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A tribute to an automotive icon
Ferdinand Piech has passed away aged 82, four years after leaving his role as chairman of the Volkswagen Group. He died "suddenly and unexpectedly" according to a statement released by his wife, Ursula. Piech will be remembered, rightly, as a titan of
The former VW Group chairman passed away over the weekend
Car-company board members are usually as exciting as the table they sit around discussing profit margins and shareholder behavior. Not Ferdinand Piech, who passed away over the weekend aged 82. It's reported he collapsed in a Bavarian restaurant before being
An exit interview with one of the auto industry titans
Few people have had as much influence on the cars we drive as Dieter Zetsche. He was chief engineer at Mercedes from the early '90s, responsible for a rapid expansion in the model range. He was made boss of the merged DaimlerChrysler
Welcome to the Philippines
Ford Philippines has announced that effective July 1, 2019, PK Umashankar will be coming in as the company's new managing director.Umashankar, who holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras and an MBA in Finance
What lies ahead for his former company
The former boss of Fiat Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, has died in the hospital aged 66, following complications from routine surgery.FCA chairman John Elkann said: "Unfortunately, what we feared has come to pass. Sergio Marchionne, man and friend, is gone."I believe
Wants to keep customers for life
Ford Philippines is on a roll, for sure. In 2015, the American carmaker officially leapfrogged Hyundai for third place in our market in terms of sales, moving a total of 25,372 units--this after having been fifth overall just behind Honda
Japanese car industry shakeup continues
Several weeks back, Suzuki admitted that it had reported inaccurate fuel-efficiency data to the Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. A total of 16 Japanese domestic market models were involved in said issue.This latest controversy comes in the
Due to fuel economy fiasco
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has been making headlines quite a lot lately. Unfortunately, it isn't the kind of news the Japanese carmaker (or any company for that matter) would want to make. First was the scandal involving the fictitious fuel-economy numbers
A look at how the synergy will work
Last week, the automotive industry was rocked by news that Nissan Motor Company would buy a third of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, which is essentially a controlling stake. Mitsubishi has been plagued by admissions of rigging fuel economy tests of models for the
Company has yet to name successor
Nissan Philippines president Antonio "Toti" Zara, the man who led the recent revamp of the Japanese carmaker's entire product line in the country, has been reassigned by the Nissan Group of Asia to the larger Indonesian market.Effective April 1, 2016,
To oversee German brand's sports cars
After 11 years at the helm of Lamborghini--bringing us wonderful cars like the Gallardo Superleggera, the Reventon, the Sesto Elemento, the Aventador and the Huracan--company CEO Stephan Winkelmann has officially stepped down and transferred to Quattro GmbH, Audi's high-
Michinobu Sugata turns over reins
After a historic six-year term, one that saw the country's number one carmaker soar to unprecedented heights, Michinobu Sugata stepped down as Toyota Motor Philippines president last night. In a simple but elegant ceremony attended by dealers, industry executives and
New-car purchases in PH to keep soaring
One of the most obvious things people blame for the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila is the steady (and significant) increase in automotive sales in the country. Back in August, we wrote about the forecast of Nissan Philippines president Antonio Zara
A 21-year industry veteran
Ford Philippines has found itself a new managing director. Ford Asia Pacific retail marketing director Lance Mosley will be replacing Kay Hart, who was recently appointed to take on the role of Asia Pacific advanced consumer marketing director.Mosley, a 21-year
Former CEO may have demanded too much
It doesn't look like the Volkswagen diesel-emissions fiasco is going to let up anytime soon. Another diesel-gate bombshell has been dropped, barely a week after Porsche North America discontinued sales of Cayenne diesel units as part of the fallout
Eco-friendliness is the key
One of the interesting aspects of a Tokyo Motor Show itinerary is some quality time with your host's top management. In my case, since I was with Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation, we were able to take part in a Q&A
How many cars are sold in PH each day?
You already know that we have a new 10-minute motoring talk show on this website called Straight Torque (an audio-only version of which, by the way, is also broadcast on Podcast.ph).A week ago, we released the very first
Who's directing the film?
So it looks like Batman will be portraying Enzo Ferrari in an upcoming biopic. According to a report by Variety, Christian Bale, most recognized for donning the Dark Knight's mask over the past decade, has been tapped to bring the Italian
Talks about automaker's potential
As you can imagine, we've met quite a number of car industry executives in our profession. Most of them are career industry players--those who joined a car company straight out of college and either stayed with the same firm or
Which car is he waiting for?
Being the head of a big company usually has its perks. Some assume that car-industry CEOs drive--or are chauffeured in--a luxury car. But such is not the case for Takahiro Hachigo, who recently returned to Japan to step into
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