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Ford: Detroit is Central to Changes in Auto Industry
Volkswagen Strategy 2025: Connectivity, Electrification And Strange Dreams of an Apple Takeover
Feds Flash Their Badges on Auto Data
Nissan Likely to Send Former Tech Chief to Lead Reform at Mitsubishi, Report Says
Fiat Chrysler Names Bigland as Head of Alfa and Maserati
Novelis Invests $120M to Make Aluminum for Autos
Consumers Remain Wary of Self-Driving Cars: U-M Study
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Ford: Detroit is Central to Changes in Auto Industry

Detroit will play a central role in re-shaping the automotive industry, Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. told a conference of entrepreneurs. Already, startups and technology companies are disrupting the traditional automotive industry. General Motors Co. has recently invested half a billion dollars in Lyft; Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has partnered with Google Inc., and Ford recently invested in Pivotal, a startup software-maker. Ford said the pace of those partnerships will continue to increase as auto and tech companies become increasingly linked.
Source: The Detroit News

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Volkswagen Strategy 2025: Connectivity, Electrification And Strange Dreams of an Apple Takeover

Whenever a new CEO takes the helm at Volkswagen AG, he announces a brand-new strategy. Last week, it was CEO Matthias Müller’s turn to proclaim his new strategy at a mass meeting of Volkswagen managers, flown in from all four corners of the Wolfsburg empire. The objective of the meeting was, as Germany’s BILD wrote, to “close the ranks” of Volkswagen’s officer corps, and to swear them in on the new direction before the new strategy is formally announced in a few months.
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Feds Flash Their Badges on Auto Data

Apple-FBI feud spotlights potential for conflict

On the morning of Feb. 12, a collection of the auto industry's leading cybersecurity experts gathered at a sprawling FBI complex in Quantico, Va., to meet with an elite digital SWAT team called the Operational Technology Division. Leaders of the division, which had famously pieced together cellphone videos to identify suspects in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, explained that they were interested in capturing connected-car data for investigations and outlined the requisite legal process, according to an agenda obtained by Automotive News. To some executives who attended the meeting in Quantico, the Apple-FBI standoff crystallized their understanding that data from connected cars, which hold huge value for the industry, could lead to conflict with law enforcement if not handled well.
Source: Automotive News

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Nissan Likely to Send Former Tech Chief to Lead Reform at Mitsubishi, Report Says

Nissan Motor Co., which plans to spend $2.2 billion on a one-third controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corp., aims to place its former global tech chief in charge of reform at its smaller rival, which is mired in a fuel economy data scandal. According to two individuals with knowledge of the matter, Nissan and Mitsubishi are in final stage talks over an appointment of Mitsuhiko Yamashita as Mitsubishi's tech chief.
Source: Automotive News

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Fiat Chrysler Names Bigland as Head of Alfa and Maserati

Harald Wester, a top lieutenant of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne, has been replaced as leader of the multibillion effort to resurrect Alfa Romeo and as head of Maserati. Wester, 58, a German-born mechanical engineer who has been in leading positions at FCA and its corporate predecessors since 2004, will remain FCA’s chief technical officer, the automaker announced [Monday]. But he will no longer be responsible for FCA’s two luxury brands. In his place, Reid Bigland, 49, will assume global responsibility for Alfa Romeo and Maserati as CEO of both brands. Bigland, a Canadian, will also continue as head of U.S. and Canadian sales for FCA US.
Source: Automotive News

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Novelis Invests $120M to Make Aluminum for Autos

Novelis, the aluminum supplier to Ford Motor Co.’s F-150 and hundreds of other vehicles, on Monday unveiled a new finishing line at its Oswego, New York, plant that will manufacturer the aluminum alloys used in Ford’s new 2017 Super Duty. The line represents a $120 million investment that will add 100 jobs to the plant, which employs 1,100 workers. Novelis officials say the company now makes more than half of the aluminum found in cars and trucks. 
Source: The Detroit News

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Consumers Remain Wary of Self-Driving Cars: U-M Study

Technology geeks, auto executives and journalists are more excited about self-driving cars than the general public, based on a second annual survey conducted by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Given the choice among three levels of automation in a future vehicle — no self-driving, partial self-driving and complete self-driving — 46% chose no self-driving, followed by 39% for partial and and 16% opting for complete self-driving.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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