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4 Prominent Women in the Car Industry

Women in Car Industry

8th March 2016 is International Women’s Day, and here are some great women in the car industry.

1Trista Schieffer

Lead Development Engineer for Battery Electric Vehicles

“I love problem-solving,” said Schieffer. “I collaborate with people to deliver efficient solutions to solve ride, handling, noise, vibration, comfort, storage, heating, cooling, safety, energy efficiency – all aspects of a vehicle. Together we make sure the parts and systems are integrated so the vehicle performs in the manner our customers anticipate. As vehicles rely less and less on traditional fuel systems – or, in certain cases, not at all – we face new challenges.”

Trista Schieffer is the one responsible for getting electric vehicles to meet the customer expectations for General Motors.

She is the person behind the development of  Chevrolet Volt, Spark EV, Cadillac ELR as well as the Chevy Bolt concept, leading the GM’s commitment to produce 500,000 electrified vehicles a year globally.

2Mary Barra, CEO and Chairman of GM Company

Mary Barra was featured in the 2014 Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” also the #1 in Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women list in 2015

On replacing traditional business executives with leaders who have technical expertise Mary Bara commented, “We went back to really empowering the individual who knows every aspect of that vehicle and knows every trade-off they’ve made to get a great vehicle on the road … So every vehicle has its own chief engineer, and it’s single-point accountability … I have seen a real transformation in just the short few months since we’ve made that change, in the sense of ownership and the commitment. Before we had some confusion as to who was really accountable and who was making the call. There’s no confusion now.” (Autoline This Week interview, October 12, 2012)

3Wang Fengying, CEO and Executive Director,

Great Wall Motor

Wang Fengying was a major player that caused Great Wall Auto SUVs to surpass Jeep’s sales a short duration. She was also the one who built the  $520 Million manufacturing plant in Russia.

4Cheryl Tay

Motoring Journalist, Race Queen, and Race Driver

Cheryl Tay is in the all-female race kart team that participated in the OCBC corporate karting challenge.

She met many big shots in the motoring industry including world-renown racer Sebastian Vettel. She is also an online influencer in the world of motorsports and fitness, boosting her immense popularity.

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