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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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    Report: Lexus gets new boss, and he's a designer
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    A reshuffle in the uppermost ranks of Lexus could see the Japanese luxury brand further energize its recent focus on design. Tokuo Fukuichi, Toyota's global design boss, is the new head of Lexus International. Fukuichi will retain his role as the overall head of design for Toyota, Lexus and Scion, ...

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    Report: Acura organizes new business division to confront falling sedan sales
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    Honda and Acura North America have announced a major restructuring of operations in hopes of turning around Acura's flagging business. For 2013, sales for Acura's sedans dropped 10.4 percent, while its CUV sales grew by 21 percent. The newly formed Acura Business Planning Office will attempt to ...

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    Report: Hyundai rehires R&D president let go over quality issues
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    Last November, Hyundai announced the resignations of research and development president Kwon Moon-sik and two other R&D executives. At that time, it was said that the executives wished to "take responsibility for a series of quality issues" at the Korean automaker. Kwon Moon-sik had only been ...

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    Report: Honda names first woman, foreigner to its board of directors
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    General Motors may have made headlines when it recently appointed the industry's first female CEO, but Honda has long lagged woefully behind the times when it comes to the diversity of its top management. In fact, its entire board has until now been composed entirely of Japanese men, with not a ...

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    Report: Ford and 'Dirty Jobs' pitchman Mike Rowe part ways [w/videos]
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    Former Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe has one less job as of today - the pitchman is no longer a pitchman for Ford, with yesterday's announcement from Rowe ending a seven-year partnership between the TV host and the Blue Oval. Rowe made the announcement to political pundit Glenn Beck, saying the two ...

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    Motorsports: Jacques Villeneuve signs on for World Rallycross Championship
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    Jacques Villeneuve has raced just about everything. The last Formula One World Champion from North America, this French-Canadian driver has raced in F1, Indy, NASCAR and Le Mans, not to mention the Andros Trophy of ice racing and V8 Supercars down in Australia. In fact, having dominated Indy in ...

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    Report: Auto sector employment now higher than pre-recession levels
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    The US economy has come a long way since the mid-to-late 2000s, when the daily news was more depressing than the Detroit Lions' playoff hopes. Need proof of that? A recent report from The Detroit News says it all - auto employment has hit a five-year high, and the sector now employs more people ...

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    Followup: GM's Barra could make more than her predecessor after all
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    Reports are coming in that Mary Barra, the first female leader of a major automaker, will make $14.4 million this year, some $10 million more than previously reported and over $3 million more than her predecessor, Dan Akerson, made in 2012. In fact, it's 60 percent more than Akerson made in 2013, ...

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    Official: Toyota to end Australian production by 2017
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    There is more bad news for the Australian auto industry today, as Toyota has just announced that it will follow General Motors and Ford in shuttering its manufacturing operations on the continent. Production and assembly will cease by the end of 2017, but Toyota will remain in Australia as a ...

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    Report: Mary Barra named Most Powerful Woman in Business by Fortune
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    Mary Barra has been CEO of GM for less than a month, but she's already receiving major accolades. Barra took the top spot in Fortune magazine's first list of the 50 Global Most Powerful Women in Business, ahead of Ginni Rometty, the chairman and CEO of IBM, in second place and Indra Nooyi, the ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi NA gets new president and CEO
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    Last week, we told you that Mitsubishi will be getting a new global president, with Osamu Masuko stepping aside in favor of Tesuro Aikawa. The executive changes at the Japanese automaker are hitting closer to home, now, with official word that Mitsubishi Motors North America is getting a new ...

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    Report: Ross Brawn retiring from F1 after 16 World Championships
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    Ross Brawn, an icon of Formula One and one of the people most responsible for the successes of Michael Schumacher, has announced that he's officially retiring from the world of motorsport. Following the return of Ron Dennis to McLaren, many outlets speculated that the 59-year-old would join the ...

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    Rumormill: Modified Magazine axed amidst word of Source Interlink layoffs
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    Today is a sad day for the world of automotive print media, as Source Interlink, the parent company of Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Hot Rod, has reportedly shuttered Modified Magazine. It's feared that this is the first of many cuts within the company according to a report on Jalopnik. The ...

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    Report: Long-serving Mitsubishi president Masuko to step aside
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    Long-struggling Mitsubishi Motors is reportedly preparing for a changing of the guard at home. According to Reuters, Osamu Masuko will step aside in favor of Tesuro Aikawa, currently the company's managing director. Masuko won't be leaving the fold entirely, however – he will take the role ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #366
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    Episode #366 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Jeff Ross and George Kennedy of Boldride.com talk about the 2015 Lincoln Navigator, Volkswagen's US market woes, and the drama at the Rolex 24 hours of Daytona. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #366 goes LIVE at 10PM Eastern!
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    We're almost ready to record Episode #366 of the Autoblog Podcast! You can check out the topics below, add your own to the Q&A and join us live via UStream, as well. Keep reading for our embedded UStream player, and thanks for listening! Discussion Topics for Autoblog Podcast Episode ...

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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #366 LIVE!
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    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #366 tonight, and you can check out the topics below, drop us your questions and comments via our 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 ...

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    Report: Audi changes the guard at Quattro GmbH
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    Although it may not have the brand recognition that Mercedes-AMG does or BMW's M division, Audi's Quattro GmbH department is responsible for its most exciting products – including the RS line of performance models and the R8 supercar. For the past year and a half, Quattro GmbH has been led ...

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