GM appoints Pamela Fletcher to VP of global EV programs

DETROIT — General Motors has promoted Pamela Fletcher to the new position of vice president of global electric vehicle programs.Fletcher, 51, most recently executive chief engineer for electrified vehicles, will oversee an electric vehicle program that aims to launch more than 20 EVs by 2023. She will assume her new role immediately.Fletcher will report to […]

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GM to idle Detroit-Hamtramck car plant for 6 weeks, cut output

DETROIT — General Motors plans to scale back production and temporarily shutter an assembly plant in Detroit through the end of the year amid a slump in car demand across the industry.The automaker will idle its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant for six weeks beginning in mid-November, according to a source familiar with the plans. The downtime will […]

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GM, suppliers to invest $500M in Argentina to build Chevy model

BUENOS AIRES — General Motors and its suppliers will invest $500 million in Argentina operations through 2019 to prepare to produce a new Chevrolet model in 2020, the company said in a statement on Thursday.The company will invest $300 million while its supplier network will invest $200 million at the Alvear plant in Argentina’s Santa […]

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It’s about time

Dealerships that buck the norms of the past by exploring alternative work schedules find that being flexible is good for employees, good for customers and good for business. These forward-looking leadership teams don’t compromise the business even if they make compromises on “how it has always been done.”Faulkner Subaru Mechanicsburg, in Mechanicsburg, Pa., throws the […]

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Bosses see benefits to allowing anonymity

A suggestion box in the corner or an open-door management policy isn’t enough.Successful dealerships are proving that it pays to let employees voice concerns without giving their names and through multiple communication options — if, that is, the dealership is then active and creative in responding. Those employee concerns can range from co-workers’ behavior to […]

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Turning point for Key Safety

Key Safety Systems Inc. CEO Jason Luo has the swagger of a riverboat gambler who has just pushed all his chips into the center of the table.And that’s understandable for a Detroit executive who just leapfrogged his competitors.Luo, a Chinese-born engineer- turned- manager who settled in the United States after college, announced plans to buy […]

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Elon Musk: The billion-dollar man

Elon Musk towered over the highest paid CEOs at publicly traded U.S. automotive companies last year after exercising stock options that skyrocketed his compensation from five figures to 10.The Tesla Inc. CEO, who usually sits at the bottom of the list because of his penchant for requesting — and refusing to take — California’s minimum […]

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Succession questions hang over minority dealers

Fred Salinas didn’t want his two sons to step into the family business until after they had worked for somebody else.Salinas, a dealer near Houston, believed it was important for them to gain outside experience to build responsibility and get a different view of how companies work. When his sons were ready for roles at […]

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