Executives

Opel, VW CEOs cautious on Europe sales growth amid Russia crisis

March 3, 2015 09:14 CET
Europe's carmakers are benefiting from robust demand for passenger cars in most of the region although the slumping Russian market continues to cast a shadow, making forecasts increasingly difficult, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann and VW boss Martin Winterkorn said....
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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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Germany joins France, Spain, Italy in posting sales gains

March 2, 2015 19:15 CET
New-car sales in Germany rose 6.6 percent in February and are heading for a modest increase this year compared with 2014 levels. Germany joined France, Italy and Spain in posting gains last month....
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VW Passat named European Car of the Year

March 2, 2015 17:28 CET
The Volkswagen Passat is Europe's 2015 Car of the Year, marking the third time in six years that VW has won the title. The Passat beat its nearest competitor, the Citroen C4 Cactus, by nearly 100 points. The Mercedes C class finished third in the voting....
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Toyota sees its EU sales growth this year, boosted by UK, southern Europe rebound

March 2, 2015 22:32 CET
Toyota expects its EU sales to grow by 2 percent to 2.5 percent in 2015, compared to 0.8 percent growth for the market in Western Europe. The rise will come from recovery in southern Europe, as well as continued strong sales in the UK, the automaker says....
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Q&A

Nissan charts own course to raise racing profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Darren Cox, global director of motorsports for Nissan and head of sales and marketing for the Nismo performance brand, is tasked with raising Nissan's profile in world racing. That includes making NASCAR-centric Americans more aware of Nissan as a bona fide source of performance technology....
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Behind Ford's big performance push

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Increased speed and performance is the new mantra at Ford Motor Co. as the company scrambles to differentiate itself from rivals. That's the thinking behind Ford Performance, a division formed at the end of last year combining Ford's Special Vehicle Team in North America, Team RS in Europe and global Ford Racing....
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Caddy works on twin-turbo, V-8-powered CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The Cadillac CT6 sedan eventually will get a performance model with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Brand boss Johan de Nysschen said last week that the CT6's lightweight structure will allow for "a very wide mix of engines, starting with a 2-liter turbo, up to, eventually, a high-performance advanced V-8 turbo," which presumably would wear a V-series badge....
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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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GM board should not have activist investor Wilson, Buffett says

1:41 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway's CEO and one of the largest shareholders in General Motors, told CNBC today he disagrees with putting former U.S. auto task force member Harry Wilson on the automaker's board....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Russia, weak euro form backdrop for Geneva show

12:28 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Automakers usually don’t overreact to international tensions and currency fluctuations. That’s why the comments coming from auto execs on the verge of the Geneva auto show are so striking....
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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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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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Nissan’s bullish U.S. forecast calls for overtaking Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Nearly two years ago, Carlos Ghosn bemoaned Nissan Motor Corp.'s lackluster performance in North America as his biggest "disappointment." Now, the CEO's fix-it man, Jose Munoz says the U.S. is a "powerhouse" again and the comeback is gaining speed....
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Buffett says Berkshire's job is to perform, grow in auto retail

11:16 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
With Berkshire Hathaway's purchase of the Van Tuyl Automotive dealership group materially complete, Warren Buffett already is looking toward how to expand his company’s dealership holdings....
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ElringKlinger may cancel EV contract

March 2, 2015 15:14 CET
German supplier ElringKlinger says it may terminate a contract to supply a major customer with components for electric cars to halt continued losses at its E-Mobility business....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for March

March 2, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 2. This month's edition looks why ultraluxury brands such as Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are poised to keep experiencing unprecedented success....
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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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RICHARD TRUETT

De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
It seems nothing gets people chattering these days like Cadillac, a brand in transition. So when reporter Richard Truett took to autonews.com last week with an "open letter" to Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen, reactions poured in. Here is Truett's column and excerpts from three emails that arrived in his inbox....
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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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RICHARD JOHNSON

Still a car guy -- with a Tata friendship

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Bona fide car guy Wolfgang Reitzle, the former BMW rising star and Ford luxury chief who's been running an industrial gas company for the last few years, hasn't left the car business after all. It turns out that he's befriended Indian industrial magnate Ratan Tata, the guy who bought Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford in 2008. Tata said last week that he and Reitzle meet every month or so to discuss Jaguar and Land Rover models. Reitzle doesn't hold back....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dealer considered 'Mr. K' a true leader

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
As a second-generation automobile dealer, I have seen firsthand the unfortunate transition from cars designed for people to enjoy driving, having a unique experience, to cars built by the finance side....
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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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