Renault appoints new CTO and scores good sales results

July 19, 2024

Renault named former Ferrari executive Philippe Krief CTO, replacing Gilles Le Borgne. Meanwhile, the group sold 1.9% more vehicles worldwide in the first half of 2024 (H1) and 6.7% more in Europe. Krief, currently already CEO of Renault’s Alpine sports and racing brand, will take on the role on Sept. 1 and report to CEO […]

Ford CEO Jim Farley: when a ‘petrolhead’ becomes (also) an EV adept

July 01, 2024

As a ‘lifelong petrolhead’ (his words), Ford CEO Jim Farley has just recently posted an insightful ode to electric vehicles. In an opinion piece on social media, he shared a fresh and inspiring perspective about his newfound love for electric cars. As a self-described ‘lifelong petrolhead’ with a career in the automotive business (mainly Toyota […]

Stijn Blanckaert is new MD at Renta

June 06, 2024

Stijn Blanckaert (50) is the new Managing Director of the Belgian Federation of Vehicle Rental Companies, Renta. Its predecessor, Frank Van Gool, recently announced that he would be the new CEO of Febiac, so his place was vacant at Renta. Renta President Johan Portier hasn’t waited too long to assign its successor: “We are very […]

Frank Van Gool is new CEO of importer federation Febiac

May 27, 2024

Last Friday, the board of manufacturer and importer federation Febiac appointed Frank Van Gool as its new CEO, replacing Andreas Cremer on the 1st of July. Frank Van Gool (52) is well-known in the Belgian automotive business. Since 2013, he has been the managing director of Renta, the Belgian Federation of Vehicle Rental Companies, and […]

New boss for MINI as Stefanie Wurst steps down

May 14, 2024

“From 1 August 2024, Stefan Richmann will take over MINI’s management from Stefanie Wurst, who has held this position since 1 February 2022,” BMW Group announced Monday. Why Stefanie Wurst is stepping down after only two years at the helm is not clear. As it is understood, she will get a new role within the […]

Ionity snaps up Tesla Supercharger Europe boss as new CEO

April 18, 2024

Jeroen van Tilburg, Tesla’s former Head of Charging in the EMEA region, will replace Michael Hajesch as CEO of Ionity on May 13th, 2024. He will have to use his experience growing the American manufacturer’s charging network to do the same for the European joint venture as electric mobility becomes commonplace and charging infrastructure becomes […]

VW Golf: an icon celebrates its 50th birthday

April 02, 2024

On Friday, March 29th, 1974, the first Golf rolled off the line in Volkswagen’s home plant in Wolfsburg. Fifty years later, golf is still being produced, and over 37 million units have already been made. But the icon is not ready to die yet. Back in 1974, the new Golf was a gamble for Volkswagen. […]

Honda launches CR-V e:FCEV plug-in hybrid on hydrogen

March 01, 2024

Honda has unveiled the CR-V e:FCEV, a plug-in hybrid SUV variant that combines a rechargeable battery with a hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain. It will be launched in the US and aims to combine the flexibility of a PHEV with a permanent zero-emissions drivetrain. Honda is one of the few car manufacturers still working on hydrogen […]

Marc Hedrich new CEO Kia Europe in Frankfurt

December 21, 2023

South Korean carmaker Kia has announced that Marc Hedrich, the current CEO of the brand in France, will join the European regional headquarters in Frankfurt as President and CEO of Kia Europe, starting on 1 January 2024. He succeeds Won-Jeong Jeong, who held the position for the last four years. His primary assignment will be […]

Lynk & Co’s driving force Alain Visser leaves company

December 21, 2023

Belgian Alain Visser, founder and driving force behind Swedish-Chinese Lynk & Co, is unexpectedly leaving the company “to pursue other opportunities outside the company”, according to a press release surfacing on Thursday. He will leave his European CEO chair to Nicolas Lopez Appelgren, a Volvo veteran for 28 years and current Head of Retail Operations […]

Highly successful CEO leaves Rolls-Royce

October 06, 2023

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced today that its CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, will retire on 30 November 2023. He will be succeeded by Chris Brownridge, currently CEO of BMW UK. With 14 years as CEO, the German leaves BMW Group’s British high luxury brand as its longest-serving CEO since Claude Johnson brought Charles Rolls and Henry […]

