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January 17, 2015

LIASE Group Attends the 2015 North American International Auto Show, Black Tie Gala and After-Party

Left to right: LIASE Non-Executive Board Member Vic Doolan; Vanessa Moriel; John Bukowicz; and Automobilewoche & Automotive News Director Thomas Heringer, standing in front of the Infiniti booth. Infiniti unveiled the new Infiniti Q60 with a bold design that is bound to rejuvenate the luxury automaker’s lineup once it comes into production in 2016.

Summary:
LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz, LIASE Group MD Asia and Board Member Vanessa Moriel, and LIASE Non-Executive Board Member and Former President of BMW North America Vic Doolan attended North America’s largest auto show in Detroit from January 12 to 16. With 55 new vehicle introductions, this year’s show reflected the industry’s general upbeat outlook for the North American market early in 2015.
 
Article: 
Taking place from January 12-25, the North American International Auto Show is North America’s most important auto show. This year’s event took place against the backdrop of a growing American economy and rapidly dropping oil prices. It is, therefore, no surprise that power and performance were on full display in Detroit. The LIASE Group was present with LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz, LIASE Group MD Asia and Board Member Vanessa Moriel, and LIASE Non-Executive Board Member and Former President of BMW North America Vic Doolan on hand to meet the thousands of automotive executive gathered for this annual celebration of the automobile.
 
Following up on the distinctively automotive Consumer Electronic Show, where the connected car and autonomous driving were on full display, the tone of the show in Detroit was set by supercars, such as the new Ford GT and the Acura NSX, big engine cars such as the 640-hp Cadillac CTS-V, the Lexus GS-F sport sedan, and Mercedes-Benz’ C450 AMG, and even convertibles like the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, the Buick Cascada, and a convertible version of the BMW-6. While the recession saw hybrids promising fuel economy and money conscious sedans take center stage in past shows, this year’s edition was definitely flashier, faster, and more fun.
 
“The Detroit Auto Show is a great place to gain an understanding of the general mood and trends sweeping across the North American auto industry,” said Human Capital Partner’s (HCP) Asia MD and LIASE Board Member Vanessa Moriel. “With companies feeling positive, we are seeing them introduce new technologies with new engines, designs, connectivity, telematics, and advances in autonomous driving. There is no doubt that we are at the brink of a major transformation in the automotive industry, so it is a very exciting time to be here.”
 
There were 55 vehicle introductions at the show, with the vast majority being global premiers. Many of the new reveals were luxury cars. While these higher-end cars come with a steep price tag, they also serve as a showcase for advanced technologies and the future of the industry. The new Acura NSX, for example, packs 550-hp in what is being hyped as a hybrid car. Proving once and for all that hybrid doesn’t have to rhyme with lower performances.
 
The Volkswagen Golf family of cars, including the Golf GTI and Golf variants, and the Ford F-150 were named the North American Car of the Year and the North American Truck/Utility of the Year, respectively. It is a bit of good fortune for Volkswagen whose sales in the U.S. dropped 7 percent in 2013, and another 8 percent last year. Aiming to recapture some of this lost ground, the company unveiled the Hybrid Cross Coupe GTE model, which targets the fastest-growing segment in the U.S. of late, small SUVs. The awards, which are given by a jury of 57 journalists are now in their 22nd year.
 
Another long-awaited unveiling was the new Chevrolet Bolt, a cheaper version of the existing plug-in hybrid Volt. Priced at around $30,000 dollars and with a promised 200-mile range, the new Bolt will be going head to head with Tesla’s upcoming Model 3. The Bolt is expected to hit the market before the Model 3.
 
There were 16.5 million units sold in the U.S. last year and analysts are saying that easy credit, low gas prices and pent-up demand are likely to ensure that 2015 will see continued growth. Some forecasters say auto sales could approach 17 million units this year. Comparatively, auto sales in China, the world’s largest auto market, totaled about 19.7 million units in 2014. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers projects an 8% rise for passenger vehicles sales to 21.25 million units in 2015.
 
“Technology is quickly redefining the automotive industry, but at its core, the sector has always been people driven,” remarked Vanessa Moriel. “Automakers have to rely on experienced executives that understand the technology, the culture and the trends that are molding the future of the industry. Because we are specifically focused on the automotive industry, the LIASE Group has the right industry knowledge, network, and processes in place to identify and attract the select few individuals who are at the leading edge of the industry.”
 
Vanessa Moriel and John Bukowicz also took part in the annual NAIAS Charity Preview black tie gala on January 16. The black tie gala is North America’s largest single night charity event. This year’s gala attracted 15,350 people and raised $5.3 million for children’s charities, exceeding last year’s take of $4.5 million. The event has raised more than $100 million since 1976 when the first Charity Preview was held by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. Following the Charity Preview, the pair joined Lear Global CEO Matt Simoncini for the Lear After-Party attended by Lear global and regional leaders, their families, and friends.

 

Editors Notes:
Human Capital Partners is a retained executive search consultancy & talent management consultancy that specializes in the global automotive sector. We place high quality candidates in CEO and top management positions through succession planning, market scanning and pipeline management to ensure a smooth transition for both our clients and candidates. Our passion for the automotive industry and our unique approach ensures that we fully understand your business. This results in any potential risks being mitigated or carefully managed which ultimately means successful placements and satisfied clients.
 
PR Contact: Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia (Tel: +852 2840 0406)
 
North American International Auto Show – Press Day

LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz and LIASE Non-Executive Board Member and Former President of BMW North America Vic Doolan with Senior Executives from BMW.

LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz and LIASE Non-Executive Board Member and Former President of BMW North America Vic Doolan with Senior Executives from BMW.

LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz (right) talks with Senior Executives from Volvo.

LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz (right) talks with Senior Executives from Volvo.

LIASE Non-Executive Board Member and Former President of BMW North America Vic Doolan (left), in discussion with Senior Executives from Volvo.

LIASE Non-Executive Board Member and Former President of BMW North America Vic Doolan (left), in discussion with Senior Executives from Volvo.

