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Live from the New York International Auto Show

by on Apr.01, 2015

The 115th annual New York International Auto Show flung open the doors to the Javits Center to reporters, photographers and automotive executives this week. Dozens of new cars, crossovers and other vehicles made news on the first day and that will continue in the show’s second day.

While the NY Auto Show ends the auto show season, which began last fall, and there is still plenty of breaking news and global vehicle debuts from both domestic and international automakers coming from the city so nice they named it twice.

Of course, is at the show, ensuring you are getting all of the news from New York. Please check back often to see the latest happenings from the show. (more…)

Automakers Going Ga-Ga in LA-LA Land

Media days are done, but the news keeps coming.

by on Nov.19, 2014

The official media days may be over, but the stories keep rolling out, so continue checking for complete coverage of this year’s huge Los Angeles Auto Show.

We’ll be updating the site regularly and there’s still plenty more to come.


TDB Brings You the New York International Auto Show

Speed, power and beauty all converge in NYC.

by on Apr.16, 2014

The New York International Auto Show has called it a wrap for 2014. The show featured dozens of new vehicle introductions as well as the latest in vehicle safety, efficiency and infotainment technologies. The show is a must-attend for the industry’s prominent executives, who lend insight and context to what the vehicles mean to the auto companies and consumers.

The 114th NYIAS is now open to the public as well as the media, and it is still making news. is wringing out every last drop of product information and breaking news from the Big Apple. (more…)

Hyundai North America CEO Krafcik Leaving Company

No official reason given for departure, but contract not renewed.

by on Dec.27, 2013

John Krafcik is no longer CEO of Hyundai North America. No explanation was given for his departure.

In a surprise move and without clear explanation, John Krafcik is out as President and CEO of Hyundai North America despite the fact he oversaw the maker’s most successful rise in sales and market share during his five-year run.

Dave Zuchowski, currently Hyundai’s executive vice president of U.S. sales, will take over as President and CEO on Jan. 1, 2014.

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It has been widely reported, several Hyundai competitors targeted Krafcik for senior management positions. While no official explanation was given for his departure, sources tell the recruiting was not the reason his contract was not renewed. (more…)

White House To Clean Up Gas, Auto Emissions

But cutting sulfur content could slightly boost pump price.

by on Mar.29, 2013

The Obama administration is calling for new rules to lower sulfur emissions in gasoline.

The Obama Administration is proposing new rules to reduce the level of noxious sulfur in the nation’s gasoline supply, a move that should reduce emissions – but also add a very small increase in pump prices.

The so-called Tier 3 standards set to go into effect by 2017 would more than offset that increase by improving the nation’s health and saving billions in medical bills, the White House contends. It would yield add-on benefits as lower sulfur levels would permit automakers to adopt even more advanced pollution control systems, several industry executives told

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The Administration previously took steps to reduce sulfur content in the U.S. diesel fuel supply. That has made it possible for the auto industry to meet stringent smog and particulate rules and, in turn, greatly expand the range of high-mileage diesel passenger vehicles available in the United States.


GM CEO Whitacre Takes Over Product Planning

Engineering loses power and is forced to look outside.

by on Jun.04, 2010

"My motivation for doing this has not changed."

"We needed more input from marketing and the different regions in the planning mix."

General Motors has re-shuffled key executives once again this week as it moved responsibility for global product planning from under vice chairman Tom Stephens and into the office of GM Chairman Ed Whitacre.

The change came as GM also announced it was setting up its own venture capital fund to invest in companies that could potentially bring new technology into the automotive market.

“We are constantly looking for ways to deliver the best technology for our customers,” said Stephen J. Girsky, vice chairman and vice president Corporate Strategy and New Business Development.

“Our goal is to nurture these innovative technologies to help bring them to market, and to ensure our customers have access to the best technology available,” said Girsky, a former Wall Street financial executive. The fund will be headed by Jon Lauckner, who has been serving as vice president of global product planning, reporting to Stephens.

Lauckner’s replacement as vice president of global product planning will now report to Whitacre and will work more closely with GM’s 12-member executive committee.

“The idea was we needed more input from marketing and the different regions in the planning mix,” said one GM official.

“It will elevate the role of planning and make it more visible in the company,” said another GM official.

GM also confirmed it was shifting Dan Hancock, now in charge of GM’s powertrain engineering, to a newly created position of vice president for global alliances and joint ventures. “We have a lot of talent in the company and we’re trying to get some fresh eyes on the things,” according to one official familiar with the shift.

The appointments of Lauckner, Hancock and Carlisle, however, indicated Whitacre wants to force GM’s still potent engineering community to open up to more outside influences.

Carlisle’s appointment, however, brought additional changes to GM North American sales organization, which has been led by a succession of executives in the past year. Don Johnson, who will return to the U.S. from an assignment with GM’s international operations, GM spokeswoman Sherrie Childers Arb said.

Jamie Hresko will become vice president of global powertrain engineering operations, replacing Hancock and Hresko’s current job of vice president of global quality will go to Dan Nicholson, who is presently in charge of integration of electronics and software on GM vehicles.

Campbell New General Manager at Chevrolet

GM’s volume brand gets a veteran to increase share and sales.

by on Dec.09, 2009

Chevrolet General Manager Jim Campbell

Year-to-date total Chevrolet sales, at 1.2 million units, are off 27%.

James Campbell is now general manager of Chevrolet. In a late afternoon announcement, Susan Docherty, GM’s new vice president Sales, Service and Marketing, said that the 45-year-old veteran immediately replaces Brent Dewar, previously vice president global Chevrolet.

Dewar will retire effective April 1, 2010. Until then, Dewar will work closely with Campbell to ensure a smooth transition at Chevrolet and will be on a special assignment supporting Mark Reuss, GM president North America, in his new role.

All are under extreme pressure to increase sales and market share while cutting incentives at the once proud bowtie brand.

When asked yesterday how long his many recent new appointments have to deliver results, GM chairman and CEO, Ed Whitacre, tersely said “not long.”

Year-to-date Chevrolet sales, at 1.2 million units, are off 27%.

If GM is going to hang on to share – let alone increase it — as Hummer, Pontiac, Saab, and Saturn are phased out, Chevrolet must do the heavy lifting. And don’t think this is a trivial number. Even the weakened non core brands sold well over 10,000 vehicles in November in total.