Flying taxi start-up hires designer behind modern Mini, Fiat 500

Lilium, a startup with ambitions to put electric "flying taxis" in the air next decade, has hired Frank Stephenson, the designer behind several iconic cars such as the Mini, Fiat 500 and McLaren P1.

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VW CEO's sights set squarely on U.S.

Elevated to the top job at Volkswagen Group last week, Herbert Diess has a reputation for delivering on his restructuring targets — and high on his to-do list is ending the string of losses in the United States.

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The Rising Stars and a superstar

An ageless Bob Lutz, former General Motors vice chairman and high flyer at Chrysler, Ford and BMW, addressed Automotive News’ automaker and supplier Rising Stars last week at the Detroit Athletic Club. At 86, Lutz is at the other end of the career spectrum from the fast climbers who were honored. But the industry’s always-enthused Methuselah managed to wow the young executives with a selection from his lifetime of insights.

GM brings Cadillac back into the fold

In ousting Johan de Nysschen and replacing him with Steve Carlisle, a company loyalist in the vein of CEO Mary Barra, GM appears to be signaling its desire to bring Cadillac back into the fold under a single, unified corporate vision that emphasizes speed and measurable return on investment.

PSA fight to slash Opel factory costs intensifies

PSA's fight to cut production costs at Opel's German factories took on a national dimension with Chancellor Angela Merkel intervening to say she expected the French automaker to honor commitments it made when it bought Opel from GM last year.

Daimler may buy tiny stake in Volvo, report says

Daimler is open to supplying Volvo with engines and could even take a small stake in the Swedish automaker, a German business magazine reported, raising the possibility of increased ties between Mercedes and Volvo's Chinese owner, Geely.

Cimarrons, class and 'how I roll': De Nysschen riffs, quips

Johan de Nysschen, the ousted head of Cadillac who helped Volkswagen AG's Audi brand achieve U.S. prominence a decade ago and later steered Infiniti, has been one of the auto industry's most outspoken executives. Here's a look at some of his memorable quotes through the years.


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