LIASE’s John Bukowicz (right), Vic Doolan (middle), and AUDI Director Strategy, Mr. Reinhard Fischer, together at the Detroit Auto Show.

LIASE’s John Bukowicz (right), Vic Doolan (middle), and AUDI Director Strategy, Mr. Reinhard Fischer, together at the Detroit Auto Show.

  The Ford F-150 has been named North American Truck of the Year in Detroit this year. F-150 is widely regarded as Ford's most important vehicle. The automaker's move to an aluminum body, which cuts about 700 pounds off the truck’s weight, is one of the biggest gambles in the auto industry in years. The lower weight allows the truck to adjust to stricter fuel efficiency targets. Lower fuel prices, however, are raising concerns that customers might not be as inclined toward the new aluminum bodied truck as they might otherwise have been. Ford has been downplaying these concerns by pointing out the F-150’s 12,000 pounds towing capacity and promising better performance.


The Ford F-150 has been named North American Truck of the Year in Detroit this year. F-150 is widely regarded as Ford’s most important vehicle. The automaker’s move to an aluminum body, which cuts about 700 pounds off the truck’s weight, is one of the biggest gambles in the auto industry in years. The lower weight allows the truck to adjust to stricter fuel efficiency targets. Lower fuel prices, however, are raising concerns that customers might not be as inclined toward the new aluminum bodied truck as they might otherwise have been. Ford has been downplaying these concerns by pointing out the F-150’s 12,000 pounds towing capacity and promising better performance.

The track-focused Shelby GT350R Mustang aims to please racing fans and take on the likes of the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. It is one of the first road cars to use carbon-fiber wheels, with Ford saying they have successfully undergone its durability testing. Like the flagships GT, the car is packed with an array of weight reduction measures to increase performance and reduce fuel use. The First Shelby GT350R Mustang was auctioned for charity at a price of $1 million.

The track-focused Shelby GT350R Mustang aims to please racing fans and take on the likes of the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. It is one of the first road cars to use carbon-fiber wheels, with Ford saying they have successfully undergone its durability testing. Like the flagships GT, the car is packed with an array of weight reduction measures to increase performance and reduce fuel use. The First Shelby GT350R Mustang was auctioned for charity at a price of $1 million.

Volvo CEO, Hakan Samuelsson, said he wants to reach 100,000 units in sales annually in the United States. Last year, it sold just 56,366. Volvo’s CEO seemed to hint that the company’s rejuvenation in the U.S. would at least in part come from growth in e-ordering of vehicles. He also confirmed that the brand’s new flagship sedan, the S90, would be built in China on a new platform and is being considered for export. Volvo also introduced a unique offering in the luxury segment, an all-wheel drive all-road sedan crossover.

Volvo CEO, Hakan Samuelsson, said he wants to reach 100,000 units in sales annually in the United States. Last year, it sold just 56,366. Volvo’s CEO seemed to hint that the company’s rejuvenation in the U.S. would at least in part come from growth in e-ordering of vehicles. He also confirmed that the brand’s new flagship sedan, the S90, would be built in China on a new platform and is being considered for export. Volvo also introduced a unique offering in the luxury segment, an all-wheel drive all-road sedan crossover.

LIASE Board Member and MD Asia Vanessa Moriel with SIREN OF CHROME Director John P. Lauri.

LIASE Board Member and MD Asia Vanessa Moriel with SIREN OF CHROME Director John P. Lauri.

Left to right: LIASE Non-Executive Board Member Vic Doolan; Vanessa Moriel; John Bukowicz; and Automobilewoche & Automotive News Director Thomas Heringer, standing in front of the Infiniti booth. Infiniti unveiled the new Infiniti Q60 with a bold design that is bound to rejuvenate the luxury automaker’s lineup once it comes into production in 2016.

Left to right: LIASE Non-Executive Board Member Vic Doolan; Vanessa Moriel; John Bukowicz; and Automobilewoche & Automotive News Director Thomas Heringer, standing in front of the Infiniti booth. Infiniti unveiled the new Infiniti Q60 with a bold design that is bound to rejuvenate the luxury automaker’s lineup once it comes into production in 2016.

Floor of the North American International Auto Show. Over 100,000 industry insiders and media people were expected at the show.

Floor of the North American International Auto Show. Over 100,000 industry insiders and media people were expected at the show.

Transmission maker ZF Group is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Their CEO Stefan Sommer was in Detroit where he revealed that the company’s pending acquisition of TRW Automotive for $13.5 billion was motivated by expected demand for autonomous driving technology in the coming years. ZF Group’s expertise in transmission and chassis will be complemented by TRW’s know-how on sensors and electronics. TRW Automotive is expected to maintain its separate identity for the moment.

Transmission maker ZF Group is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. Their CEO Stefan Sommer was in Detroit where he revealed that the company’s pending acquisition of TRW Automotive for $13.5 billion was motivated by expected demand for autonomous driving technology in the coming years. ZF Group’s expertise in transmission and chassis will be complemented by TRW’s know-how on sensors and electronics. TRW Automotive is expected to maintain its separate identity for the moment.

Designed from the ground up for autonomous driving, the Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept car actually made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a week before coming to Detroit. With no need to have a driver behind the wheel, the car includes seats that face each other to allow for passenger interaction and a touch screen giving passengers control of the vehicle.

Designed from the ground up for autonomous driving, the Mercedes-Benz F 015 concept car actually made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a week before coming to Detroit. With no need to have a driver behind the wheel, the car includes seats that face each other to allow for passenger interaction and a touch screen giving passengers control of the vehicle.

This year’s show was well attended as it attracted more than 100,000 visitors each day. Meanwhile, opening weekend drew a total of 215,836 visitors, 7,000 more than the opening weekend in 2014.

This year’s show was well attended as it attracted more than 100,000 visitors each day. Meanwhile, opening weekend drew a total of 215,836 visitors, 7,000 more than the opening weekend in 2014.

