Executives

Lotus CEO 'confident' he can return brand to profitability

Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
New Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales says he's “confident” he can make the money-losing brand profitable again by cutting jobs, adding dealers and boosting the sports car maker's lineup....
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2014 Eurostar winner Guglielmo Fiocchi

Sept. 23, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Sogefi CEO Guglielmo Fiocchi is this year's Eurostar winner for Supplier CEO....
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Cadillac names European exec Jim Bunnell as U.S. sales chief

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Cadillac named Jim Bunnell as its new sales chief in the United States today as the brand looks to improve sluggish volume and implement a fresh approach under new global boss Johan de Nysschen. Bunnell, 59, who joined General Motors in 1979 and spent most of his career in sales and product planning roles at Pontiac and GMC, becomes the fourth head of Cadillac sales in a little more than two years....
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GABE NELSON

Hyundai's hubris -- $10B land deal backfires

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Chung Mong-Koo sought to imbue Hyundai with Gangnam style. Instead, Hyundai Motor Group’s $10 billion bid for a nearly 20-acre plot in Seoul’s prestigious Gangnam district backfired on the company that Chung has elevated into a global powerhouse....
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New Cadillac boss dusts off Audi playbook, pushes autonomy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Johan de Nysschen believes the people who work at Cadillac can't just make cars to rival BMW and Mercedes -- they need to think like those juggernaut brands, too. Cadillac's new global chief wants to create an identity that stands apart from parent GM, starting with a no-apologies pricing strategy that he acknowledges could leave some loyal customers behind....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 21, Feinberg says

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report today from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part....
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Hyundai directors kept in dark on size of $10 billion land bid, report says

10:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Hyundai Motor and two affiliates did not seek board clearance for the size of their record $10 billion bid for a plot of land in Seoul, more than triple its appraised value, four board members of the companies told Reuters....
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2014 Eurostar winner Herbert Diess

Sept. 22, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars raced ahead of their rivals. Herbert Diess, BMW board member for development, is this year's Eurostar winner for Product Development Executive....
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ZF-TRW 'playing in a new league'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
ZF's acquisition of TRW will put the German company in an elite group: Megasuppliers able to feed automakers' growing appetite for collision-avoidance technology....
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Honda, GM crack down on certified-used rule benders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Honda and GM, among others, are closely monitoring dealerships' compliance with certified used-vehicle programs -- and cracking down on rule breakers....
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Can Cadillac make it in New York?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
New Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen confirmed to Automotive News last week that Cadillac is considering relocating some functions to New York. While much is still undecided, at least one function seems sure to get a sizable presence in the Big Apple: marketing....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Sedan-heavy brands also pile on the incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The guys who stepped up their incentive spending last month are brands that are counting on strong sedan strategies in an era of crossover growth....
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Mulally nips talk of prez run in the bud

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
News flash: Alan Mulally is not running for president....
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Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico....
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Bigland joins congress lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Reid Bigland, head of Chrysler Group's U.S. and Canadian sales and newly named executive in charge of Alfa Romeo's return to North America, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 14....
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Audi at work on a 3rd TT variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Audi r&d chief Ulrich Hackenberg says a third variant of the TT compact sports car is in the works....
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Q&A

Scion retools its pitch to youth in comeback bid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Once-adorable Scion is entering its awkward tween years, but hasn't hit its growth spurt yet. Nancy Inouye, now in her second year as Scion's national marketing communications manager, says the brand is targeting millennials....
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Q&A

AutoNation's brand building sets up more growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Mike Maroone, COO of AutoNation Inc., says the nation's largest dealership group is meeting the goals of a multiyear $100 million branding campaign....
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Q&A

Chevy gears up to roll out tech, trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Chevrolet's biggest marketing campaign this fall is in support of a technology: the launch of 4G LTE wireless Internet service across much of its lineup. The campaign is running across TV, digital platforms, movie theaters and in-flight media and highlights not only the technology's benefits, but also the brand's innovation as the first to widely deploy 4G, Chevy's Global Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney says....
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New NAAA chief steps in as volume steps up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The past few years have been rough for the auto auction industry. But things are looking up, said Ellie Johnson, president-elect of the National Auto Auction Association....
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JESSE SNYDER

Why Detroit is a small town, big city for auto dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Detroit's a big city. But if you're in the car biz, the Motor City is a small town, too. Karl Zimmermann's party at George Matick Chevrolet was both big city and small town....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why the UAW will strike in 2015 -- no matter what's offered

10:22 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Here is something that will happen in 2015 upon which you can bet serious money: The UAW will strike one -- and likely all three -- Detroit automakers before reaching a deal on a new labor agreement....
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Barra says GM continues pursuit of 'zero defect mentality'

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra told an event here today about being the target of Congress -- and "Saturday Night Live" -- and about befriending billionaire Warren Buffett. But she gave little detail on GM's new Cadillac to be built in Detroit....
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BMW extends CFO Eichiner's contract until 2017

Sept. 19, 2014 11:31 CET
BMW will extend the contract of 59-year-old Chief Financial Officer Friedrich Eichiner by another two years, a change by the company that has until now forced its board members to retire at 60. Eichiner's contract was due to expire next year....
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2014 Eurostar winner Gregoire Olivier

Sept. 19, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. PSA Operational Director for China Gregoire Olivier is this year's winner for Emerging Market Executive....
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