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Mr. K a force for the Z and Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Yutaka Katayama, Nissan's first U.S. president, who grabbed American consumer awareness by introducing the affordable Datsun Z sports car in the early 1970s, died last month at 105....
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A shakeup in Germany’s top auto ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. When Harald Krueger rises to CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as chairman of the Volkswagen brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their late 40s to mid-50s....
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Tata’s retired patriarch still stirring things up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Two years into his official retirement from the auto business, Ratan Tata continues to steal the show. In a rare interview last week, the billionaire said Jaguar Land Rover is considering a North American assembly plant, and that his most famous and controversial creation -- the ultracheap Tata Nano -- would be repositioned....
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Ghosn guns for global top 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn remains confident that by 2018 his alliance will rank as one of the world's three largest automakers. He sees the alliance rising from its current No. 4 ranking, even though last year it encountered big troubles in Russia and finished about 1.4 million vehicle sales behind No. 3 General Motors....
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STEPHANIE ERDMAN AND RICK SCHOSTEK

Raise recall repair rates to prevent deaths, injuries

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
In 2013, Stephanie Erdman, a resident of Florida, was seriously injured by a Takata airbag inflator in a 2002 Honda Civic. Rick Schostek is executive vice president of Honda North America. They have a shared mission....
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'Mazda was his baby': Dick Brown helped lead U.S. launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Retired auto executive Dick Brown played key roles in the U.S. launches of three automakers: Mazda, DeLorean Motor Co. and Daihatsu....
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Mr. K, hero of the Datsun dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Yutaka Katayama, the fabled Nissan executive who built the Datsun brand in the western United States in the 1960s and 1970s, returned to a largely ungrateful Nissan in Japan in 1977 to finish out his career. He was most proud of the extensive dealer body he built from the ground up. And he was revered by those American dealers because he fought for them, frequently pestering Nissan bosses in Japan with their wishes and demands....
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DeLorean took Brown on a wild ride

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Dick Brown, who died in January at age 81, and for whom a memorial service was held last week in California, was a key figure in Mazda's emergence in the U.S. But his most adventurous days may have been spent as a top lieutenant of John DeLorean during the former General Motors executive's effort to get the DeLorean Motor Co. up and running....
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Diess a shoo-in for VW CEO? Not so fast

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
When Volkswagen poached Herbert Diess from BMW in December, the 56-year-old product development ace became the front-runner to succeed Martin Winterkorn as CEO. But it ain't over till it's over....
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Elegance and honors

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain, right, received the 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement Award at the Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in Florida on Feb. 21. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson, left, was the event's honorary chairman....
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Q&A

Bentley CEO expects boost from brand's first SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Bentley delivered a record 11,020 cars last year around the world and it is on course to top that mark as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with an SUV, the Bentayga. The Volkswagen Group subsidiary expects to increase annual sales to 20,000 by 2020 after previously targeting 15,000 deliveries by 2018....
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Q&A

Rolls chief confident of another record sales year

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Rolls-Royce set a record by delivering 4,063 cars worldwide in 2014, and CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, 54, expects to top that total this year. Now the BMW-owned British ultraluxury brand must decide whether to stretch its prized exclusivity even further with the addition of an SUV....
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Globetrotting Hachigo lands at the top of Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2015
The consensus-driven leadership style of Honda CEO-designate Takahiro Hachigo could bring a sense of closure and cohesion to the automaker 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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