Charity Preview – Black Tie Event

LIASE Board Member and HCP’s Asia MD Vanessa Moriel and LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz pose in front of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class on the evening of the Black Tie Gala. Mercedes unveiled its new GLE model in Detroit. It is expected to compete with BMW’s X6 mid-sized SUV once production is ramped-up.

LIASE Board Member and HCP’s Asia MD Vanessa Moriel and LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz pose in front of the Mercedes-Benz SL-Class on the evening of the Black Tie Gala. Mercedes unveiled its new GLE model in Detroit. It is expected to compete with BMW’s X6 mid-sized SUV once production is ramped-up.

Mr. Nikhil M. Varty, Wabco President, Americas, and Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, and his wife enjoying the celebration with LIASE’s Vanessa Moriel.

Mr. Nikhil M. Varty, Wabco President, Americas, and Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions, and his wife enjoying the celebration with LIASE’s Vanessa Moriel.

Vanessa Moriel and John Bukowicz pose in front of an Alfa Romeo on the evening of the Black Tie Gala.

Vanessa Moriel and John Bukowicz pose in front of an Alfa Romeo on the evening of the Black Tie Gala.

Vanessa Moriel and John Bukowicz standing at the MINI booth.

Vanessa Moriel and John Bukowicz standing at the MINI booth.

Vanessa Moriel (right) posing with a MINI Genious in front of his booth. BMW owned Mini unveiled the 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop at the auto show. The new model is the most powerful Mini the company has produced to date.

Vanessa Moriel (right) posing with a MINI Genious in front of his booth. BMW owned Mini unveiled the 2015 John Cooper Works Hardtop at the auto show. The new model is the most powerful Mini the company has produced to date.

John Bukowicz, Vanessa Moriel and Lear Global CEO Matt Simoncini.

John Bukowicz, Vanessa Moriel and Lear Global CEO Matt Simoncini.

LEAR CTO Agis Liberakis, Vanessa Moriel, Lear CFO Jeffrey H. Vanneste, and his wife pose for a picture at the Lear After-Party.

LEAR CTO Agis Liberakis, Vanessa Moriel, Lear CFO Jeffrey H. Vanneste, and his wife pose for a picture at the Lear After-Party.

The joyful night in Detroit.

The joyful night in Detroit.

January 15, 2015

LIASE Group Joins Top Automotive Industry Leaders at the 39th Automotive News World Congress in Detroit

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne (left), talked about the high number of recalls in the U.S. automotive market in 2014. He believes that the recalls were in part caused by a shift in attitudes between regulators and the industry.

Summary:

LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz and LIASE Group MD Asia and Board Member Vanessa Moriel joined more than 1,200 automotive executives and industry leaders at the 39th annual Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. The Congress provided the LIASE Group with a fantastic platform to gain wider recognition as a provider of talent and pipeline management, succession planning and executive search for the automotive industry.

 

Article:

LIASE Group was proud to sponsor the 39th annual Automotive News World Congress taking place January 13 and 14, 2015. Taking place just as the North American International Automotive Show was taking off in Detroit, this year’s Congress revolved around the theme of “Setting the Pace in a Thriving Market,” and included special sessions on Vehicle Innovation and Retail Marketing. The sold-out event allowed more than 1200 industry leaders to network and discuss the latest automotive trends. With a speaker’s list that read like a who’s who of the automotive world in North America, the Congress provided the LIASE Group with a fantastic platform to gain wider recognition as a provider of talent and pipeline management, succession planning and executive search for the automotive industry.

 

“Because the LIASE Group is exclusively focused on talent and pipeline management, succession planning and executive search for the automotive industry, we are able to attend these industry events on a regular basis and understand the trends, opportunities and challenges that are driving the automotive world,“ said LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz. “LIASE Group can draw upon a global pool of consultants with profound automotive industry expertise. Our consultants come face-to-face with automotive executives who share their thoughts and expertise with us on a daily basis. We are part of the automotive industry. That is why we are able to provide personalized services that leverages our long-term networks to anticipate potential growth and opportunities.”

 

Executives gathered at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit on the first day of the Automotive News World Congress included: Luca de Meo, Member of the Board of Management, Sales & Marketing, Audi AG; Bernhard Maier, Executive Board Member for Sales & Marketing, Porsche AG; Scott Painter, Founder & CEO, TrueCar; Ian Robertson, Member of the Board, Sales & Marketing, BMW AG; Elon Musk, CEO, Tesla Motors; and Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

 

Luca de Meo, Audi’s Sales and Marketing Board Member, said the German automaker was about to introduce a program called the Audi Virtual Reality Experience. This innovative sales device will give dealers a chance to demonstrate cars to customers using VR headsets, allowing buyers to configure their cars to their preferred specifications.

 

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board, Sales & Marketing, BMW AG, discussed BMW’s efforts with smart mobility. Robertson argued that macro trends having to do with urbanization, the environment, connectivity, and customer culture are transforming the automotive industry. As such, BMW has been working on a number of initiatives to increase the efficiency of personal transport, including: BMW Connected Drive, alternative drive trains, charging infrastructure, new mobility services, highly automated driving, and digitalization/IoT.

 

Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, made waves at the Congress as he urged the assembled automotive executives to look past dropping oil prices to invest in electric cars. Musk also discussed future sales growth and profitability, revealing that the company would probably become profitable by 2020. He avoided answering directly how many cars Tesla had actually sold last year, saying that the company had greatly surpassed its target of 33,000 units in 2014.  Tesla’s CEO hopes to compete with major international OEMs in terms of units sold within 10 years. Musk’s address to the Congress was recorded and can be seen here.

 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) CEO Sergio Marchionne was the final guest to take the stand on the first night of the Congress. Marchionne said that further mergers in the industry were inevitable in light of present capitalisation rates. Fiat Chrysler’s CEO also reaffirmed his dedication to the Alfa Romeo brand which FCA resurrected with a $6 billion effort.

