MCG Executive Briefing for June 2, 2017

To honor famed hot rodder Pete Chapouris and mark the 85th anniversary of the 1932 Ford, the Petersen Automotive Museum will host a “Deuce Day” on June 15. Get all the latest auto industry news in the Executive Briefing.  

 

 

 

Today’s headlines:

+   New vehicle sales in the United States fell 0.5 percent to 1.52 million in May, recording the fifth straight month of decline as the market continues to cool. More at The Detroit News. 

+   Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he will leave three White House business councils after President Trump announced the United States will leave the Paris climate accord. More at CNBC. 

+   Oliver Heilmer, 42, the current chief of BMW’s Designworks creative design division, will take the post of lead designer of the Mini brand effective September 1. More at UK Autocar. 

+   Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the engineer who led the company’s self-driving project and was a central figure in its legal battle with Google over technical secrets. More at USA Today. 

+   Ex-Formula 1 driver Esteban Gutierrez will fill in for the injured Sebastien Bourdais this weekend as he makes his Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the Detroit Grand Prix. More at Racer. 

+   McLaren has promoted Rob Melville, who most recently led the design of the carmaker’s 720S Super Series sports car, from Chief Designer to Design Director. More at Motor Trend. 

+   General Motors plans to cut one of its two shifts at the company’s Warren Transmission plant, potentially affecting half of the approximately 580 workers. More at the Detroit Free Press. 

+   To honor famed hot rodder Pete Chapouris and the 85th anniversary of the 1932 Ford, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will host a “Deuce Day” on June 15. More at Hemmings Daily.

+   Audi’s emissions scandal flared up again when the German government accused the carmaker of cheating emissions tests with its top-end A7 and A8 models. More at Automotive News Europe. 

+   Max Chilton, who drove for Marussia in Formula 1 for two years before joining the Chip Gannassi IndyCar team in 2016, says Formula 1 could benefit from using Indy-style radio spotters. More at Autosport. 

Review the previous Executive Briefing from May 29 here.  

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