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Why the less-than-wildly enthusiastic reaction to Ford’s new CEO Hackett? And what about Jim Farley?

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Posted: May 23, 2017

Bill Ford feels the selection of Alan Mulally as CEO in 2006 was the greatest achievement of his career, and so now tries to work another such miracle with the sacking of Mark Fields and the selection of Jim Hackett as Fields’ replacement. Hackett has a kind of legendary reputation in the circles in which […]

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Mark Fields may be damaged goods, but not destroyed

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Posted: May 23, 2017

There is a Mark Fields side of the Ford shake-up story, too. It’s the notion that we may not have not seen the last of the well-coiffed one. One thing that didn’t happen this week – in the view of some – was the complete wreckage of the reputation of the man who was sacked. […]

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General Motors’ continuing withdrawal from the world

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Posted: May 23, 2017

It feels anti-climactic after General Motors’ decision to withdraw from Europe, but the decision to stop selling vehicles in India is in some ways even more dramatic. Europe is a mature market, but here GM is pulling out of a country that stands for the future – and that it had laid extensive plans for. […]

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Ghosn’s increasingly intense focus on Southeast Asia

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Posted: May 23, 2017

Carlos Ghosn’s has big plans for the new Nissan-Mitsubishi combination is to take on Toyota in the ASEAN countries. Mitsubishi has greater market share in the region than Nissan and so could be a huge boost to the group’s efforts in the area. But neither brand has taken full advantage of the opportunities in Asia. Can […]

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Rupert Stadler will be looking over his shoulder at Audi

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Posted: May 23, 2017

The five-year extension of CEO Rupert Stadler’s contract at Audi carries with it some tricky provisions. At the same time, chief financial officer Axel Strotbek becomes the new chief compliance officer, with unusual oversight with regard to Stadler, his boss.  Stadler’s position has looked fragile at time as the diesel scandal investigations continue. Earlier this […]

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Akio Toyoda’s ongoing rethink of Toyota

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Posted: May 18, 2017

Toyota’s competitors throughout the world are trying to get a fix on just how much the Japanese juggernaut is altering its global strategy — and in which direction is it headed. CEO Akio Toyoda has done an 180-degree change on electric vehicles and, after two straight quarterly losses (the first time that has happened in […]

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It’s beginning to feel like a big move for FCA is just around the corner

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Posted: May 18, 2017

From week to week, the conjecture at Fiat Chrysler continues to mount. Will FCA’s future involve General Motors? VW? Perhaps even Ford or PSA (the two most recent rumors)? Or possibly Geely? The world’s stock exchanges would clearly reward the acquisition of Jeep, the real target of all five potential buyers. The issue has been […]

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It not just German luxury brands that are targeting Tesla

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Posted: May 18, 2017

It is difficult to overestimate the degree to which Tesla has changed the course of the global auto industry. Take Volkswagen, for instance. VW brand chief Herbert Diess said last week he aims for his company to sell 1 million battery-powered vehicles by 2025, part of a strategic effort that focuses mainly on the Chinese EV […]

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Kruger is attempting to talk up BMW’s game

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Posted: May 18, 2017

Under pressure from analysts and reportedly its Quandt family owners, BMW is trying to set a tone of aggressiveness and resolve in its public utterances. Last week, CEO Harald Kruger said the company plans to raise its annual production capacity by about 27 percent to 3 million vehicles by 2020, and, according to one report, […]

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Taking the temperature of Mark Fields’ career

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Posted: May 18, 2017

Are things getting shaky at Ford? Last week, the company’s board of directors grilled CEO Mark Fields on his strategy — namely, investments in mobility ventures that have had no positive impact on the company’s share price. This week Ford will announce a 10 percent reduction in its global workforce. Is Fields’ job on the […]

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