 

The second and final day of the Congress was even more packed than the first as top automotive speakers took to the stage one after the other. The January 14 line-up included: Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President, The Americas, Ford Motor Company; Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management, Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales, Daimler AG; Joe Eberhardt, President & CEO, Jaguar Land Rover North America;  Steve Kiefer, Vice President, Global Purchasing & Supply Chain, General Motors; Chris Urmson, Director, Self-Driving Cars, Google [x]; John Murphy, Research Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Wolf-Henning Scheider, Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH; Reid Bigland, Senior Vice President – U.S. Sales, FCA North America, Chairman, President and CEO, Chrysler Canada Inc., Head of Alfa Romeo Brand, FCA North America; and Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors.

 

The newest Member of the Board of Management for Daimler AG, Ola Källenius, talked about the power of the Mercedes brand as well as efforts in retail and customer services made by Mercedes in the U.S.  Källenius, who is Head of Global Marketing and Sales for Daimler cars said that mobile tech is allowing the company to improve service time at various dealerships. Mercedes-Benz USA made a lot of efforts to train what it calls “product concierges” in the past year, allowing them to raise awareness of Mercedes products across the market. Mercedes USA has also made use of digital tools to provide more individualized customer services that are tailored to the customers’ requirements.  Finally, Källenius said that Mercedes me will launch in the U.S. in 2015.

 

Steve Kiefer, who left Delphi Automotive 16 months ago to take charge of GM’s powertrain operations and was appointed General Motors’ Head of Purchasing and Supply in November 2014 focused on supplier relations during his presentation. He argued that leaving suppliers with a comfortable margin allowed them to remain stable, which is a gain for GM over the long run. According to Kiefer, GM will lower costs by better aligning sales forecasts with purchasing decisions, allowing for better supplier capacity utilisation. He has also been pushing new tools to provide suppliers with a greater voice in GM’s global organization. Kiefer’s goal is to improve GM’s relations with suppliers through better transparency and by taking advantage of his company’s scale to award large global contracts.

 

Google’s Chris Urmson, Director for the autonomous driving project, said that the company is working with global suppliers to build a working prototype that it will begin testing in California this year. According to Urmson, Google aims commercialize its self-driving car around 2020. It has already begun talks with partners and suppliers to build complete vehicles into the marketplace. Suppliers named by Urmson included Bosch, which supplies power electronics and long-range radar; ZF Lenksysteme, which supplies a new steering gear; LG Electronics, which supplies the batteries; plus Continental and Roush. Urmson disclosed that Google had independently developed its own lidar sensors, which he claims are smaller and more effective than competing models. Urmson further discussed Google plans to commercialize its vehicle through the use of shared cars which could be summoned with a smartphone.

 

John Murphy, lead U.S. auto analyst in equity research with Bank of America Merrill Lynch warned the assembled automotive executives that while automotive sales are expected to rise for the next few years in the U.S., there will eventually be a downturn in the market. Murphy expects the market to peak in 2018 at around 20 million units, after which time he predicts a downturn. The Bank of America analyst based his predictions on the number of vehicles on the road that are 11 years and older, which is presently at record highs. Growing customer confidence as well as increased travel are also leading to higher automotive demand.

 

Mary Barra, General Motors first ever female CEO, was the last speaker at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress. Barra reflected on her first year at the helm of GM and the media reactions that surrounded her appointment. Barra noted that 6 of her company’s 25 corporate officers were women, proving that the automotive industry is much more progressive than usually assumed by the wider public.

 

The second day of the Congress also included 2 special sessions, the session on Vehicle Innovation saw: Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technical Officer, Magna; Greg Ludokvsky, Vice President, Global Research and Development, ArcelorMittal; Phil Martens, President & CEO, Novelis; and Doug Patterson, Senior Vice President, Engibeering Division, Denson International America Inc., take the stage. The session on Retail Marketing included: Mike Accavitti, General Manager, Acura Division, American Honda Motor; Jared Rowe, President, AutoTrader.com; Raj Sundaram, Co-President, Dealertrack Technologies.

 

“Attending these types of events allows us to renew old relationships and meet the young executives who will lead the automotive industry in the future,” remarked LIASE Group Asia MD and Board Member Vanessa Moriel. “This year’s Automotive News World Congress really showed us that the future of the automotive industry lies in ongoing developments in autonomous driving, fuel efficiency, connectivity, sensors, telematics, and infotainment. To lead the way, OEMs and suppliers will need to develop strategies to identify, retain and attract visionary executives that understand the technology and can apply it to the realities of specific markets across the world.”

 

Recipients of the Polk Loyalty Awards were announced on the evening of the 13th. Ford won the award for Overall Loyalty to Manufacturer. The evening of the 14th saw FAC win the global OEM 3 year Automotive News/PwC Shareholder Value Award and the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation win the 1 year award. The conference ended with a tour of the North American International Auto Show on the morning of the 15th.

 

Editors Notes:

Human Capital Partners is a retained executive search consultancy & talent management consultancy that specializes in the global automotive sector. We place high quality candidates in CEO and top management positions through succession planning, market scanning and pipeline management to ensure a smooth transition for both our clients and candidates. Our passion for the automotive industry and our unique approach ensures that we fully understand your business. This results in any potential risks being mitigated or carefully managed which ultimately means successful placements and satisfied clients.

PR Contact: Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia  (Tel: +852 2840 0406)
info@liase-group.com

rom left to right: LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz; LIASE Group Asia MD and Board Member Vanessa Moriel; Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain; and, and LIASE Non-Executive Board Member Vic Doolan. LIASE Group was proud to sponsor this year’s Automotive News World Congress.

rom left to right: LIASE Group MD Americas and Board Member John Bukowicz; LIASE Group Asia MD and Board Member Vanessa Moriel; Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain; and, and LIASE Non-Executive Board Member Vic Doolan. LIASE Group was proud to sponsor this year’s Automotive News World Congress.

Luca de Meo, Member of the Board of Management, Sales & Marketing, Audi AG, at the Automotive News World Congress.

