Executives
UPDATED: 9/22/17 9:45 am ET - adds details, background

Volkswagen chairman won't rule out outsider as next CEO

Volkswagen's supervisory board does not rule out doing away with a custom under which the automaker's top executive must be a company veteran, Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said.


Ford CEO Hackett to speak at congress

Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Hackett, who spent two decades running a Michigan office-furniture-maker, will be a keynote evening speaker at the Automotive News World Congress in January.

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Employee meetings with CEO aim to soften VW's image

VW aims to overcome a reputation as a secretive and autocratic company by introducing a "Meeting Mueller" program which allows employees to pose questions directly to the CEO. Matthias Mueller hints VW is working on new responsibilities for the board and that the company will use fewer consultants and rely on internal expertise.

UPDATED: 9/21/17 3:11 pm ET - updates pricing
Volvo, taking aim at Lexus, BMW and Audi, packs XC40 with firsts

Volvo breaks new ground with the XC40, its first model in the fast-growing premium compact crossover segment that will challenge the Lexus NX, BMW X3 and Audi Q3. It's Volvo's first model with inductive charging for mobile phones and the first to offer a car-sharing option.

UPDATED: 9/19/17 4:24 pm ET - adds comment, corrected
NRDC calls for investments leading to 100 mpg fleet

The Natural Resources Defense Council's clean-energy plan says climate-change goals can be met through energy efficiency and renewable fuels at much lower cost than predicted.

Ford explores strategic alliance with India's Mahindra

Ford Motor Co. and Indian automaker Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd. are exploring forming a strategic alliance as the U.S. automaker tries to gain a foothold in a country that's set to become the world's third-biggest car market.

Chinese seek keys to U.S.

A number of other Chinese brands with global ambitions made their presence felt at Frankfurt, including Future Mobility Corp., a startup created by veterans of BMW's electric-vehicle program.

Ghosn plans 12 new EVs, more platform sharing

Ghosn's new six-year business plan for the Renault-Nissan Alliance will develop more EVs and autonomous vehicles. It also will accelerate the pace of platform-sharing between Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

PSA making cars for U.S. standards

PSA is engineering its next generation of vehicles to meet United States regulations, allowing vehicles produced as soon as three years from now to be part of the automaker's return to North America.

Mazda upgrading U.S. dealership network

Mazda has embarked on a three-year dealership upgrade targeting more than 100 outlets across the United States as part of its push to polish its brand image and achieve 2 percent market share.

Beyond Bond

As Aston Martin transforms itself from a low-volume builder of just a few grand touring models into a high-end purveyor of supercars, it's changing its marketing to match.

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