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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
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    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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    Video: Mercedes' Alabama plant gets Happy with start of new C-Class production
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    Mercedes-Benz first announced plans start building the C-Class at its Alabama factory back in 2009. It's taken a few years to get everything ready, but the first one finally rolled off the line on Wednesday. The milestone gave workers there enough reasons to be happy that they just couldn't help ...

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    Report: Cadillac sales chief Peffer resigns amidst slow sales
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    Cadillac continues to hemorrhage executives, as it's just seen its fourth high-level departure in the past year. Vice President of Global Strategic Development Don Butler (who defected to Ford) and European President and Managing Director Susan Docherty both left the company of their own ...

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    Official: Chrysler names six new board directors
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    Executives may call the shots day-to-day at the world's leading automakers – much as they do at any other corporation – but the ultimate decision-making body remains the board of directors. And Chrysler has just named six new members to its board. The appointments include Hermann ...

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    Motorsports: Adrian Newey steps back from F1 to work on 'new Red Bull Technology projects'
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    Adrian Newey is, without a doubt, the most accomplished engineer in Formula One. His cars have won over 80 grands prix and ten constructors' championships with three different teams – Williams, McLaren and Red Bull – making him the only designer in the history of F1 to have achieved ...

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    Exclusive: 2 more fired GM execs who failed to push for ignition-switch recall named
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    Both attorneys came in contact with cases that could have resulted in GM recalling the vehicles sooner. Autoblog has learned the names of two more attorneys fired after an independent investigator took a sweeping look at General Motors' failure to recall vehicles with failure-prone ignition ...

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    Official: Dennis Williams elected UAW president
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    Back in 2010, on the day that Bob King was elected president of the United Auto Workers, replacing Ron Gettelfinger, Dennis Williams was elected secretary-treasurer of the union. Last December, Williams was nominated to replace King when King's tenure concluded this month, and as of yesterday, ...

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    Breaking: GM fires 15 people following ignition switch investigation [UPDATES]
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    UPDATE: The text of this story has been revised with more detail, following Mary Barra's press conference this morning. UPDATE 2: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made the full Valukas report available at its website, as a PDF download. If you'd like to read it in it's ...

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    Report: GM expected to release multiple employees over ignition switch recall
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    General Motors is set to hold a major briefing on the results of its internal probe into the ignition switch debacle this morning, with early reports claiming that multiple employees could be terminated due to their role in the recall (or lack thereof). At the top of the list is Ray DeGiorgio, ...

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    Official: Autoblog's Matt Davis named Infiniti global product and brand communications director
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    The door that separates automotive journalism and automaker PR swings both ways, and swings often as we see journalists move over to PR and vice versa. This time, however, it's one of ours. That would be Matt Davis, longtime European correspondent for Autoblog and frequent contributor to ...

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    Report: Automobile closes Ann Arbor office, releases most of staff [UPDATE]
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    There's been a big shakeup in the world of automotive media today, as Automobile's parent company, Source Interlink, has shuttered the mag's Ann Arbor, MI offices. Editor-In-Chief Jean Jennings has been fired, along with most of the publication's staff. The news was confirmed by Jennings, who ...

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    Official: Martin Smith retires, Joel Piaskowski in as Ford Europe design chief
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    The mind behind the look of much of the modern Ford global range is retiring. Martin Smith, Head of Ford Design in Europe, will give up his position on July 1 and will leave the company altogether at the end of the year. He will be replaced by current Strategic Concepts Group leader Joel ...

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    Report: Lotus settles with ex-CEO Dany Bahar, avoids London High Court
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    Five years after it began, it appears the Dany Bahar tenure at Lotus is finally over. After former Lotus owner Proton brought in the ex-Ferrari and Red Bull marketing savant to run the company in 2009, everything had gone pear-shaped by 2012: Proton had been sold to Malaysian auto supplier ...

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    Report: Social media star Scott Monty leaves Ford
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    It seems weird to think that an automaker could have a social media star, but Ford does. Or at least it did. Scott Monty, its Global Digital Communications Manager, led the company's team for almost six years and forged a reputation as being one of the most talented people in corporate social ...

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    Report: Fiat Chrysler's London offices will be small, with financial focus
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    Fiat Chrysler's decision to locate its new corporate headquarters in jolly old London won't herald a sprawling relocation effort. Instead, it's very likely that the FCA outfit will be a small one, primarily focused on finance. The report comes from Automotive News Europe, which claims FCA's ...

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    Report: National Electric Vehicle stops Saab 9-3 production amidst financing woes
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    It seems that quirky, Swedish automaker Saab might be on life support yet again. Its owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, has announced that it's reducing its workforce and temporarily halting production of the 9-3 due to financial problems. NEVS was only building six cars a day, anyway. The ...

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    Official: VW's Tony Cervone named head of GM global communications
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    Volkswagen may be one of the world's largest automakers, but its American arm is going through a serious rough patch. VW of America might cut back sales targets, and has an ongoing fiasco about where to build its CrossBlue crossover. Now, it's also losing Tony Cervone, its executive vice president ...

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