Luca de Meo, Member of the Board of Management, Sales & Marketing, Audi AG, at the Automotive News World Congress.

Porsche Executive Board Member for Sales & Marketing, Mr. Bernhard Maier, at the Automotive News World Congress.

Porsche Executive Board Member for Sales & Marketing, Mr. Bernhard Maier,
at the Automotive News World Congress.

Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management for Daimler AG, Head of Global Marketing and Sales for Daimler Cars , also discussed the Mercedes F015 Concept Car. Fully designed with autonomous driving in mind, the F015 represents Mercedes’ vision for luxury driving in the age of self-driving cars.

Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management for Daimler AG, Head of Global Marketing and Sales for Daimler Cars , also discussed the Mercedes F015 Concept Car. Fully designed with autonomous driving in mind, the F015 represents Mercedes’ vision for luxury driving in the age of self-driving cars.

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board, Sales & Marketing, BMW AG, unveiled upgrade to its 6 series models at the NAIAS.

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board, Sales & Marketing, BMW AG, unveiled upgrade to its 6 series models at the NAIAS.

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board, Sales & Marketing, BMW AG, discussed how BMW has been working on a number of initiatives to increase the efficiency of personal transport, including: BMW Connected Drive, alternative drive trains, charging infrastructure, new mobility services, highly automated driving, and digitalization/IoT.

Ian Robertson, Member of the Board, Sales & Marketing, BMW AG, discussed how BMW has been working on a number of initiatives to increase the efficiency of personal transport, including: BMW Connected Drive, alternative drive trains, charging infrastructure, new mobility services, highly automated driving, and digitalization/IoT.

Elon Musk speaking at the Automotive News World Congress. Musk urged industry leaders to do more to advance the development of the electric car.

Elon Musk speaking at the Automotive News World Congress. Musk urged industry leaders to do more to advance the development of the electric car.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne (left), talked about the high number of recalls in the U.S. automotive market in 2014. He believes that the recalls were in part caused by a shift in attitudes between regulators and the industry.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne (left), talked about the high number of recalls in the U.S. automotive market in 2014. He believes that the recalls were in part caused by a shift in attitudes between regulators and the industry.

Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President, The Americas, Ford Motor Company, talked about the lessons learned from its badly received touch screens. Hinrichs said the company wouldn’t make the same mistakes with its Sync 3 product which will replace MyFord Touch sometimes in 2016. Ford has received mostly positive early reviews for its latest infotainment system.

Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President, The Americas, Ford Motor Company, talked about the lessons learned from its badly received touch screens. Hinrichs said the company wouldn’t make the same mistakes with its Sync 3 product which will replace MyFord Touch sometimes in 2016. Ford has received mostly positive early reviews for its latest infotainment system.

Wolf-Henning Scheider, Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH, discussed how the world's largest automotive supplier is getting developing the technology for autonomous driving on the highway.

Wolf-Henning Scheider, Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH, discussed how the world’s largest automotive supplier is getting developing the technology for autonomous driving on the highway.

General Motors' Head of Purchasing and Supply Steve Kiefer focused on supplier relations. He argued that leaving suppliers with a comfortable margin allowed them to remain stable, which is a gain for GM over the long run.

General Motors’ Head of Purchasing and Supply Steve Kiefer focused on supplier relations. He argued that leaving suppliers with a comfortable margin allowed them to remain stable, which is a gain for GM over the long run.

GM CEO Marry Barra discussed her first year as CEO with Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain.

GM CEO Marry Barra discussed her first year as CEO with Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra, at the recent Automotive News World Congress, said the company doesn’t miss any of the brands that were discontinued during the company’s 2008-09 bankruptcy and restructuring -- Saturn, Saab, Hummer and Pontiac.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra, at the recent Automotive News World Congress, said the company doesn’t miss any of the brands that were discontinued during the company’s 2008-09 bankruptcy and restructuring — Saturn, Saab, Hummer and Pontiac.

The session on Vehicle Innovation included (left to right): (1) Doug Patterson, Senior Vice President, Engineering Division, Denso International America Inc.; (2) Phil Martens, President & CEO, Novelis; (3) Greg Ludokvsky, Vice President, Global Research and Development, ArcelorMittal; (4)Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technical Officer, Magna; (5) J Ferron, Director, Strategic Development, Crain Communications.

The session on Vehicle Innovation included (left to right): (1) Doug Patterson, Senior Vice President, Engineering Division, Denso International America Inc.; (2) Phil Martens, President & CEO, Novelis; (3) Greg Ludokvsky, Vice President, Global Research and Development, ArcelorMittal; (4)Swamy Kotagiri, Chief Technical Officer, Magna; (5) J Ferron, Director, Strategic Development, Crain Communications.

John Bukowicz (Left), 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay (Middle), and Vanessa Moriel (right).  Ryan Hunter-Reay was awarded the “BabyBorg” at the Automotive News World Congress for his achievements on the track.  The BorgWarner Championship Driver’s Trophy is awarded each year to the winner of the Indianapolis 500.

John Bukowicz (Left), 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay (Middle), and Vanessa Moriel (right). Ryan Hunter-Reay was awarded the “BabyBorg” at the Automotive News World Congress for his achievements on the track. The BorgWarner Championship Driver’s Trophy is awarded each year to the winner of the Indianapolis 500.

October 14, 2014

THE LIASE GROUP MAKES STRONG SHOWING AT THE INTERNATIONAL SUPPLIERS FAIR (IZB) AS IT HOSTS THE VIP DINNER, JOINS THE OPENING CEREMONY AND PARTICIPATES IN THE INTERNATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE CONGRESS – ASEAN

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Summary:

The LIASE Group and Automobilwoche proudly hosted a VIP dinner gathering a number of owners and CEO’s from globally prominent automotive companies at the Ritz Carlton in Wolfsburg. The dinner took place against the backdrop of the International Suppliers Fair (IZB).