New Dutch EV mini-roadster Carice TC2 charms nostalgics

October 02, 2023

A small roadster with fifties styling and an electric drive is proposed on the market for a few months. The origin is Dutch, and the design inspiration is British, but the Porsche 356 reminiscence is not far away. Meet the Carice TC2. “With the Carice TC2, we want to create art on wheels,” Niels van […]

Citroën Belux finds new CEO Pierre Voineau at Renault

September 07, 2023

Frenchman Pierre Voineau is the new Director General at Citroën Belux, the Stellantis Group Belgium – Luxembourg announced in a press release. Voineau, who was Product and Business Development Director at Renault’s Software République from November 2021 till now, replaces Damien Martin-Cocher, who joined in January 2021 and moves on within the group. According to […]

Joachim Sas to lead luxury brands import for Louyet Group

August 17, 2023

Joachim Sas will lead the import of luxury brands like Automobili Pininfarina, McLaren, and Rolls-Royce as COO for the Belux market. Until last month, Jochim Sas was General Manager for Mini at BMW Group Belux, where he left to pursue other career opportunities and was succeeded by Gabriel Goffoy, returning to BMW after his job […]

Third Nikola CEO ex-Opel boss Lohscheller quits his job

August 07, 2023

American electric and fuel cell truckmaker Nikola keeps on sailing through stormy waters. Its third CEO in a row, Michael Lohscheller, the ex-boss of Opel in a former life, is stepping down immediately ‘for family reasons’ and returning to Europe. From there, he will stay on as an ‘advisor’ to assist CEO number four, until […]

Audi apprentices create ‘electrical prince’ EP4

July 11, 2023

To mark the 150th anniversary at the Audi site in Neckarsulm, twelve brand apprentices have electrified the iconic, classic EP4. The ‘E’ in the name of this futuristic one-off stands for the electric drive, and ‘P4’ refers to the NSU Prinz 4, a model that the former NSU Motorenwerke brand built in Neckarsulm from 1961 […]

New CEO for Mercedes Belux and the Netherlands

July 03, 2023

Wolfgang Bremm von Kleinsorgen (52) is the new CEO of Mercedes-Benz Belgium and Luxembourg and of Mercedes-Benz in the Netherlands as of 1 September. Bremm von Kleinsorgen, a German-speaking Luxemburger, already had a long career at the German manufacturer, starting with Mercedes-Benz Trucks in 1997. He is currently the Head of Mercedes-Benz for Central and […]

Nissan’s number two leaves the company

June 19, 2023

Indian-born Ashwani Gupta, Nissan’s COO, will leave the company by the end of this month. In a short press release, Gupta is mentioned as one of the fathers of Nissan’s recent resurgence but also that he leaves “to pursue other challenges or opportunities”. Ashwani Gupta (52) arrived in the highest ranks of the Nissan management […]

Zeekr X production has started (Update)

June 12, 2023

The Zeekr X is the first model from Geely’s young premium brand to journey to the European market soon. In China, the series production has started. The car will be ready for delivery at the end of this week. Later this year, Zeekr’s smallest will be launched in Europe, starting in Sweden and the Netherlands. […]

Mazda designates new top executives Masahiro Moro and Jeffrey Guyton

March 20, 2023

The Mazda Motor Corporation announced last Friday that its Board of Directors has proposed that Masahiro Moro will become President and CEO. He succeeds Akira Marumoto, who has led the global Mazda business since 2018. Jeffrey Guyton will be the new CFO. Moro (62) joined the company in 1983. Before he took over his current […]

Atsushi Osaki will become next CEO of Subaru

March 06, 2023

The Japanese car manufacturer Subaru announced a change in its top management last Friday at a Board of Directors meeting. Tomomi Nakamura, the Representative Director, President, and CEO will leave his position to Atsushi Nakamura, current EVP and Chief General Manager of the manufacturing division. Nakamura entered the presidency of the company in 2018. As […]

Thierry Koskas is the new CEO of Citroën

February 24, 2023

Vincent Cobée, the current CEO of the Citroën brand, part of the Stellantis Group, will be replaced by Thierry Koskas as of March 1st. Cobée, recently cited in our articles, “has decided to pursue personal projects outside the company”, as it always sounds in official press releases. “In the light of the growing challenges related […]

