Luxury electric vehicle maker Automobili Pininfarina has appointed Jochen Rudat as its chief sales officer.
Rudat most recently headed Tesla Inc.’s operations in central Europe. He previously was s a dealer development manager for BMW AG in Switzerland.
Automobili Pininfarina was launched last year by Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.’s Pininfarina SpA design unit. The company intends to develop an array of high-performance EVs, starting next year with the Battista supercar and an unnamed crossover vehicle. The latter will ride on a modular chassis that Pininfarina is developing with Bosch and Benteler.
The Lexus ES sedan is more than just an offering within the company’s lineup.
Delegates to the United Auto Workers union’s annual convention in Detroit have overwhelmingly approved a 31% raise for their salaried international leaders.
For conducting business in the U.S. market, Toyota has historically had several separate business entities: a sales and distribution company headquartered in California (Toyota Motor Sales, USA); manufacturing operations (Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America); a racing subsidiary (Toyota Racing Development, USA); the Toyota Technical Center for R&D in Ann Arbor; and a design facility in California (Calty Design Research, Inc.). On April 1, 2006, Toyota merged its R&D operations and its manufacturing operations into a single company.