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THE GM RECALL

Barra creates new GM engineering team to improve vehicle safety

5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
General Motors, fighting to bolster its reputation amid a recall crisis, has created a team of engineers aimed at improving vehicle safety, CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday in New York. Touting a “new way of developing vehicles,” Barra said the new “global product integrity” team will “provide the highest levels of safety, quality, and customer service.”... Read More »

 

PHILIP NUSSEL

A mixed message about GM's PR -- but why?

3:44 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
If a company changes its head of public relations in the midst of a public relations crisis that stems from a recall crisis, does that not send a certain message? Yes, unless the company is General Motors.... Read More »

 

Customers' luxury motivation turns to self-reward, execs say

1:48 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
The definition of luxury automotive brands, and the motivation of luxury-car shoppers, is changing from an outward-directed display of wealth to a self reward for a successful customer. That was the conclusion of a panel of luxury-brand executives at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum in New York today.... Read More »

 

VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

6:12 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO.... Read More »

 

VW picks former Audi r&d boss to run Bentley, Bugatti brands

April 15, 2014 12:12 CET
Volkswagen said Audi's former development chief, Wolfgang Duerheimer, will head its Bentley and Bugatti brands. It will be Duerheimer's second stint as Bentley CEO.... Read More »

 

BMW i3 production boosted 43% in preparation for U.S. launch

April 15, 2014 13:05 CET
BMW has ramped up production of its i3 electric car to 100 vehicles a day, ahead of its launch in the United States this month, board member Harald Krueger said.... Read More »

 

Old and new alliances crucial to Tavares' turnaround plan for PSA

April 15, 2014 13:48 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will keep its industrial partnerships with General Motors, Toyota and Fiat despite the arrival of China's Dongfeng as a stakeholder in the automaker, CEO Carlos Tavares said.... Read More »

 

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Opel will focus on crossovers to boost sales and return to profit, CEO says

April 15, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel will focus on crossovers as part of its product push to boost sales and return to profit, Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said.... Read More »

 

Ford expects boost from EcoSport SUV

April 15, 2014 06:15 CET
Ford says its EcoSport small SUV could become one of the company's best-sellers in Europe if it receives enough product supply from India.... Read More »

 

Tesla, lawyer trade grenades in lemon-law suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
When life hands you lemon-law suits in Teslatown -- hey, forget lemonade; come out swinging.... Read More »

 

GM seeks new PR boss, replaces human resources chief

11:21 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
General Motors today said its public-relations chief is leaving and appointed a new head of human resources, with both moves effective immediately. A GM spokesman, Greg Martin, said the actions are not connected to the company's ongoing recall crisis, but rather a result of Mary Barra's appointment as CEO three months ago.... Read More »

 

Opel may break even before 2016, report says

April 14, 2014 15:34 CET
Opel may break even before its 2016 deadline, a report said, citing an interview with CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

PSA's recovery will be boosted by the 'Tavares factor'

9:52 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares admits that his turnaround plan for the struggling automaker isn't a wonder cure: "I cannot make miracles." His honest, no-nonsense approach is one of his strengths.... Read More »

 

Dodge tests innovative 1-year lease on '14 Charger, Challenger

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Dodge will defy industry convention this week with its "Double-Up" deal on the Charger and Challenger. The one-year lease on the outgoing 2014 editions comes with an incentive to switch to next year's refreshed models.... Read More »

 

Into Africa: Toyota taps last emerging market

8:35 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda visited Kenya for the first time last fall, touring Toyota's knockdown production plant and Toyota Group companies. His trip highlights a new reality for Toyota and rivals from Europe to China: Africa is the last untapped emerging market. And carmakers are jostling for position there.... Read More »

 

PSA to halve lineup in push for 2% margins by 2018

April 14, 2014 09:11 CET
PSA outlined plans to cut its model lineup by almost half and to make Citroen's DS unit a separate brand in a bid to restore the automotive division's profit.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

VW Marketing VP on how automaker keeps its products fresh in customers' minds

April 14, 2014 06:15 CET
VW is determined to keep improving how it launches vehicles and how it uses the massive amount of analytical data it gathers as it strives to reach 10 million vehicle sales this year, Simon Thomas, VW's marketing VP, told Automotive New Europe.... Read More »

 

JASON STEIN

Krafcik's back: Many projects, scads of ideas

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Somewhere between a conversation on the future of retailing and the excitement over meeting a big investor for a lunch in Century City, John Krafcik has discovered something incongruous in the way the world works.... Read More »

 

SPEAKING ENGLISH

'Villains' campaign aims to recast Jaguar's reputation for badness

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
A Shakespeare soliloquy might seem out of place in a car ad, but Jaguar wants to make a key point -- that it is a quintessentially and unapologetically British challenger to BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.... Read More »

 

First Mulally, then Fields, then . . . ?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
To encourage donations, United Way of Southeastern Michigan has put up billboards in the Detroit area that show children portraying local heroes.... Read More »

 

Lincoln design director Wolff is quietly replaced

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Lincoln has installed a new design director after quietly replacing Max Wolff.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Where were Barra's PR, legal people?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
The performance of General Motors CEO Mary Barra, a seasoned Fortune 500 executive, during her congressional testimony was amazing.... Read More »

 

Nissan sells dealers on new spiff strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Nissan's U.S. chief is convinced that a dealer sales incentive program launched nationally on April 1 will make his retailers bigger and richer, and propel Nissan toward its goal of a 10 percent U.S. market share.... Read More »

 

Q&A

CEO defends Audi's record for innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
BMW and Mercedes-Benz get top marks for their technical prowess, but Audi chief Rupert Stadler says his company is keeping up with its German rivals, especially in areas such as lightweight construction, lighting and plug-in hybrids.... Read More »

 

PSA's Tavares prepares to tackle pricing, low-cost threats

April 12, 2014 12:08 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's prospects may be brightening as Europe emerges from a market slump, but new CEO Carlos Tavares still faces long odds as he prepares to present his Back in the Race recovery plan on Monday.... Read More »

 

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