Shoichiro Toyoda has passed away aged 97

February 15, 2023

Shoichiro Toyoda, the honorary chairman of Toyota Motor Corp. who transformed the Japanese automaker into a leading global brand, died of heart failure on Tuesday, the company announced. He was 97. Shoichiro was a third-generation scion of the founding family. He is credited with establishing a culture of quality control that helped Toyota evolve into […]

Brussels Airlines CEO leaves for rival Condor to avoid retirement

February 01, 2023

Peter Gerber steps down as CEO of Brussels Airlines with immediate effect and is also leaving parent company Lufthansa Group. The airline announced that former CEO Christina Foerster will take over in ad interim. Gerber will start as CEO of German airline Condor on 1 February 2024, the latter announced. That 58-year-old Gerber is leaving […]

Florian Kraft new French-German CEO for Stellantis Belux

February 01, 2023

The jostle in job positions at Stellantis Belux continues, as Florian Kraft (39), the Director of Sales & Operations at Peugeot Germany, is taking the wheel as CEO to replace Stephane Levi. Levi, who held the position since March 2021 after being CEO of PSA Belux, is ‘moving on’ within Stellantis to continue his career. […]

Volvo Cars appoints Jeremy Offer as new Head of Design

January 31, 2023

Volvo Cars has appointed Jeremy Offer as Global Head of Design. “Jeremy is bringing with him 35 years of design experience across multiple industries,” says the press release. Jeremy will report to chief executive Jim Rowan and be part of the Group Management Team. Jeremy Offer will assume the position of Global Head of Design […]

Didier Blokland new Director Communications at Stellantis Belux

January 31, 2023

Didier Blokland, until December 2022 Marketing Director for Peugeot at Stellantis Belux and active at Peugeot Belgium for 21 years, is the new Director of Communications, PR & Events of the Belgian importer of the French-Italian-US car brands. He succeeds Dominique Fontignies, who left the company a few months ago. Blokland took up his new […]

Akio Toyoda leaves Toyota CEO job to Koji Sato

January 27, 2023

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has announced a change at the top of the group. Koji Sato, COO of the group and president of the Lexus brand and the motorsport subsidiary Gazoo Racing, will become Toyota’s new president and CEO on 1 April 2023, replacing Akio Toyoda in this role. Toyoda (66), the grandson of group […]

Zipse to hand torch to Luca de Meo as ACEA’s president

December 09, 2022

As of 1 January 2023, the current CEO of Renault, Luca de Meo, will take over the presidency of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) from BMW’s CEO, Oliver Zipse, who has held the position for the last two years. The Board of Directors announced that on Friday. Once renewable, the ACEA President is elected […]

Pieter Nota: ‘BMW customer to get same offer and prices everywhere’

December 09, 2022

From January 2024, BMW will roll out the much-debated direct sales ‘agency model’ starting for its MINI customers, followed by the BMW brand itself in 2026. Customers will buy their new car online and have a dealer of their choice deliver it, the latter getting a ‘fair’ share of the profit. No more bargaining at […]

Ghent electric car-sharer BattMobility sees business boom

September 27, 2022

The car-sharing and mobility organization BattMobility, located in Ghent and only offering electric cars, sees its business boom. The 4-year-old company reached 50 000 shared rides last September and noted a severe increase in car-sharers. BattMobility started as a local initiative in a Ghent neighborhood but has become the city’s market leader for electric car […]

New VW boss Oliver Blume already sets his marks

September 02, 2022

As of Thursday, September 1st, Oliver Blume acts as CEO of both Porsche and the Volkswagen Group. He succeeds Herbert Diess as announced and sets the course right from the start. German media has learned that Blume will reduce the Board of Management to take decisions more quickly. Specifically, this concerns Hildegard Wortmann (Sales) and […]

New CEO for Renault Belux is Martin Domise

September 01, 2022

As of today, the new CEO of Renault Brand Belux and Renault Belgium Luxembourg is Martin Domise. He is the successor to Jérôme Pannaud, who has been in charge of the region for four years. Martin Domise was born in Amiens (northwest of France) in 1989 and studied at the famous commercial school HEC in […]

