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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #391
    Galhotra takes over Lincoln, Scion xB and iQ, Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, discontinued cars 1406668560

    Episode #391 of the Autoblog Podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Mike Harley and Brandon Turkus talk about the appointment of Kumar Galhotra to run Lincoln, changes coming for Scion, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and which cars won't live into 2015. We also take a quick detour to talk ...

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    Official: GM launches Shifting Gears program, aims to turn vets into techs
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    General Motors is teaming up with the US Army and defense contractor Raytheon to launch a new program aimed at helping soldiers transition to civilian life by providing marketable job skills that will help them snag a spot at a GM brand dealership. The Shifting Gears Automotive Technician ...

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    Motorsports: American F1 driver Alexander Rossi signs with Marussia
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    American fans of Formula One racing have a new team to root for as the Marussia F1 Team has named Alexander Rossi as its official reserve driver for the remainder of the season. The 22-year-old native of Auburn, California, has advanced through the single-seater ranks since winning the Skip ...

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    U-Turn: Weekly Recap: New bosses try to jump-start Cadillac and Lincoln
    Plus: Notes On Aston, Nissan And Another Hellcat 1406390400

    Both of America's domestic luxury brands seem to be stuck in neutral. It's ironic that Cadillac and Lincoln got new bosses within days of each other this month. It's also a commentary on the fact both of America's domestic luxury brands seem to be stuck in neutral. Cadillac has received ...

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    Official: Ford's Galhotra succeeds Farley as head of Lincoln
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    Ford Motor Company is announcing a major personnel shakeup that could have a dramatic effect on the future of the Lincoln division. Kumar Galhotra (pictured above), currently vice president of engineering at Ford for all of its vehicles worldwide, is taking over as the president of the luxury ...

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    Report: GM could add 1,750 new jobs, $800M to MI economy
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    Grim as things may be at Detroit's Renaissance Center, General Motors is soldiering on, thanks in part to a change in its state tax credit from the Michigan Strategic Fund. The amendment could lead to $800 million in new investments in the state, as well as 1,750 new jobs. According to The ...

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    Report: No heads have rolled at NHTSA over GM ignition switch recall scandal
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    At this point, there's little question that General Motors deserves the bulk of the blame for not recalling the millions of vehicles affected by the ignition switch problem earlier than it did. And to a large degree, GM is facing the music and accepting blame for its mistakes, even if that ...

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    Confirmed: Former Ford president, Jaguar chairman Nick Scheele dead at 70
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    We have the privilege here at Autoblog of reporting a lot of good news, but it is our duty as well to report the bad news and sad news as well. And this is one of those occasions as the automotive industry mourns the passing of one of its leaders. Nick Scheele was born in the UK in 1944 and joined ...

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    Motorsports: Nico Rosberg signs new contract with Mercedes F1
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    When it comes to Formula One, you've got to admit that Mercedes has an eye for talent. When Honda pulled out of the sport, Mercedes swooped in and powered the Brawn GP team to the championship, then took it over and made two interesting hires to fill the race seats: an old talent in the form of ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #389
    Johan De Nysschen Moves To Cadillac, BMW Nameplate Changes, 2nd-Generation Subaru BRZ, Cars We Miss 1405547100

    Episode #389 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert, and Mark Pereira from Autoblog Canada talk about Johan deNysschen's move to Cadillac, rumors of more BMW nomenclature changes, a second generation for the Subaru BRZ, and cars from 2004 that we miss. We start ...

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    Official: Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally lands on Google board
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    Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally often referred to the Blue Oval as a technology company when he led the automaker. Now he'll be offering guidance to a different kind of technology firm: Google. Mulally was appointed to Google's board of directors July 9, and late Tuesday, it was announced that he ...

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    Report: Toyota design leader Dezi Nagaya moving to Yamaha
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    If you want to know who's been responsible for injecting some attitude into Toyota's designs in recent years, look to Akihiro Nagaya. As a design executive and as a freelance consultant, the rockstar designer known as Dezi has styled more concept and production cars for Toyota and its Lexus brand ...

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    Breaking: Cadillac snags de Nysschen from Infiniti, names him new president
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    Johan de Nysschen, the (now former) president of Infiniti, has officially jumped ship. The 54-year-old, who also spent time as the chief executive for Audi USA, has taken the position of president at Cadillac, following a two-year stint at the Nissan-owned luxury brand. In his new role, the ...

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    Motorsports: Porsche names new motorsport chief
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    Though it may have expanded into crossovers and sedans, Porsche is still a company with racing at its heart. You might even argue that Cayenne and Panamera sales only serve to fund the company's motorsports activities. Competition-spec 911 coupes still make up a large portion of the grid in any ...

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    Motorsports: Raikkonen likely to retire from F1 after 2015 [w/poll]
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    Though his irreverent demeanor party-goer image might suggest otherwise, make no mistake about it: at 34 years old (and with 37-year-old Mark Webber out of the race), Kimi Raikkonen is the oldest driver in Formula One. He's three months older than Jenson Button, a good year older than his former ...

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    Motorsports: Renault replaces top F1 leadership
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    Renault is a company accustomed to winning in Formula One. In the past ten years alone, it has claimed an unfathomable six world championships, first with Fernando Alonso two years in a row and then powering Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing to four consecutive titles. But suffice it to say ...

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    Official: BMW confirms new Mexican plant
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    After over a year of speculation, BMW is finally officially announcing that it's building a factory in Mexico. The new plant will cost the German automaker roughly $1 billion US and will have a capacity of about 150,000 vehicles a year when complete. However, production won't begin there until ...

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    Report: Fields 'required' to use private aircraft, could make $5.25M as Ford CEO this year
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    Mark Fields' travels on the friendly skies will soon be a relatively personal affair, as the new CEO at Ford will be required to resume air travel via the company's private planes. Fields caught plenty of flak in 2007 for flying on the company's dime to visit his family in Florida. He's since ...

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    Report: Mulally will stay close to Ford after he steps down, plans to advise Fields [w/video]
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    Ford CEO Alan Mulally has less than a week left in his role of leading the Blue Oval before he hands off duties to Mark Fields on July 1. It doesn't look like Mulally is going to be shuffling off into his retirement anytime soon, though. The 68-year-old is being rather secretive about his next ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #386
    Tesla Most Important Car, 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, Cadillac Sales Chief Resigns, Chinese Volvos 1403705700

    Episode #386 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert and George Kennedy from Boldride.com talk about Morgan Stanley calling Tesla the most important automaker of the moment, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco, more executive turnover at Cadillac, and rumors that a ...

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