 

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Automobilwoche proudly posted photo’s of the VIP dinner on http://www.automobilwoche.de

 

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The LIASE Group hosted a high level dinner gathering owners and CEOs from some of the world’s most prominent automotive companies against the backdrop of the International Suppliers Fair (IZB) in Wolfsburg, Germany, in October. The event was organized in cooperation with Automobilwoche, Germany’s top automotive sector publication.

 

Wolfsburg has long been at the heart of Germany’s impressive automotive tradition, it is with this in mind that LIASE founding partners – Mr. Wolfgang Doell (President), Vanessa Moriel (Board Member: Asia) and John Bukowicz (President: Americas) – gathered together with top executives from tier one suppliers to discuss current trends and future opportunities in the automotive sector on a regional and global level. LIASE Group members were particularly keen to examine the current talent shortage in tier one suppliers and OEMs, as well as future strategies for growth within this context.

 

“To organize an event of such importance demonstrates the LIASE Group’s commitment to the global automotive marketplace and the importance of German tier ones to our organization,” commented Mr.Doell following the dinner. “Current expansion in the Asian and Chinese markets represents a huge opportunity for companies within the industry and we aim to provide our expertise to assist our partners in achieving success there.”

 

The Automobilewoche dinner, co-hosted by the LIASE Group, was highlighted by a speech from Anders-Sundt Jensen, Head of Marketing Communications at Volkswagen, who addressed the gathering. Overall, the dinner was a great opportunity for the LIASE Group to present its vision for Talent Management services, including succession planning, talent identification, high potential assessment, and executive searches.

 

“The LIASE Group does not simply provide leaders; we provide great leaders. These leaders are perfectly matched to the organization in which they are placed, adding value by giving an insight on both a local and global level,” said Mr Doell after the event.

 

LIASE Group executives also gathered with 1600 guests to attend the opening of the IZB in the Autostadt Group Forum where they heard speeches by Stephan Wolf, the Deputy Chairman of the General and Group Works Councils of Volkswagen AG; Dr Werner Neubauer, Member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen Brand and General Representative for ‘Group Components’; and Julius von Ingelheim, the Spokesman of the Board of Wolfsburg AG.

 

This year’s IZB International Supplier Fair was preceded by the International Automotive Congress – ASEAN. At the event, high-ranking speakers and representatives from different automotive companies operating in the ASEAN states provided analyses and experience reports that helped the 200 participants to improve their understanding of the special features of the Southeast Asian automotive market.  Vanessa Moriel, LIASE Group Board Member Asia, attended the Congress.

 

The IZB trade fair had approximately 800 exhibitors, including eight of the world’s ten largest automotive supplier companies. The LIASE Group took advantage of this opportunity to establish contacts and showcase its services and core competencies. This year’s exhibition had approximately 51,000 visitors.

 

Editors Notes:

The LIASE Group is a retained executive search and talent management consultancy, which specialises in the global automotive sector. We provide CEO and top management placements & succession expertise across multinational automotive suppliers. Our expertize is our in-depth understanding of conventional and unconventional automotive companies with sector expertise including OEM’s, importers, auto financing, auto leasing, auto dealers, private equity firms and tier 1 suppliers.

 

PR Contact: Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia info@liase-group.com

 

Photos of The LIASE Group and Automobilwoche Global automotive VIP dinner gathering

Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia, LIASE – Julius von Ingelheim, Spokesman of the Board , Wolfsburg AG

Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia, LIASE – Julius von Ingelheim, Spokesman of the Board , Wolfsburg AG. Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

Vanessa Moriel, Board Member Asia, LIASE (left) – Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, LINAMAR (mid) and YeapSweeChuan , President and CEO AAPICO

Vanessa Moriel, Board Member Asia, LIASE (left) – Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, LINAMAR (mid) and YeapSweeChuan , President and CEO AAPICO. Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

Wolfgang Doell, President, LIASE Group

Wolfgang Doell, President, LIASE Group. Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

Dr.ZeljkoMatijevic, CEO, Kromberg& Schubert (left) – Hans-Otto Kromberg, Managing Director, Kromberg& Schubert (mid) – Wolfgang Doell, President, LIASE Group, (right).

Dr.ZeljkoMatijevic, CEO, Kromberg& Schubert (left) – Hans-Otto Kromberg, Managing Director, Kromberg& Schubert (mid) – Wolfgang Doell, President, LIASE Group, (right).

From left to right: Wolfgang Doell, President, LIASE ; Helmut Kluger, Managing Director, Automobilwoche and Anders-Sundt Jensen, Head of Marketing, Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

From left to right: Wolfgang Doell, President, LIASE ; Helmut Kluger, Managing Director, Automobilwoche and Anders-Sundt Jensen, Head of Marketing, Volkswagen Passenger Cars.Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

Christoph Helmut Holzapfel, President/CEO at Friedola TECH GmbH (in the front) – Parag Shah, Director Research & Development, Dr. Schneider – Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, LINAMAR and John Bukowicz, President, LIASE (on the right) – Craig Arnold, CEO, KSR International (left/middle) – Rene Benz , General Manager Asia , Roechling Automotive – YeapSweeChuan , President and CEO AAPICO

Christoph Helmut Holzapfel, former owner of FriedolaTech (in the front) – Parag Shah, Director Research & Development, Dr. Schneider – Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, LINAMAR and John Bukowicz, President, LIASE (on the right) – Craig Arnold, CEO, KSR International (left/middle) – Rene Benz , General Manager Asia , Roechling Automotive – YeapSweeChuan , President and CEO AAPICO. Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

Uwe Reichert, EVP Motor Technology, WOCO (left) ,Christoph Helmut Holzapfel, President/CEO at Friedola TECH (mid) and Dr.Zeljko Matijevic, CEO, Kromberg& Schubert (right)

Uwe Reichert, EVP Motor Technology, WOCO (left) ,Christoph Helmut Holzapfel, President/CEO at Friedola TECH (mid) and Dr.Zeljko Matijevic, CEO, Kromberg& Schubert (right). Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

