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Toyota Outsells All Other Carmakers in First Quarter
Car-Industry Insiders Ready to Retake Steering Wheel
GM Splits Engineering into 2 Divisions with New Leaders; Calabrese to Retire
2014 NADA Convention Recorded Workshops Are Available Online
Luxury Automakers Scramble to Woo Young Chinese
Corvette Museum May Keep Some Damaged 'Vettes, Sinkhole on Permanent Display
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Toyota Outsells All Other Carmakers in First Quarter

Toyota Motor Corp. outsold General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG for a third straight quarter, helped by rising demand in Japan and China. Sales at Toyota, including its Hino Motors Ltd. and Daihatsu Motor Co. units, rose about 6 percent to 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, the Japanese automaker said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they sold about 2.4 million each, and the German company hasn't disclosed deliveries for the MAN and Scania heavy truck brands.
Source: Bloomberg
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Car-Industry Insiders Ready to Retake Steering Wheel

The outsiders who took command amid crisis are now giving way to veterans

Detroit car makers were rescued last decade by a group of outsiders with scant auto industry experience. Now the insiders are retaking the wheel. Later this year, Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Alan Mulally will pass the keys to Mark Fields, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. auto maker and its affiliates. General Motors Co. this year named Mary Barra, who started at the company as a college intern, to replace private-equity executive Daniel Akerson. Within a few years, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, the Italian-Canadian accountant and lawyer who took over Fiat in 2004, is expected to step down and name a replacement most likely from within its existing ranks. The departure of the outsiders in many ways reflects the auto industry's return to health.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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GM Splits Engineering into 2 Divisions with New Leaders; Calabrese to Retire

General Motors is replacing its head of engineering and will divide its vehicle engineering organization into two divisions in a shakeup that the company says will improve quality and safety in the wake of its recall crisis. John Calabrese, 55, vice president of global vehicle engineering since April 2011, will retire, GM said in a statement. GM said it will divide vehicle engineering into two organizations: Global Product Integrity and Global Components and Subsystems. Ken Morris, 47, now executive director of chassis engineering at GM, will head the product integrity unit. Ken Kelzer, 51, who now leads powertrain engineering in Europe, will take over the components and subsystems group. The changes are effective immediately.
Source: Automotive News

Editor's note: For more information on the GM recall, go to www.gmignitionupdate.com or www.safercar.gov.

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2014 NADA Convention Recorded Workshops Are Available Online

Recorded workshops from the 2014 NADA Convention & Expo are available at NADA University Online. There are 64 recorded sessions, which cover seven tracks: Dealer/Executive, Human Resources, Legal and Regulatory, Internet and Marketing, Sales, Business Office/F&I, Parts, and Service/Body Shop. Some of the workshops address hot topics like healthcare reform, and hiring and holding on to millennials. Premium subscribers to NADA University Online can access the workshops after logging in. Non-subscribers can purchase the workshops in the NADA University store at NADA University Online.
Source: NADA University Online
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Luxury Automakers Scramble to Woo Young Chinese

At age 32, Jason Jia already is the kind of customer luxury automakers are seeking as competition grows in China's lucrative but crowded market. The energy industry consultant has traded up from a Volkswagen Polo to a VW GTI. Now, as he stood looking at a Cadillac CTS at the Beijing auto show, he said he wants a Mercedes Benz or a BMW. A few years ago, Jia's options might have been limited to cars designed for an older American or European. But now, luxury brands from Mercedes and Infiniti Audi to Lincoln are racing to create smaller, sportier models for younger Chinese buyers. They are trying to appeal to local tastes in everything from paint colors to the scent of dealerships and new vehicles.
Source: Associated Press
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Corvette Museum May Keep Some Damaged 'Vettes, Sinkhole on Permanent Display

General Motors and National Corvette Museum officials will meet next month to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb 12 are fit to be restored. The museum, which plans to keep the damaged Corvettes on display through the summer, may decide to leave some unrepaired as part of a permanent display, GM spokesman Monte Doran said. “That's something that we need to discuss further with the museum,” Doran said. The museum, in Bowling Green, Ky., removed the last Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06, from the sinkhole on April 9. “It is, by far, the most heavily damaged of all eight,” the museum said in a statement.
Source: Automotive News
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"We expect Toyota to hold the No. 1 title in the industry until 2016 or 2017. For Toyota to maintain the title beyond that, they may need to grow more in China." 

   
-- Masatoshi Nishimoto, an analyst at IHS automotive in Tokyo, commenting on Toyota outselling other automakers in the first quarter this year, Bloomberg, April 23

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