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U.S. Lags in Acceptance of Autonomous Tech

September 12, 2019 at 2:56 PM

Only one in four car buyers in the U.S. would consider a self-driving vehicle compared with a 36% rate globally, says Paris-based research firm Ipsos MediaCT. 

Uber Cuts 8% of Product and Engineering Teams

September 11, 2019 at 5:34 PM

Uber Technologies Inc. has laid off 435 employees across its product and engineering teams, representing about 8% of the combined organizations.

Nissan CEO Saikawa to Step Down Next Week

September 09, 2019 at 9:18 AM

Nissan Motor Co. says CEO Hiroto Saikawa will resign on Sept. 16 and be replaced temporarily by Chief Operating Office Yasuhiro Yamauchi.

Head of Nissan’s Ghosn Inquiry Quits Suddenly

September 09, 2019 at 12:03 AM

Christina Murray, who for five months led Nissan Motor Co.’s internal investigation of alleged financial wrongdoing by former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, has resigned unexpectedly, sources tell Automotive News.

Ghosn’s First Trial May Start in March-April

September 06, 2019 at 3:16 PM

Carlos Ghosn’s first trial on charges of financial wrongdoing at Nissan Motor Co. will probably start in March or April, sources tell The Nikkei.

VW Installs New Chief for Mobility Services Unit

September 06, 2019 at 2:10 PM

Volkswagen AG has named Robert Henrich to head its MOIA mobility services unit.

Kia Lands Luxury Car Design Guru

September 06, 2019 at 8:25 AM

Kia Motor Corp. has appointed Karim Habib, who left Nissan Motor Co.’s Infiniti luxury brand late last month, as a senior vice president and design chief, effective Oct. 1. 

Barra Declares Trump Meeting “Productive”

September 06, 2019 at 12:07 AM

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra tells reporters her meeting on Thursday afternoon with President Donald Trump was “productive and valuable” but offered no details.

GM Names Global Chief Marketing Officer

September 05, 2019 at 3:04 PM

General Motors Co. has promoted Deborah Wahl, previously head of marketing for the Cadillac brand, to be GM’s first global chief marketing officer since 2012.

Carmakers to Add Rear-Seat Reminders by 2025

September 04, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Two industry groups representing 20 carmakers have agreed to equip new vehicles sold in the U.S. with rear-seat occupant reminders by 2025.

Faraday Taps Former Byton, BMW Exec as CEO

September 03, 2019 at 1:36 PM

Troubled electric car startup Faraday Future Inc. has hired a new CEO, launched a search for a chairman and announced plans for a trust to repay the outstanding debt of founder Jia Yueting.

Top Renault-Nissan Alliance Exec Deboeuf Quits

September 02, 2019 at 4:51 PM

Arnauld Deboeuf, who ran the Office of the CEO for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, has quit, telling his staff that Renault CEO Thierry Bollore ordered him to leave.