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BMW NA head O'Donnell to retire in October, Willisch to take over

Jim O'Donnell, who has helmed the BMW's North American operations since 2008, is planning to retire later this year. He will hand over his reins to seasoned executive Ludwig Willisch. O'Donnell has helped raise sales output in his many years in control, and BMW is currently ahead of Mercedes-Benz year-to-date while on pace to pass Lexus for the first time s

BMW North America CEO issues apology for anti-electric vehicle remarks

Last week, BMW North America chairman and chief executive officer, Jim O'Donnell, told the Detroit News that – among other anti-electric vehicle comments:

BMW remains firmly committed to diesel in America

Speaking to an Automotive Press Association luncheon today in Detroit, Jim O'Donnell made it clear that BMW was firmly committed to diesel technology even as it begins to roll out hybrid and electric vehicles. BMW delivered 500 electric MINI Es earlier this summer and recently announced its first two hybrid models, the X6 and 7 ActiveHybrids. Nonetheless, O'Donn