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    Motorsports: Alex Zanardi back in the driver's seat with BMW
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    If there's ever been an inspirational story in the pantheon of motor racing history, surely it's that of Alessandro Zanardi. The Italian driver worked his way up the motor racing ladder, making it into Formula One and winning two CART championships for Chip Ganassi Racing back before the series ...

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    Official: McLaren reinstates Ron Dennis as CEO
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    With new versions of the 12C coming out all the time, the new P1 still wowing crowds and additional projects underway, sports car fanatics might surmise that McLaren is doing pretty well for itself these days. But Formula One fans would likely disagree. After losing its longtime prodigy Lewis ...

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    Bob Lutz has high praise for Mary Barra
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    Mary Barra officially began her tenure as the CEO of General Motors this week, and no one is happier about that than longtime GM executive and auto industry titan Bob Lutz. "Mary is the right person at the right time," said Lutz, who was attending the Detroit Auto Show and touting one of his ...

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    Official: GM's Barra to make at least $4.4M, Akerson could make more as advisor
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    When General Motors' top executive Mary Barra broke through the automotive glass ceiling to become the industry's first major female CEO, it was heralded as a long-overdue decision that highlighted the fact that the auto industry is still a quite bit stodgy. That was underscored late Friday when ...

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    Official: General Motors names Chuck Stevens as CFO
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    General Motors made a series of top-level appointments last month. The highest-profile of them, of course, was the nomination of Mary Barra as Chief Executive Officer. But the industrial giant also named Tim Solso as chairman and Dan Ammann as president. The one thing that was missing was a new ...

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    Motorsports: Giancarlo Fisichella joins fellow former F1 drivers in United SportsCar Championship
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    In business or in politics, those driven by their careers typically aim for the highest position they can get to, and after they're done there, they typically retire. But not in motor racing. With an expiration date hovering in their mid-30s at best, Formula One drivers typically seek out other ...

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    Report: Tony Nicolosi confirmed as Volvo's North American CEO
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    This past October, John Maloney stepped down from his post as CEO at Volvo Cars North America. In his place, the Swedish automaker tentatively promoted Tony Nicolosi, who had until then served as head of Volvo Car Financial Services. The appointment was reportedly temporary, giving Nicolosi the ...

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    Report: GM may be asked to give up Holden name in Australia
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    Never a people to go down without a fight, Australia is still lobbying to save local Holden production following the announcement from General Motors that its South Australia-based subsidiary would be closing up shop. Now, the state's premier (that's like a governor) is attempting to find another ...

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    Report: Workers at closing French Goodyear plant take bosses captive, release them after police pressure
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    Workers at a Goodyear tire factory in Amiens, France that is slated to close took the whole concept of peaceful protest a bit too far, holding a pair of executives hostage and demanding "enormous amounts of money," according to a report from The Guardian. The two men were held for two days but ...

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    Report: Mulally confirms he's not leaving Ford for Microsoft
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    In recent months, rumors had been flying about Ford CEO Alan Mulally potentially leaving the company to take a position at Microsoft. Last we heard, Mulally was planning to stick around at Ford through at least 2014, and in an interview today, that bit was confirmed by the CEO himself. According ...

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    Official: Former Cadillac boss Butler takes Ford tech job
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    When Don Butler made the decision to leave his post as Cadillac's VP of global strategic development, it was a surprise. Citing a desire to "recalibrate, reassess my priorities" in that August announcement, it wasn't entirely clear where Butler – a virtual General Motors lifer after ...

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    Motorsports: SRT brings Ryan Hunter-Reay, Rob Bell on board to pilot Viper GTS-R
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    Testing got under way this weekend at Daytona, and before we know it the 2014 racing season will officially kick off with the Rolex 24 at the end of this month. That's prompted a number of teams to announce their driver lineups for the inaugural IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship, and ...

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    Motorsports: What next for Jenson Button?
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    With the departure of Mark Webber from the Formula One grid, Jenson Button now ranks as one of the oldest drivers in the series. Turning 34 this month, he's mere months younger than Kimi Raikkonen, but has spent more seasons racing in F1 than the elder Finn. As such, Button is nearing the end of ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #362
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    Episode #362 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth and Chris Paukert cover the year-end news, including the surprise resignation of Hyundai Motor North America CEO John Krafcik, strong early sales for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, and 2015 Ford F-150 rumors ahead of its expected ...

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    Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #362 LIVE!
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    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #362 tonight, and we're joined by John McElroy of Autoline to reflect on 2013 and look ahead to 2014. 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 ...

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    Breaking: John Krafcik stepping down as Hyundai CEO, replaced by VP of sales
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    Hyundai Motor America has announced that its affable president and CEO, John Krafcik, will be stepping down from his post on January 1, at the completion of his contract. He'll be replaced by the current executive vice president of sales, David Zuchowski. Krafcik has helmed Hyundai through a ...

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    Motorsports: Alonso and Rossi to field Ferrari at Le Mans?
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    The plot thickens and just keeps thickening when it comes to Ferrari's potential return to Le Mans. Antonello Coletta, the head of Ferrari's sports car racing program, first suggested that the new regulations being implemented by the ACO could potentially see the Prancing Horse marque compete in ...

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    Motorsports: Sauber keeps Gutierrez for next season, names Sirotkin as test driver
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    As we put the 2013 Formula One World Championship behind us and gear up for next season, the final seats left vacant have been rapidly filling up. And the latest to confirm its driver lineup is Sauber. The Swiss team, formerly owned by BMW, announced it was bringing Adrian Sutil on board last ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #361
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    Episode #361 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Jeff Ross and Michael Harley talk about Dan also interviewed author PJ O'Rourke about his new book, The Baby Boom. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung ...

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    Official: Jaguar appoints Joe Eberhardt as North American President
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    Jaguar Land Rover North America has appointed a new president, Joachim Eberhardt. The German exec, 50, had previously done stints at Chrysler Group, DaimlerChrysler UK, Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler-Benz. Eberhardt joins JLR NA in a good, but challenging time for the company. It's fresh off the ...

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