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    Official: General Motors names new cyber security chief
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    General Motors made a splash earlier this month when it announced it would add wireless hotspots to many vehicles in its 2015 lineup and introduce more advanced technology going forward. It's probably no coincidence, then, that the company recently named its first-ever director of cyber ...

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    Report: NEVS announces 200 layoffs as it says Saab restart will 'take time'
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    For a fleeting moment a few weeks ago, the news from Saab-owner National Electric Vehicle Sweden appeared almost positive. The company had its reorganization plan approved (a day after it was denied), and the automaker was actually showing a real, running vehicle, albeit one with a top speed of ...

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    Official: BMW names new head of M division
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    BMW's performance division has been run by Dr. Friedrich Nitschke since 2011, developing, among other products, the new M3 and M4. But soon the good doctor will be retiring, and BMW has just named his successor. Taking Nitschke's place as chairman of BMW M GmbH will be Franciscus van Meel ...

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    Report: Fiat Chrysler global HQ lands in London's ultra-posh West End
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    It seems Fiat is bent on bolstering its image as a global automaker, as word has leaked out that the Italian/American conglomerate has chosen to locate its global headquarters in a rather swanky neighborhood in London. According to Bloomberg, the rental location on St. James Street in London's ...

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    Breaking: Lotus to layoff a quarter of its workforce
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    Lotus has issued a press release to day, wherein it indicates that a "need to both reshape its organisation and to reduce costs" may result in the loss of "up to 325" jobs. That's a fairly significant number of layoffs for any company, but considering that Lotus currently employs 1,215 people ...

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    Official: GM dealers have ordered 30k Colorado and Canyon pickups, 3rd shift added
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    General Motors has an early success on its hands in the form of the initial rollout of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. According to the automaker, dealers have ordered nearly 30,000 of the trucks thus far, a number that far exceeded GM's early expectations. This high ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #397
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    Episode #397 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing, and Seyth Miersma talk about the leadership change at Ferrari, the Mercedes-AMG GT, and we give a report on the Long-Term Garage. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and ...

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    Podcast: Submit Your Questions For Autoblog Podcast #397 LIVE!
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    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #397 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio ...

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    Motorsports: Marcos Ambrose leaving NASCAR for return to Australia [UPDATE]
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    Some racing series attract drivers from around the world, but by and large, NASCAR isn't one of them. Marco Ambrose is one of the few exceptions, but now, after more than six years competing for the Sprint Cup, he's calling it quits. The multitalented Australian driver came to America after ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 9.11.14
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    Our favorite Ferraris of the Montezemolo Era Big news at Ferrari: CEO Luca di Montezemolo is officially stepping down. In his wake, he leaves quite a legacy, and thus, the Autoblog editors have been reminiscing about our favorite Prancing Horse models from Montezemolo's tenure. Of course, what ...

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    Motorsports: Caterham F1 changes leadership again as Albers steps down
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    To say that there's been some instability at the Caterham F1 team lately would be a gross understatement. Caterham owner Tony Fernandes sold the team a couple of months ago, its team principal Cyril Abiteboul left for Renault, and a consortium of investors took over. They named former F1 driver ...

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    Report: Fiat gives outgoing Ferrari chairman $35M severance package
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    Luca di Montezemolo may not have wanted to leave Ferrari this way, but don't feel too bad for the departing chairman, because he'll be hitting the ground with a golden parachute so big that he'll never have to work again. According to the latest reports, Fiat will pay Montezemolo 26.95 million ...

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    Followup: These are the front-runners to take over at Ferrari
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    Yesterday Ferrari announced a changing of the scarlet-clad guard with the departure of longtime chairman Luca di Montezemolo. Having run the company since shortly after the passing of Enzo Ferrari himself, Montezemolo built the Prancing Horse marque up to the benchmark supercar manufacturer, ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 9.10.14
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    2016 Audi TT driven in Spain "While it's better than the second generation, it's still very much a TT." Those are Jonathon Ramsey's words about the fresh-faced Audi coupe, which he recently tested on the (decidedly dusty) roads of Spain. But there's plenty more to talk about with Audi's new ...

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    Official: Infiniti names former BMW man Kruger to fill de Nysschen role
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    Today is turning into a big one for senior leadership changes in the automotive industry. Hot on the heels of Ferrari announcing the replacement of its chairman, Infiniti has announced the appointment of its new chief executive in Roland Krüger. Serving until now as a senior vice president ...

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    Official: Montezemolo steps down, Marchionne steps up as chairman of Ferrari
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    If the history of an automaker is divided up by the mandate of its leadership, then this is surely the end of an era for Ferrari. After repeatedly locking horns with Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne over a variety of issues, longtime Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo has announced his ...

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    Report: Ferrari chief staying on to launch new models in October
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    Luca di Montezemolo has been running Ferrari since 1991. That's a whopping 23 years already, and having been born the same year that Ferrari was founded, Montezemolo is now 67 years old. But don't expect him to be stepping down any time soon. Addressing the rampant rumors circulating the paddock ...

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    Motorsports: Williams confirms Massa, Bottas for 2015
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    Though you might not know it from the past few years, Williams was once among the most accomplished Formula One teams on the grid. It's won nine constructors' championships, seven drivers' titles and 114 grands prix, putting it behind only Ferrari and McLaren in those tallies. But it's slipped ...

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    Motorsports: McLaren intent on signing Vettel, Alonso
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    There are several world champions on the Formula One grid this year, but only two multiple world champions. And McLaren wants them both. In fact, the latest reports from pit lane indicate that the British team is undertaking a concerted effort to sign one or both for next year or ...

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    Official: Andy Palmer leaves Renault-Nissan to serve as CEO of Aston Martin
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    Aston Martin has been without a helmsman since Ulrich Bez stepped down from the chief executive office at the end of last year to serve as non-executive chairman in a semi-retired ambassadorial capacity. The British automaker, now on the cusp of a new era, has been running without a CEO since, ...

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