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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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    Report: How Charlotte lost to Plano without even knowing it was dealing with Toyota
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    With Toyota set to relocate its North American headquarters to the Dallas, TX suburb of Plano following a top-secret, 100-city search, the cities that missed out can now begin asking themselves what happened during a process they apparently knew little about. That's a particularly brutal task ...

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    Official: Citroën names new CEO in executive shuffle
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    Peugeot SA (otherwise known as PSA Peugeot Citroën) has been shaking things up in the top echelon of its executive ranks. It recently hired former Renault COO Carlos Tavares as its group chief executive and former Airbus chief Louis Gallois as chairman. Now it's announced two more top ...

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    Official: Lead GM engineer on ignition switch investigation retires
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    Jim Federico, General Motor's Executive Director of Global Vehicle Integration, has retired from the automaker after nearly 36 years. He was one of the company's top engineers and was previously responsible for one of GM's investigations into its faulty ignition switches. His retirement comes ...

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    Motorsports: Spygate mechanic Nigel Stepney killed in crash
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    The international motor racing community was bereaved this weekend to learn of the untimely passing of Nigel Stepney, a well-known (if controversial) racing mechanic who worked for 30 years in Formula One. The 56-year-old Brit appeared to have pulled his Volkswagen Caddy van over to the side of ...

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    Official: Lotus names Jean-Marc Gales as new CEO
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    It's been about two years since DRB-Hicom took over Proton, and through it Lotus. One of its first courses of action was to fire the existing CEO, Dany Bahar, and proceed to scrap most if not all of his (arguably over-) ambitious plans. In his place they put one of their own – Aslam ...

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    Report: Krafcik lands new role as president of TrueCar
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    John Krafcik, who stepped down at the beginning of this year from his role as president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America, has just been announced as the new president of online car shopping website TrueCar. The news comes on the heels of an announcement, less than a month ago, that Krafcik was ...

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    Report: Jim Lentz exposes more details behind Toyota's move to Texas
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    Toyota's North American CEO Jim Lentz has already given us a rough idea of what prompted the company's surprise move to the Dallas suburb of Plano, TX from its longstanding headquarters in Torrance, CA. A new story from The Los Angeles Times, though, delivers even more detail from Lentz on the ...

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    Official: Mark Fields named next Ford CEO, Mulally to retire on July 1 [w/video]
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    We've heard rumblings of a changing of the guard at Ford, and this live stream from The Blue Oval itself confirms the rumors: Alan Mulally will be succeeded by the automaker's current Chief Operating Officer, Mark Fields. Mulally, who is 68 years old, has served at the head of Ford for eight ...

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    Podcast: Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #378 LIVE!
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    After dealing with some technical difficulties last night, we're now set to record Autoblog Podcast #378 this evening. In case you missed it yesterday, check out the topics below, or drop us your questions and comments via our Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast ...

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    Motorsports: What next for Stefano Domenicali?
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    Ferrari is a team that's used to being on top. It does, after all, have more world championships to its name – 15 drivers' titles and 16 constructors' – than any other team in the history of Formula One racing. But despite having some of the best drivers and resources at its disposal, ...

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    Official: Toyota moving US headquarters to Plano, Texas
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    It's official, Toyota is relocating its US operations to Plano, TX. And it won't be a symbolic 'all ranch and no cattle' gesture – the Japanese automaker, whose headquarters have been in California since 1957, has decided to base nearly all of its operations in the Lone Star State, ...

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    Motorsports: Simona de Silvestro gets her first F1 test at Fiorano [w/video]
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    The Formula One history books are hardly filled with female racing drivers. Maria Teresa de Felippis competed in a few grands prix in the late 1950s. Lella Lombardi remains the only woman to have scored championship points (albeit just a half of one when she finished sixth in the tragically ...

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    Breaking: Toyota restructuring US operations, possibly moving to Texas [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: It's official, Toyota has announced it is relocating its North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. See the full story here. According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, Toyota is poised to announce Monday that it is restructuring its US operations, which may include plans ...

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    Report: GM reorganizes engineering department
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    The ignition-switch recall that has re-focused us on the alleged sins of the Old General Motors continues to reshape the New GM. Company CEO Mary Barra recently announced the creation of the Global Product Integrity Organization, headed by Mark Reuss and charged with taking the lead on safety ...

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    Report: What next for Alan Mulally?
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    Alan Mulally has emerged as a hero when it comes to American manufacturing. He came to Ford in 2006 after serving as head of Boeing's commercial aircraft division, streamlined operations, sold off the costly elements of its Premier Automotive Group and saved Ford from having to be bailed out by ...

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    Report: Ford to announce Mulally retirement, Fields CEO as early as May 1
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    Ford CEO Alan Mulally may be about to announce his long-rumored retirement from the Blue Oval, according to a pair of insiders who spoke to Bloomberg. An official statement on the succession could arrive as soon as May 1. Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields is rumored to step up as the new CEO. ...

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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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