Executives

Group 1 buys U.K. dealership group, sells 3 U.S. stores

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

Group 1 Automotive has acquired the Spire Automotive Group of 12 dealerships in the Greater London area. It also has divested three dealerships in the U.S....
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UAW was unprepared for social media influence on talks, Williams says

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

UAW President Dennis Williams said the union took away several lessons from its rocky 2015 negotiations with Detroit automakers -- chief among them being the influence of social media on members....
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Rise in traffic deaths last year raises alarm at NHTSA

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

U.S. Transportation Department officials are mounting an effort to tackle the human causes behind traffic deaths, which after years of steady declines, increased sharply last year....
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Chrissy Taylor named Enterprise COO

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

Christine "Chrissy" Taylor has been promoted to Enterprise Holdings Inc.'s COO, the company said today....
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Former Ferrari chief engineer returns to Fiat Chrysler

Feb. 5, 2016 11:53 CET

Fiat Chrysler has lured former Ferrari chief engineer Roberto Fedeli back from BMW as the automaker faces technical challenges that have delayed the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Maserati Levante launches. Fedeli will be chief technical officer for both Alfa and Maserati....
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Mahindra mulls Pininfarina-designed premium car

Feb. 5, 2016 14:41 CET

Mahindra has begun talks with Pininfarina, the Italian design house it agreed to buy in December, to build a premium car for the Indian market....
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VW launches ad campaign without 'Das Auto' slogan

Feb. 5, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen is launching an advertising campaign in Europe this month that will also roll out globally aimed at winning back trust and sales lost through its diesel emissions-cheating scandal. The campaign drops the slogan "Das Auto" previously used by the automaker in its marketing....
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Bentley preps fastback Bentayga

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Bentley is hatching plans to introduce a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the brand’s first SUV. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said advance design and engineering work on a performance-enhanced, fastback Bentayga variant are under way, though the program still needs formal approval....
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Obama seeks $10-a-barrel oil tax for self-driving cars, transport outlays

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

President Obama will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil in his fiscal 2017 budget to finance self driving cars, public transit, railroads and other transportation improvements, the White House said....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image....
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VW, seeking approval on emissions fix, replaces top U.S. lawyer

11:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Volkswagen AG replaced the head of its U.S. legal department with an outside lawyer as it seeks approval to fix nearly 600,000 vehicles that had software allowing them to cheat on emission levels....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Opel marketing chief Tina Mueller, a former cosmetics executive dubbed the "shampoo princess," is playing a pivotal role in restoring the brand's battered image....
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German gov't, automakers aim for deal by March to boost EV sales

Feb. 3, 2016 11:56 CET

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is pushing for an agreement within the next month together with German automakers to boost electric car sales in the country as demand for EVs fails to take off in the market....
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Renault-Nissan plan cheap EV for China

Feb. 3, 2016 06:01 CET

Renault-Nissan will develop an affordable electric car for China because the alliance's current offering, the Nissan Leaf, is too expensive for the local market....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford of Europe boss outlines plan to be a consistent profit maker

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford of Europe President Jim Farley wants the division to be a consistent profit contributor to its U.S. parent. To do that, Farley wants the automaker to be selective on the segments where it competes, as he explained to Automotive News Europe....
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Ferrari shares slump to record low after saying sales growth will slow

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

Ferrari said sales growth will probably slow down in its first full year of independence from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, sending the shares to their lowest level since the supercar maker's Oct. 21 initial public offering in New York....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Sergio's plan to sell rebadged Dart, 200 replacements could work -- if he chooses wisely

11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2016

FCA just may be able to replace the Dart and 200 with more salable vehicles. The key to success: The replacements must not be available here from any other manufacturer....
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Former Opel CEO Demant retires after VW role

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Volkswagen Group's international projects chief, Hans Demant, has retired, ending a long career that was mainly spent at General Motors' European operations where he was known as "Mr. Opel."...
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Opel CEO on reaching breakeven in 2016: 'We can see the target now'

Feb. 2, 2016 06:01 CET

Karl-Thomas Neumann says Opel has beaten all internal targets since he arrived four years ago as CEO and this year the automaker expects to break even after more than a decade of losses. Neumann spoke with Automotive News Europe about the challenges that need to be overcome to reach this point....
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WHAT COMES AFTER M?

BMW's top tuner relishes his new role at Hyundai

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Hyundai, which began building its own engines only in 1991, has laid out a full-fledged product plan for its new Genesis luxury brand, with help from a cadre of executives poached from Bentley, BMW and Lamborghini. Albert Biermann may be the most important of those hires....
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NEWS ANALYSIS: SERGIO'S BIG BET

What FCA stands to gain from outsourcing small and midsize sedans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' risky strategy -- basically to get out of the commodity car business and focus on its most profitable products -- may be the best chance for FCA to overcome a perilous lack of resources and find the merger partner it craves....
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GM lines up urban mobility deals, while Ford experiments 'everywhere'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

GM and its competitors are determined to get on board with changes in technology and demographics that are bringing people back to cities and thrusting car-sharing and ride-sharing into the mainstream. The question is how....
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What is Carl Icahn's plan for Federal-Mogul?

9:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

When Federal-Mogul this month scrapped its plan to split in two, it raised eyebrows because it came right after its largest shareholder agreed to acquire the auto parts chain Pep Boys-Manny Moe & Jack....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: In Daihatsu deal, Toyota zigs while Detroit zags

11:14 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Toyota is zigging, while Detroit zags on a key strategy: How important are small cars and emerging markets to determining future winners and losers. Toyota placed its bet last week, agreeing to buy all of Daihatsu for a stronger foothold in both....
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CarMax CEO Tom Folliard to retire by end of year

10:34 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

CarMax CEO Tom Folliard will retire by the end of the year, the used-car retailer said today. He will be succeeded by Bill Nash, the executive vice president of human resources....
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