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From behind the scenes to Honda's center stage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2015
Takahiro Hachigo's consensus-driven leadership style could help bring a sense of closure and cohesion to Honda after a tumultuous era marred by economic crises, natural disasters and quality glitches....
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Social-media 'influencers' create product buzz, change policies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
An individual with social-media savvy can launch a discussion online that quickly influences industry actions. By knowing their audiences, influencers can quickly gain the same credibility with them as friends or neutral third parties. They can deliver messages more effectively than conventional media....
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Glitches fuel soul searching at Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Honda CEO Takanobu Ito is in the midst of another reinvention, this time to fix a string of quality problems. What sets this apart from previous efforts: The glitches were triggered in part by the ambitious overhauls Ito himself tried to implement....
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Ghosn pledges patience amid churn at Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Nissan's Carlos Ghosn last week turned to another fresh face in his latest efforts to spark the Infiniti luxury brand. Unlike predecessors with backgrounds at Porsche and Ford, this one was groomed at General Motors....
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OUTSIDE-IN STRATEGY

Fields lures another Ford newbie in push for fresh thinking

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields has plenty of reasons to fear being left behind as Tesla, Google and Apple shake up the auto industry. That’s why he’s hired another outsider to help his 112-year old automaker control its own destiny....
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Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Obituaries for George Butts, Dick Gillmore and Hoot McInerney....
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Ghosn's 10% share goal: No worries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Carlos Ghosn's audacious drive to claim a 10 percent U.S. market share for Nissan and Infiniti by March 2017 looks to some in the competitive industry like a tall order. But Ghosn, CEO of Nissan Motor Corp., says no one needs to doubt him....
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Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
John Homer Moore Jr. of Hanahan, S.C., died Feb. 7 in Rochester Hills, Mich. He was 91....
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Harry Wilson's way

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Harry Wilson, who intends to nominate himself for a seat on the board of General Motors and propose an $8 billion stock buyback, was a central figure on the government auto task force that restructured GM and Chrysler in 2009. Task force leader Steven Rattner wrote about Wilson's "tough as nails" style in his 2010 book Overhaul....
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Ford III embraces racing heritage -- and his own

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Henry Ford III, the great-great-grandson of Henry Ford and grandson of Henry Ford II, says he downplayed his identity while growing up. "To be honest, for a while when I was younger, I sort of tried to avoid it," he told sister publication Autoweek. "You know, when you're a young kid -- especially fifth grade, sixth grade -- you don't want to stick out."...
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Help us honor the top women in the auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
We are looking for powerful women in the auto industry. One hundred of them....
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GM's pickup pacesetter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2015
Sheri Hickok is overseeing GM's most important vehicle program, the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. She is already reviewing clay models with designers, discussing the mix of materials that GM will use to make the trucks lighter and less thirsty, and chatting with marketers about potential new features....
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OBITUARY

Former Chrysler executive Joe James dead at 88

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Former Chrysler executive Joe James died Dec. 17. He was 88....
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How to hit a home run

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane -- told the Automotive News Retail Forum that the team improved when executives decided that "every decision we made was going to be made with evidence" rather than gut instinct....
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Mr. Cub made history in the car business, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2015
Here's a largely forgotten fact about Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, who died Jan. 23 at 83: He was a Ford dealer from 1967-71....
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Tom Kowaleski, attention-grabber

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Tom Kowaleski, the former Chrysler, General Motors, BMW and Lincoln public relations executive who died suddenly last week at age 63, always knew how to tease a product story....
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FCA US touts volunteer program for its dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
FCA US is expanding its in-house volunteer program to dealers nationwide to provide a way for dealerships to increase community involvement....
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AutoNation loses a key architect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
With COO Mike Maroone's pending departure, AutoNation Inc. must complete its digital transformation without one of the plan's key architects. Maroone, 61, will step down as COO in February and retire April 1, the nation's largest dealership group said....
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Mercedes 'will lose talent' in move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, says only about 40 percent of its 1,053 employees are likely to move when the U.S. headquarters moves from New Jersey to Atlanta. Mercedes has made offers to the employees it wants to keep....
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FCA's Bigland not giving up on stair-steps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Fiat Chrysler's head of U.S. sales says controversial stair-step dealer incentives require a strong stomach but are the best way to align dealer and factory goals....
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GM'S ELECTRIC POWER

New Volt raises profile of engineer Fletcher

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
For a mechanical engineer who once worked on 1,000-hp race boats and Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s roaring NASCAR engines, Pam Fletcher is pretty stoked about a car that starts with barely a whisper. Fletcher, General Motors' executive chief engineer for electrified vehicles, oversees the team that will deliver the next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid this week in Detroit....
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LaNeve may light a fire under Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Ford Motor Co.'s installation of former General Motors executive Mark LaNeve as its new U.S. sales and marketing chief shows that the automaker plans to get more aggressive. Last year’s slip stemmed from more than just pickups; cars and utility vehicles lost share, too....
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Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Former automotive supply executive Rupe Atkin died Dec. 11....
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Daimler's Kaellenius, NHTSA's Rosekind to speak at World Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Ola Kaellenius, sales and marketing chief at Mercedes since October 2013, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 14....
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Q&A

Jaguar sales boss Goss sees growth from the fleet market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
After years of weak sales because of its aging products, Jaguar is poised for a surge this year following the arrival of its new XE midsize sedan and updated large premium XF....
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