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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2018
When a crisis strikes, a company's board must spring into action and take charge to quickly restore confidence. After Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested over VW Group's diesel scandal, old loyalties took precedence over damage control.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis

5:30 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2018
When a crisis strikes, a company's board must spring into action and take charge to quickly restore confidence. After Audi CEO Rupert Stadler was arrested over VW Group's diesel scandal, old loyalties took precedence over damage control.

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Tesla's rise causes rivals to misallocate spending, analyst says

June 20, 2018 06:01 CET
While many credit Tesla with pushing the industry toward electrified powertrains, analyst Max Warburton of Alliance Bernstein said the company could be responsible for causing automakers to make a significant misallocation of their capital.

MICHAEL MARTINEZ

Why buying an old train station will be Bill Ford's greatest act

8:13 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
Ford Motor's purchase of the long-abandoned Michigan Central Station will be Bill Ford's most impactful achievement, no matter how many acts he has left.

GM, Honda endorse policy accord for EV infrastructure

12:06 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
General Motors, Honda and others endorsed principles meant to guide local, state and federal policymakers on how to develop energy infrastructure for electrified vehicles.

NHTSA orders end to sales of Autopilot Buddy, which disables Tesla safety feature

12:40 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
NHTSA issued a cease-and-desist letter Tuesday to a company selling an aftermarket device that effectively disables a safety feature in Tesla's Autopilot semiautonomous driver assist system.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford's grand vision: A 'knowledge cathedral'

3:30 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
Ford train station vision: A 'knowledge cathedral', Old streets, new mobility, Putting 'motor' back in Motor City; Feds target device that disables Tesla safety feature; Ford-VW van deal?

China to act 'forcefully' on Trump's $200 billion tariff threat

10:41 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
Trade tensions between the world's two biggest economies intensified, with China vowing to retaliate "forcefully" against President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports.

Trump says 'getting there' in NAFTA talks with Canada, Mexico

2:16 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
President Trump said progress was being made in talks to update the NAFTA trade accord between the United States, Canada and Mexico, but he held out the prospect of striking bilateral pacts.

VW names interim Audi boss, seeking to steady brand after CEO arrest

June 19, 2018 14:52 CET
Volkswagen Group suspended Audi boss Rupert Stadler and announced an interim replacement with Abraham Schot, seeking to steady its most profitable business after German authorities arrested Stadler as part of an emissions probe.

Audi suspends Stadler, installs Schot as interim CEO

June 19, 2018 13:35 CET
Audi suspended CEO Rupert Stadler and appointed sales chief Bram Schot as an interim replacement with immediate effect, a day after Stadler's arrest in connection with a diesel probe.

Audi suspends Stadler, installs Schot as interim CEO

6:54 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
Audi suspended CEO Rupert Stadler and appointed Bram Schot as an interim replacement effective immediately, a day after Stadler's arrest in connection with a diesel emissions probe in Germany.

Tesla sheds more light on 500 job cuts at California HQ, plant

9:58 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
Tesla filed notices with its home state that shed light on which workers are being dismissed from several key California operations as part of CEO Elon Musk's profit-motivated reorganization.

Continental board plans powertrain IPO, report says

June 19, 2018 15:21 CET
Continental's supervisory board is moving ahead with plans for an initial public offering of its powertrain unit and a new corporate structure by early July, a sign the supplier's biggest overhaul in decades is taking shape, according to people familiar with the matter.

VIDEO: First Shift: Audi suspends Stadler, names interim CEO

8:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
Audi suspends Stadler, sales boss named interim CEO; Musk alleges sabotage, NTSB to observe probe of LA fire; Ford, Cena settle; Small used-car prices up; Volvo's plastic pledge.

Audi said to resume crisis talks after CEO Stadler's arrest

June 19, 2018 08:04 CET
Audi's board of directors will resume talks to address a leadership crisis, sources said, following CEO Rupert Stadler's arrest.

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Renault's styling boss on designing for an autonomous future

June 19, 2018 06:01 CET
Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker explains the challenges facing the automaker as it creates driverless cars.

PSA finance boss de Chatillon quits to join pharmaceutical company

June 19, 2018 10:55 CET
PSA finance chief Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon will leave the automaker to join French pharmaceutical company Sanofi. He will be succeeded by Philippe de Rovira, currently finance boss at of PSA's Opel/Vauxhall unit.

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Mitsubishi ahead of midterm targets for car sales and profit margin, COO says

June 19, 2018 06:01 CET
It has been a year and a half since Nissan took a controlling stake in Mitsubishi and installed British executive Trevor Mann as its chief operating officer. Mann is already seeing positive results at the brand, as he told Automotive News Europe in an interview.

Volvo sets goal of 25% recycled plastics in cars

June 18, 2018 10:55 CET
Volvo says at least 25 percent of the plastics used in its new cars will be from recycled materials starting in 2025.

Musk says Tesla hit with 'extensive' sabotage by employee

10:24 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
A disgruntled Tesla employee broke into the company's manufacturing operating system and sent highly sensitive data to unknown third parties, according to an email Elon Musk sent to staff.

Canada mulls auto firms aid in response to U.S. tariffs threat

4:16 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Canada is considering all options, including providing financial aid to the auto industry, to cope with possible tariffs from the United States.

Sales boss Schot will be Audi interim CEO after Stadler arrest, report says

June 18, 2018 14:33 CET
Volkswagen Group is preparing to name sales and marketing boss Bram Schot as interim chief at its Audi unit, Bloomberg reported. The move follows the arrest of CEO Rupert Stadler in connection with VW's diesel-emissions cheating.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Ford 'spending no extra money' to buy depot

3:30 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Bill Ford: 'We're spending no extra money' to buy depot; Stay silent on Tesla safety?; VW said to suspend Audi's Stadler after arrest; Hyundai, Kia regional HQs; Cadillac CT5 spied.

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VW executive tally in diesel scandal grows with Stadler arrest

12:09 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Rupert Stadler's arrest adds to the list of German and American executives at Volkswagen AG that have been held, charged, or both over their alleged involvement in the emissions-testing scandal.

 
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VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis


5:30 am U.S. ET | June 20 2018

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When a crisis strikes, a company's board must spring into action and take charge to quickly restore ...
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words ...
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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spi ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design featu ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, showed a ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgo ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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