Former Opel boss Michael Lohscheller CEO at Nikola

August 12, 2022

German automotive veteran Michael Lohscheller who joined American electric truck maker Nikola in February of this year, will succeed Mark Russell as CEO and President of Nikola Corporation when he retires on January 1st, 2023. Before joining the truckmaker, Lohscheller briefly was the CEO of Vietnamese VinFast but decided to return to Europe for personal […]

VW boss Diess ousted to be succeeded by Porsche CEO Oliver Blume (Update)

July 26, 2022

After the stock market’s closing, Volkswagen announced a complete surprise on Friday evening. CEO Herbert Diess is leaving the company at the end of August. On 1 September, Porsche boss Oliver Blume will take over and lead both companies in parallel. The market reacted negatively on Monday, questions arise everywhere if the new CEO will […]

VW America boss to take the wheel at Scout EVs

July 25, 2022

Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen Group America, is stepping down to take the wheel at Scout, the brand VW is setting up in the United States for all-electric pickups and rugged SUVs. He will become Scout’s CEO on September 1st. The EV brand is named after the International Harvester Scout, an early precursor to the […]

Olivier Sermeus takes over as CEO Astara Western Europe

July 18, 2022

Olivier Sermeus, Chief Operation Officer (COO) at Astara Western Europe since September 2020, moves officially further up to take the wheel as Managing Director of the car distribution group that counts more than 700 selling points and some 375 dealers. As expected, Damien Heymans, the current company’s CEO and MD of Alcomotive, the last member […]

Dr. Alexander W. Wehr to be new CEO of BMW Group Belux

June 09, 2022

Dr. Alexander W. Wehr is moving to Belgium to become President and CEO of BMW Group Belux. He will succeed Eddy Haesendonck, who decided to leave the BMW Group. Stefan Reiff succeeds Wehr as Vice President of Customer, Brand, and Sales at BMW Motorrad. “Due to his extensive international sales expertise, Alexander Wehr is ideally […]

ACEA gets new Director-General and criticizes EU’s AFIR regulations

June 07, 2022

As of 1 September 2022, Sigrid de Vries will assume the position as the European car and truck manufacturers association’s new Director-General, following a decision by the ACEA Board of Directors. She will manage the association that unites Europe’s 16 major car, truck, van, and bus makers at the EU level. Concerning the Alternative Fuels […]

French Minister of Transport joins hydrogen carmaker Hopium

May 17, 2022

French start-up of hydrogen cars Hopium wants to appoint Minister of Transport Jean-Baptiste Djebbari to its board of directors. Djebbari is still serving at the Elysée but has announced that he intends to retire from political life with the formation of a new government at hand. The specific tasks for Djebbari have not been made […]

Brussels museum Autoworld has a new president

May 13, 2022

Wednesday, a new president for the board was elected at the Autoworld museum in Brussels. Ex-Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, now still a member of the European Parliament, has accepted to succeed to another well-known Open-Vld politician, Herman De Croo, who has been heading the museum for 36 years. The entire Autoworld team is very grateful […]

After Japan, France issues arrest warrant against Carlos Ghosn

April 26, 2022

Already wanted in Japan (where he fled jurisdiction in December 2019) and searched for by Interpol, former Alliance President Carlos Ghosn is now also persecuted in France. French justice wants to investigate alleged misuse of public goods, money laundering, and corruption. The now 68-year-old car tycoon fell from grace in 2018 when he was at […]

Musk invites his ‘worst critics’ to stay on Twitter after buying it

April 26, 2022

The board of directors at Twitter has accepted Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s buy-out deal of 44 billion dollars to obtain complete control of the company. As a result, Musk is now set to own his most cherished communication channel. “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter because that is what free speech […]

Musk criticizes Twitter but becomes its biggest shareholder (update)

April 06, 2022

Almost a fortnight ago, Elon Musk posted critical tweets on Twitter about the social media platform. Still, it didn’t stop the Tesla boss from becoming Twitter’s biggest shareholder buying a 9,2% stake. After the announcement, the messaging service’s shares rose 26% in premarket trading. A day later, Twitter announced it welcomed Musk to its Advisory […]

Lohscheller leaves Vietnamese VinFast for Nikola

February 23, 2022

Former Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller is changing seats again. A few months after being appointed CEO of Vietnamese VinFast, he joins American electric truck builder Nikola Motors as President. After four months in Vietnam, he stepped down in December to return to Europe for personal reasons. According to the Nikola press release, he will be […]

