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BMW's Krueger must strengthen core products and improve in some niches

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Harald Krueger, the 49-year-old tapped last week to become BMW's next CEO, has some work ahead to maintain the German automaker's competitive edge. Among the challenges: strengthening core products to combat much-improved rivals....
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Daimler's new CEO contender

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing chief Ola Kaellenius is emerging as a formidable candidate to replace Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche....
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2015 WORLD CONGRESS

Panelists to focus on retail trends

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Three experts with rich backgrounds in auto retailing will discuss the convergence of trends and what they mean for the future during next month's Automotive News World Congress in Detroit....
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Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Longtime auto dealer Bob Moore died Dec. 1. He was 81. Sam Swope, who developed one of the nation's first regional auto malls, died Tuesday, Dec. 9. He was 88....
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Why BMW loves California

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
BMW North America is headquartered in New Jersey, which means shorter flights to Munich for CEO Ludwig Willisch. But Willisch spends much time thinking about the West Coast....
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Ford's Rewey innovated with SUVs, leasing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Robert Rewey, a former Ford Motor Co. sales and marketing chief who helped make SUVs and other trucks popular by giving them carlike features and promoted leasing as an alternative to traditional financing, died Nov. 29 at his home in Palm Beach, Fla., after a brief illness. He was 76....
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Bob Thomas led Nissan in tough times

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Bob Thomas, who served as CEO of Nissan's U.S. sales company in the 1990s as the Japanese automaker veered into financial trouble, has died. Thomas died Nov. 23 in Hawaii after a brief illness, according to friends and former colleagues. He was 69....
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2014 ALL STARS

Marchionne is Fiat Chrysler's miracle worker

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Automotive News' 2014 Industry Leader of the Year is Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles....
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Google exec to speak at World Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Does Google want to become an automaker, or is it more interested in producing the software and maps required for the driverless car? Chris Urmson will outline Google's agenda and explain the road ahead for autonomous driving on Jan. 14 at the Automotive News World Congress....
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Family celebration

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Some notable names were on hand when Ford introduced the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang last week in California....
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YASUYUKI YOSHINAGA, PRESIDENT, FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES

Subaru boss: Strong growth brings new challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Hot-selling Subaru is going from strength to strength under Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries. The brand is poised for a sixth straight year of record U.S. sales, and profits are getting a big boost from favorable exchange rates....
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CARLOS GHOSN, CEO, NISSAN MOTOR CORP.

Ghosn: 'We're going to continue the offensive' in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, 60, is one of the auto industry's longest-serving chief executives. He is pressing the Japanese automaker to reach an 8 percent global market share by the end of March 2017 -- up from 6 percent on Sept. 30, the end of the first half of Nissan's current fiscal year....
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OSAMU MASUKO, CEO, MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORP.

Masuko aims to build on Mitsubishi's momentum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Osamu Masuko, at the helm of beleaguered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for nearly a decade, wrapped up a hard-fought restructuring this year. Now, things are looking up. He restructured the company around electrified drivetrains and cars for emerging markets, and he engineered the company's return to a regular shareholder structure that no longer gives outsized influence to Mitsubishi Group companies....
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MARK FIELDS, CEO, FORD MOTOR CO.

Fields forges ahead as Ford faces new competition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Mark Fields spent his first few months as Ford Motor Co. CEO traveling the world to talk to employees about his strategy -- continuing and accelerating the One Ford plan created by his predecessor, Alan Mulally. Now, Fields says, Ford can take that framework into a challenging future where it faces not only competing automakers but "fierce nontraditional competitors."...
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Q&A

Daimler exec: Cars will be part of Internet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Ralf Lamberti, manager of the connected-car area at Daimler AG, says the car is becoming "a part of the Internet," meaning it will be "able to communicate with its environment and other vehicles."...
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Barra Q&A: At GM, the biggest changes are just beginning

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Mary Barra was just weeks into her job as the first female CEO of a global automaker when General Motors was consumed by a safety crisis now linked to 30 deaths. Barra acknowledges that the ignition-switch recall consumed much of her new executive team's attention this year. But she feels good about GM's handling of the most pressing task: a restructuring of product safety to prevent another deadly defect from slipping through....
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Jaclyn Trop joins Automotive News

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Jaclyn Trop has joined Automotive News as a reporter in Los Angeles, covering the U.S. operations of Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., as well as TrueCar Inc. and Edmunds.com Inc....
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HAKAN SAMUELSSON, CEO, VOLVO

Upbeat outlook for Volvo in U.S., China, Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Hakan Samuelsson, who took over as Volvo's CEO two years ago, has begun a turnaround at the Chinese-owned Swedish automaker. Through nine months, Volvo's global sales rose 9 percent to 339,300 vehicles. In Europe and China, the brand is growing at a faster rate than BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, though it trails the three brands in the U.S....
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FACE TO FACE

Nissan's global product boss drives a smoky motorcycle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Keno Kato, Nissan Motor's global head of product planning and strategy who directs a global team of 500 planners, is a buzz-cut 1960s-muscle car fan from rural Japan....
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Lunch with Barra? That's $100,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
General Motors shares may be down from their 2014 peak as investors fret about recalls, Europe and prospects for higher U.S. discounts, but Mary Barra's star power remains high....
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World Congress kickoff speaker: Audi's de Meo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Luca de Meo, Audi AG's board member for sales and marketing, will be the opening speaker at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 13....
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LaSorda's fund finds new investor -- an old friend

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Dieter Zetsche's Chrysler days are long over, but he's pretty good at maintaining ties with old colleagues from Auburn Hills, Mich. The Daimler chairman is investing in the venture capital fund run by Tom LaSorda, who replaced Zetsche as Chrysler's CEO in 2006 when Zetsche returned to Germany to head Chrysler's then-parent....
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Lutz on the Aztek: Blame GM culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
It's always assumed that Bob Lutz got his job as GM's product czar in 2001, coming out of retirement at age 69, because of the spectacular failure of the Pontiac Aztek....
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Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Al Wagner, a former Chrysler and Toyota executive, died Oct. 3. He was 83....
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A chance to bid farewell to Sir Nick

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
The Detroit auto industry will get a chance to celebrate a much-admired executive who passed away before many were ready to see him go. The family of Nick Scheele will host a service to honor his life at 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, Mich....
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