Executives

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Jeep joins Nissan, Honda others getting big benefit from European production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's decision to build the new Jeep Renegade in Italy is paying off, helped by strong demand from local customers. Other automakers including Nissan, Honda, Kia and Suzuki have also has been rewarded in the European countries where they have opened factories. Volvo hopes to do the same in the U.S....
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Applied Acoustics International names industry veteran Larry Hagood as CEO

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Applied Acoustics International, the sound barrier and noise dampening supplier created last week when UGN Inc. sold its automotive acoustics business, today named Larry Hagood, 56, as its CEO....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Ford's Mexico expansion plans amount to a nice gift for Trump

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

So as it turns out, Donald Trump was right about Ford. Sort of. That's after news has leaked out that Ford is, in fact, planning to build a big, new assembly plant in Mexico....
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Mercedes is not chasing luxury sales lead at any price, Zetsche says

Feb. 9, 2016 11:29 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says Mercedes will not sacrifice margins in its quest to overtake rival BMW and become the world's best-selling luxury brand....
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Bob Rossiter, who helped build and rebuild seating giant Lear, dies at 69

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Former Lear CEO Bob Rossiter, who worked with the company for 40 years and led it through bankruptcy in 2009, died Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Ford faces tough decision on B-Max

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered....
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Porsche CEO says profits will be hit by EV investment

Feb. 9, 2016 11:02 CET

Porsche is bracing for smaller profit gains in the future as the sports-car maker steps up spending on models such as its first EV, CEO Oliver Blume said....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Ford faces tough decision on B-Max

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes it makes me think that the B-Max's days are numbered....
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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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