Guido Ranking, Editor, Automobilwoche (left) – Dr. Mathias Hüttenrauch, Chairman of the Board, Nedschroef (right)

Guido Ranking, Editor, Automobilwoche (left) – Dr. Mathias Hüttenrauch, Chairman of the Board, Nedschroef (right). Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

Parag Shah, Director Research & Development, Dr. Schneider (left) – Karl Fröschl, Managing Director, Gebauer& Griller (middle) – Günter Murmann, Chairman of the Board, Dr. Schneider (right)

Parag Shah, Director Research & Development, Dr. Schneider (left) – Karl Fröschl, Managing Director, Gebauer& Griller (middle) – Günter Murmann, Chairman of the Board, Dr. Schneider (right). Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

Dr.GyulaMeleghy, CEO, Meleghy Automotive (left) Arndt Günter Kirchhoff, Chairman of the Board, KIRCHHOFF Automotive (middle) and Helmut Kluger, Managing Director, Automobilwoche

Dr.GyulaMeleghy, CEO, Meleghy Automotive (left) Arndt Günter Kirchhoff, Chairman of the Board, KIRCHHOFF Automotive (middle) and Helmut Kluger, Managing Director, Automobilwoche. Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

Helmut Kluger Managing Director, Automobilwoche

Helmut Kluger Managing Director, Automobilwoche. Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

Anders Sundt-Jensen, Head of Marketing, Volkswagen Passenger Cars

Anders Sundt-Jensen, Head of Marketing, Volkswagen Passenger Cars. Copyright: Micheal Löwa/Automobilwoche

IZB Opening Ceremony

LIASE founders : John Bukowicz, President America – Vanessa Moriel, MD Asia – Wolfgang Doell, President

LIASE founders : John Bukowicz, President America – Vanessa Moriel, MD Asia – Wolfgang Doell, President

At the Opening Ceremony at IZB Opening Cocktail Party, Julius von Ingelheim , Spokesman of the Board – Wolfsburg AG declared that: “The innovative power of automotive supplier companies plays an important role as a driving force behind the development of the entire vehicle industry. The trade fair acts as impressive proof of this fact, with exhibits ranging from innovations for production facilities and processes through to new materials and their efficient use and right through to solutions for the increasing networking of vehicles.” Wolfsburg AG has been organizing the IZB since 2001.

At the Opening Ceremony at IZB Opening Cocktail Party, Julius von Ingelheim , Spokesman of the Board – Wolfsburg AG declared that: “The innovative power of automotive supplier companies plays an important role as a driving force behind the development of the entire vehicle industry. The trade fair acts as impressive proof of this fact, with exhibits ranging from innovations for production facilities and processes through to new materials and their efficient use and right through to solutions for the increasing networking of vehicles.” Wolfsburg AG has been organizing the IZB since 2001.

Dr. Werner Neubauer , Member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen Brand and General Representative for ‘Group Components’, – Volkswagen addressing more than 1600 guests at the opening ceremony of the IZB explained that “Southeast Asia is an important market for Volkswagen’s growth strategy.” He also emphasized that Volkswagen efforts to increase its presence in the ASEAN region.

Dr. Werner Neubauer , Member of the Board of Management for the Volkswagen Brand and General Representative for ‘Group Components’, – Volkswagen addressing more than 1600 guests at the opening ceremony of the IZB explained that “Southeast Asia is an important market for Volkswagen’s growth strategy.” He also emphasized that Volkswagen efforts to increase its presence in the ASEAN region.

International Automotive Congress – ASEAN 2014

Left to right: JoergLaatsch , VP Powertrain ASEAN – Continental; Uli Kaiser President – Thai European Business Association; Vanessa Moriel, MD Asia – LIASE Group, talking at the IZB International Suppliers Fair.

Left to right: JoergLaatsch , VP Powertrain ASEAN – Continental; Uli Kaiser President – Thai European Business Association; Vanessa Moriel, MD Asia – LIASE Group, talking at the IZB International Suppliers Fair.

Mr.WeimingSoh , Member of the Board of Management – Volkswagen China; as well as Chief Representative and President of Commercial Operations in Greater China/ASEAN Volkswagen AG, talked about the dynamic development of the ASEAN automotive market, stating that: “Our objective is to further expand our current market position in Southeast Asia and to significantly increase our market share in that part of the world on a long-term basis.”

Mr.WeimingSoh , Member of the Board of Management – Volkswagen China; as well as Chief Representative and President of Commercial Operations in Greater China/ASEAN Volkswagen AG, talked about the dynamic development of the ASEAN automotive market, stating that: “Our objective is to further expand our current market position in Southeast Asia and to significantly increase our market share in that part of the world on a long-term basis.”

Thomas Schaefer, Senior Vice President Group Manufacturing Overseas, Volkswagen AG discussed how the Volkswagen group is now focusing on the so-called Tiger Cub Economies in the ASEAN region. He further explained that Volkswagen partner companies have been assembling vehicles for the group since 2009 in Indonesia and since 2013 in Malaysia, and that further, Volkswagen has been selling imported vehicles in the Philippines since September 2013.

Thomas Schaefer, Senior Vice President Group Manufacturing Overseas, Volkswagen AG discussed how the Volkswagen group is now focusing on the so-called Tiger Cub Economies in the ASEAN region. He further explained that Volkswagen partner companies have been assembling vehicles for the group since 2009 in Indonesia and since 2013 in Malaysia, and that further, Volkswagen has been selling imported vehicles in the Philippines since September 2013.

Thomas Chambers , Head of SE Pacific , MD Thailand – Continental, explained the strategy used by his company in the ASEAN market.

Thomas Chambers , Head of SE Pacific , MD Thailand – Continental, explained the strategy used by his company in the ASEAN market.

Dirk Uphoff , Business Director ASEAN – Bosch(middle on the left) ; Norbert Brosi , Executive Vice President OE Sales South East Asia – Bosch (third on the left); Jose Yudego , Commercial Director Europe & Asia – CIE Automotive (rightmost).

