Executives

How Mexico could color UAW talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

When the UAW and Detroit automakers open contract talks next month, Mexico will be hovering over the proceedings and influence the outcome....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Self-driving cars already have ethics

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2015

Car companies aren't usually involved in philosophic debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die....
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LE QUEMENT'S LANDMARKS

Sparks flew when French designer and Bob Lutz met - and when they collaborated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2015

When it came to matters of taste and vehicle styling Patrick le Quement never could hold his tongue. The French designer, who received a lifetime achievement award this month at the EyesOn Design charity car show here, always carried a full set of strongly held beliefs. And it didn't matter who he was addressing....
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Grand Cherokee redesign delayed at least a year

11:12 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Jeep brand CEO Mike Manley said a redesign for the popular Grand Cherokee SUV will be delayed to late 2018 or 2019, after initial planning for 2017....
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Former Ford ad exec Gerry Donnelly dies at 67

11:47 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Gerry Donnelly, a longtime advertising executive for the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury brands, died Saturday, June 13, in Florida. He was 67....
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Takata cuts CEO's pay in wake of airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada earned less than 100 million yen ($810,373) in the business year ended in March, or less than half of the 206 million yen ($1.67 million) he took home in the previous year, a regulatory filing showed today....
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Suzuki, VW await arbitration decision in dispute

June 26, 2015 13:27 CET

Suzuki said arbitration proceedings to end a dispute with Volkswagen over a failed partnership have concluded. Suzuki is seeking to force VW to sell back its stake in the Japanese automaker....
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Jaguar r&d chief shuns driverless cars; says customers aren't 'cargo'

June 26, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will never make a driverless car, r&d boss Wolfgang Epple said. “We don't consider customers cargo. We don't want to build a robot that delivers the cargo from A to B,” he added....
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Aston Martin collaborates with ad giant WPP

3:00 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Aston Martin is collaborating with advertising giant WPP on the automaker's global marketing communications in a step toward a formal working partnership next year, the British luxury automaker said today....
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Rolls-Royce's China sales drop on luxury crackdown

June 25, 2015 10:39 CET

Rolls-Royce sales are being hit by a "cool wind blowing in China," said the executive in charge of the ultraluxury brand, as the nation's wealthy pull back from ostentatious purchases amid a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption....
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GM readies wireless downloads of new features

12:11 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development says. Under the new electrical architecture, called "Global B," much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile internet, or cloud....
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Chevy preps 2016 Camaro convertible with fully automatic top

8:30 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a convertible version of the redesigned 2016 Camaro with a fully automatic top that can open or close at speeds up to 30 mph. GM bills the Camaro's drop top as "the most sophisticated top in the segment," with latches that automatically release and secure the top....
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Toyoda earned $2.84 million last year after bonus doubles

7:47 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota President Akio Toyoda earned 352 million yen ($2.84 million) in total compensation last year after his bonus doubled to about $2 million, the company said in a regulatory filing today....
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Toyota President Toyoda earns $10.3 million, surpassing Nissan's Ghosn

June 24, 2015 11:14 CET

Toyota President Akio Toyoda became the highest-paid auto executive in Japan last year after dividend payouts pushed his total compensation to $10.3 million, passing Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn....
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Ford moves to advanced stage of autonomous car development

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Ford said its work on autonomous vehicles has moved into the second of three phases, shifting "from a research effort to an advanced engineering program" that brings the technology closer to production....
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Ford enters car-sharing, electric bike markets in mobility push

10:30 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Ford is getting into the car-sharing and electric bike businesses as part of CEO Mark Fields' effort to transform the automaker into a more holistic provider of transportation options....
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Fiat Chrysler could win merger partner with Alfa Romeo revival

June 23, 2015 16:10 CET

The Alfa Romeo Giulia will be the lynchpin of the brand's turnaround plan and potentially an opportunity to attract a cash-rich merger partner for Alfa parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles....
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Senator calls for compensation fund for Takata airbag injury victims

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

An influential U.S. senator today called for troubled supplier Takata to establish a fund to compensate victims injured or killed by its ruptured airbags. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pressed Kevin Kennedy, executive vice president for Takata's North American affiliate, to establish a fund similar to the one created by GM last year....
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Toyota HQ raided by police over executive's arrest, report says

10:28 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Toyota's headquarters was raided by police over the arrest of the company's new communications chief, Julie Hamp, for the alleged illegal import of painkillers, a Japanese newspaper reported today....
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VW plans subcompact sedan for India to help build market share

June 23, 2015 15:20 CET

Volkswagen is betting that the launch of a subcompact sedan in India will help it build on its small market share in the market. The new car comes with equipment usually reserved for high-end models, such as dual airbags and automatic gear shift....
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Toyota Europe's new sales boss must hold off surging Nissan

June 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota's new European sales and marketing boss, Matt Harrison, faces the challenge of defeating Japanese rival Nissan's goal of becoming Europe's top-selling Asian brand. Nissan sales are surging thanks to new products while Toyota's aging lineup is holding back growth....
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AvtoVAZ chief Andersson in struggle with Soviet-era suppliers

June 23, 2015 13:23 CET

AvtoVAZ Chairman Bo Andersson is fighting back against Russian suppliers he says are hindering his efforts to improve quality and cut purchasing costs at Lada, the country's best-selling car brand. AvtoVAZ resumed production today at its plant in Togliatti after output was suspended because of problems with the supply of parts....
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Ghosn's Nissan pay tops $8 million

June 23, 2015 10:48 CET

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn received a total of 1.03 billion yen ($8.3 million) in salary and bonuses for the year ended March 31, an increase of 4 percent from a year earlier, and the first time his pay has reached this figure....
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Tech race will strain automakers, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Automakers face enormous pressure on profit margins as technology and connectivity demands grow and car sales slow in markets such as the U.S. and China, according to a report by consultancy AlixPartners....
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GM gambles on quick car redesigns in shifting market

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

General Motors wants to raise its game in the car space so badly that it's speeding up redesigns and loading future models with head-turning features. But the push is coming amid a deteriorating outlook for car sales as the market shifts to crossovers....
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