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    Official: Wolfgang Dürheimer retakes the reins at Bentley and Bugatti
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    Wolfgang Dürheimer is still in play, with Bentley Motors announcing that he will return to the Chairman and CEO slot of the English company and French division Bugatti on June 1, 2014. He'll probably remember those chairs from the last time he filled them, since he was promoted to both ...

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    Official: Daimler names Bernd Pischetsrieder to supervisory board
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    Some executives in the automotive industry stay with one company for their entire careers, while others bounce from one to the other, often leaving their indelible mark on each automaker at which they serve. Bob Lutz is certainly an example of the latter. So is Lee Iacocca, having presided over ...

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    Official: Ferrari gives employees record $5,600 bonus on strong year
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    Ferrari has got to be a great place to work. In fact, it's named as one of the best places to work in Europe year after year. Add to that the pride of making some of the coolest cars in the business, running one of the winningest teams in all of motorsports (even if the Scuderia isn't doing so ...

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    Report: Ex-Hyundai CEO Krafcik joins TrueCar board amidst IPO plans
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    Former Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik has had a tumultuous year. Last June, he won the Automotive Executive of the Year from DNV Business Assurance. Then in December, he suddenly announced he was stepping down from his leadership role at the Korean automaker on January 1, with some ...

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    Report: Senator linked with $300M tax offer to keep UAW out of TN VW plant [w/video]
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    The ongoing scrutiny over employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant voting on whether to join the United Auto Workers isn't over yet, despite the fact that the organization drive was turned back by workers weeks ago. In the latest development, WTVF-TV in Nashville has received leaked documents ...

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    Official: Ford investing $500M in engine plant for 2.7L EcoBoost production
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    Ohio is a hot area for Ford at the moment with the announcement just a few weeks ago that production of the next-generation F-650/F-750 medium-duty trucks would move from Mexico to the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake, Ohio. Now, Ford is investing $500 million to hire 300 workers at its Lima ...

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    Official: PSA Peugeot Citroën names former Airbus chief Louis Gallois as chairman
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    Change is afoot at PSA. The parent company of both Peugeot and Citroën is on the verge of securing major funding from both the French government and from Chinese automaker Dongfeng, it recently named former Renault COO Carlos Tavares as its chief executive officer, and now it has selected ...

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    Report: SRT Viper plant idled over slow sales [UPDATE]
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    The SRT Viper is taking an extended production break later this spring while the factory copes with low demand and gears up for the 2015 model year. Chrysler will idle the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant from April 14 to June 23, and 91 employees there will be laid off during that time. Sales have ...

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    Official: In wake of ignition scandal, GM appoints Jeff Boyer as safety czar [w/video]
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    General Motors is fed up with its worsening safety reputation, and CEO Mary Barra has taken the first step toward improvement by appointing Jeff Boyer in the newly created role of Vice President of Global Vehicle Safety, effective immediately. Boyer will act as the leader of safety within the ...

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    Official: Renault and Nissan forge deeper alliance
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    If the automotive industry's current era could be summarized by one trend – from a corporate aspect, anyway – surely it would be conglomeration. But of all the major auto groups that have emerged over the past several years, none have kept themselves at arm's length quite like the ...

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    Report: Bertone goes bust
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    The famous Italian coachbuilder and designer Bertone may be on its deathbed. The company that penned the beautiful shape of the Lamborghini Miura has been facing financial hardships for months, and Autocar is reporting that the Turin, Italy firm has just declared bankruptcy. The last we heard ...

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    Report: Tesla poaches Renault-Nissan communications boss Sproule
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    Need another sign that Tesla is growing into a force to be reckoned with? Bloomberg reports it has just snagged high-profile communications boss Simon Sproule from Renault-Nissan to become the EV maker's vice president of communications and marketing. Sproule is an industry veteran, having spent ...

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    Report: Deborah Hersman, head of NTSB and vocal critic of auto safety efforts, stepping down
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    The National Transportation Safety Board will be getting a new boss, as the current head has announced she'll be stepping down. Deborah Hersman had a controversial tenure as head of the NTSB, strongly criticizing efforts in automotive safety. Hersman was a vocal opponent of talking and texting ...

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    Report: Jeep hiring 1,000 part-time workers in Toledo on Wrangler, Cherokee demand
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    The new Jeep Cherokee has been quite a success for Chrysler, but its factory workers are getting tired. The automaker has agreed to hire up to 1,000 part-time, temporary employees at its Toledo Assembly Complex where the CUV and Wrangler are built. It will allow the company to keep Jeep ...

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    Report: Mazda goes on engineer hiring binge as recovery picks up speed
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    Japan's larger automakers – companies like Toyota, Honda and Nissan – have tremendous engineering talent at their disposal. That's largely because, selling as many cars as they do, they've got more revenues to tap into. Logic might dictate, then, that smaller automakers like Mazda, ...

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    Report: American LaFrance fire engines shuttered after more than 180 years
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    We often talk about companies like Ford and Mercedes-Benz that have their automotive roots over 100 years in the past, but those aren't the only old-timers in the industry. One of the oldest had been American LaFrance, a company that had been building firefighting vehicles for over 180 years. ...

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    Report: Lackluster Dodge Dart sales trigger layoffs
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    Hidden amidst the overall very positive sales figures that Chrysler released earlier this week were a few disappointments, the biggest of which may be the Dodge Dart. While Dodge sales in general were down 11 percent from a year ago, the Dart's poor figures stood out from the rest – with ...

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    Motorsports: Jacques Villeneuve returning to Indy 500
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    The last Formula One World Champion to hail from this continent, Jacques Villeneuve has raced everything from stock cars to Le Mans prototypes and more. But it all started at Indy. After climbing up the ranks of open-wheel feeder series around the world, Jacques moved up to Indy in 1994, winning ...

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    Motorsports: Tanner Foust signs on for FIA World Rallycross Championship
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    Organizers of the FIA World Rallycross Championship are getting serious, but if they're going to challenge the Global RallyCross Championship for status as the premier rallycross series on the world stage, it's going to need some star power – big names to put it on the map. Because while ...

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    Official: Bugatti names former Ferrari, Lotus man its new American chief
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    After six years running its American operations, John Hill is leaving Bugatti. So the exotic carmaker is going to need someone to fill his shoes – particularly since the United States and Canada account for a quarter of all Bugattis sold (to say nothing of Latin America). Fortunately, it ...

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