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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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    Motorsports: F1 legend Sir Jack Brabham passes away at 88
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    There have only been about a dozen people who have won multiple Formula One World Championships. Thankfully the lion's share of them are still among us – names like Vettel, Alonso, Hakkinen, Lauda, Prost, Piquet, Fittipaldi and Stewart. Michael Schumacher is hanging on, but Senna, Fangio, ...

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    Report: Audi CEO Stadler gets 5-year contract extension
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    Audi CEO Rupert Stadler will keep his seat at the top thanks to a contract extension. Volkswagen didn't divulge the length of the new contract, but German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said the term is five years. Stadler took over the current position in 2007 when current VW CEO ...

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    Report: Tesla now California's top automotive employer
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    Tesla has knocked off Toyota as the biggest auto employer in the state of California, employing over 6,000 people to the Japanese company's 5,300. That lead is only likely to grow, as the EV manufacturer prepares to add another 500 jobs by the end of the year, and as Toyota begins its relocation ...

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    Read This: Former Treasury boss unaware auto task force fired GM's Wagoner
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    We dig a good political tell-all every once in a while (how else will we get our political fix while waiting for House of Cards' third season?). Today, we get just that from former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's new book, "Stress Test," which details, among other parts of the 2009 financial ...

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    Official: Carlos Ghosn returns as president of ACEA
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    The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (abbreviated ACEA in French) is an industry group representing all the biggest automakers in Europe, representing their common interests on the world stage. And as such it needs a leader, figurehead and mouthpiece to serve as its president, and ...

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    Report: Former GM engineer Jim Federico lands at Harley-Davidson
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    Former leading engineer at General Motors Jim Federico certainly didn't take long to find a new job. After recently announcing his retirement from GM, he is moving to Harley-Davidson on June 2 as its new Vice President of Engineering. "We've been talking to Jim about this position for some ...

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    Official: Takashi Yamanouchi to retire as Mazda chairman
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    Takashi Yamanouchi has been with Mazda for a long time. He signed on with the Japanese automaker in April 1967 – one month after graduating from Keio University – and rose through the ranks over the years. By 1996 he was named to the company's board of directors. In 2008 he was named ...

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