Two biggest Flemish car magazines are merging

February 09, 2022

The specialized car magazines AutoGids and AutoWereld are becoming the only magazine. It will appear 22 times per year and be closely related to the French ‘pendant’ Le Moniteur Automobile. The first issue will be in the press shop from Wednesday, 9 February. The printed press is living difficult times. Publicity income through the magazines […]

Volvo’s new CEO Jim Rowan comes with backpack full of experiences

January 05, 2022

After ten years at the top of Volvo Cars, Håkan Samuelsson passes his CEO chair in March to Jim Rowan, currently CEO at Ember Technologies, and former CEO of Dyson and COO at BlackBerry. Volvo’s board announced the latter on Tuesday. They see in Rowan a man bringing in a backpack full of experiences for […]

Elon Musk ‘Person of the Year’ for Time Magazine

December 14, 2021

Time Magazine has declared the American billionaire Elon Musk ‘Person of the Year’. According to the magazine, Musk is a clown, a visionary, and a genius, but above all the man who wants to save the planet and find a new one to live on. He’s one of the few individuals who considerably influenced life […]

Ford kicks off E-Transit real-world customer trials

August 25, 2021

Ford gives ten E-Transit prototypes to partners in the UK, Germany, and Norway to start real-world customer trials. Over six to twelve months, different versions of the new electric van will be tested in intensive real-world conditions. Following development at Ford’s proving grounds and engineering facilities, the carmaker is keen to get feedback on usage […]

Former TME boss Johan van Zyl slain by Covid-19

August 02, 2021

Johan van Zyl, former boss of Toyota Motor Europe (TME), has died at the age of 63 in its home country of South Africa, slain by the complications of the Covid-19 infection he caught in July. The news was made public by Toyota on Sunday. “It is with great sadness that we inform you of […]

Opel CEO Lohscheller goes to VinFast

July 28, 2021

The leaving Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller is to become CEO of the Vietnamese car manufacturer VinFast LLC. After his departure from Stellantis, set at the end of August, the Opel CEO will be charged with expanding VinFast’s operations and its presence around the globe, as the company announced. Lohscheller’s departure from Opel/Stellantis has been known […]

Elon Musk’s veteran lieutenant Jerome Guillen has left Tesla

June 09, 2021

“As of June 3, 2021, Jerome Guillen, President, Tesla Heavy Trucking, of Tesla, Inc. (“Tesla”), departed Tesla. We thank him for his many contributions and wish him well in his future career.” Nope, that’s not a tweet by Elon Musk. Instead, via a filing for the American Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tesla announced officially […]

Ghosn has to refund € 5 million to the Alliance

May 21, 2021

Former Renault and Alliance boss Carlos Ghosn has to refund  € 5 million to the Alliance (Renault/Nissan/Mitsubishi) he was leading until the end of 2018. As the Alliance has its registered office in Amsterdam, the ruling comes from a Dutch court. Carlos Ghosn had sued the Alliance before the Dutch court because he found himself […]

Michel Vaillant’s cartoonist Jean Graton dies aged 97

January 22, 2021

The Father of the Michel Vaillant cartoon, Jean Graton, has passed away in Brussels this Thursday, aged 97. Graton, who was born in France in 1923, settled in Belgium in the late forties, where he published the first adventures of his racing driver character, Michel Vaillant, in Tintin’s journal in 1957. He leaves a legacy […]

Alain Visser, CEO of Lynk & Co (1): ‘We go for another business model’

January 12, 2021

The Belgian Alain Visser is Lynk & Co’s CEO, the Chinese Geely daughter who intends to change things on the car market. Many new and sometimes controversial ideas come from or are stimulated by the CEO — no better reason for having a chat with him. We’ve known Alain Visser for a long time. Already […]

Stellantis is a fact, who are the men behind it?

January 05, 2021

On Monday, the shareholders of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)  and Peugeot S.A. (PSA) approved the merger of FCA and Groupe PSA to create Stellantis N.V. by an overwhelming majority (with more than 99% of the votes cast in favor of the transaction). Following today’s approval by shareholders and receipt of the final regulatory clearances over […]