Dirk Uphoff , Business Director ASEAN – Bosch(middle on the left) ; Norbert Brosi , Executive Vice President OE Sales South East Asia – Bosch (third on the left); Jose Yudego , Commercial Director Europe & Asia – CIE Automotive (rightmost).

October 4, 2014

The LIASE Group Attends the 2014 Mondial De L’Automobile In Paris

Wolfgang Doell, LIASE Group President, and Harald Bohn, Senior VP Automotive  - Tom Tom

Summary:  Vanessa Moriel, LIASE Group Managing Director Asia Pacific and LIASE Group Board Member, together with Wolfgang Doell, LIASE Group President and Managing Director Europe, attended the Mondial De L’Automobile 2014 in Paris to meet and network with industry professionals as well as showcase the LIASE Group as a global leader in automotive talent management and development, succession, pipeline planning and HR business partnering.

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Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director (Asia) and Board Member of the LIASE Group, and Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director of the LIASE Group (Europe), jointly attended the the Mondial De L’Automobile 2014 in Paris to meet with automotive industry experts and key decision-makers in some of the world’s largest automotive organisations. With strong existing relationships throughout the automotive sector, both Vanessa and Wolfgang spoke to their network of contacts with the aim of understanding industry trends and identifying beneficial market opportunities for HCP and the wider LIASE Group.

Paris Autoshow Logo           “Keeping up with industry developments by attending shows such as the Mondial De L’Automobile enables the LIASE Group to anticipate the future talent management and succession planning needs of many of the world’s leading automotive companies,” said Vanessa Moriel. “This particular show enabled us to identify market trends, innovative new areas of development and ultimately, network with an established group of like-minded automotive decision-makers and professionals.”

            More than 260 brands from 20 countries attended the 2014 Mondial De L’Automobile in Paris in October. As the world’s most visited auto show, this year’s event featured a test track centre for electric and hybrid vehicles where over 10,000 test drives were taken throughout the event. This year’s show also showcased a historical exhibition exploring the relationship between cars and fashion, exhibiting innovative new products from automotive companies across the world.

Other key highlights included the Motor Show workshops (organised by the French Automobile Manufacturer’s Committee), which were attended by 700 participants over the 16 days. These workshops aimed to address economic, social and technical subjects which play a key role in automotive innovation and development via lively debate and input from industry experts.

While at the show, Vanessa and Wolfgang had the opportunity to attend major announcements by key industry players, as well as informal event where they were able to mingle with automotive executives at the global and regional level.

The exhibition included many of the world’s leading automotive organisations such as Lamborghini, Nissan, Volkswagen, Ford and BMW and was heralded a huge success by event organisers.

Other Key Highlights from the show included:

  • Volvo announced its plans to use the XC90 to re-launch itself in the US market.
  • BMW showed a beautifully designed 2 Series convertible.
  • Mercedes-Benz showcased a B-Class compact people-mover, and the eye-catching AMG GT super-sports car.

 

 LIASE LogoEditors Notes:  The LIASE Group is a retained executive search and talent management consultancy, which specialises in the global automotive sector. Our expertise is our in-depth understanding of conventional and unconventional automotive companies with sector expertise including OEM’s, importers, auto financing, auto leasing, auto dealers, private equity firms and tier 1 suppliers.

 

PR Contact: Vanessa Moriel, Managing Director Asia (Tel: +852 2840 0406) / info@liase-china.com).

 

The 2014 Mondial De L’Automobile Paris

Wolfgang Doell President and Managing Director the LIASE Group at the Nokia booth.

Wolfgang Doell President and Managing Director the LIASE Group at the Nokia booth.

Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director of LIASE, admiring the new Lexus NX 300

Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director of LIASE, admiring the new Lexus NX 300

Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director of LIASE, and Vanessa Moriel, MD Asia for LIASE at the Mondial De L’Automobile.

Wolfgang Doell, President and Managing Director of LIASE, and Vanessa Moriel, MD Asia for LIASE at the Mondial De L’Automobile.

Lamborghini presented their first ever hybrid car at the Mondial De L’Automobile 2014 In Paris. The Asterion was presented as a concept car, with the company downplaying the possibility of a production version.

Lamborghini presented their first ever hybrid car at the Mondial De L’Automobile 2014 In Paris. The Asterion was presented as a concept car, with the company downplaying the possibility of a production version.

Aston Martin presented the V12 version of its Vantage S Roadster at the Mondial De L’Automobile 2014.

Aston Martin presented the V12 version of its Vantage S Roadster at the Mondial De L’Automobile 2014.

European brands were very well represented in Paris and several of them presented new cars to the press and public. Here shown is French carmaker Renault's stand.

European brands were very well represented in Paris and several of them presented new cars to the press and public. Here shown is French carmaker Renault’s stand.

Peugeot presented 2 concept cars and a new 308 GT model at the Mondial.

Peugeot presented 2 concept cars and a new 308 GT model at the Mondial.

Paris reinforced the idea that carmakers are increasingly embracing green technology with a number of high-end sport/luxury hybrid and electric cars were either launched or on display at the show. Porsche displayed the Panamera S E-Hybrid and launched a hybrid version of its Cayenne model at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Here shown is the Porsche Panamera 4S Executive.

Paris reinforced the idea that carmakers are increasingly embracing green technology with a number of high-end sport/luxury hybrid and electric cars were either launched or on display at the show. Porsche displayed the Panamera S E-Hybrid and launched a hybrid version of its Cayenne model at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Here shown is the Porsche Panamera 4S Executive.

The Mondial de L'Automobile is the world's most visited auto show.

The Mondial de L’Automobile is the world’s most visited auto show.

July 4, 2014

Detroit: Back on Track

Between July 8 and July 11, Vanessa Moriel, John Bukowicz and Wolfgang Doell visiting Detroit introducing LIASE to already existing and new potential clients. Detroit is playing a central role in the automotive manufacturing industry again. Despite all of the challenges within the automotive industry over the last few decades, Detroit continues to represent the heart of the American auto industry. Details to be followed.