Automotive Management

Here you’ll find information from management on the best practices and emerging technologies that help executives and companies operate more efficiently. Management matters.

Ed Welburn on Automotive Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash - February 04, 2019 at 7:12 AM

To say that Ed Welburn  had (and continues to have) a remarkable career in design is like saying that the Polar Vortex that many of us in the Midwest experienced last week was chilly.

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What Is Continental Doing with ~10,000 Engineers?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 17, 2019 at 5:46 AM

Continental, an automotive supplier that has a deep engineering bench, is making a huge organizational change, one that Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of the executive board, explains is necessary because, as he puts it, “The industry is changing at a high pace, so we have to change, too.”

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Reuss Named GM President

By: Gary S. Vasilash - January 03, 2019 at 9:05 AM

A quick shout out to Mark Reuss, one of the best people in the industry, who was named president of GM this morning.

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Fluid Handling, Hot Cars & 2018 in the Rear View

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 24, 2018 at 7:19 AM

When you think about electric vehicles, you probably picture things like high-voltage orange wires.

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Biermann Heading Hyundai Motor Group R&D

By: Gary S. Vasilash - December 12, 2018 at 8:43 AM

Albert Biermann had been vice president of Engineering for BMW M; in the spring of 2015 he joined the Hyundai Group, where he headed Vehicle Test and High Performance Development.

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Hyundai Going Forward In a Number of Ways

By: Gary S. Vasilash - November 12, 2018 at 6:05 AM

On the morning of November 8, Mike O’Brien, vice president, Corporate, Product and Digital Planning at Hyundai Motor America, took the wraps off what will be the flagship SUV in the company’s lineup, the three-row Palisade.

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China and U.S. OEMs

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 31, 2018 at 8:12 AM

When Ford announced its 3rd quarter earning on October 24, the official announcement said, in part, “Company revenue was up 3 percent year over year, with net income and company adjusted EBIT both down year over year, primarily driven by continued challenges in China.” The previous day, perhaps as a preemptive move to answer the question “If things are going poorly in China, what are you doing about it?, Ford announced that it was establishing Ford China as a stand-alone business unit.

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Rolls-Royce Gets New Head of Manufacturing

By: Gary S. Vasilash - October 24, 2018 at 6:52 AM

Rolls-Royce automobiles are produced in only one place in the world, Goodwood, in West Sussex, in the United Kingdom.

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Bob Lutz Live

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 24, 2018 at 6:39 AM

Bob Lutz launched himself into the auto industry in 1963, and the ramifications of that have changed the auto industry as we know it today, even though Lutz’s last “official” position in the auto industry, vice chairman of General Motors, came to an end in 2010.

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Inside Ford

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 17, 2018 at 7:41 AM

On this edition of “Autoline After Hours” Joann Muller, Detroit bureau chief for Forbes, provides insights into what she’s learned about Ford, insights that are amplified on the show by our other panelists, Stephanie Brinley, principal analyst at IHS Markit who specializes in the auto industry, and Todd Lassa, Detroit Bureau Chief for Automobile.

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FCA Adds ADAS Capability to Chelsea

By: Gary S. Vasilash - September 05, 2018 at 7:20 AM

At the end of May, the then-CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the late Sergio Marchionne, said, on the occasion of the announcement that up to 62,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans would be added to Waymo’s self-driving fleet, “FCA is committed to bringing self-driving technology to our customers in a manner that is safe, efficient and realistic.” Not unlike the situation with regard to electric vehicles, which Marchionne said was a money-loser except, perhaps, at the high end, it seemed that FCA was going to let GM with Cruise Automation and Ford with Argo AI make the huge investments for autonomous technology while it would work with Waymo and arguably let the Silicon Valley company do the heavy lifting.

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TRATON: What’s in a Name?

By: Gary S. Vasilash - August 30, 2018 at 10:57 AM

As of today, the company previously known as “Volkswagen Truck & Bus,” which encompasses the vehicle brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, and RIO, which had global sales in 2017 of 205,000 light-duty commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, is now known as TRATON AG.

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