat readies unveiling of its first SUV

Feb. 7, 2016 06:01 CET

VW Group's Seat brand this week will unveil its first SUV as the struggling brand seeks to benefit from a booming segment in Europe....
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For game day, Nissan changes the channel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Nissan's new college sports marketing campaign is its top priority this year. And that meant no Super Bowl ad....
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Alfa Romeo, Maserati get new tech chief amid product launch delays

Feb. 5, 2016 11:53 CET

Fiat Chrysler has lured former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli back from BMW as the automaker faces technical challenges that have delayed the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Maserati Levante launches. Fedeli will be chief technical officer for both Alfa and Maserati....
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Group 1 buys U.K. dealership group, sells 3 U.S. stores

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

Group 1 Automotive has acquired the Spire Automotive Group of 12 dealerships in the Greater London area. It also has divested three dealerships in the U.S....
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UAW was unprepared for social media influence on talks, Williams says

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union took away several lessons from its rocky 2015 negotiations with Detroit automakers -- chief among them being the influence of social media on members....
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