John Krafcik

Krafcik, Lentz chart diverging routes to the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In their campaign for self-driving cars, Toyota Motor Corp. and Google Inc. share a vision of a world without car crashes, in which everyone -- including the elderly and disabled -- can easily get around....
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Google's Krafcik joins World Congress lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

John Krafcik will give his first public address as CEO of Google's self-driving-car project at the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 12....
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Google to make self-driving car unit a stand-alone company in 2016, report says

10:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2015

Google plans to make its self-driving cars unit, which will offer rides for hire, a stand-alone business under the Alphabet corporate umbrella next year, a person briefed on the strategy told Bloomberg....
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Google hires TrueCar's Krafcik to steer auto project

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2015

Google is bringing in John Krafcik, the veteran Ford and Hyundai executive, to head its self-driving car program, presenting the clearest sign yet of Google's broad commercial aspirations for the project. Krafcik, 53, a manufacturing expert and a fan of disruptive technology, comes to Google from car-shopping service TrueCar....
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BLOG: In Krafcik, Google gains a visionary

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2015

Anyone who has spent any time with John Krafcik knows he isn't a typical auto executive. In a business where it's easy to get fixated on the next month of sales, the next quarter of earnings and the next model year, Krafcik takes the long view....
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Inside the AutoNation-TrueCar divorce

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2015

A dispute over demands for access to data on all AutoNation sales, not just TrueCar-related ones, led the two companies to part ways. A close-up look at how their relationship went south....
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Will fast-growing Subaru decide to stay small?

11:09 am U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

Since 2011, Subaru's global sales have surged 45 percent to 913,100 vehicles, a pace bested only by a few burgeoning Chinese brands and FCA. And Subaru has done all this while cranking out the best profit margin in the industry, but the company couldn't be less suited to handle a sales surge. With manufacturing capacity maxed out, Subaru must decide what kind of company it wants to be....
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TrueCar's new pitch: Factory coupons for shoppers

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

TrueCar Inc. spent the past two years rebuilding relations with dealers. Now the vehicle-shopping site is turning its attention to automakers to boost sales. TrueCar is forming a council of manufacturer executives, similar to its dealer council, to advance its Live Prospect product, TrueCar President John Krafcik said....
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